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Will Buchanan – Barwon Water

Will commenced as interim WaterRA CEO in August 2016. WaterRA is a not-for-profit company, established and funded by its members, to undertake collaborative research of national application on all aspects of drinking water, recycled water and waste water.

Will has been seconded from Barwon Water, where he holds the position of Manager, Infrastructure Systems. At Barwon Water, he manages a multi-disciplinary team and is responsible for Water Quality Risk Management (drinking and recycled water), Strategic Asset Management, Trade waste, Catchment Management, Dam Safety, Bulk Entitlement Compliance, HACCP certification and SCADA control systems. Will has also held acting roles as Manager Infrastructure Operations, General Manager Customer and Community and has just concluded a spell as General Manager Strategy and Partnerships all at Barwon Water. He is now back in his position as Manager Infrastructure Systems.


Paul O’Donohue – Central Highlands Water

Paul is the Managing Director of Central Highlands Water and has held previous senior management positions in the recreation and hospitality sectors. With qualifications that include a BA (Mgt), Dip (Ldrshp), GradDip (BusMgt), GAICD and FIWA, Paul is a valued member of the IWN executive group.

Paul has been with Central Highlands since 2003 and has overseen many areas including project delivery, strategy, long-term planning, communications and account management.

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Gerald Fitzgibbon – Melbourne Water

Gerald has 16 years’ experience across private and public sector utility business transformation, operations management and business development working across Australia, Asia and North America.

Gerald has a wealth of knowledge as a professional engineer, and also has technical and commercial experience in planning and construction of municipal and industrial water, wastewater and drainage systems.

Craig Heiner – North East Water

Craig Heiner was appointed as Managing Director in July 2008 and carries responsibility for ensuring the governance and strategic ambitions of the Board are realised. With a broad based background and a passion for the development of staff, he provides a unique perspective on opportunities to strengthen the Corporation and the communities it serves.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, a Master of Business Administration in Economic Analysis, and a Diploma of Education. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Water Administration.

As Managing Director, Craig is an ex-officio of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee, Opportunity and Risk Committee and Performance Committee.

Charlie Littlefair – South East Water

Charlie is responsible for leading the Liveable Water Solutions group at South East Water. This manages land development, resource recover, liveability, connections, reliability as well as growth and strategic asset management functions of the business.

Charlie has international experience and has worked in both the private and public spheres in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Over the course of his 30 year career, Charlie has held high profile positions such as General Manager Asset Investment as well General Manager Operations.

Tony Wright - VicWater

Tony is currently the CEO of VicWater and has extensive experience in water and power utilities across the nation. Tony was previously employed by the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation. Before his stint in the NT, Tony worked for Central Highlands Water for 10 years in a number of executive roles, including General Manager Planning and Strategy and Project Director of the Goldfields Superpipe.

Prior to that, Tony was involved in contestable energy retailing and trading, and was once named South Australian Apprentice of the Year after starting working life as an electrical fitter.

Andrew Jeffers – Wannon Water

Andrew has 26 years of experience across a variety of engineering and corporate roles in Victorian water corporations. This has given Andrew an in-depth understanding of the industry and how water corporations act as a business. Alongside his involvement in IWN, Andrew is the Managing Director of Wannon Water, an independent member of the Corangamite Shire Audit Committee, a Director of the Great South Coast Group and a Director of Beyond the Bell.

Peter Quigley – Westernport Water

Peter has significant leadership and management experience in public and private sector organisations, across complex environments such as government, utilities and health. Peter has held senior positions with several organisations, including Gippsland Primary Health Network, Latrobe City Council, Gippsland Water and the Department of Human Services.

His qualifications and professional associations include a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Graduate of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program. He is also a participant of the 2018 Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Stuart Craven – DELWP

Stuart started working in water with the then Department of Sustainability and Environment just after the release "Our Water Our Future" in 2004.

His role was in the Major Projects Division and he was involved in projects such as the Goldfields Superpipe, Gippsland Water Factory, North-South Pipeline, Eastern Treatment Plant upgrade and numerous recycled water projects.

Since 2009 Stuart has played a role in governance oversight and relationship management between water corporations and the government, dealing with a number of high profile issues.  He also had a role in establishing the Intelligent Water Networks Program.