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The City of Unley has appointed Peter Kennedy as its new Business and Economic Development Manager. Mr Kennedy comes to the Council from New South Wales where he held a similar role at Leeton Shire Council for the past seven years.


Our CEO Peter Tsokas says Peter brings significant expertise and the necessary level of leadership and strategic vision to excel in the role.

“Extending our recruitment reach nationally was vital in ensuring we attracted a high caliber of applicants for this very important role. We received considerable interest, and after significant time spent narrowing down the field, we feel we have the perfect person,” says Mr Tsokas.

“Peter is very experienced in dealing with businesses, individuals and stakeholders and we all look forward to seeing his people skills in action here at the City of Unley.”

I have had the opportunity to get to know him a bit and I look forward to what might bring to Unley’s Business & Economic Development. As a member of the UBED committee I will get the chance to work with him

Peter boats an impressive resume having held high leadership roles in all levels of business. During his extensive career in the banking industry, he managed branches across NSW. A career change to the education sector followed, firstly as Site Manager of Narrandera TAFE Campus and then as Public Relations Manager for 17 campuses in the Riverina Institute. Most recently he held the role of Economic Development, Tourism and Events Manager at Leeton Shire Council where he was also responsible for the famous Roxy Theatre.

Peter is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and to bringing his national experience to the role.

“The City of Unley in my eyes has always been a prominent Council in Adelaide and one that punches above its weight, receiving attention for its innovative initiatives on a national scale,” says Mr Kennedy.

“I feel that the simple art of respect, both internally and externally is crucial in any management position and this along with flexibility and integrity will be the cornerstone of how I approach this role.”

His family will follow him to Adelaide in the coming weeks.