Our Board of Directors are appointed by our shareholder, the Victorian State Government.
Directors are appointed after a selection process conducted by the Department of Treasury and Finance's Corporate Governance Branch. Recommendations are made to the Minister for Water and the Treasurer, who then jointly take their recommendation to Cabinet.
Directors provide the Board with a broad range of skills to the business, including management, engineering, financial, legal and environmental expertise.
David Middleton – Chair
B. Eng, M. Eng, MBA, GAICD
Mr Middleton was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.
Mr Middleton was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015. Mr Middleton was a Director at Yarra Valley Water from October 2011 to September 2015. Mr Middleton has held various roles at Jacobs (previously CH2M Hill) and is currently Executive Director Water for the Middle East Asia Pacific region. He is currently Chair at CH2M Beca Limited, and serves on both CH2M Hill Australia Pty Ltd and Halcrow Pacific Pty Ltd boards. Mr Middleton has extensive international experience in the water industry and brings a background and experience in the design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure.
Maree Lang - Managing Director
MBA (Prof), B. Eng (Hons) (Chem), B.Comm
Maree was appointed Managing Director in April 2020.
Ms Lang was appointed Managing Director in April 2020 and was appointed Acting Managing Director in November 2019. Prior to this Ms Lang was an executive with City West Water, leading the delivery of water services to over one million Melbournians across the Melbourne CBD, inner suburbs and the growing western region, as well as the delivery of major new assets vital for growth, urban renewal and government infrastructure.
She brings a passion to lead culture, safety and business transformation in order to deliver exceptional outcomes for customers and the communities we service. Ms Lang combines her water sector experience with a diverse and commercial driven background, and her leadership was also recognised by her inclusion as IPAA Top 50 Women in Public Sector (Victoria) 2018.
Freya Marsden – Director
B. Ag. Res. Econ (Hons), M. Comm., GAICD
Ms Marsden was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2019.
Ms Marsden was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2019. Ms Marsden is an experienced commercial and government Non-Executive Director (NED). With over 20 prior and existing Chair and NED board and committee roles, Ms Marsden has utilised her experience in complex organisational environments including in regulated sectors. She holds a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Agriculture and Resource Economics. Ms Marsden has multisector finance, risk, audit and assurance experience in driving organisational value and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate and Graduate of Mastering the Boardroom.
Sawsan Howard – Director
Ms Howard was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2019.
Ms Howard was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2019. Ms Howard is an Australian lawyer who also holds formal qualifications in agricultural and environmental science and business. She brings multi-industry perspectives from financial services, infrastructure, sustainability, energy and the primary production sector. She is presently General Manager, Brand & Corporate Affairs with AustralianSuper, the nation’s largest superannuation fund. Ms Howard is also a non-executive director with the Banksia Foundation and a member of the RMIT MBA Advisory Board.
Tania Fryer – Director
LLB(Hons), BA, LLM(Comm), GAICD
Ms Fryer was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017.
Ms Fryer was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017. Experienced in technology, telecommunications and law, before becoming a professional company director, Ms Fryer was previously an executive at Telstra and prior to this was a lawyer at Allens Linklaters. Ms Fryer also serves on the boards of Grey Innovation Group Pty Ltd, Potential(x) Holdings Pty Ltd, .au Domain Administration Ltd and auDA Foundation Pty Ltd, and the State Committee JDRF Australia (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Bruce Cohen - Director
B.Comm, LLB, M.Comm, Ph.D (Pub. Pol.)
Dr Cohen was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.
Dr Cohen was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015. Dr Cohen is the principal at BKE Consulting. During his career he has been a Director at Melbourne Water, Snowy Hydro Ltd and Victorian Energy Networks Corporation, as well as the Chair of VicTrack and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. He is currently a Director at Austin Health.
Bill Jaboor – Director
MBA, BA, Grad.Dip Local Government Management, Assoc.Dip. Business Studies
Mr Jaboor was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.
Mr Jaboor was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015. Mr Jaboor has over 45 years’ experience working in different roles within local government across Victoria and Queensland. Over the past 20 years he has been CEO at the cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Greater Shepparton and Benalla. He is currently Chair of Victoria Legal Aid, a Member of the Department of Justice and Regulation Independent Review Panel and Board Member of Community Chef.
Christopher Lovell - Director
BA, LLM, FAICD
Mr Lovell was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017.
Mr Lovell was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017. Mr Lovell was previously a Director of the Barwon Region Water Corporation and Deputy Chair. Mr Lovell is the Chair of Holding Redlich Lawyers and VicForests, a Director of Clemenger Group Limited and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). Mr Lovell is also chair of the North Melbourne/Parkville Community Reference Group for Metro Rail and the current Independent Chair of Parkville Precinct Reference Group and the CBD Community Reference Group for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel.
Mary Beth Bauer - Director
BA, FAICD, ACA, CPA(US)
Ms Bauer was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.
Ms Bauer was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015, and appointed as Deputy Chair 1 October 2019. Ms Bauer has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive, advising CEOs and boards across Australia in a diverse range of industries. Ms Bauer has a very strong focus on governance and her professional experience includes finance, audit and risk, business strategy development, financial markets, mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of investor and stakeholder relations and strategic communications. She also serves on the Fisher Leadership Board and is Treasurer of University College.