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 | 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, 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.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.