1. Home

ARC recognised with Local Government Excellence - Women in Leadership Program

Armidale Regional Council (ARC) has been recognised with a NSW Local Government Excellence Award nomination for its Women in Leadership Program.

Council’s general manager James Roncon established the program after he commenced in 2021 and soon realised that there was a lack of female representation in leadership positions across all levels of the organisation.

“Developing opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally was a key objective of the change journey and culture development that the organisation had to undertake in 2021,” said Mr Roncon.

“Over the last couple of years we have put a lot of effort into providing a culture that fosters the growth of women and values their unique insights into leadership and management. Often women already possess many of the skills and attributes of a humanistic and encouraging values based leadership style so it makes good business sense that they should hold positions of influence.”

ARC has partnered with the Dattner Group whose flagship leadership courses and women’s programs are assisting women in council at all levels of leadership, on a transformational journey that links women’s ambition with their deepest sense of purpose and core values.

The goals around the program are to ensure gender parity within its leadership group and have women stepping up and driving change within the organisation and not only be seen, but more importantly heard and valued for their contribution. The impact of this program is not only on current participants, building confidence and leadership capability, but it will develop strong role models and mentors for the next generation of women who join Council.

“We are already starting to see women in the organisation that have been through the program stepping up and backing themselves to take on leadership positions,” said Mr Roncon.

“In the past women in the organisation have felt that they can’t influence a decision or contribute to creating a better workplace. Since we commenced our Restore and Thrive change journey and have an alumni of women who have completed the Women in Leadership Program I am starting to witness more and more women in the organisation sharing their unique insights and backing their own abilities to deliver some great initiatives for the community and the organisation.”

Latest stories


Pothole program reaches record levels
Armidale Regional Council (ARC) has filled more than 10,000 pesky potholes in recent months, thanks in part to a significant grant from the NSW State Government.
Engineers to visit major Council projects
Engineers Australia members have been invited to attend presentations followed by a site visit regarding the Kempsey to Armidale Road Recovery Project and the Oaky River Dam.
Ulysses members rev up for Armidale AGM
One of Australia’s largest social clubs will be holding its Rally and AGM in Armidale in March 2025 attracting participants from all over Australia, which will result in an economic boom for the region.
Christmas comes early for Armidale
Santa has decided the residents of Armidale have been so good this year that he will be delivering them a giant Christmas tree to adorn the Beardy Street Mall.
Sky's the limit for new aviation school
A new flying school - that is equipped with cutting-edge technology and a team of experienced instructors – has taken off in Armidale.
Free mulch to help residents conserve water
Green thumbs and avid gardeners will be able to access free mulch as part of Armidale Regional Council’s water conservation campaign
Largest building at Armidale Airside Business Park breaks ground
Construction has started on the much-anticipated Aerohealth site which will be the largest building at the new Armidale Airside Business Park.
East Mall to become vibrant community space
The eastern end of the Beardy Street Mall in Armidale will undergo a major transformation turning it into a vibrant and active public space for the community to enjoy.
October ordinary council meeting wrap-up
Catch up on October's ordinary council meeting 2023
Heal, Thrive, Belong. Make your next medical career move to Armidale
Bushwalking, kangaroos and excellent schools are just some of the attractions GPs from Armidale have cited as drawcards in a video aimed at attracting new medical professionals to the region.