Leadership & Structure

‘Leading, engaging & supporting strong & vibrant communities’

Snowy Valleys Council is led by a Chief Executive Officer and comprises two departments, each headed by an Executive Director.  The Executive team also includes an Executive Chief Of Staff and a Chief Financial Officer. 


Matthew Hyde - Bust.jpg Matthew Hyde,Chief Executive Officer

Matthew has 20 + years’ experience in local Council and comes from Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns in Queensland where he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Tablelands Regional Council.

He has a strong background in developing resilient work-forces and communities that are able to manage the changes that future growth and diversity bring.

Matthew is focused on strengthening community engagement and strategic management to deliver high quality and affordable services in partnership with the Snowy Valleys Community and the Canberra and Riverina regions.

Heinz Kausche, Executive Director Infrastructure


Paul Holton, Executive Director Community & Corporate

Paul has worked in local government for 30 years and has more than 15 years experience as a senior executive. He is an accomplished public sector leader who has worked across a broad range of local government portfolios and in a range of roles including Manager, Director, General Manager and CEO.

Paul comes from Metung in Victoria and most recently held the position of Director Development with the East Gippsland Shire Council. This role encompassed strategic leadership across Land Use Planning, Building Approvals, Environmental Health, Local Laws, Recreation Facilities, Economic Development and Commercial Enterprises.

Susanne-Andres_1.jpg Susanne Andres,  Chief Financial Officer

Susanne has over 15 years commercial experience in business and financial management in Australia and overseas, and for the past four years held finance management roles with two Queensland Local Councils.

She brings a whole-of-organisation approach to financial and resource management with a strong background in people development and strategy implementation.


Shelley Jones, Executive Chief Of Staff