About the Program

ELP is designed for emerging leaders in Local Government and also for those who aspire to positions of leadership.

Each year ELP participants are assigned a group project which they work on throughout the year and present their findings in both a report and at a session at the LGPro Annual Conference.

ELP graduates have formed a network that meets to provide a forum for peer support and to promote professional development through a range of dedicated events and activities.

For further information contact Leanne Bickley at [email protected] or phone (03) 9268 6401.


Nominations for the 2022 program will open on 6th October and close COB 10th November.

On-line information session 
for potential nominees, supervisors of potential nominees or anyone wanting to learn more about the program: Wednesday 6th October at 5.00pm - 6.00pm. Interested parties can register their interest to attend by clicking here.

2021 intake

We are pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2021 LGPro Emerging Leaders Program. Congratulations to the twenty four participants and their Councils.
Great ready to experience new connections and bolster your leadership experience in Local Government

Liam McArdle (Banyule)
Heather Burns (Maroondah)
Trent Bursill (Ballarat)
Leanne Carbonneau (Baw Baw)

Michael Connolly (Swan Hill)
Sophie Dixon (South Gippsland)
David Echeverry (Murrindindi)
Caroline Gillies (Casey)
Michelle Guhl (Dandenong)
Fiona Henningsen (Whittlesea)

Mira Josevska (Yarra City)
Marjorie Kennedy (Boroondara)
Andrew Leary (Golden Plains)
Fiona McGilton (Mornington)

Aoife Mulligan (Yarra City)
Simone Nolan (Wangaratta)
Leigh Northwood (Nillumbik)
Robert Parker (Glen Eira)
Claire Pepin (Pyrenees)

Amber Stuart (Moreland)
John Stamatopoulos (Manningham)
Kyla Sullivan (Baw Baw)
Dean Umback (Mildura)
Clare Warren (Frankston)




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, Communications Coordinator, Whitehorse Council