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New Managing Director announced

25 January 2019

Western Water Chairperson, Andrew Cairns, has today announced the appointment of Jeff Rigby as the organisation’s Managing Director.

Mr Rigby joins Western Water from Coliban Water in Bendigo, where he has been Managing Director for seven years. Prior to that role, he was Managing Director of Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water based at Horsham. 

Mr Cairns said Mr Rigby would commence his appointment on 4 March 2019. 

“Jeff has a proven track record of delivering strategic objectives and targets, steering organisations through challenging periods and putting into place long-range strategies that ensure sustainable operations and improve overall organisational performance for the customers and communities that he has served”. 

“He is well regarded within the water industry and broader community and will join Western Water at a time when the business is dealing with the challenge of significant customer growth.” 

“As an organisation focused on building liveability, affordability and efficient services with and for the communities in which we operate, Jeff has a long history of working in a collaborative and connected manner to deliver people focused outcomes”. 

“Jeff is well placed to lead Western Water and to support the delivery our mission of building strong communities, growing together.”

 Mr Rigby is also a Board director of VicWater, the State Association for the water utility sector, and, former Board director of Water Services Association of Australia, the national peak body for the urban water sector. He is also a chartered professional engineering executive and chartered secretary. 

Western Water commenced recruitment activities for its new Managing Director late last year after the resignation of Neil Brennan in August 2018.

 Mr Cairns said, “As we welcome Jeff to the organisation and the skills and capability that he will bring, the Board would like to acknowledge and thank acting Managing Director Rob Murphy for his excellent contribution as leader during the past seven months”.  

“Rob has worked tirelessly on delivering our current strategic commitments.  He has also driven our corporate plan for the year and ensured the business remained focused and united in providing excellent service for our customers and community” Mr Cairns said.   


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