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Managing Director

​Sarah Cumming


Managing Director

Sarah commenced as Managing Director of Gippsland Water on 5th 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, business transformation and creating enabling cultures to deliver process improvements.

In addition to her previous role of the General Manager Corporate Services at Latrobe City Council, Sarah's experience covers a range of senior management positions at the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), and commenced her career as a litigation lawyer with a national law firm.

Sarah lives in Gippsland and has a very strong connection to the Gippsland community.

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.

General Manager Operations

Chris Wood

B. App. Sci. (Major Chem.), Post Grad.Cert. Environmental Eng., Cert. Lab. Tech.

General Manager Operations

Chris is responsible for management and leadership of the organisation’s operational areas of water and wastewater treatment, bulk water storage and supply, bulk waste transport, potable water distribution, sewer reticulation and information technology. Chris is passionate about developing people and creating a culture of innovation for a positive employee and customer experience.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sector in the power industry and technical services, environmental and public health fields and has a passion for implementing innovation and process improvements in an operational environment. His experiences range from the power industry, laboratory, environmental and engineering consultancy and for the past 15 years in the water industry.

General Manager Business Transformation

Melissa Thek

B.Bus (Mgt and Marketing), M.Project Management

General Manager Business Transformation

Passionate about the vision of a digital utility in the Gippsland Water context, Melissa is responsible for leading Gippsland Water’s business strategy, innovation and technology agenda.

Melissa is focused on ensuring that Gippsland Water is a sustainable and agile business, fostering strategic partnerships and alliances with key internal and external stakeholders to deliver economic solutions for the business and the region.

With over 20 years’ experience within government, client services and commercial environments, Melissa brings with her a wealth of experience and responsibility in leading and delivering transformational change on a national scale including digital platforms and other significant IT and legislative changes.

General Manager People and Customer

Michael Crane

B.Bus (Human Resources and Marketing)

General Manager People and Customer

A leader in the human resource sector, Michael is known for his ability to transform cultures, drive accountability and inspire performance. With expertise in human resource management, safety, organisational development and risk, his experience spans leadership roles in the tertiary, oil and gas, local government and employment services sectors.

Michael has significant experience in delivering transformational change in complex organisations and has a passion for uniting others towards delivering innovative solutions to enhance the employee experience. Furthermore, Michael has proven ability to develop and implement value driven strategy through partnering at the highest level of organisations. Michael has a keen passion for developing leadership capability, talent management and enabling high performing cultures.

General Manager Commercial Business

Simon Aquilina

B.App. Sci. (Major Chem.), Post Grad. Cert. Environmental Eng., Cert. Lab. Tech.

General Manager Commercial Business

Simon is responsible for leading the commercial and operational management of our Agribusiness and Soil and Organic Recycling Facility business streams to achieve the required safety, financial, business and environmental outcomes, whilst enhancing the customer experiences and meeting their product expectations. 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 11 years, in the water industry.

General Manager Assets

Nic Moss

B.Eng. (with Honours) (Mechanical)

General Manager Assets

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.

Chief Financial Officer

Wilco Seinen

​MSc (Business Administration), EMFC

Chief Financial Officer

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.

About Us

Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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Contact Us

55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500

Fax: (03) 5174 0103

Interpreter service: 1313 450

TTY: 1800 555 677