Chief Operating Officer
Louise Adams is Aurecon’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for driving the financial, operational and people performance across all areas of the business to achieve the Group’s strategic business goals.
Louise became the first female Executive Director on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013 and is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for Women in Leadership. She has a passion for organisational diversity and the role it plays in innovation, and is an advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM.
Here is what Louise said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“As engineers, designers and advisors, we at Aurecon play a vital role in providing communities with essential services. Living in our major Australian cities, we take many of these services, such as clean access to drinking water, for granted. But we are very conscious that for some areas of the world, including remote parts of Australia, this is a privilege. As our Water team, committed to meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation – for all, often says ‘We know that each of us is just a drop in our water system but together we can generate a ripple, make a wave, and create a better world.’ We want to get behind Walk for Water so that together we can create change where it’s needed most.”
Australian Water Association
Corinne is the CEO of the Australian Water Association (AWA). With 25 years’ experience, she has held a variety of roles at Sydney Water and the Australian Water Association in water quality; environmental management; operational and compliance reporting; water education and community engagement; before turning her focus to data and analytics to solve water problems, drive decisions and innovate. Corinne also worked in PwC’s Data Consulting practice for a few years with C-suite clients defining and implementing data strategies and transformation programs across a range of sectors including finance, government, energy and not for profits.
While she started out early in her career as an environmental scientist and later turned her focus to data and analytics, what she loves the most is working with people who share her sense of purpose and optimism about the future. In 2020, she found herself drawn back to the water sector to lead AWA where she enjoys working with an amazing and diverse range of professionals who focus on creating a sustainable water future.
Here is what Corinne said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“The Australian Water Association is Australia’s largest water network and our purpose is to inspire and drive a sustainable water future. As host of National Water Week I could not think of a better way to celebrate and make a contribution to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
It is an honour to take part as a Water Leader in Walk for Water. In line with the National Water Week theme ‘Caring for water and Country’ I will incorporate indigenous sites in my walks and reflect on the cultural importance of water for our First Nations People. Importantly this is a great opportunity to make a contribution to safe water sanitation and hygiene through the work of WaterAid."
Water Market Leader - Victoria
Lindsey is a water industry leader and influencer looking to make a dent. With her finger on the pulse of water issues and industry trends, she has a reputation for pushing boundaries and looking for new partnerships and collaboration opportunities everywhere. As the Water Market Leader – VIC for GHD, she leads the state’s largest cohort of water professionals to support utilities in delivering great outcomes for customers, community and the environment. She is active in a number of industry associations including the AWA, IWA, WaterAble and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She’s passionate about diversity, sport, food, her dog and her family of five -pretty much in that order.
Here is what Lindsey said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“GHD is a longtime partner of WaterAid and we see their mission totally aligned with ours, in delivering lasting community benefit.
I joined as a Water Leader because I believe in the work that WaterAid does and Walk for Water is a great way to support that work while having a lot of fun!”
Jacquie Moon & Brendan Moore
Pride in Water
Jacquie (she/her), living on Wurundjeri land. (Melbourne, Australia) has worked in the water industry in Australia for 5 years as a senior Graphic Designer at Yarra Valley Water. Jacquie's lived experience as an LGBTIQ+ person and a vision for a better world draws her to work with organisations that are brave, thought leaders and change makers. Her interest as a designer in inclusion and passion for the visual storytelling of marginalised voices, has driven the work of co-founding Pride in Water with Brendan, the LGBTIQ+ pride network for the Australian water industry.
Brendan Moore (he/him), living on Wurundjeri land (Melbourne, Australia), has worked in the water industry in Australia for 10 years as an engineer and scientist in operational, construction and consulting roles. Brendan is motivated through his lived experience as a gay man working in the water industry to advocate for change, strong leadership, equality and safety for all. He is passionate about the water industry and its key role in people’s lives and the wellbeing of the environment and ensuring that any one else who has a passion for water feels safe, included and valued in the industry – especially those from the LGBTIQ+ community, driving him to co-found Pride in Water with Jacquie in 2019.
Here is what Jacquie and Brendan said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“Our passion is to drive the water industry’s into a space where LGBTIQ+ employees and customers feel safe, included and valued and to help extend that right to the broader international community as well.
We hope that by joining the Walk for Water we can be part of raising awareness of the impact of accessing clean water, sanitation, and removing barriers for members of he LGBTIQ+ community throughout the world to access these fundamental human rights.”
In his current role as Chief Executive of SA Water, David leads one of the country’s largest integrated water utilities, serving more than 1.7 million customers across South Australia.
Prior to joining SA Water, David was Managing Director of Melbourne’s City West Water, and held executive roles at bulk water company Melbourne Water.
By championing key values fostered through his background in regional Australia, such as sustainability, diversity and customer-centricity, David works to ensure water services help build and enhance communities and enable economic development.
Here is what David said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
"Every day, I come to work focused on providing safe, clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services to more than 1.7 million South Australians. Unfortunately, these are privileges many people across the world don’t have, which is why I want to get involved with this WaterAid initiative and why I connect with the broader work the organisation does.
This sentiment is shared by our people across SA Water – that every person should be able to access these essential services at both an individual and community level."
South East Water
South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen, is passionate about the role water plays in a healthy life and healthy communities, and has a special interest in the role of innovation and technology in enabling efficient and affordable water and wastewater services.
Before joining South East Water in 2020, Lara was Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Products at Tesla Energy in America, and also led the Business Development and Industrial Products team for Tesla Australia.
Lara’s extensive experience in the utility sector includes roles as head of strategy for CitiPower PowerCor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group and co-founding Billcap, an energy platform that helps customers and retailers manage their usage and bills.
Here is what Lara said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“At South East Water, we focus every day on delivering clean water and treating waste for our customers. As we do this, it is easy to forget that many places around the world don’t have access to clean water.
Ensuring equitable access to healthy water is something that both our employees and our customers support us doing. Walk for Water is a great way to not only raise funds to address this, but to support our physical and mental health during a challenging time globally.”
Roch is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019.
Roch is active across the industry and is currently director of the Water Services Association of Australia, and member of the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee.
A dual French and Australian citizen, Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and is passionate about innovation and workplace diversity in the organisations he leads.
Here is what Roch said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
"As Australia’s largest water utility, Sydney Water is proud to do its part to ensure access to clean and safe drinking water around the world.
We have a long track record in supporting Wateraid and I’m looking forward to getting out and about to support this great cause.
Whether it’s walking, running and bike riding, this is great opportunity for our people to support their health and well-being during this challenging time."
Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
Adam is the Executive Director of WSAA, a position he commenced in 2011. Adam provides national leadership in policy positions for the Australian urban water sector on issues including industry reform, liveable cities, water quality, climate change, customer engagement and asset management. Adam also holds a number of non-executive Board roles including the Global Water Research Coalition.
Here is what Adam said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“WSAA is pleased to be joining Walk for Water in 2021 and I’m excited to join as a Water Leader to highlight how many people, especially women and children, around the world need to walk to get their water. As we seek to meet SDG 6 - clean water and sanitation for all, Walk for Water is another way to raise awareness about those who need our support.”
Xylem – Australia & New Zealand
Brian Krishna is Managing Director Xylem Australia & New Zealand, with twenty-five years of experience in the water sector working and living on Australia's east and west coast. Brian holds an MBA leading an executive team passionate about solving water challenges. Brian is a genuine person in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to accomplish their goals and have fun doing it. Brian is inspired daily by the challenge of solving our water issues, bringing education and technology to many communities. He is also very passionate about attracting youth into the water sector, becoming the heroes of the future. Being authentic drives and motivates Brian. Married with three children, he enjoys beach holidays, bush walks and family fun together.
Here is what Brian said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“Xylem’s vision is that water is essential to life. And our life’s work is water. We devote our technology, time and talent to advance the smarter use of water. We look to a future where global water issues do not exist. We hope that by joining the Walk for Water we can bring more awareness to the challenges faced around the globe.
Brian is proud to be a Water Leader as he is inspired daily by the challenge of solving our water challenges, and is passionate about bringing education and technology to many communities.”
Yarra Valley Water
Pat is Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of Australia’s largest water utilities providing water and sanitation services to 2M people across Melbourne. In a career spanning over 30 years in the water industry, Pat has played a lead role in the water sector in addressing critical challenges such as extreme drought and rapid population growth.
Here is what Pat said when asked about the partnership with WaterAid.
“We have a fundamental role in ensuring the UN Human Right to safe, affordable water and sanitation is a reality for the community we serve. But we know that for so many other communities this is not a reality. Taking part in this challenge not only reminds us of the importance of our work but also extends our impact to make a positive difference in communities less fortunate than ours.”