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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.

Brett Millington - Acting General Manager People and Culture

Brett M
Brett has almost 20 years’ experience in the water industry, including executive leadership roles at East Gippsland Water and East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for the past decade.  He has also undertaken senior industry leadership roles including President of the Institute of Water Administration and co-chair of the Australian Water Association National Water Industry Capacity Development program.
Appointed Acting General Manager People and Culture in July 2017, Brett brings extensive experience in managing human resource and OH&S functions to Western Water.  He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Executive Operations) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma course.  
Brett is responsible for leading Western Water’s organisational development strategies including initiatives to further build Western Water's culture and develop leadership capability, and providing strategic counsel to the Board, Managing Director and the Executive Management Team. In addition, he oversees the employee relations, occupational health and safety, performance appraisal systems, learning and development and other human resource management functions.

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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