Mentoring for Mayors and Councillors

LGNSW offers a free and confidential mentoring service for new and returning councillors and mayors. The mentoring service provides access to guidance and support from highly experienced and well regarded colleagues.


LGNSW’s mentoring service provides elected members with:

  • Contact with colleagues with understanding, knowledge and experience of issues in a local government context
  • An independent sounding board
  • Flexibility in timing and frequency of contact.

Issues discussed with mentors

LGNSW has been offering its mentoring service since 2012. Mentors’ advice has been sought on a range of issues including:

  • Relationships with general managers and other elected members
  • Managing disruptive behaviour of fellow councillors
  • Financial sustainability and possible solutions
  • Conflict of interest
  • Code of conduct complaints
  • Local government reform
  • Contractual negotiations
  • Meeting procedures.
Feedback from mayors who have utilised the program has been extremely positive:

'I have found [my mentor] a great support when dealing with difficult issues'

'The advice is honest and accurate. Emails and phone calls were returned promptly'


Communication with mentors can occur via phone, email, Skype or in person, depending on the location of the mentor and the elected member. The mentoring service does not cover accommodation and transport costs to councils outside of the region where the mentor resides.


The following highly qualified mentors are available to support elected members.

Mayoral Mentors

Jenny Dowell OAM: former Mayor Lismore City Council.
Allan Ezzy AM APM JP: former Mayor Holroyd City Council; former LGA Executive; Bluett Trustee.
Genia McCaffery: former LGA President, former ALGA President and former Mayor of North Sydney Council.
Peter M Speirs OAM: former Mayor of Temora Shire Council, former Chairperson Goldenfields Water County Council.

Councillor Mentors

Julie Hegarty
Julie Hegarty: former Director LGNSW, former councillor Pittwater Council
Greg Matthews
Greg Matthews: former Vice President (Regional/Rural) LGNSW, former mayor and councillor Dubbo City Council


Mayors and councillors can access the mentoring service by emailing