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.


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.

Acting Director Corporate & Community Services 

Lee Sounness commenced in the role of Director Corporate & Community Services (Acting) in August 2020, following two and half years as Manager Corporate Services with the Shire of Denmark.

Lee is driven to add value and make a positive contribution towards achieving the strategic goals of the organisation.


Lee holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Management along with postgraduate qualifications in Investment Fiduciary Essentials. He has over 20 years of financial management experience across the not-for-profit sector, private industry and commercial sectors.