Roch Cheroux, Chair
Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019. Before joining Sydney Water, Roch held roles as Chief Executive of SA Water, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia. Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management.
Pat McCafferty is the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water and a form Chair of WSAA. In a career spanning over 30 years in the water industry, Pat has extensive experience in strategic leadership positions, including planning, regulation, finance and operations. He has also worked in the USA water sector and advised the Australian Federal Government as part of the National Water Initiative. Pat is also Chair of the Thriving Communities Partnership (a cross sector collaboration to improve support for vulnerable customers of essential services) and is a member of the Monash Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Urban Utilities and a former Chair of WSAA. Louise previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer and played a key role in the creation of Queensland Urban Utilities during her time as Executive Manager, Water Retail, Brisbane City Council.
Jason is the Director of Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure at Mackay Regional Council which includes managing the Water Utility business. He has held a Directors role since 2009 and has over 23 years' experience in the water industry working across all aspects of the water business. He has led the transformation of Mackay Water into a recognised leading regional water utility through its use of digital technology to enhance customer outcomes.
Lara is the Managing Director of South East Water. She has extensive experience in the utility sector, focused on customer experience and innovation. Before joining South East Water, Lara was the Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Products at Tesla Energy based in the USA and also led the Business Development and Industrial Products team for Tesla Australia. Previous roles include head of strategy for CitiPower PowerCor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group and co-founding Billcap, an energy platform that helps customers and retailers manage their usage and bills.
Jon is the Chief Executive at Watercare Services Limited. Most recently, Jon was CEO of Sydney Metro, leading the procurement, construction and delivery of Australia’s first fully-automated metro rail network. Prior to this, Jon was CEO of Transport for Greater Manchester since 2013. Jon has also served in the Royal Air Force and was CEO of Tubelines in London, looking after three of London’s underground lines during the 2012 Olympics.
Pat is the CEO of Water Corporation. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the gas utility sector in Australia and Ireland. He was previously President of ATCO Gas Australia where he led the business in the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable energy to over 750,000 customers across the south west of Western Australia and previously held senior executive roles at ATCO and Alinta. Pat has qualifications in engineering and finance, and has also completed an Ivey Business Executive Program at Western University in Canada.
David is the Chief Executive of SA Water, one of Australia’s largest integrated water utilities, serving more than 1.7 million customers across urban, regional and remote areas. Prior to joining SA Water, David was Managing Director of Melbourne’s City West Water, and held executive roles at bulk water company Melbourne Water in operations and capital delivery, waterway management and customer solutions.
Andrew is the Acting Chief Executive Officer of WaterNSW, which is responsible for the supply of raw water to users throughout regional NSW and Greater Sydney, including to our largest customer, Sydney Water. Andrew has held a number of Executive positions in WaterNSW since its inception in 2015, where he was part of the inaugural executive team and has since been involved in the strategic transformation of the NSW water sector. Andrew has over 10 years’ experience in bulk water supply utilities with extensive experience in regulatory and market strategy, government relations, engineering, asset management, and major Infrastructure delivery.
Adam is the Executive Director of WSAA, a position he commenced in 2011. Adam provides national leadership in policy positions for the Australian urban water sector on issues including industry reform, liveable cities, water quality, climate change, customer engagement and asset management. He is the Chair of the Global Water Research Coalition.