Councillor Michael Regan was the first popularly elected Mayor of Warringah in 2008 and was re-elected by the community in 2012. Under his leadership, numerous projects such as the completion of the Narrabeen Lagoon trail and the creation of the All Ability Precinct at Collaroy were implemented.
Warringah was awarded the A.R. Bluett Memorial Award, which recognises the best-performing council in the state. The prestigious award acknowledged a wide range of accomplishments including organisational improvements, a sound financial position, collaboration with community groups and a strong emphasis on projects serving the arts community. Council was also recognised for its excellent infrastructure renewal programs including the Forestville Sporting Facilities. Prior to being elected to Council, Michael worked in the local government sector for nearly two decades in a range of roles including customer service, cleansing and town planning.