Executive Team

Mark Dupe

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Dupe

Mark is a Senior Executive with 30 years of experience at senior levels in the private, Local Government and not for profit sectors. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Baw Baw Shire Council, Mark served as Interim CEO and as Director Corporate and Community Services.

Mark has worked both domestically and internationally throughout his career. Mark joined the organisation from his previous role as General Manager Corporate Services at National Heart Foundation of Australia. Mark has also held senior executive positions at Telstra, Bayside City Council and Knox City Council. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, an MBA and post graduate IT qualifications. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a CPA.

Cohen Van der Velde

Director Community Infrastructure

Cohen Van der Velde

Cohen is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 16 years of experience, predominantly in Local Government, including his most recent role at Bass Coast Shire Council as Manager Infrastructure Delivery for over six years. Cohen’s experience includes senior management roles across a broad range of business functions including engineering design, construction and project management. Cohen, who undertook his secondary schooling in Warragul, has a real passion for working closely with communities and highly values the power and impact of community engagement and public participation. Cohen will lead Council's infrastructure and assets portfolio ensuring projects and services are delivered in-line with community needs and expectations.

Mark Kestigian

Executive Manager Economic Development and Advocacy

Mark Kestigian

Mark is a senior public affairs executive who has managed communications, marketing and government relations’ teams for leading public sector organisations, including Port of Melbourne Corporation, Strategic Industry Research Foundation (SIRF), Port of Hastings Development Authority, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). Mark also has experience in identifying key markets, developing strategies, managing communications and creating effective marketing campaigns for a range of ASX-listed technology companies.

Martin Hopley 

Acting Executive Manager Corporate and Customer Service

Martin Hopley

Prior to local government, Martin was Chief Information Officer at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance where he was responsible for the delivery of the State Resource and Information Management System.

Mr Hopley is also a qualified primary school teacher, qualified project manager with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is in the final stages of completing a Master of Business Administration (Corporate Governance) with Deakin University.

Chrisanya Martin

Acting Executive Manager Strategy, Community Services and Finance


Chrisanya has over 20 years’ experience in local government, in NSW, Victoria and the UK, and has worked at Baw Baw Shire for the last 10 years. She has managed a variety of functions, including Corporate Strategy, People and Culture, Financial Services and Community Services, and has skills in policy and planning, corporate and business strategy, service design, engagement and facilitation.

Chrisanya originally studied geography and environmental planning, whilst completing a Master of Environmental Management. She has a particular interest in the design of government services, having completed a Diploma of Management and a short course on service design at the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Local Government; she is currently enrolled in the Master of Design Futures at RMIT, with a focus on human centered design within the sector. 

James Reid  

Director Planning and Development


James brings more than 30 years’ experience in strategic and statutory planning to Council, having previously served as Planning Director at a leading national consultancy firm in addition to extensive leadership experience in the Local Government sector.

The former Victorian President of Planning Institute Australia, serving in the role from 2014-16, and a former co-editor of industry magazine Planning News, James holds both a Bachelor of Planning and Design and Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning.

Director Corporate and Community Services

This position is currently vacant.