Southern Rural Water has 8 board members, including the Managing Director and 7 non-executive directors.
The chairman and non-executive directors are appointed by the Minister for Water; the Managing Director is appointed by the board.
Our directors are:
Mr Terry Burgi OAM
Mr Burgi is a fruit grower in the Yarra Valley. He has more than 30 years’ experience representing farmers in industry organisations at regional, state and federal levels and is a CFA volunteer with more than 45 years of active service. Mr Burgi has a degree in engineering (agricultural) from the University of Melbourne and has previously worked in the water industry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia. In June 2016 Mr Burgi was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to agriculture and to the community. Mr Burgi was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2004. Mr Burgi was appointed as Deputy Chairman in August 2010 and Chairman in October 2011.
Ms Diane James AM
Ms James has a background in business ownership and development, and currently works as a Mentor and Coach in Leadership Development. She is the Chair at Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management and former Chair years of the Victorian Coastal Council. She is a director of St Laurence Community Services and former director of Barwon Water. Ms James is an accredited Executive Coach, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2013, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia. She was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.
Mrs Naomi Pye
Ms Pye is a dairy farmer at Bessiebelle. She is a director of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation (appointed 2016) and was a director of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (2006 – 2011) and has previously held board and committee roles with the Victorian Farmers Federation (1999 – 2007), WestVic Dairy Project Steering Committee (2000 – 2006) and Australian Dairy Farmers (2005 – 2006). Prior to her appointment to the board of Southern Rural Water, she was a member of the Southern Groundwater & Rivers Forum, a customer consultative committee of SRW. Ms Pye has a Diploma of Teaching and an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture; she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Pye was appointed to the board on 1 October 2011.
Mrs Kate Calvert
Ms Calvert has extensive experience in natural resource management and has previously held various roles in Landcare. Her family run a sheep and cropping enterprise in Western Victoria. Ms Calvert has a Master of Science (Environmental Management) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Calvert was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.
Mr Michael Malouf
Mr Malouf is the director of Malouf Management Services Pty Ltd and is a Sessional Member at Planning Panels Victoria. During his career, he has held CEO positions at Melbourne, Geelong and Wyndham City Councils, was the CEO of the Carlton Football Club, held executive roles for Pratt Holdings and more recently was the Managing Director at Barwon Water. Mr Malouf is a director at Western Victoria Primary Health Network. He has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Engineers and the IPAA . He was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.
Mr Terry Swingler
Mr Swingler has vast experience in the water industry having held senior roles as Yarra Valley Water’s General Manager Finance and Company Secretary (1995-2012) and Corporate Secretary with Melbourne Water (1986-1995). He has also been a Director of Equipsuper Pty Ltd (2012-2016) and the Victorian Government’s nominated Director on the Joint Government Enterprise Ltd (trading as Water for Rivers) (2012- 2015). Mr Swingler has a Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Swingler was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2013.
Ms Naomi Benjamin
Ms Benjamin has extensive experience in the property sector. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Elmstone Property Group, and a current direct of SANB Valhalla a property investment vehicle. Ms Benjamin is a director of Sport Climbing Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Benjamin was appointed to the board on 1 October 2015.
Mr Clinton Rodda
Mr Rodda joined Southern Rural Water in 2005 after spending 17 years in the utilities sector and 10 years in management consulting. He has previously held senior management roles with Energy Brix and Eastern Area Power Grid, and has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Ontological Coaching and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Rodda was appointed Managing Director on 4 July 2009 and reappointed in March 2014 for a further five years effective from July 2014.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning provide a governance framework for the water industry to assist directors, executives and staff.