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New members of Goulburn-Murray Water's board were announced on September 29 as part of the renewal of Victoria's water corporation boards.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville announced the new board as part of a strategy to ensure the boards are best placed to deal with the challenges posed by changing rainfall patterns, climate change and rapid population growth.

From October 1, Sarah Scales will chair the GMW board, while returning directors Margaret O'Rourke and Dennis Moon will be joined by incoming directors Alana Johnson, Dennis Quinn, Margot Henty, Ari Suss and Pat McNamara.

Ian Mansbridge, Frank Whitford, Peter McCamish, Barry Steggall, Dick Ranken and Neil Pankhurst will finish their tenure on GMW's board on October 1.

More than 1400 people expressed interest in joining one of Victoria's 19 water corporation boards, and a selection panel appointed by the Minister assessed the applications, interviewed shortlisted candidates and made recommendations. 

Board Meeting Summaries - click here 


 Sarah Scales    

Qualifications: B. Ag.

Sarah Scales is a business and risk management consultant and also owns a mixed farming enterprise near Mansfield. She was appointed Director to Goulburn-Murray Water in May 2011 and as Chair in 2014. Ms Scales owns and operates a consulting business Clear Point Consulting, which provides advice to the agriculture sector, and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and has completed the Stanford Executive program. She was previously a General Manager with AWB International, in addition to other senior manager positions with AWB.  


Sarah Scales


 Alana Johnson    


Alana Johnson is a Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and a Principal of Lurg Cattle Co. She is the President of the Voice for Indi project committee, the Chair of the Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls and acting Chair for the Victorian Women's Trust. Ms Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and is currently working on her PhD. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.




 Dennis Quinn    


Dennis Quinn was the CEO at Engenco Ltd and has a background in engineering and marketing and sales management. He has a Master of Arts (Marketing) and Bachelor of Engineering.




 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.




 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.




 Pat McNamara    


Pat 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.




 Margaret O’Rourke    


Margaret O'Rourke was appointed Director to Goulburn Murray Water in 2014 and is a former general manager of Telstra. Ms O'Rourke is now a consultant to the industry using her specialist skills in digital economy strategies, community facilitation, telecommunications infrastructure and leadership consultancy. She is also a member of Bendigo Healthcare, Bendigo TAFE and the Tasmanian Ports Authority.


 Margaret O’Rourke

 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


Managing Director

 John Calleja    

Qualifications: BCom, MAppFin, CA

John joined G-MW in July 2011 with 15 years of financial management, governance, economic regulation and business performance experience obtained in senior positions in infrastructure and infrastructure advisory businesses in Australia and internationally. John has most recently held CFO positions in both publicly listed and privately held electricity distribution businesses. 


John Calleja


Corporate Secretary

 Chris Dalton    

Qualifications: BCom, PGDipEco, GradDipAcc, GradDipAppFin, GradDipACG, FCPA, F Fin, FGIA, FCIS, MAICD

Chris Dalton has extensive experience in financial reporting, governance, compliance and risk management. He has held roles at organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Coliban Water. Chris is a former director of the Elmore, Lockington & Rochester Community Bank and currently is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo.



Chris Dalton


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