Key Personnel

The Shire of Denmark is structured around three directorates; Governance, Corporate & Community Services and Assets & Sustainable Development. 

Chief Executive Officer

David Schober was confirmed in the role of Chief Executive Officer in March 2021 after holding the position in an Acting capacity since October 2019. Prior to this David held the Community Services Manager role with the Shire of Denmark. He has over 20 years management experience across the Local Government, not-for-profit and private sectors.


David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science as well as postgraduate qualifications in Management. His previous roles include Regional Manager Great Southern with St John Ambulance and Executive Manager of Community Services with the City of Albany.


David has lived on the South Coast since 1996 with his family and is a passionate community member volunteering in the sporting and education sectors as both a board member and coach.


Deputy CEO and Director Assets & Sustainable Development

David King commenced in the role of Director Assets & Sustainable Development in March 2019 and brings with him eight years of regional local government experience in the field. He has a strong customer focus and recognises the importance of delivering community needs and aspirations.


David holds a Masters Degree in Engineering, is a Chartered Professional Engineer with the Institute of Engineers Australia, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. David was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in August 2021.

Director Corporate & Community Services 

Gina McPharlin commenced in the role of Director Corporate and Community Services in August 2021 after serving as Acting Manager Corporate Services for eight months. Gina comes to the role with a background in accounting and project management in the private business, not-for-profit and State Government sectors.


Gina holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and is driven to lead her team to make data-informed decisions in order to achieve fair and transparent community focused outcomes.