Chris ready for new role
CHRIS Chapman, Coffs Harbour City Council’s new director of land use, health and development, started his new role on Valentine’s Day.
Even before he began work, the former general manager of Wakool Shire Council already had a love affair with the Coffs Coast, where he has been coming for holidays since growing up in Tamworth.
It was while he was on holidays with some of his old Armidale mates from the University of New England where he studied planning that he noticed the director’s job advertised.
Before he moved to Wakool Shire Council four years ago, Mr Chapman spent 10 years working in Brisbane and 10 years in Sydney.
He was the manager for both the Planning and Urban Design business units for UPS Brisbane – the largest land development consultancy in Queensland and one of the largest in Australia.
Earlier in his career, he held a senior executive role in Bhandled by Brisbane City Council, where he was the manager of development assessment.
He has held other leadership roles within Brisbane City Council; Connell Wagner (Queensland); Logan City Council and Pittwater Council in Sydney.
Chris and his wife, Jackie, have a nine-year-old daughter Alex and a six-year-old son Bill, who have both already started school at Mary Help of Christians Primary School in Sawtell.
The family has rented a house in Sawtell to give them breathing space to go house hunting over the next six months.
When he can get time away from work, Chris said he is a ‘very ordinary golfer’ who enjoys the walk and the environment.