Executive Team


Ross Musgrove

Chief Executive Officer – Ross Musgrove

Ross Musgrove has been the Chief Executive Officer at the Western Downs Regional Council since mid-2015 and in this short time has injected a renewed confidence in the organisation and its people to be the best Local Government in Queensland.

Clocking an impressive list of achievements for Council as CEO, Ross was named the 2017 Manager of the Year by the Local Government Managers Queensland in recognition of his leadership and management excellence.

Ross spent nine years as a union official and subsequently went on to hold senior positions in the Queensland Government, where he drove reform and productivity across the public sector.

Ross has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Queensland Public Service Commission, Deputy Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and has served as the Clerk of the Executive Council and on the Council for the Order of Australia.

 Graham Cook

Infrastructure Services General Manager – Graham Cook

Graham Cook has spent his entire career with the Western Downs Regional Council after commencing with the former Wambo Shire Council in 1983.

Graham graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2000 with a Bachelor of Engineering and has since been accepted to practice in Queensland as a Registered Professional Engineer (RPEQ). He is a Fellow Member of Institute Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and in 2013 was awarded Engineer of the Year from the Institute of Public Works Engineer Association, Queensland Division.

Graham has worked in most operational areas of the Infrastructure Services Division through his career with Council and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the position of General Manager.

Infrastructure Services delivers many of the core services that Council provides for the community, which include:

  • Construction and maintenance capability to the areas of roads, drainage, streetscapes, parks and recreation reserves;
  • Essential services including water supply and sewerage treatment;
  • Commercial gas operation in Dalby; and
  • Internal services provided to the organisation include asset management, design services, fleet management, and quarry operations.

In his role as General Manager, Graham aims to provide strategic leadership to the Infrastructure Services Division to ensure provision of coordinated regional services to the Western Downs community and delivery of the Council’s Corporate and Operational Plans.

Scott Peut

Corporate Services General Manager – Scott Peut

Scott Peut is an experienced senior executive who has spent most of his career in the State Government, including over 15 years in Transport and Main Roads.

Scott also served 3 years as a General Manager at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

As the Corporate Services General Manager of Western Downs Regional Council, Scott is driven to continually improve how we deliver services. This means putting customers first and streamlining our business processes. Scott aims to engage and empower our leaders and staff to renew, reform and innovate in order to deliver valuable services to our customers.

Community & Liveability General Manager – Jodie Taylor

Jodie Taylor has over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of roles within local government.

With a renewed focus on creating local communities that are great places to live, work and play, the Community and Liveability Division is made of four departments – Economic Development; Communities; Planning and Environment; and Health Services.

In her role as the General Manager (Community & Liveability), Jodie is responsible for:

  • Driving positive change within the culture of Council as well as setting the strategic framework for the growth of our region.
  • Driving the economic resurgence of the Western Downs and delivering on the things that make a real difference to the liveability of our local communities, improving the economic attractiveness and social fabric of the region while assisting the CEO to achieve Council’s strategic direction.
  • Managing Council’s planning and environment function, economic development initiatives, health services, and a range of community support, services, and engagement activities to enhance the lifestyle and liveability of the Western Downs Region.