Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer - Ian Bodill 


Ian’s career in Local Government has spanned some 30 years in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. During this time, he has worked as a Chief Executive Officer for 25 years at various Local Governments including Longreach Regional Council, Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Shire of Broome, Serpentine/Jarrahdale, Bridgetown/Greenbushes, East Arnhem Shire Council, Tammin, Lockhart Aboriginal Council and Mount Marshall.

His qualifications are:

  • Local Government Diploma TAFE (WA)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Business (Property Valuation)
  • Master of Emergency Management (Executive Dean’s Award)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors 2017 (GAICD)
  • Excellence in Local Government Leadership Programme - Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)-2011

Ian sees his role as primarily bringing all stakeholders together with the view to having a common direction and outcomes for the people of Katherine.

Director Corporate Services  - Kerry Whiting


Kerry joined Katherine Town in May 2021, bringing over 29 years of local government experience to Council. Prior to arriving in Katherine, Kerry spent the last three years in QLD with time at Barcoo and Mornington Shire Councils, 10 years with East Arnhem Regional Council and over 3 years with Palmerston City Council in the Northern Territory. Kerry also had 7 years in the Northern Territory Government, at Darwin Port Corporation.

Kerry has formal qualifications with a Bachelor of Business, Master of Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Master of Business Leadership. Kerry is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA).

Kerry is passionate about ensuring Local Government councils are financially sustainable, are able to manage their risks appropriately and are regarded as an employer of choice, particularly for local constituents.

Kerry is married to Rae and they have three children. Bianca (based in Howlong, NSW), Mitchell & Makaela (based in Howard Springs, NT). Kerry is an avid fisherman and enjoys outback camping and hiking. He looks forward to contributing to the Katherine community and enjoying what this fantastic part of Australia has to offer. 

Director Community Services - Rosemary Jennings 


Rosemary joined Katherine Town Council in 2013 as part of the Corporate & Community Services Team.  During her extensive time with the organisation, Rosemary has worked across many areas including Rates Administration, Human Resources, Customer Services and Administration, Council Facility Management, Community Event Delivery, Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement.

Currently working in the position of Director Community Services, Rosemary oversees the delivery of Council’s Public Library, Regulatory, Community Event and Visitor Services whilst providing necessary collaborative support to all other areas of Council service delivery.

As a long term Katherine Local, Rosemary has a strong understanding of the Community and the importance of stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Her local knowledge is supported through her further studies in Business Administration and Project Management (ongoing).

Director Infrastructure and Environment - Brendan Pearce 


Brendan Pearce joined Council as the Director Infrastructure and Environment in May 2020.

Brendan was born and raised on a wheat farm in the Mallee country of northwest Victoria.

He has previously held senior positions in local government in Queensland and Victoria bringing with him over 3 decades of experience in engineering and infrastructure operations.

Brendan holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Federation University in Ballarat and a Master of Business Administration from La Trobe University.

He and his partner Michelle live in Katherine and enjoy travelling and catching up with family and friends.