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Former Southern Rural Water board director and deputy chairman, Mrs Kate Calvert, died on Friday 11 October after a long illness. Mrs Calvert was appointed to the SRW Board in 2015 and was Deputy Chairman from 2017 until she resigned to focus on her treatment in September 2018.

She died at her family home at Darlington, where she lived with husband, Tom, and their three children.

Chairman Diane James AM said the board and all staff who had worked with Mrs Calvert were deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and colleague. “Her intellect and insight will be missed by all at Southern Rural Water and our thoughts are with Tom and their family,” Ms James said.

“She had such an instinctive way of connecting easily with everyone – whether she was among senior Government advisors, stakeholders, customers or community members. Her ability to ask the right questions and listen deeply was a real gift.”

Mrs Calvert had been a member of both the Asset Governance Committee and the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee during her time on the board.

As a primary producer with a strong background in commercial agribusiness and environmental management, she brought a strong set of skills and a unique perspective to board deliberations.

Mrs Calvert and her husband have managed their beef and cropping property in accordance with their strong resource stewardship principles. She was keenly interested in balancing production efficiencies and environmental sustainability. She held a Master of Science (Environmental Management), a Graduate Diploma of Education and was a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. SRW has sent its sincere condolences to her family and will be represented at the celebration of her life.