The Emerging Leaders Program provides a year of unique leadership-focused activities and experiences designed to develop and inspire emerging leaders or those aspiring to positions of leadership in the sector.


About the Program

Designed for emerging leaders in Local Government and those who aspire to positions of leadership, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an intense, enriching year of seminars, visits, tours, discussions, interactive activities and debate that foster participants’ leadership potential.

Participants gain access to practical insight from leaders across the sector, develop their leadership capabilities and professional attributes, forge new relationships across the sector, build stronger links between areas of expertise and increase their appreciation of the wider and emerging issues in local government.

Congratulations to the following participants selected for the 2023 program:

  • Nicholas Sapounas - Corangamite Shire Council
  • Michelle Forrest - Glen Eira City Council
  • Jason Brady - Horsham Rural City Council
  • Tahlia Grandin - Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Tom Haysom - Glen Eira City Council
  • Patricia Clive - Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Jayme Collins - Indigo Shire Council
  • Rewa Smith - Bass Coast Shire Council
  • James Madder - Frankston City Council
  • Samantha Cross - Cardinia Shire Council
  • Kate Hills - Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Justin Quinn - Whitehorse City Council
  • Will Gowans-Rief - Port Phillip City Council
  • Simon Fishlock - Hepburn Shire Council
  • Abby McCarthy - Yarra  Ranges City Council
  • Michael Eddington - Kingston City Council
  • Phoneix Wolfe - Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Heath Steward - Ballarat City Council
  • Lizzy Skinner - Darebin City Council
  • Mitchell Dedman - Hume City Council
  • Simran De Cruze - Monash City Council
  • Deanne Halpin - Yarra City Council
  • Kylie Sergi - Mildura Rural City Council
  • Jamye Grossman - Casey City Council
  • Brad Hender - South Gippsland Shire Council
LGPro is proud to announce this year's scholarship for professionals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with the support of Telstra. Congratulations to:

  • Belinda Crawford, Early Childhood Leader for Aboriginal programs - Latrobe City Council

Details of upcoming Alumni Events and registration is available here

Read, view, and listen to the practical insights of the 2022 Emerging Leaders cohort here



Nominations for the 2023 program are now closed.



LGPro would like to thank Telstra for sponsoring this year's scholarship, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals through this leadership program designed for emerging leaders in Local Government.



I saw ELP as a way to further develop my leadership skills and build networks with my Local Government colleagues. I gained more confidence in myself as a leader - the belief that I can take on leadership roles and strong networks with local government colleagues. - Hannah Rowlands, Strategic Communications Lead, Whitehorse Council