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  


Jo Anderson

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

Jo Anderson is a past Deputy Chair of Western Water and past Chair and Deputy Chair of NorthEast Water.  She was also formerly a Board Member of the Victorian Water Industry Association, the Victorian Catchment Management Council and the Melbourne Market Authority.

Ms Anderson also has an extensive background in local government having held Administrator positions at Brimbank City Council and the Benalla Rural City.  She was a member of the Victoria Grants Commission and was the Rural City of Wangaratta's inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Anderson also has a history in agriculture, previously owning a beef cattle and blueberry farm in Strathbogie with her husband John, and now a small acreage in Lancefield. She has a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne Anderson



Margot Henty

Margot Henty is a dairy farmer at Cohuna with a strong understanding of irrigation in the Goulburn Murray region.

She is a director of the board of Waterpool Trading, a water trading business, and has contributed extensively to regional resource management plans, including Torrumbarry Reconfiguration and Asset Modernisation Strategy and the Barr Creek Salinity Management Plan.

Ms Henty has a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography). MAICD.

Margot Henty


Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson is a rural development specialist and principal of Lurg Cattle Co.

She is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council and a former Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Alana is Chair of the Victorian Women's Trust, past President of Voices for Indi and founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture. 

Alana has served on a range of Ministerial advisory committees and statutory and not-for-profit Boards. She was named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review in 2012 and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness by Rural Press in 2014, and was the Rural Women's Award Victorian winner and Australian runner in 2010. 

Alana is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work and was awarded an Australian Post Graduate scholarship for her PhD research on sustainable agriculture.    

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 an 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. Pat Lennon has 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

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.

Patrick McNamara


Jonathan Koop 

 Jonathon Koop was appointed a Goulburn-Murray Water Director in October 2017, having previously served as Director with North East Water.

Jonathan owns and manages a 700-hectare grazing and cropping property in North East Victoria (part-time 12 years, full-time since 2010). Previously Jonathan had a career in senior finance positions with Murdoch Books Pty Ltd (2008 - 2011) where he was also Company Secretary, Fairfax Media Ltd (2003 - 2007) and TNT Express (2001 - 2003).

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jonathan Koop


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 has a background in engineering and marketing and sales management.

Dennis was the CEO at Engenco Ltd. 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.

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

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.

Mr Suss is a Board Member of Avalon Airport.

He has a Master of Public Policy and Management and completed leadership studies at Harvard Business School.

Ari is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Ari Suss