Board and Management Team

Directors of TasWater

On 15 February, 2013 TasWater Chairman, Miles Hampton was joined by six Directors to form the Corporation's new Board.  The Board comprises of:

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Chairman: Mr Miles Hampton, B.Ec (Hons), FCPA, FCIS, FAICD.

Mr Hampton was the chairman of Southern Water, Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water and Onstream from 2011-13 and a director since 2008. He was previously chairman of the bulk water authority, Hobart Water, from 2005-09.

Mr Hampton was a member of the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Infrastructure Advisory Council. He is Chairman of MyState and is Deputy Chairman of the Van Diemen's Land Company. For more than 20 years, Mr Hampton was the Managing Director of ASX listed agribusiness, Roberts Limited, until his resignation in 2006. 

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Director: Vincent (Tony) Kelly CPEng, Dip Civ Eng, MAICD

Mr Kelly has in excess of 40 years’ experience in the water and sewerage industry and most recently was the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, the Chair of the Lower Yarra Future Directions Group, and a member of the Board of WaterLinks. In addition, he has held numerous positions on other industry and not-for-profit bodies, including as Chairman of WaterAid Australia, the Savewater Alliance and the Victorian Water Industry Association’s Sustainability Taskforce. 

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Director: Mr Peter Lewinsky, B.Ec, MBA, FCA, FAICD. 

Mr Lewinsky is currently Chair of Holmesglen Institute, Chair TAL Superannuation Ltd, a director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and a member of various government audit committees.

He has conducted his private consulting practice since 1991 and has extensive experience in governance, strategic planning, organisational change, financial management and risk management. He is also an honorary board member of the Emmy Monash Home for the Aged.

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Director: Mr Nick Burrows, B.Com, FAICD, FCA, FGIA, FTIA, F Fin.            

Mr Burrows is currently a member of the boards of Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd, Clean Seas Seafood Limited, Peloton Global Pty Ltd, Climate Capital Pty Ltd, and Australian Seafood Industries Pty Ltd. He also acts as an independent adviser to a number of other boards and committees. Prior to the restructure of the Tasmanian water and sewerage corporations, he was a director of Southern Water from 2011-13.

Mr Burrows has over 30 years commercial experience in Tasmania's public, government and local government sectors focusing on corporate governance and strategic, commercial, financial and risk management oversight, underpinned by his background as a chartered accountant and registered company auditor.

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Director: Dr Helen Locher B.Sc., M.Env.Sc.,
PhD (Civil Engineering), GAICD

Dr Locher has a PhD focussed on river hydraulics and water resources management, and more than 25 years’ experience working within Australia and overseas on environmental, social and sustainability issues for water and energy developments.

Helen provides independent consulting services to agencies including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Mekong River Commission, and the International Hydropower Association (IHA), and was recognised by the IHA with the 2015 Mosonyi Award for her globally-significant contributions to sustainable hydropower.

She was awarded a scholarship by the AICD for the Company Directors course in 2015, and has previously held Board roles on the Environment Protection Authority and the former Resource Planning and Development Commission.           


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Director: Sally Darke B.Ec, FAICD

Ms Darke is currently Chairperson of the Tasmanian Community Fund, Chairperson of Scotch Oakburn College and Non Executive Director of TasPorts. She is a past Chairperson, Director and Adviser to the Board of B&E.

Ms Darke has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources and corporate governance in the financial, infrastructure, education, sporting and community sectors with an emphasis on regulated industries. She had 10 years as a Director in the advisory practice of KPMG.


Dr Stephen Gumley AO, HonDEng(Tas)  D.Phil(Oxon)  MBA(Tas),  FIE(Aust),  FTSE   

Dr Gumley is a professional engineer and business manager with over 30 years’ experience at senior level working with technology project/program delivery, the public-private sector interface, and asset management.   Since 1993, he has held seven Chief Executive roles in both the private and public sectors, including in the ports, irrigation, defence, irrigation, aviation, and engineering industries.  

Dr Gumley has also held a diverse portfolio of board positions since the 1980s including at the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Development Authority, AMOG Holdings, the Victoria Defence Council and as a Board advisor on Goulburn Murray Water’s $2billion irrigation asset renewal program and Murray Irrigation’s $200million infrastructure program.

Chief Executive Officer of TasWater

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Chief Executive Officer: Mr Mike Brewster

On 29 April, 2013, Chairman Miles Hampton announced the appointment of Michael Brewster as Chief Executive of TasWater effective from 6 May, 2013. 

Mr Brewster's previous roles include CEO of the Business Transition Group in Treasury, Chief Operations Officer (Energy Business) in Aurora Energy, CEO of AETV Power responsible for the construction and operation of the Tamar Valley Power Station and General Manager of Hydro's consulting business.  Mr Brewster brings a wide range of experience in infrastructure development, utility management and customer service. 

Management Team of TasWater

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Chief Financial Officer: Dean Page

Reporting to the CEO and the Board the CFO is responsible for the provision of Financial and Commercial services across the business. This includes management and statutory reporting, financial transactional services, planning including annual budgets, corporate plan, long term strategic and financial plans, and implementing key measurement processes for monitoring performance against our key strategic objectives.

Additionally, the CFO has responsibility for preparing regulatory submissions, developing pricing regimes and managing the relationship with the economic regulator, the corporation’s productivity improvement program, and the provision of corporation wide IT business systems, procurement services and the management of facilities, fleet and stores.

Dean joined TasWater from Origin Energy, where he spent eight years in senior financial and operational management roles. His most recent role was leading their LPG sales and distribution business throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this, Dean held a number of senior finance and accounting roles in investment banking and mining companies within Australia and the United Kingdom.

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General Manager Legal & Governance: Ailsa Sypkes

Ailsa was appointed to the role of General Manager Legal and Governance in August 2014 and is accountable for advice on legal and regulatory matters, compliance, risk, incident and emergency management procedures and quality systems. Ailsa is also Company Secretary for TasWater.

Ailsa is a qualified lawyer and has previously held senior roles in the energy and ports sectors.


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General Manager People & Safety: Cathy Cuthbertson

Cathy Cuthbertson leads the development and execution of people strategies to drive improved customer outcomes through enhanced capability, increased productivity and the development of a high performing safety culture.

Drawing upon extensive experience in human resource management across the banking and finance, agriculture and energy sectors, Cathy leads a team of highly committed professionals focused on enabling business outcomes.

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General Manager Asset Portfolio Planning and Delivery: Andrew Moir

Andrew has been involved in the Australian water industry for over 25 years. His previous roles include General Manager Operational Services at Linkwater (former SEQ Bulkwater Provider), Manager Service Delivery at Gold Coast Water and Manager Water and Sewerage at Caloundra City Council.

Andrew brings a wealth of experience and passion for developing long term strategic management plans for both products and assets that serve the customer. His responsibilities include strategic and tactical asset planning and performance, project delivery and asset information management.

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General Manager Works Delivery: Dr Dharma Dharmabalan

Dharma is responsible for the oversight and governance of the capital works program through the provision of planning design, engineering and construction services for all water and wastewater assets. He is responsible for establishing, approving and delivering TasWater’s capital works and is focused on improving the operating efficiency of the Works Delivery division.

Dharma works closely with Andrew Moir and Bennie Smith to provide a world class strategic asset lifecycle program. The asset creation process is designed to meet present and future customer needs as well as regulatory requirements.

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General Manager Corporate and Community Relations: Juliet Mercer

Juliet is responsible for keeping TasWater customers and stakeholders informed about projects and services provided by the corporation. She oversees the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the perception of TasWater with customers, Councils (as owners and planning authorities), Government and suppliers.

Juliet is a former General Manager of Customer Experience with Virgin Australia where she played a vital role transforming the brand to one of the world's leading aviation brands. She had previously held a number of senior leadership positions at Optus. 

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General Manager Service Delivery: Bennie Smith

Bennie is responsible for leading and managing the delivery of plant, pump and reticulation operations, maintenance activities and minor capital works on TasWater water and sewerage assets.

Bennie is a former General Manger for the Western Australian Water Corporation. He has also held the roles of Chief Operating Officer at Papua New Guinea Power Ltd and General Manager Utilities at Rio Tinto Iron Ore.