Our management team

Meet our executive leadership team

Sarah Cumming standing next to a window, smiling at the camera.
Sarah Cumming
Managing Director
Sarah commenced as Managing Director of Gippsland Water in April 2017.

Sarah has extensive experience in successfully leading transformational change and implementing large scale technology solutions across multiple tiers of government. Her expertise is in governance, strategic leadership, complex problem solving, business transformation and creating enabling cultures to drive sustainable futures.

An experienced litigation lawyer and business leader, Sarah also holds a Director role and is former President of the Institute of Water Administration (IWA), is an Executive of the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN), and is an Independent Trustee of a private charitable trust.

Sarah lives in Gippsland and is passionate about driving change that will build a sustainable future for her region, and State.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (ANU), Bachelor of Law (Honours) (ANU), and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) (Mt Eliza/Melbourne Business School). She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has completed further study at both the Cambridge Judge Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood
General Manager Operations
B. App. Sci. (Major Chem.), Post Grad.Cert. Environmental Eng., Cert. Lab. Tech.
Chris is passionate for the management and leadership of the organisation’s operational areas from catchment to environment from 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sector extending across the water, power and technical services, environmental and public health fields.

Chris is responsible for all operational service delivery from bulk water and waste transfer systems, water and wastewater treatment, potable water distribution, sewer reticulation, service contract and operational capital delivery, environment and healthy country to ensure reliable, efficient and effective outcomes for our customers, community, and the environment.

His commitment and passion to safety, innovation, and employee development fosters positive experiences for our customers and community.
Michael Crane, General Manager People and Customer, smiling at the camera
Michael Crane
General Manager People and Customer
B.Bus (Human Resources and Marketing)
Michael is a seasoned leader with a passion for enhancing the employee and customer experience. He is responsible for organisational development, safety, customer service and communications and engagement. With a diverse background spanning leadership roles in public and private sectors, Michael has a proven track record of delivering transformational change and inspiring performance.

Renowned for his ability to transform organisational culture, Michael fosters a positive and constructive culture that promotes collaboration, accountability, and innovation – inspiring teams to embrace change and work together towards a shared vision. He is passionate about developing capability and empowering leaders to reach their full potential. He places the highest priority on safety, recognising that all injuries can be prevented and fostering a culture of safety in the workplace.

Michael champions a customer-centric approach to enterprise leadership, which builds and maintains customer trust through transparent communication, meaningful engagement, genuine customer care and responsiveness to customer feedback.
Simon Aquilina, General Manager Commercial Business
Simon Aquilina
General Manager Commercial Business
(MAICD), B.App. Sci. (Major Chem.), Post Grad. Cert. Environmental Eng., Cert. Lab. Tech.
Simon is responsible for leading the commercial and operational management of our Gippsland Regional Agribusiness, Gippsland Regional Organics, and Property Services streams. The focus is to achieve the required safety, financial, business and environmental outcomes, whilst enhancing the customer experiences, meeting their product expectations, and enabling and supporting regional growth.

Simon has a broad background with experience in both the private and public sector, which has focussed on product quality, operational efficiency, economic viability and customer satisfaction. His experiences range from the power industry, laboratory, chemical manufacture, and for the past 16 years, in the water industry.
Nic Moss, General Manager Assets
Nic Moss
General Manager Assets
B.Eng. (with Honours) (Mechanical)
Nic is passionate about creating a culture where people achieve great outcomes that are strongly focused on looking after each other, positive customer experiences, and a sustainable future.

Nic is responsible for strategic asset management, asset and project planning, and major capital projects that result in sustainable asset operation, performance, replacement, and augmentation. Nic has experiences in both the private and public sector in operations and maintenance, asset management, production, and major capital projects.

Nic has a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) (Mechanical) from Monash University.
Wilco Seinen, Chief Financial Officer
Wilco Seinen
Chief Financial Officer
​MSc (Business Administration), EMFC
Wilco is responsible for financial sustainability, corporate governance, procurement, risk management and legal and economic regulatory compliance. Wilco has nearly 20 years of experience in senior and executive roles in rail and energy industries, in both the Netherlands and Australia.

Wilco’s expertise covers wide ranging aspects of finance; such as financial planning, business partnering and performance, financial modelling, feasibility, risk, project and contract management and governance. In previous roles, he successfully provided guidance to organisations going through dynamic transformational change, bringing people together to achieve organisational strategy and objectives.

As a leader, Wilco is passionate about continuous improvement, acquiring new skills and transferring those skills to the people he works with.
Danny McDonald Executive Manager Corporate Affairs
Danny McDonald
Executive Manager Corporate Affairs
FAMI, CPM, GradCert Mgt
Danny leads our Corporate Affairs workgroup, which is responsible for media and corporate communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement and economic development.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute; a former state vice president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and an occasional guest lecture speaker in Public Relations and Marketing at RMIT in Melbourne. He is also a member of RMIT’s Public Relations Industry Advisory Committee.

Danny has extensive senior leadership experience in public affairs, reputation management, issue and crisis management and stakeholder relations across all levels of government and the private sector, including as a consultant. He is also a passionate lifelong Gippslander.