A key role of the Board is to ensure high standards of corporate governance exist within our organisation.
To achieve this, the Board focuses on:
- developing a culture of accountability across all areas of the business;
- developing strategies for implementation by our management team;
- ensuring appropriate policies are in place for all areas of the organisation; and
- providing effective guidance and leadership for staff.
The Board is able to achieve this through:
- a high level of reporting to the Board and stakeholders;
- fostering a culture of corporate governance, compliance and accountability; and
- identifying and pursuing opportunities for improvement.
Therese Anne Ryan - Chair (photo to come)
Ms Ryan appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 was a Director of Yarra Valley Water from October 2013 to September 2015. Ms Ryan was previously Vice President and General Counsel for General Motors International Operations, Shanghai. She previously held general counsel roles with GM Holden Ltd and Qenos Pty Ltd. Ms Ryan is a member of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Vicforests, Good Shepherd Microfinance and Fitted for Work. Ms Ryan has a Bachelor of Laws.
Sarah Cumming - B.A., LLB (Hons), EMBA
Appointed October 2011. Sarah is a lawyer and has an Executive MBA. She is the Executive Manager, and currently acting General Manager Corporate Services at Latrobe City Council. Sarah’s expertise is in governance, strategic advice, business solution design, business transformation and implementing regulatory reform. She has previously held a range of senior management positions at the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) covering the areas of registry compliance, public information, data integrity, major projects, including being ASIC's Business Lead for Data Migration on the National Business Names project. Sarah was previously a Litigation Lawyer with Slater and Gordon with expertise in personal injuries and employment law. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (ANU), Bachelor of Law (Honours) (ANU), and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) (Mt Eliza/Melbourne Business School) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sarah lives in Gippsland and has a strong interest in the local community.
Malcolm Eccles, MSc, CEng, MIET, MAICD, MCMI
Appointed October 2011. Malcolm is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Basslink Group (2007 – current). The group owns power and telecoms transmission assets. He was previously Basslink’s Assets and Operations Director (2005-2007). Malcolm previously held various senior engineering and management roles for Siemens Power Services (2002-2005) and British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (1986- 2002). He is a non-executive Director of City Gas Pte Ltd in Singapore (2011-current), which is the largest gas retailer in the country with more than 700,000 commercial, industrial and residential customers. He is also a Director and Executive Committee member of the International Cable Protection Committee (2007-current). Malcolm has international management experience having led projects and operations in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. Malcolm has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Management Studies. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer (CEng), a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (UK), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (US) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Malcolm has also completed an Advanced Management Program at Henley Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
GREG HADE (photo to come)
Mr Hade appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 was the Head of Finance at Merchant Energy AGL and has a background in finance for the electricity sector. He is a Trustee and Director at Equipsuper Pty Ltd. Mr Hade has a Bachelor of Business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
MARK DARRAS (photo to come)
Mr Darras appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 has 15 years’ experience as a Chairman, Deputy Chair or Director of Government and private sector Boards. He has Chaired a Commonwealth Government telecommunications regulator and agency (TUSMA), and has been Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of both Australia Post and John Holland Engineering. Mr Darras is currently a Director of Forestry South Australia, a Member of the Takeovers Panel and also a Special Counsel with Sparke Helmore Lawyers.
JANE OAKLEY (photo to come)
Ms Oakley appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 is the General Manager of Warragul Linen Service (a commercial business unit of West Gippsland Healthcare Group), and was previously the Regional Director Gippsland at the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation. She has a Graduate Certificate in Regional Leadership and a Diploma of Front Line Management.
MARGARET SUPPLITT (photo to come)
Ms Supplitt was appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 is a Director and Senior Project Manager at Crossco Consulting Pty. She is a member of the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee, East Gippsland Shire Economic Development Advisory Board, Company Secretary for Rivers Edge Residential Pty Ltd and committee member at the Bairnsdale Tennis Club. Ms Supplitt has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.
JO BENVENUTI (photo to come)
Ms Benvenuti appointed to the Board of Gippsland Water on 1 October 2015 is a Consultant to Consumer Affairs Victoria and has held various executive roles at consumer advocacy or social justice associations, including the Energy and Water Ombudsman. She is the Chair at the Consumers’ Federation of Australia. Ms Benvenuti has a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.
David Mawer, Managing Director. Dip.M, MSM, MBA,FAIM
David has held senior management roles internationally with electricity and gas utilities, both in the public and private sectors. Previously the Managing Director of Westernport Water, he is a former State Manager for BHP Billiton.
He is a metallurgist and has a special interest in utility markets and industry deregulation. He was a director of the gas market regulator of NSW for four years. David was formerly a Director of savewater! Alliance Inc and a Committee Member of the Australian Water Association. David oversees the organisation’s strategic and business planning and economic regulation.
NOTE: The Board Meeting Summary Document is not the official record of the Board Meeting. Formal Meeting minutes are prepared and presented to the Board for endorsement at the next Board Meeting.