Our Program Committee

Dedicated to developing an engaging and relevant program

Program Committee Chair


Roch Cheroux, Managing Director, Sydney Water  

Roch is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and seeks to champion innovation and workplace diversity

Program Committee Members


Michael Carter | Principal Process Engineer, Beca Hunter H2O 

Michael is a chartered chemical engineer with twelve years’ experience in the water industry. Michael received the National Young Water Professional of the Year Award in 2022. 


Dr Phil Duncan | Senior Aboriginal Consultant, Alluvium Group 

Phil Duncan is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation and a member of the Gomeroi Nation Native Title Claimant Group.  

Lionel Ho

Lionel Ho | Interface Manager, SA Water

Lionel has over 25 years’ experience in the water industry where he has worked in a diverse range of roles within SA Water. He is currently SA Water’s Interface Manager in the Production & Treatment Alliance. Lionel has a distinguished research and technical background with expertise in areas including, water quality and treatment, cyanobacteria and aquatic microbiology. 

Amanda Lewry

Amanda Lewry, General Manager Sustainable Infrastructure, SA Water 

Amanda’s deep understanding of the water sector maximises value for customers by leading diverse teams in the delivery of infrastructure assets and operations.


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Lou-Ellen Martin | Director, Urban Water and International Engagement, Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Lou-Ellen leads the Australian government’s engagement on urban and international water issues. She is a Kooma/Kamilaroi woman based in Brisbane. 

Dr Geoffrey Puzon

Dr Geoffrey Puzon | Senior Research Scientist Team Leader, Resource Sector Biotechnology, CSIRO Land and Water 

Dr Geoffrey Puzon is a senior research scientist at CSIRO. His research focuses on pathogens and the microbial dynamics in water distribution systems and aquifers. 

Lee-Anne Sylva

Lee-Anne Sylva | Principal, GHD 

Lee-Anne is the Manager of the 30-person water team in GHD’s Newcastle office. She is a committee member of AWA’s NSW Branch and Newcastle subcommittee. 

Bronwen Sharples

Bronwen Sharples | Manager Business Enhancements, TasWater 

A qualified microbiologist, Bron has been within the water industry for nearly 20 years. A passion for the water industry, people, codesign and problem solving has lead her to her current role,embracing productivity and innovation. 

Toni Veronese

Toni Veronese | Executive Manager UtilityServices, Cairns Regional Council

Toni is the Executive Manager Utility Services for Cairns Regional Council, accountable for delivering water and wastewater services to the greater Cairns region.


Kevin Werksman | Managing Director, Aurecon 

With training in economics, engineering, and environmental management, Kevin has advised utilities, governments and the private sector on a wide range of infrastructure transactions, business cases, policy challenges, and operating model changes. 

AWA Committee Members


Charlotte Allam | Head of Events, Awards and Digital, Australian Water Association  


Laura Steffan | Senior Event Manager, Australian Water Association 


Bridget Masters | Event Manager, Australian Water Association