City Announces New Director


The City of Joondalup has announced the appointment of Chris Leigh as the new Director of Planning and Community Development.

The appointment was endorsed by the Joondalup Council at its December meeting earlier this week.

Mr Leigh replaces Dale Page, who left the City last month to take up the position of General Manager, Planning and Economic Development at the City of Perth.

Mr Leigh has served as the City’s Manager Planning Services since November 2016, and prior to this was a Senior Associate at CLE Town Planning and Design and a Senior Planner at the City of Stirling. He is also the current President of the Local Government Planners Association.

He will lead the City’s Planning, Community Development and Library, and Regulatory Services business units.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Mr Leigh’s appointment followed a rigorous selection process involving a highly competitive field of candidates.

“Chris brings strategic nous, experience and skills to this position,” Mayor Jacob said.

“His knowledge and familiarity with our processes and people, and the issues we are dealing with, will stand him in good stead.”

Mr Leigh commences in the role on Monday 20 December 2021. The City will begin the process of appointing a new Manager Planning Services early in the New Year.