Board of Directors & Management

From left to right - Kate Young, Jim Fawcett, Anna Kilborn, Geoff Lake, Philippe du Plessis, Michelle Blackburn, David Schultz (Chair), Chris Badger, Irene Irvine.

The Board

From left to right: Kate Young, Jim Fawcett, Anna Kilborn, Geoff Lake, Philippe du Plessis (MD), Michelle Blackburn, David Schultz (Chair), Chris Badger and Irene Irvine.



David Schultz – MIEAust, CPEng, GAICD

Appointed 1st October 2011 (Chair)

David Schultz is a Civil Engineer and holds a Company Director Diploma. He is an independent member of the Bass Coast Shire Council Audit Committee and a non-Executive Director of Life Saving Victoria. David, along with his wife Jan and family, has owned a holiday house in Inverloch for over 30 years. He has been actively involved with the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club since it started in 1998, being a member of the first patrol and President of the club from 1999 until 2006. Previously, David held various executive roles with GHD Global including Practice Leader of the Management Consulting practice and Senior Project Director Middle East.


Anna Kilborn – BSc, GAICD

Appointed 1st October 2011 (Deputy Chair)

Anna Kilborn is an environmental scientist with over 25 years’ experience in integrated planning and stakeholder engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Anna is currently a member of the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council and has previously served as a member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee. She is committed to promoting integrated planning and sustainability in the Gippsland region.


Jim Fawcett CPA

Appointed 1st October 2007

 Jim Fawcett is a certified practicing accountant and partner in a local accounting firm for over 30 years. During that time, he has also had extensive involvement with local community and sporting. He is a former Board Member and President of Woorayl District Memorial Hospital and its successor Gippsland Southern Health Service. He is a Councillor and former Mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council.

Chris Badger

Chris Badger – BEng, CPIEA, ADP, LC&OR, LDP & FAICD

Appointed 1st October 2011

Chris Badger has over 30 years’ experience both in Australia and internationally in the utilities, energy and infrastructure sectors. He has over 10 years at senior executive level, having held positions with Loy Yang Power, WestNet Energy, Alinta Asset Management, E.ON Ag and Powergen plc. Chris is currently a skilled-based non-Executive Director (NED) with GW&RR, external NED with ACA, and was formerly Independent NED with MIL and Deputy Chair of Trafalgar and District Bendigo Community Bank (2009). He is a Superannuation Trustee Director (2012) and is a Director of his own consultancy business (2012).

Irene Irvine

Dr Irene Irvine

Appointed 1st October 2012

Irene Irvine operates her own consultancy providing strategic support to the education and not-for-profit sectors since retiring as Pro Vice Chancellor Deakin University. An experienced company director, Irene currently chairs South Gippsland Shire’s Audit Committee and is Deputy Chair of Karingal Disability Services. Her past roles have included Chair of Phillip Island Nature Parks, Deputy Chair of Zoos Victoria and Director of State Trustees, Open Gardens Australia and Craft Victoria. Irene has lived part time in South Gippsland for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Graduate Diploma Administration, a Doctor of Philosophy, a Diploma of Education, is a graduate of Leadership Victoria (Williamson Community Leadership Program) and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Geoff Lake

Geoff Lake

Appointed 1st October 2015

Geoff Lake is a Councillor at Monash City Council and is also Mayor. He is a Director of Vision Super (Deputy Chair) and, in addition, Chair of the Investment Committee for that organisation. Geoff also serves as a Director of Hawesbridge Capital, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (Aust) and Municipal Association of Victoria. Geoff has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts.


Kate Young

Kate Young

Appointed 1st October 2015

Kate Young is a town planner at Crowther & Sadler. She is a former Director of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, and served on the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee and East Gippsland Shire Inundation and Adaption Management Project Steering Group Committee. Kate has a Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Environment, Graduate Diploma of Arts (Criminology) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michelle Blackburn (2)



Michelle Blackburn

Appointed 1st October 2015

Michelle Blackburn is a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgate Lawyers. She is a Director at Interchange Central Gippsland. Michelle has a Master of Social Science, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Role of The Board

The Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Minister for Water, operate under the provisions of the Water Act 1989 and have responsibility for the governance of the Corporation, to provide strategic direction and accountability for the performance of South Gippsland Water. Responsibility for ongoing operation and implementation of strategy is delegated to the Managing Director and Senior Management Team.

The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and on other occasions as required. Follow the link to the Board meeting overview August 2016


Our Management Team

Managing Director – Philippe du Plessis
The Managing Director is responsible for direction of the Management Team and the Corporate and Strategic functions of South Gippsland Water. These include Strategic Relationships, Strategic Marketing, the Corporation’s performance and image, awareness of future trends in the water industry and contact with the Corporation’s key stakeholders.

General Manager Corporate Services – Position Vacant 
The General Manager Corporate Services role encompasses Finance and Accounting, Revenue Management, Customer Services, Human Resources and Information Technology. The key responsibility of the General Manager Corporate Services is that of custodian of the Corporation’s assets & financial resources on behalf of all stakeholders.

General Manager Infrastructure and Planning – Mark Lynch
The General Manager Infrastructure and Planning is responsible for the planning, direction and management of the Corporation’s Capital Works Program incorporating a broad range of Projects. Other functions and responsibilities include developing the Corporations Water Supply Demand Strategy including the Drought Response Program and Engineering & Technical Services.

General Manager Operations – Ravi Raveendran
The General Manager Operations manages all of the Corporation’s operational functions including Water Treatment Plants, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water and Wastewater services delivery infrastructure. Responsibilities include compliance with Water and Wastewater Quality Guidelines, ongoing Quality Monitoring, Operations improvement, site safety, specialist services to Major Customers and Environment and Catchment Management.