Paul Plowman, Sydney Water
Ozwater’17 Program Committee Chair
Paul Plowman is the General Manager, Liveable City Solutions at Sydney Water. Paul has led strategies to enable the delivery of products and services to Sydney Water customers to ensure that Sydney remains one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Paul’s team oversee the Sydney Water’s long term strategy, planning, and infrastructure delivery. Sydney Water is Australia’s largest utility, providing drinking water, recycled water, wastewater and stormwater services to its customers, extending from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.
Paul has held previous senior executive roles in the Northern Territory Power and Water Corporate and Melbourne Water Corporation. Paul is a qualified Civil Engineer and also holds a Masters of Business Administration.
Manager Water Unit, Environmental Health Branch, NSW Health
Dr Paul Byleveld manages the NSW Health Water Unit, which is responsible for public health regulation and advice on drinking water, wastewater, water recycling, and recreational water. He oversees state-wide policies for drinking water quality assurance and co-led the business case for, and is helping oversee implementation of, the $200 million Aboriginal Communities Water Supplies and Sewerage Program. Paul has contributed to the development of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality.
Director, Water Licencing & Compliance, IPART
Erin Cini is Director, Water Licensing and Compliance at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW. Erin leads the team responsible for the regulation of public and private water utilities in NSW.
Erin is an Environmental Engineer and has over 10 years’ experience in the water industry, and has previously lead projects and teams in policy, planning, design and construction. She is an active member of the AWA and is looking forward to contributing to another Ozwater in Sydney.
Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Water Corporation
Darren is the Chief Operating Officer of Hunter Water Corporation . He oversees the infrastructure planning, operations, maintenance and capital delivery functions that are responsible for providing water and wastewater services to over 500,000 people in the Lower Hunter. Darren has over 20 years experience working in the water industry and has held various roles in operations, strategic planning and capital delivery in both utilities and consulting.
General Manager, Business Development, TRILITY
Matt Dawson is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Water Association Queensland Branch and is General Manager for Business Development with TRILITY. In his work with the Association's Queensland Branch he has been particularly passionate about ensuring diversity and relevance of knowledge shared in the industry through seminars and regional conferences as well as encouraging Queensland's contribution to the national picture through Ozwater and the Awards Program. In his "day job" Matt works with current and prospective TRILITY clients and industry partners around the country developing innovative commercial and technical solutions for industry challenges. He is passionate about matching emerging knowledge with real challenges and sees Ozwater as an excellent forum to promote this matching.
Civil Engineer – Integrated Water Management & Asset Management, GHD
Miranda is a qualified civil engineer, project manager and integrated water management specialist at GHD in Sydney. She has spent nine years working in the water sector in Australia and overseas in both water utilities and private consulting. Her areas of knowledge and expertise lie in drainage design, WSUD, integrated water management, project management, community consultation and asset management. At Melbourne Water she created an innovative asset management tool for manhole replacement prioritisation and at Power Water implemented a wastewater-quality monitoring program in five remote Indigenous communities. She is a member of the AWA YWP NSW Committee.
Business Unit Manager, Water & Environment, Cardno
Sarah’s water career began when a ten-year drought, and its impact on our natural resources, made the effective management of water resources a personal and professional area of influence in her thinking, research and education.
Sarah has worked for both Government and the private sector in delivering water resources projects - mostly focused around ensuring water for the environment. She enjoys bringing together passionate specialists from disciplines far and wide to solve problems, and contributes to a number of specialist networks for the Australian Water Association.
Associate Professor, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW
Stuart Khan is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles on issues relating to trace chemical contaminants in drinking water, wastewater and recycled water. Stuart is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Water Quality and Health Technical Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He is the current Chair of the Australian Water Association Water Recycling Specialist Network.
Deputy Director, Institute of Sustainable Futures (UTS)
For more than 20 years, Cynthia Mitchell has worked alongside industry and governments to improve the sustainability of urban water and sanitation services and infrastructure, in Australia and abroad. As Deputy Director and Professor of Sustainability at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, her systemic, transdisciplinary research has been recognised through national and international awards. In 2015 Cynthia was listed in the AFR and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her contributions to Public Policy.
Senior Policy Officer, Local Government NSW
Sascha Moege is the senior policy officer for the portfolios water management, economics, finance and infrastructure with Local Government NSW (LGNSW). In this role, Sascha has significant involvement in developing and facilitating NSW local government’s advocacy on water management and councils’ local water utilities.
Sascha is a German lawyer who came to Australia in 2004. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of NSW, Sydney (2005). Sascha worked as a researcher and administrator for the Independent Inquiry into the Financial Sustainability of NSW Local Government and subsequently held various positions in LGNSW’ policy unit including his present one. Sascha is a member of the AWA NSW Branch Committee.
General Manager, Customer Group, South East Water
Dr Hamish Reid is the General Manager Customer at the Melbourne retail water company, South East Water. Hamish’s responsibilities include the whole of business customer strategy, transformation of South East Waters digital customer channels, customer experience and engagement and operational areas covering customer contact, billing and hardship customer support. He previously held the role of General Manager Strategy, with a focus on strategic planning, economic, environment and health regulation, stakeholder management, integrated water cycle management and research and development.
Hamish has a PhD in Environmental Toxicology and has previously had a range of water industry, research and government roles, including with Melbourne Water, EPA Victoria, and secondments to the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (NZ) and the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
Hamish is passionate about building on the current strengths of the urban water industry, using customer insights and collaboration to deliver greater customer value and broader community benefits.
Manager, Corporate Strategy, Sydney Water
Clare has worked in the water sector for more than 20 years, first with the Australian Water Association, followed by Melbourne Water, the National Water Commission and most recently with Sydney Water. Clare has a passion for the opportunities created through sharing knowledge and has always been a strong advocate for a water sector that works together for vibrant, sustainable and safe communities.