Two new members, Kylie Steel and Christopher Edwards, have been appointed to Southern Rural Water’s board, effective 1 October 2019.
Chairman, Diane James AM welcomed the two new directors and thanked retiring directors, Deputy Chairman Terry Swingler and Naomi Pye.
Ms James said that Mrs Pye and Mr Swingler had made an invaluable contribution to SRW, providing insight and leadership to guide the organisation’s direction during a time of significant development and modernisation.
Mrs Pye joined the board in 2011 and has enjoyed a long association with Southern Rural Water. She brought a customer perspective and ensured their interests have been at the forefront of decision-making, including through her earlier membership of the Southern Groundwater and Rivers Forum. She has previously been a director of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Authority and been on the board and committees for the Victorian Farmers Federation and Australian Dairy Farmers. She remains a director of the not-for-profit Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
Mr Swingler brought more than 25 years’ experience in the water industry when he joined the board in 2013, including previous roles as Yarra Valley Water’s General Manager Finance and Company Secretary, and Corporate Secretary with Melbourne Water. He was a longstanding Chair of SRW’s Audit and Risk Committee, which provided important oversight of the transformational modernisation program.
The new board directors will attend their first meeting in Werribee on 30 October. Ms Kylie Steel has professional specialisation in environmental science and climate change. As a holder of several postgraduate degrees in environment and scientific fields, she is a founder and director of SCB Consult, a niche consultancy specialising in climate change, bushfire science and emergency management. She is the Deputy Chair of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and a Director of the Barwon Health Foundation. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Christopher Edwards was previously a director of Westernport Water Corporation board and holds current directorships of the National Stroke Foundation, Arch Mortgage Insurance (Hong Kong) and Manulife International (Hong Kong and China). He has held numerous senior accounting roles and audit committee appointments in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) and is a Certified Practising Accountant and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.