Executive Team


Chief Executive Officer – Ross Musgrove

Ross Musgrove has been the Chief Executive Officer at 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 and in 2019 reduced the borrowings of WDRC to zero.

Ross has held senior positions in the Queensland Government, where he was instrumental in service delivery improvement across the public sector.

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

Infrastructure Services General Manager – Graham Cook

Graham Cook has over 36 years of experience in Local Government delivering services to the community.  He is a qualified Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ) and is a Fellow Member of Institute Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).  In 2013, he was awarded Engineer of the Year from the Institute of Public Works Engineer Association, Queensland Division.

With a strong focus on Council’s strategic priorities, Graham aims to provide strategic leadership to the Infrastructure Services team to deliver sustainable infrastructure and services that support the diverse Western Downs region.

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.