YOUR WATER LEADERS

To help raise both awareness and funds for Walk for Water this year, we have assembled a team of outstanding ambassadors, who we call our
"Water Leaders". 

We are extremely honoured to have the support of such outstanding leaders from across the water industry.

Kevin Werksman
Managing Director, Water
Aurecon

Kevin is Aurecon’s Managing Director for Water, where he is responsible for leading Aurecon’s water community, the work we do for water clients, and our relationships with water clients and water industry. Kevin is also responsible for implementing Aurecon’s vision to be the water adviser and partner of choice, partnering with clients and industry to innovate and create positive impacts for communities.  

Kevin has extensive experience in development and delivery of water programs and projects, design and implementation of strategic transformations for water entities, and providing water policy advice. Kevin is passionate about bringing teams to life and loves collaborating with others to find innovative pathways to create a more liveable and sustainable world. 

Kevin is also a Director of the Australian Water Association and supporter of the water industry’s role in inspiring and driving a more sustainable water future.

Here is what Kevin said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“Water plays a significant role in our daily lives and everyone deserves access to clean water. 

At Aurecon, we believe we have a broader stewardship role to play and deep responsibility to hold to create a better world for tomorrow. We do this by addressing some of the world’s most urgent needs including access to clean water for people living in remote areas. We also do this through engaging in the conversations, building greater water literacy and understanding of water challenges, and advocating for change. 

By joining Walk for Water our Water community is doing our part to contribute to society and drive towards a more liveable future. We understand that each of us is just a drop in the water cycle. But one drop is all it takes to create a ripple, make a wave and create a better world. 

I am honoured and proud to be a Water Leader. I look forward to connecting with industry peers and co-creating solutions to solve our water challenges and improve water literacy in our communities."

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Corinne Cheeseman
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Water Association

Corinne is the CEO of the Australian Water Association (AWA). With more than 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.

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Michael Wilson
Group Chief Executive
eWater Limited and Australian Water Partnership

Michael Wilson became Group CEO of eWater Limited in 2022, and was previously CEO of the Australian Water Partnership. eWater is a not-for-profit company owned by all Australian governments which exists to provide expertise, technology, advice and tools to enhance sustainable water resource management in Australia and overseas.  Michael sees himself primarily as an international development practitioner and headed the Australian aid program in mainland southeast Asia from 2011 to 2014.  Prior to joining eWater, Michael spent 25 years working in senior government roles spanning foreign policy, international development assistance, national security, natural resource management and conservation, and the arts.

Here is what Michael said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

Access to clean and reliable water is a basic human need, a human right, and fundamental if we are to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals. While it is important to focus on how water is used to produce food and maintain human and environmental health, it is also important to think about where it comes from, and how we ensure there’s enough water for all these needs in the future.  ‘Walk for Water’ reminds us that in many parts of the world, access to water is far from equal and far from guaranteed.”

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Chris Yeats
General Manager - Water Services
Downer

As General Manager, Water Services, Chris has operational and leadership responsibility for all Downer Utilities Water projects and programs in Australia. He has in-depth knowledge of the design, construction, operations, maintenance and asset management of water and wastewater infrastructure.  He is ultimately responsible for the performance of the Water business within Downer in Australia.

Chris draws on over 29 years’ experience in the water industry, initially in the UK and for the last 23 years, within Australia. Chris has worked for Downer and predecessor company Tenix for the past 16 years. Prior to this, Chris worked for a variety of consulting engineering companies including Maunsell (now AECOM), MWH (now Stantec) and Babtie Group (now Jacobs).

Chris is passionate about development of skills in the Water Industry. He has a strong track record in developing and growing team members, building long-term capability. Chris is also committed to innovation, delivering value and ensuring long lasting relationships through service excellence and performance.

Here is what Chris said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“In the western world, many of us take ready access to a clean, safe and abundant supply of water for granted. In other parts of the world this is not the case. I am walking for water in support of the excellent work that WaterAid do in this area. On another note, the last couple of years have been as stressful as they could be in our industry. Personal wellbeing and taking care of yourself is as important as it ever. Walking is great for wellbeing and proven to be an excellent way to get fitter and improve mental health. So a great cause with wellbeing benefits is really a no brainer.

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Lindsey Brown
Australian Market Leader - Water
GHD

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 Australian Market Leader – Water, she leads GHD's large 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 why she supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“GHD is a longtime partner of WaterAid and we see their mission totally aligned with ours, in delivering lasting community benefit.

I participate in Walk for Water each year because it reminds me to be grateful for my privilege and the opportunity I have to help others.”

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Daniel Weaver
Managing Director
Interflow

Daniel Weaver is the Managing Director of Interflow, and the fourth generation of the Weaver family to lead the company. As someone who has grown up in the industry, Daniel understands the important role that safe and accessible water plays in creating healthy communities.

Today, Daniel is leading Interflow towards its vision: to be the leading provider of pipeline infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand. He unlocks value for Interflow’s customers, people and communities as he strives to ensure that Interflow is a company that people want to work for and customers want to partner with, to deliver world class pipeline infrastructure solutions.

Here is what Daniel said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“Interflow has supported WaterAid for many years. For us, water and the water industry has always been such an important part of our lives, our business and our family. It’s been part of who we are and what we do since the business was founded by my great grandfather in 1936.

For our family, supporting WaterAid is a way of giving back and playing our part in improving the lives of other families and communities, making a difference both now, and also for future generations.

My parents visited Timor-Leste in 2013 and saw firsthand the difference even the most basic amenities can make to the health and happiness of the people within these communities. 

Walk for Water reminds us that the playing field isn’t level and that we, as water leaders, have an important role to play in changing that.

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Stuart Cassie
Chief Operating Officer
Seqwater

Stuart has more than 25 years' leadership experience in complex infrastructure assets, holding senior global operational roles in Tier 1 engineering and professional services organisations and now as Chief Operating Officer of Seqwater. He has a deep passion for clean water, sanitation and hygiene that started during at university, studying Tropical Public Health Engineering, and has been reinforced living and working around the World, especially in Africa.

Here is what Stuart said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“As a passionate cyclist and trail runner, combining a love of exercise and raising funds and awareness for WaterAid through Walk for Water is the perfect combination!"

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Lara Olsen
Managing Director
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 purposeful 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 why she supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“Supporting WaterAid Australia and Walk for Water is true to South East Water’s purpose to deliver healthy water for life for our customers, community and environment.

For communities that don’t have healthy water – for hygiene, for health, for liveability – the impacts are far reaching, impacting gender equity to education. Our employees not only understand this but know that the work we do every day to deliver clean water and treat waste supports healthy and flourishing communities. We want that for our global neighbours too and it’s why we commit to Walk for Water.”

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Roch Cheroux
Managing Director
Sydney Water

Roch Cheroux is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019. Before joining Sydney Water, Roch held roles as Chief Executive of SA Water, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.

In any organisation Roch leads he champions customer, innovation and workplace diversity and has successfully led transformation programs to embed technology, culture and systems changes to deliver improved experience for customers.

Roch is active across the industry and the Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia, and member of the Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee. He holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management.

Here is what Roch said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

"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."

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Anna Jackson
Chief Executive Officer
Unitywater

Anna Jackson was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2022. Anna comes to Unitywater from state government-owned SA Water, where most recently she was General Manager Customer and Commercial. Anna has also held executive roles responsible for business strategy, water security and quality, innovation, customer engagement and environmental and social governance.

Anna currently holds roles on the Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee as well as Water Services Association of Australia’s Liveable Communities Committee.
Previously, Anna held roles in Australia and Asia Pacific for large multi-national Coffey, and aerospace and defence company Raytheon.
Here is what Anna said when asked why she supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

Here is what Anna said when asked why she supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“Women and children in some of the world’s poorest communities walk for hours just to collect water. It’s easy to take clean water for granted and not think twice when turning on the tap.

Taking part in Walk for Water builds awareness of an important global issue, and if we can do something as simple as walking, we can help make a difference to those who need it most.

At Unitywater, we know the value of water and what it means to keep communities healthy. Our commitment to community extends beyond our service region to our support for WaterAid, and ensuring everyone has access to clean, safe water.

I became a Water Leader to shine a spotlight on the issue of clean water and sanitation for everyone. Without clean water, whole communities are held back and the burden is even greater on women and girls. We can all play a small part to improve the lives of so many others who don’t have the same privileges as we do.”

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Paul Arnold
Chief Executive Officer
Urban Utilities

Paul Arnold commenced the position of Chief Executive officer of Urban Utilities from 1 September 2022. With more than 30 years in the natural resources industry, Paul brings a breadth of experience to help shape the future of water and wastewater in South East Queensland. Paul believes that water is central to our way of life and how our cities, towns and regions grow and develop. He is proud to be part of a business that was so connected to its people, community and the local environment.

Here is what Paul said when asked why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“I’m honoured to take part in Walk for Water to help raise much-needed funds for WaterAid and generate awareness around the important global issue of water inequality. Each day I walk will act as a sobering reminder to be grateful for the privileges we enjoy in Australia, in terms of a access to a safe and reliable water supply. 

Participating in Walk for Water is a simple way we can all help to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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Karlene Maywald
Chair
WaterAid Australia

The Hon Karlene Maywald has dedicated her career to the sustainable management of water and improving access to water for all.  Karlene is the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants and holds a broad portfolio of Board positions including Chair of the CRC for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture, Food and the Environment; Chair of the Peter Cullen Environment and Water Trust; and a Director of the Australian Water Association. 

She is currently the South Australian Water Ambassador where she is focused on water policy advise, international water diplomacy and supporting Australian water businesses to improve export opportunities.

Karlene was elected to the South Australian Parliament between 1997 and 2010 and served as a cabinet minister from July 2004 until March 2010. Her portfolio responsibilities included the River Murray and Water Security,

At the National level, Karlene was a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council from 2004 to 2010 and she chaired the Australian National Water Commission between 2012-2015.

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Dona Tantirimudalige
Managing Director
Westernport Water

Dona is an experienced leader within the Victorian water industry and has a strong passion for the role of the public sector in creating a fair and just society.

Dona has eight years of experience as a Board Director and 24 years of experience across both metropolitan and regional settings in the water industry with experience in strategic planning, customer experience, and the asset life cycle. Dona is the current Chair of South-East Monash Legal Services, past Chair of Women’s Health in the South East, and is a past president of and remains on the board of the Institute of Water Administrators. She is also a non-executive director on Inverloch & District Financial Enterprises Limited (Inverloch Bendigo Bank), and the water industry representative on the EWOV Board.

Dona is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Master’s in Public Policy & Management, and a Bachelor of Engineering (civil – honours).

Here is what Dona said when asked why she supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“Access to clean water, and sanitation services, are a basic human right, and essential for health.

WaterAid works tirelessly to create a world where everyone has access to safe water and effective sanitation, and I think it is important that we all play our part in creating that future.”

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Brian Krishna
Managing Director
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 why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“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.

I am proud to be a Water Leader as I am inspired daily by the challenge of solving our water challenges, and am passionate about bringing education and technology to many communities.”

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Pat McCafferty
Managing Director
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 why he supports Walk for Water and joined on as a Water Leader.

“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.”

 

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