The Acting Minister for Water, The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, has appointed the new board of directors for Greater Western Water (GWW), commencing 1 July 2021
The GWW board includes new directors and previous City West Water and Western Water directors ensuring fair representation at a board level of both organisations and a mix of required skills.
The inaugural Chair will be David Middleton (pictured), who has been Chair of City West Water for the past six years and brings a depth of experience in the water sector.
The new GWW board includes Western Water directors Llewellyn Prain, Claire Filson and Liza McDonald, and City West Water board directors Bruce Cohen and Tania Fryer.
New members to the board include Matthew Burns, a proud Taungurung man and CEO of Taungurung Land & Waters Council, Efim Tkatchew, an experienced chief financial officer, and Linda White, a skilled lawyer with extensive board expertise.
Earlier this month, Maree Lang was announced as the inaugural Managing Director of GWW.
In welcoming the new GWW board, Maree paid tribute to those who have served on the Western Water and City West Water boards.
“I would like to acknowledge the outgoing directors of Western Water and City West Water for their contribution and commitment to the water sector,” she said.
“In particular, I thank Andrew Cairns for his significant contribution as the Western Water chair.
“I look forward to working with the new GWW board. This team of highly qualified, dedicated directors will guide Greater Western Water through its early phases from 1 July 2021 and represent the diverse community of which they are a part,” she said.
The selection process was overseen by an independent selection panel, chaired by former CEO of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Ben Hubbard.
Greater Western Water’s formation follows work by the Victorian Government, City West Water, Western Water and Melbourne Water to identify the best way to cater for population growth in the region and deliver high quality, affordable water services.