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Executive Management

Accountable to the Board, the Executive Management Team is committed to achieving our corporate and strategic objectives.

The Executive Management Team consists of the Managing Director and General Managers in five areas: Customer & Community Relations, Strategy & Planning, Business Services, Capital Program Delivery and People & Culture.

Neil Brennan - Managing Director

Neil Brennan

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

Graham Holt - General Manager Customer and Community Relations

Graham Holt

Graham has over 30 years’ water industry experience in Australia and internationally.  His experience includes leading large customer service and operation teams at UK-based Thames Water, where he established international projects in Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. More recently, Graham held the position of General Manager Customer and Community at Central Highlands Water in Ballarat.

Appointed General Manager Customer and Community Relations in October 2014, Graham is responsible for delivering Western Water’s customer service outcomes. This includes responsibility for the customer contact centre, customer support programs, communications, metering, property services, community engagement, network operations and water supply operations.

Livia Bonazzi - General Manager Strategy and Planning

Livia Bonazzi

Livia has more than 17 years' experience leading the design and implementation of large scale strategic business improvement programmes across Australia and the Pacific.

Livia has previously consulted with major water retailers and worked at Moreland City Council as Director, City Infrastructure.

Livia has a strong track record in delivering substantial commercial growth and performance improvement. Her qualifications include an MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Planning and Design.

Julie Williams - General Manager Business Services

Julie Williams

B Bus (B&F), M App Fin, GAICD

Julie has over 24 years' experience in the energy sector including roles as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at Powercor and Citipower. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance), a Masters of Applied Finance and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie is a Certified Practising Accountant Associate Member and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed as Western Water's General Manager Business Services in April 2014, Julie is responsible for Western Water's finance, regulation, governance and risk functions.

Bernie Moss - General Manager People and Culture

Bernie Moss
Appointed in October 2017, Bernie leads the People and Culture function for Western Water which involves the development and implementation of strategy and initiatives that align our people to the achievement of Western Water’s corporate and strategic objectives.  Bernie’s portfolio incorporates all aspects of people management, organisational development, cultural change, diversity, employee relations, safety management and employee wellbeing.

Bernie has over 23 years’ experience in the people management field, gained across a broad range of industry sectors including retail, government, pharmaceuticals, professional services, energy, engineering & construction, technology and transport.  Bernie has worked for both government and private enterprise, including a number of ‘big brand’ global and domestic organisations.   

Robert Murphy - General Manager Capital Program Delivery

Robert Murphy

Robert is an MBA-qualified engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in managing infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally.

Robert has held positions at City of Yarra and J.B. Barry Consulting Engineers in Ireland and more recently as an Engineering Consultant / Principal Civil Engineer at MWH Australia.

Appointed General Manager Capital Program Delivery in June 2016, Robert is responsible for the delivery of Western Water’s extensive capital works program and the developer and property service functions.

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