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.
Mr Christopher Rose
Appointed 1st October 2017
Christopher Rose is a Director and Founder of ThreePipe Consulting Pty Ltd. He has more than 30 years’ experience in public land management, 11 years’ executive management experience and acted as Chief Executive Officer of Parks Victoria for one year. He is currently a Director of the Victorian Fisheries Authority and also sits on the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, and has previously held directorships of Alpine Tourism (Deputy Chair), Destination Gippsland, the Gippsland Coastal Board, and the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council. Chris holds a Bachelor of Forest Science. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.
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.
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.
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.
Appointed 1st October 2017
Sue Friend is a Chartered Accountant and Consulting Director at Sapere Research Group. She has held senior roles in global accounting firms and smaller consultancies. Sue is currently a board member of Melbourne Market Authority and Chair of the Financial Audit and Risk Management committee. Sue was previously on the board of Yarra Valley Water from 2010 to 2017 and was a member of the Risk Management & Audit Committee (including Chair from 2012 to 2016) and its Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure & Regulation Committee. Sue also holds independent audit committee roles with the Municipal Association of Victoria and County Court Victoria. Ms Friend holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws, 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
Philippe 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, information technology, OH&S, awareness of future trends in the water industry and contact with the Corporation’s key stakeholders.
General Manager Corporate Services – Jessica Armstrong
Jessica manages finance and accounting and risk management. The key responsibility of the General Manager Corporate Services is that of custodian of the Corporation’s assets and financial resources on behalf of all stakeholders.
General Manager Infrastructure and Planning – Mark Lynch
Mark is responsible for the planning, direction and management of the Corporation’s Capital Works Program incorporating a broad range of projects. Other functions under this role include asset management, managing the Corporation’s Urban Water Strategy including the Drought Response Program, and engineering and technical services.
General Manager Operations – Ravi Raveendran
Ravi manages the Corporation’s operational functions including Water Treatment Plants, Waste Water Treatment Plants, and water and wastewater services delivery infrastructure. His responsibilities include compliance with water and wastewater quality guidelines, ongoing quality monitoring, operations improvement, site safety, environment and catchment management, and specialist services to major customers.
General Manager People, Culture and Customer – Annette Katiforis
Newly established in April 2017, the General Manager People, Culture and Customer role provides strategic advice and programs relating to: leadership and management capability, diversity and inclusion and other cultural focuses; workforce planning and design; contemporary human resources operations; and, contemporary and attuned customer service strategy and operations.