Directors

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water appoints the Directors of Goulburn-Murray Water under the Water Act 1989 (Vic). The Minister also appoints the Chair from the Board members. The Board then appoints a Managing Director.

For corporate governance matters, please contact Chris Dalton, Corporate Secretary on 5826 3514 or email chris.dalton@gmwater.com.au  

Chair

Joanne Anderson

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Business Administration), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Joanne Anderson was Deputy Chair at Western Water and is a past Director at North East Water, serving as Deputy and Chair. She is a past Board member of the Victorian Water Industry Association, the Victorian Catchment Management Council and the Melbourne Market Authority.

Ms Anderson has also held administrator positions at Brimbank City Council and the Benalla Rural City. She was a member of the Victoria Grants Commission and was Rural City of Wangaratta's inaugural chief executive officer.

She also has a history in agriculture, previously owning a beef cattle and blueberry farm in Strathbogie with her husband John, and now small acreage in Lancefield.

Joanne Anderson

 

Directors

Margot Henty

Margot Henty has been an irrigation dairy farmer for more than 30 years.

She is a member of the Marketing subcommittee at the Waterpool Cooperative, Victorian Basin Advisory Group, Women in Water Taskforce, a representative at the Murray Darling Basin Council Community Advisory Committee and has been involved in the Barr Creek Salinity Management Plan.

Ms Henty has a Bachelor of Arts.

Margot Henty

 

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, Convenor of the Victorian Women’s Trust, and the inaugural Chair of the Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls.

Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture, former President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and President of the Voices for Indi.  Alana is a fifth generation farming family, breeding cattle and growing trees near Benalla in Victoria.

Alana is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Social Scientist, clinical Family Therapist and Social Worker. Alana has also been awarded a PhD scholarship to research the future of Australian Agriculture at Monash University.

Alana Johnson

 

Gayle Lee

Gayle Lee is an accountant and works with businesses to improve their financial management, reporting and strategic planning processes. She owns a farming property and runs and agricultural contracting business with her husband.

Previously, Gayle was General Manager of Bruck Textiles in Wangaratta and Commercial Manager of Pacific Marine Group in Townsville.

She is an independent member of the audit committee for the Rural City of Wangaratta and a trustee of the Benalla Cemetery Trust.

Gayle has a financial administration degree is a CPA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Gayle Lee

 

Pat Lennon (Managing Director)

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical, Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Pat Lennon has extensive business and stakeholder management experience, both nationally and internationally, having spent the past 30 years involved in major business operations and projects in Australia, the USA and South East Asia.

His experience covers development, operations and maintenance, engineering consulting, engineering construction, and management consulting.  He has held positions with both public and private entities including with Hydro Tasmania, one of the Australia’s largest water managers.

Pat comes to GMW with a broad background and is well positioned to contribute to its diverse activities and to support its extensive stakeholder community.

Pat Lennon

 

Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara was formerly a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly representing Benalla.

He was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999 and held several ministerial positions, including Minister for Agriculture and Resources, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrections.

Patrick McNamara

 

Dennis Moon

A business owner from Rochester with experience in irrigation systems, Dennis Moon was appointed Director to Goulburn-Murray Water in May 2011.

He operates Campaspe Irrigation Pty Ltd and Polycon Engineering Pty Ltd. He is the former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Australian Tomato Processing Research Council, the tomato industry's representative on Horticulture Australia Ltd and was Vice-Chair of the Nuffield Scholars Association.

Mr Moon has a Farm Mechanics Certificate, Diploma in Transport Management and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship.

Dennis Moon

 

Margaret O'Rourke

Margaret O'Rourke is a former General Manager of Telstra. Ms O'Rourke's leadership roles in Telstra involved working extensively in regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia. These roles also included infrastructure, sales and customer experience.

Ms O'Rourke is now a consultant to industry using her specialist skills in digital economy strategies, community facilitation, telecommunications infrastructure and leadership consultancy. 

She is also a board member of Bendigo Healthcare, Bendigo Kangan TAFE, and the Ulumbarra Foundation. 

Ms O'Rourke is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Margaret O'Rourke

 

Dennis Quinn

Dennis Quinn was the CEO at Engenco Ltd. He has a background in engineering and marketing and sales management.

He has a Master of Arts (Marketing) and Bachelor of Engineering.

Prior to that he was Managing Director and General Manager of Cummins South Pacific, and spent many years in senior positions in large, multi-national industrial businesses both in Australia and the USA.

Dennis Quinn

 

Ari Suss

Ari Suss is Executive Director at the Fox Private Group, the family office of the Linfox Group of Companies, and is General Manager at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Victoria.

He has previously worked for the Premier of Victoria and was an Electoral Officer for the Federal Member for Melbourne Ports.

Mr Suss is a Board Member of Avalon Airport and is a Director of The KIDS Foundation.

He has a Master of Public Policy and Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ari Suss