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The Board of Directors are responsible for planning and managing the policies, strategies and objectives that drive Western Water.

The roles and duties of Western Water’s Board are established by legislation, Ministerial directions and letters of agreement.

The Western Water Board comprises Board Members with a wide range of relevant skills, experience and expertise.

Terry Larkins - Chairman

DipBus, PSM, JP
Appointed October 2015

Terry Larkins

Terry has extensive experience as a CEO in the Local Government and Health sectors, including the Macedon Ranges. His experience also extends to the water sector where he was a past Chair of Western Water, and a Board Member of Melbourne Water and the Victorian Water Industry Association (including Chair for two years).

Terry is currently a Board Member of Doutta Galla Aged Services, Victoria Local Government Association (currently Vice Chair), and Northern Melbourne Regional Development Australia. Locally he is on the Board of Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre and the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve. He has a long standing involvement in the local community.

Neil Brennan - Managing Director

Appointed July 2012

Neil Brennan

Responsible for leading and managing the organisation, Neil was appointed Managing Director of Western Water in July 2012.

Prior to his appointment Neil was the Managing Director at Central Highlands Water for 15 years and he has previously held CEO positions at Western Water and Macedon Region Water Authorities.

Neil has been employed in the Victorian water industry for some 32 years, and has had various Ministerial appointments to industry committees. He is currently a Director of the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Scheme Victoria (EWOV), Executive Council Member of the Institute of Water Administration (IWA) and Chair of the Victorian water industry's Intelligent Water Network's Steering Group.

Mr Brennan's academic achievements include a Graduate Diploma in Management, a Masters in Business Leadership and completion of the Oxford Advanced Management Programme.


Russell Anderson

BComm, ACA, GIA (Cert), MAICD
Appointed October 2007

Russell Anderson

Russell has extensive experience in financial management, governance, risk management and auditing gained from senior governance roles at Air New Zealand, the CSIRO, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Qantas Group.

Russell is actively involved in ensuring sustainability principles are adopted in corporate governance frameworks in the public and private sectors. He has provided independent governance reporting to listed public companies and government authorities incorporating financial and strategic risk analysis and is currently a director of public sector and not-for-profit bodies in the sustainability sector.

Professor Jane Doolan

BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD
Appointed October 2013

Jane Doolan

Jane is currently a Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra and the Chair of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and has more than 27 years experience in the sustainable management of catchments and water resources. She was also a Commissioner with the National Water Commission until its recent closure and was a Director with eWater Ltd.

Llewellyn Prain

LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), GAICD
Appointed October 2015

Llewellyn Prain

Llewellyn has worked as a commercial litigation lawyer and in senior roles at a number of government agencies. Through her firm, PrainWriting, she has helped develop public policy in a range of areas, including health, public transport and equal opportunity. She is currently a director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Public Transport Ombudsman of Victoria. She was an inaugural director of cohealth, one of the largest community health organisations in Australia, and is a past chairperson of the Western Region Health Centre. 



Michael McGarvie

Appointed October 2015

Michael McGarvie

Michael is currently Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Services Board, the regulator of the Victorian legal profession. During his private sector legal career he was a solicitor, then partner at the law firm, Holding Redlich for 23 years.

Michael was then appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2006-2009. Michael is also a Graduate in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies from the John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Russell Walker

DipBus(Acc), GradDip(Govt Acc), FCPA, MAICD
Appointed October 2015

Russell Walker

Russell has extensive experience in both the not-for-profit and public sectors. He was Assistant Auditor-General of Victoria (a position he held for 20 years), a Commissioner on the Victorian Commission of Audit, and has undertaken a number of consultancies, including for the Victorian Parliament's Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.

Russell is currently Board Member and Audit & Risk Committee Chair of Macedon Ranges Health. Russell has also been a past President of Guide Dogs Victoria, Board Member of the Royal Guide Dogs of Australia, Board Member of Coliban Region Water Corporation from 2010 to 2015, serving as Deputy Chair of the Board and Audit & Risk Committee Chair, and Chair of a Western Bulldogs Football Club major fundraising group.

Russell is an active member in the local community and is currently Vice President of the Gisborne and District Lions Club.

Rosa McQuilten

Appointed January 2016

Rosa McQuilten

Rosa McQuilten is a mathematics and literacy consultant with a long and distinguished career in education.

With family, she has established and developed a central Victorian vineyard which produced high quality reds. Rosa has extensive experience in small business management, workplace risk management, community aged care including resident advocacy.

Rosa has a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education.

Board committees

Western Water has three Board Committees. Each operates under approved Terms of Reference and is chaired by a member of the Board.

Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities by reviewing all matters related to corporate finance, auditing functions, review of financial statements and accounting policies. The committee also considers compliance with legislation and other activities and procedures, including insurance and risk management.

People and Culture Committee

The People and Culture Committee reviews remuneration and performance arrangements of executives and terms of employment for all employees.

Investment Review Committee

The Investment Review Committee provides strategic input into Western Water’s Capital Works Plan and monitors implementation of the plan in accordance with timeframes and budgets.

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