Warren Roberts


Warren recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer, Stonnington City Council. A qualified Municipal Engineer with post graduate qualifications in business he was  employed in Local Government for over 30 years during which time he established a broad range of industry networks and contacts.

Warren has served on both the State and National Boards of IPWEA and during this period Warren has been both State and National President where he represented Australian Public Works Engineers both Nationally and Internationally. He has also served as the Convenor of the National Works and Engineering Conference and has been actively involved with other emerging sector issues.

Warren has a keen interest in the Environment and Sustainability, Strategic Planning and also on the challenges facing the Industry and Profession with Recruitment and Retention of Staff, and in the promotion of Engineering and Local Government as a career.

Warren was appointed a Trustee in January 2007 and elected Chairman in November 2011. He is active in contributing to the promotion and ongoing sustainability of the Foundation.

The prestigeous IPWEA National Keith Wood Medal was awarded to Warren in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding service to local government engineering.

Warren was recognised for his contribution to local government by the National Board of IPWEA and awarded Emeritus Membership on 3oth March 2017.


Phone: 0418 564 783 Email:


Claudio Cullino

Claudio_Cullino1Claudio is a qualified Civil Engineer and former Municipal Engineer with a distinguished career of 38 years in local government, and served a two year period as CEO at the Civil Contractors Federation Vic.

Claudio, with his daughters, has established MECC Consulting P/L servicing local and State governments.

Claudio is committed to improve the capacity in delivering public works and infrastructure: his qualifications and affiliations are:

Fellow of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow IPWEA; a Board member of the State Division and former Treasurer on the National Executive of IPWEA; and a Trustee of the Municipal Engineering Foundation, Victoria.  Claudio was granted the prestigious Emeritus Member Award by the National Board on 20th April 2016. Claudio has also been awarded the prestigious Cedric Tuxen Medal for Engineering Excellence in local government.

He is committed to public service and continues to advocate for the continuous improvement of public policies and more importantly to practices that lead to better communities.

Appointed as a Trustee in December 2003, Claudio welcomes the opportunity to promote the Foundation’s values to the sector.

Phone (Mobile): 0407 600 080 (B) 03 9639 5484


Rob Mitchell, Dip CE, FIE, Aust CP Eng, AAIM

Rob-MitchellRob has a long career in the consulting industry and a strong interest in municipal engineering. He commenced his engineering career in 1967 and was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of WBCM Group, a major engineering and planning consulting company in Victoria, in 1996. He has served as Chairman and a committee member on the national committee of Local Government Engineering for Engineers Australia. Rob was appointed as a Trustee in December 2004.

Phone 0425 784 311

Mark Varmalis

Photo - Mark Varmalis

Mark is the Director Environment & Engineering at Yarra Ranges Council, which is located east of Melbourne and covers areas of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. He has worked in local government engineering since 1984. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering and Management and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark has a commitment to the advancement of staff in Local Government through the creation of networking, skills improvement, personal development and industry development opportunities provided by industry associations. He is actively involved with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, previously holding board member roles at State (2003 – 2016, serving two years as President in 2010 and 2011) and Australasian levels (2009 – 2015).  Through IPWEA Mark represented Local Government on issues relating to Road Safety, Contract Management, and Alternative Water Supply.

Mark has a commitment to the professional development of public works engineers and is a strong supporter of industry associations and the leadership they provide to the sector.

Mark was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 1st January 2013.

Contact: Phone (Business): 61 3 9294 6353 Email:

Geoff Glynn

Photo - Geoff Glynn DGeoff is currently the Director Assets and City Services at Banyule City Council.  As a qualified civil engineer with further post graduate qualifications in business management and municipal engineering, Geoff has over 25 years experience working in the local government industry across a broad variety of engineering functions.

Geoff is active in the Victorian municipal engineering industry having previously held a position on the Victorian Board of IPWEA and also an active member on the IPWEA state conference committee and in organising other professional development events.  Geoff has a keen interest in improving industry collaboration and in improving professional development of public works engineering across the sector.  Geoff was awarded the prestigious MEFV Award for Excellence in Engineering (the Cedric Tuxen Medal) in May 2019.

Geoff was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 1st August 2014.

Contact: Ph (business) 61 3 9457 9982 Mobile: 0419 750 446 Email:



Merv Paton

Photo_-_Merv_Paton__2_In December 2013 Merv retired as the Director of Operations at the National Office of Local Government Managers Australia in Melbourne.  He now works from his home consulting part time as a finance officer.

Since 1989, he worked with LGMA (Vic Division) and on amalgamation of the Victorian Divisions of IMM, IMEA and VMCSA in 1996 was engaged as the Office Manager / Deputy Executive Director before commencing employment with the LGMA (IMM) National Office in 1997.  Merv also became Secretary of the Foundation in November 1996 and continues in that role.

Prior to 1989, Merv had an extensive military career including active service in Vietnam.  On resigning from the Army he held the rank of Major.

Phone (Business): 0412 115 055 Email:

Trustees and Officers of the Foundation

Three eminent Municipal Engineers were invited to be the first Trustees of the Foundation and they were Cedric Tuxen, City Engineer, City of Brighton (Chairman); John Knee, City Engineer, City of Melbourne; and Len Cheffers, City Engineer, City of Camberwell. The roles and tenure of the Trustees are shown below.


Cedric Tuxen, City Engineer, City of Brighton April 1966 – October 1976

John Knee, City Engineer, City of Melbourne April 1966 – May 1973

Len Cheffers, City Engineer, City of Camberwell April 1966 – June 1987

Keith Wood, Shire Engineer, Shire of Whittlesea June 1971 – October 2011

Alan Robertson, City Engineer, City of Ringwood July 1973 – December 1994

John Macklin, City Engineer, City of Wangaratta June 1973 – May 1981

Peter James, City Engineer, City of Colac December 1976 – August 1988

Robin Nuttall, City Engineer, City of Ballaarat July 1981 – December 2006

John Nichol, Shire Engineer, Shire of Werribee August 1987 – December 2004

John McKenzie, Shire Engineer, Shire of Ararat November 1988 – December 2003

Robert Ward, Manager Physical Services,
Mornington Peninsula Shire January 1995 – December 2012

Claude Cullino, Director City Development,
City of Manningham/MECC Consulting January 2004 –

Robert Mitchell, Managing Director,
WBCM Pty. Ltd January 2005 –

Warren Roberts, Chief Executive Officer,
City of Stonnington January 2007 –

David Powell, Director Environment &
Infrastructure, City of Boroondara January 2012 – August 2013

Mark Varmalis, Director Environment &
Engineering, Yarra Ranges Shire Council January 2013 –

Geoff Glynn, Director Assets and City Services,
Banyule City Council August 2014 –


Cedric Tuxen April 1966 – February 1972

Len Cheffers February 1972 – September 1983

Peter James September 1983 – August 1988

Alan Robertson November 1988 – December 1994

Robin Nuttall February 1995 – December 2006

Keith Wood February 2007 – October 2011

Warren Roberts November 2011 –


Cyril Lowenstern, City Engineer April 1966 – October 1971

Bob Keogh, Keogh Wood & Assoc . February 1972 – July 1981

Barbara Fraser, WBCM Consultants July 1981 – May 1995

Merv Paton (seconded from ALAIS) May 1995- November 1996

Merv Paton November 1996 –