Saturday, March 28, 2015


Our Board

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.

Our Board 

Portrait of Chairman Richard McDowellRichard McDowell - DBus. (Accounting), FCA, CTA, Reg. Tax Agent and Reg. Company Auditor, MAICD, (Board Chairman - Appointed 2007)

Richard  is a Chartered Accountant and has recently retired after 37 years as a Director of Gippsland Accounting firms and continues to hold directorships and is involved with the financial management in a number of private companies.

Richard has over 19 years' experience in the water industry through his previous role as Deputy Chair of East Gippsland Regional Water Corporation and his membership of the Audit Committees of both East Gippsland and Gippsland Water corporations. He has also held audit and risk committee chairmanships with local government, hospitals and Gippsland Ports Authority. Richard's family home was in Maffra for 38 years, he has two adult daughters and is an active member of many community groups.

Portrait of Director Peter Day

Peter Day - LLB, M Admin., FCPA, FCA, GAICD

Peter has a background in finance and general management in mining, manufacturing, food and financial services industries, as well as a number of public interest areas. His last executive role was as Chief Financial Officer for the global packaging group Amcor.

He is a former Chairman of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. He is currently a director of a number of ASX-listed companies.

Sarah Cumming - B.A., LLB (Hons), EMBA

Appointed October 2011.   Current term expires September 2017.   Sarah is a lawyer and has an Executive MBA. She is the Executive Manager at Latrobe City Council and previously held a range of senior management positions at the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) covering the areas of registry compliance, public information management, data integrity, business development, major projects and law reform implementation. Sarah was ASIC's Business Lead for Data Migration on the National Business Names project and most recently was responsible for designing and implementing ASIC's Business Name compliance approach. Her expertise is in providing strategic advice on registry compliance initiatives and complex business solution design. Sarah was previously a Litigation Lawyer with Slater and Gordon with expertise in personal injuries and employment law (1997-2003). Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (ANU), Bachelor of Law (Honours) (ANU), and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) (Mt Eliza/Melbourne Business School). Sarah lives in Gippsland and has a strong interest in the local community.

Malcolm Eccles, MSc, CEng, MIET, MAICD, MCMI

Malcolm Eccles is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Basslink Pty Ltd (2007-current) and was previously Basslink's Assets and Operations Director (2005-2007). Malcolm was formerly the Service Delivery Manager with Siemens Power Services in the United Kingdom (2002- 2005) and prior to this held various senior roles with British Nuclear Fuels (1986-2002). He is a Director of the International Cable Protection Committee (2007-current).  Malcolm has international management experience having worked in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.Malcolm is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Management Studies. Malcolm has also completed an Advanced Management Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Ms Leonie Hemingway

Leonie Hemingway, until this year was a self employed consultant providing strategic services to government, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Ms Hemingway has a background in local, State and Federal government.  She is chair of 2012 IDSF World DanceSport Championships Standard Management Committee, a panel member for Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel, Ambassador for Open Family Australia/Whiteline and Director Australian International Opera Awards and is Deputy Chair of The Growth Areas Authority (GAA).

Ormond Pearson (Deputy Chair)

Ormond Pearson is a consultant/facilitator, and provides a locum Chief Executive Officer service. Mr Pearson has 30 years’ experience as a Chief Executive Officer of public health services in SA and Victoria including West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Colac Community Health Service and Barmera District Hospital (SA).  Mr Pearson is a Ministerial Delegate to the Board of Portland District Health and a Director of GippsTAFE  He holds a Bachelor Degree of Health Science Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Public Accountants.

Bernadette Hannagan

Bernadette was the General Manager, General Merchandise for Target Australia (2012 – 2013). Ms Hannagan was previously a senior manager with Pacific Brands Ltd (2001 – 2009) as Group General Manager (2007 – 2009) and General Manager, Pacific Brands Asia (2006 – 2007). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Fashion Apparel Design and Engineering at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE. Ms Hannagan has a Bachelor of Business, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and has undertaken leadership management programs.

Portrait of Managing Director David Mawer

David Mawer, Managing Director.   Dip.M, MSM, MBA,FAIM

David has extensive international private and public sector experience in senior executive roles in electricity, gas and water utilities, including national industry deregulation.

Previously the Managing Director of Westernport Water, he is a former State Manager for BHP Billiton. A metallurgist, David is also a former director of the NSW gas market regulator. David is also a Director of SaveWater Alliance.

Board Meetings
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.

27 May 2011 Board Agenda
27 May 2011 Board Summary
24 June 2011 Board Agenda
24 June 2011 Board Summary
22 July 2011 Board Agenda
22 July 2011 Board Summary
26 August 2011 Board Agenda
26 August 2011 Board Summary
23 September 2011 Board Agenda
23 September 2011 Board Summary
28 October 2011 Board Agenda
28 October 2011 Board Summary
23 November 2011 Board Agenda
23 November 2011 Board Summary
16 December 2011 Board Agenda
16 December 2011 Board Summary
24 February 2012 Board Agenda
24 February 2012 Board Summary
30 March 2012 Board Agenda
30 March 2012 Board Summary
27 April 2012 Board Agenda
27 April 2012 Board Summary
25 May 2012 Board Agenda
25 May 2012 Board Summary
22 June 2012 Board Agenda
22 June 2012 Board Summary
20 July 2012 Board Agenda
20 July 2012 Board Summary
24th August 2012 Board Agenda
24th August 2012 Board Summary
28 September 2012 Board Agenda
28 September 2012 Board Summary
26 October 2012 Board Agenda
26 October 2012 Board Summary
22 November 2012 Board Agenda
22 November 2012 Board Summary
21 December 2012 Board Agenda
21 December 2012 Board Summary
22 February 2013 Board Agenda
22 February 2013 Board Summary
22 March 2013 Board Agenda
22 March 2013 Board Summary
26 April 2013 Board Agenda
26 April 2013 Board Summary
31 May 2013 Board Agenda
31 May 2013 Board Summary
21 June 2013 Board Agenda
21 June 2013 Board Summary
26 July 2013 Board Agenda
26 July 2013 Board Summary
22 August 2013 Board Agenda
22 August 2013 Board Summary
27 September 2013 Board Agenda
27 September 2013 Board Summary
25 October 2013 Board Agenda
25 October 2013 Board Summary
22 November 2013 Board Agenda
22 November 2013 Board Summary
20 December 2013 Board Agenda
20 December 2013 Board Summary
21 February 2014 Board Agenda
21 February 2014 Board Summary
28 March 2014 Board Agenda
28 March 2014 Board Summary
April 2014 (1 May 2014) Board Agenda
April 2014 (1 May 2014) Board Summary
23 May 2014 Board Agenda
23 May 2014 Board Summary
27 June 2014 Board Agenda
27 June 2014 Board Summary
25 July 2014 Board Agenda
25 July 2014 Board Summary
19 August 2014 Board Agenda
19 August 2014 Board Summary
26 September 2014 Board Agenda
26 September 2014 Board Summary
24 October 2014 Board Agenda
24 October 2014 Board Summary
28 November 2014 Board Agenda
28 November 2014 Board Summary
19 December 2014 Board Agenda
19 December 2014 Board Summary
27 February 2015 Board Agenda
27 February 2015 Board Summary
27 March 2015 Board Agenda

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