Pat McCafferty, Chair
Pat McCafferty was appointed Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water on 1 July 2014 and has been Chair of WSAA since November 2016. 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.
John Knox, Deputy Chair
John is the Managing Director of Icon Water which owns and operates the water and sewerage business in the ACT and is a 50% owner ActewAGL, a provider of electricity and gas services to the ACT and surrounding region. John is also a member of the ActewAGL Joint Venture Partnerships Board and was previously the Chief Finance Officer of ActewAGL. John has worked across various segments of the utilities sector, including water, environmental services, energy and telecommunications.
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.
Roch is the Chief Executive of SA Water. He has 25 years’ experience in the water industry in design, construction, financing, operating and customer service activities. In his current role as Chief Executive of SA Water, Roch is leading the transformation of South Australia’s largest water utility to embed technology, culture and systems changes to deliver improved experience for the corporation’s 1.6million customers. Roch has had various senior roles in leading private water companies in Australia, Estonia and France and holds a Masters degree in Engineering and Business Management.
Kevin is the Managing Director of Sydney Water and a former Chair of WSAA. He has a degree with honours in engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration. Kevin is a Board Member for WaterAid, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sue is Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation of Western Australia and former Chair of WSAA. She graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Western Australia. Sue is a member of the University of Western Australia Senate, Board Member of the UWA Business School and also a Board Member for the AFL Fremantle Dockers. In 2017 Sue was listed at number 8 for the “Top 25 Global Water Leaders” by Water and Wastewater International Magazine.
Jeff was appointed to the role of Managing Director at Coliban Water in December 2011. Jeff has 30 years of experience in the water industry, including 14 years in executive management roles. He was previously the Managing Director of Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water from 2007 until joining Coliban Water in 2011.
David Harris is the CEO of WaterNSW. David is leading the transformation of the company following its formation in 2015. That transformation is geared to delivering an efficient and high performing bulk water supplier. David has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian water industry and has been involved in various key policy and market reforms in the water, energy and utilities industries over that time.
Nicole is the CEO of SunWater. Nicole is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning more than 20 years in the resources sector. Prior to joining SunWater, she was Managing Director of global resources firm AMCI Australia and South East Asia and was previously CEO and Managing Director of ASX100 listed company at the time, Macarthur Coal Limited. Nicole is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
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.