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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

Peter Skeels

BBus. (Acct. and Economics), FCPA

General Manager Operations

Peter 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. He is also responsible for Gippsland Water’s internal service functions of safety, health, security, and emergency management.

Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the utilities sector and has held a range of senior leadership roles in varied infrastructure, and service based businesses within this market segment.

General Manager

Paul Clark

Grad. Cert. Dispute Resolution

General Manager Customer and Community

Paul is responsible for Corporate Communications, Customer Service, Major Customers and Property Development.

With a background in the utilities sector, Paul holds post graduate qualifications in dispute resolution and has extensive experience in customer service and stakeholder management.

Previously the General Manager of Customer and Market Services with Essential Energy in New South Wales. Paul is committed to community engagement and effective communications with customers and the community.

Acting General Manager

Chris Wood

Acting General Manager Business Transformation

(Permanent position of General Manager Business Transformation currently being advertised.)

General Manager

Michael Crane

General Manager People and Culture

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.

Executive Manager Commercial Business

Simon Aquilina

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

Executive 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

Sarah Heath

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, FCA

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah is responsible for the Financial Services and Governance teams, which includes the areas of accounting, pricing policy, and economic regulation, as well as resilience, procurement, legal and records management and overall governance.

Sarah qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. As well a previously working as an external auditor in both Australia and the UK, Sarah has significant previous experience in financial reporting and economic regulation in the water and sewerage sector, working for the UK’s largest listed water company, United Utilities PLC, for ten years prior to joining Gippsland Water.

Sarah has a special interest in how financial management and governance can contribute to an organisational focus on customers and continuous improvement. She believes the expectations of both customers and regulators are rapidly changing and that water utilities must be adaptable and flexible.

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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Gippsland Water Head Office, 55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500
Fax: (03) 5174 0103
Interpreter service: 131 450
TTY: 1800 555 677

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