Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer - Ian Bodill 


Ian was born in Grahamstown South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 1986.

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.

His qualifications are:

  • Local Government Diploma TAFE (WA) – 1993
  • Graduate Diploma in Business - 1997
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - 1999
  • Master of Business (Property Valuation) - 2015.
  • Master of Emergency Management (Executive Dean’s Award) 2017
  • 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.

Chief Operating Officer - Claire Johansson 


The primary responsibility of the role is finance and long term financial stainability for the Katherine Town Council.

Claire has worked in local government for the past five and a half years with the Katherine Town Council. Prior to this time, Claire worked in the health sector for fifteen years and as a company director for a successful construction business for over 10 years.

Claire obtained her Master of Business (with distinction) from James Cook University in Queensland, an IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning and has received awards for introducing the largest and most comprehensive rollout of accrual accounting, change management and various innovations and initiatives while working for Queensland Health.

Claire has thirty years experience across a wild range of fields including government, business management in the health sector, change management, infrastructure, project management, and construction.

Executive Manager of Infrastructure and Environment - Brendan Pearce 


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

Brendan was born and raised on a wheat farm in the Mallee country of north-west 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.

Executive Manager of Community Services - Rosemary Jennings