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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.

Andrew Cairns - Chair

BEng (Electrical), AFAIM, GAICD

Appointed October 2017

Andrew Cairns

Andrew was previously appointed as a Director of the Coliban Board in October 2007 and as Chairperson in October 2011. Andrew is CEO of Community Sector Banking and a former Head, Community Solutions and Partnering for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd. He has held senior management positions with a range of private sector organisations including as Chief Executive Officer of Community Telco Australia Pty Ltd (2001–2010).

Andrew is a Director of Loddon Mallee Housing Services, Bendigo Affordable Housing Company and SEFA Australia.

Dr Jane Doolan (Deputy Chair)

BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD
Appointed October 2013

Jane Doolan

Jane is currently the Environment Commissioner at the Australian Productivity Commission and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

Previous positions she has held include Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra, Chair of the Murray- Darling Freshwater Research Centre and Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Jane 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 and was a Director with eWater Ltd.

Jeff Rigby - Managing Director

Jeff Rigby

BEng Civil, MEng Sc, MBA, CPEng, FIEAust, EngExec, NER, FAICD, FGIA, FCIS, MIPAA

Jeff Rigby was appointed by the Board and commenced at Western Water in March 2019.

Jeff was previously the Managing Director at Coliban Water since December 2011.

Jeff has 34 years of experience working in the water industry in regional Victoria. He was the Managing Director of Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water from 2007 prior to joining Coliban Water.

Since 2017, he has been a Board Director of VicWater, the State association for the water utility sector. Jeff also serves as a Board Director of Castlemaine Health, a regional public hospital.

Jeff is a chartered professional engineering executive and chartered secretary.

Michael McGarvie

Appointed October 2015

Michael McGarvie

Michael is a Senior Project Adviser to Jesuit Social Services in ecological responses to community disadvantage, Adjunct Professor at Monash University Law School and for 8 years until 2017 held the position of Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Services Board, the regulator of the Victorian legal profession. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 2006-2009. During Michael’s private sector legal career, he was a solicitor, then partner at the law firm, Holding Redlich, for 23 years.

Michael is a landscape gardener and registered apiarist as well as a Graduate in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies from the John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Claire Filson

LLB, MBA(Exec), Grad Dip App Corp Gov, FGIA, MAICD

Appointed October 2017.

Claire Filson

Claire is a non-executive director with an extensive background in financial services, superannuation, insurance, funds management, infrastructure and property including ports, roads, rail and water utilities.

Claire is currently a director of Murray Irrigation Limited, Port of Hastings Development Authority, TT-Line Pty Ltd and Deputy Chair of the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority. She is also an independent member of several audit and risk committees and is a former Director of South East Water (2000-2006). Ms Filson has a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Business Administration (Executive), Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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. She has extensive experience in developing and communicating public policy.

Llewellyn is an experienced company director and currently serves on boards in the health, water and alternative dispute resolution industries. 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.

Llewellyn is a member of the VicWater Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2017. She is an associate of the Nous Group and provides consulting services in public policy, diversity and inclusion.

Judith Holt

Appointed October 2019

Jude has had 25 years’ experience in senior management and executive positions in local government and on the Coliban Water senior management team. She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Risk Management, is a Fellow Member of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. She is currently a Board Director of Inglewood & Districts Health Service and CVGT Australia, and is the Executive Manager Organisational Capability of Mount Alexander Shire Council where she has responsibilities for risk and safety, people and culture, governance and business improvement.

Les McLean

BBus (Accounting), FCPA, GAICD, FIWA

Appointed October 2019

Les has extensive senior executive management experience in the Victorian water and health sectors.

Les is currently Board Director and Audit Committee Chair of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority. Previously, Les has been past President and Committee Member of the Institute of Water Administration Inc. (IWA), AgriWest Inc., and the Sunbury Little Athletics Centre Inc.

Les was a member of Western Water's senior Executive Management Team from June 2006 to April 2014, holding the roles of Executive General Manager Commercial Services and Executive General Manager Strategy and Performance.

Les has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Water Administration Inc. Les is also a recipient of the IWA's highest individual award, the Barry E Leach Award, for exemplary service to IWA and the Victorian water industry.

Lisa McDonald

Appointed October 2019

Lisa is currently Chair of the Governance Committee at Lower Murray Water Corporation. As Managing Director of a consultancy company, she provides comprehensive strategic business and community engagement strategies, including the coordination of high-level communications and performance evaluation of the Government’s transport industry reforms. She holds various qualifications in communication and negotiation and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Board committees

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

Community, Value & Environment

Assists the Board to ensure Western Water’s assets, operations and strategies deliver services that are valued by customers and community and create a healthy, liveable and sustainable environment.

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. All members of the Committee are independent.

People and Culture Committee

Assists the Board with oversight of OH&S, culture, leadership development, succession planning, continuous improvement and induction, as well as remuneration.

Strategic Futures Committee

Assists the Board to examine how Western Water efficiently services growth and supports liveability in the West in an affordable manner for customers and the community that ensures quality, safety, value and certainty while improving economic, social, environmental, cultural and prosperity outcomes in the western region.

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