Board of directors

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

David Middleton – Chair

B. Eng, M. Eng, MBA, GAICD

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.

Maree was appointed Acting Managing Director in November 2019 after being 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. Maree combines her water sector experience with a diverse and commercial driven background, and her leadership was also recognized 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 is an experienced commercial and government Non-Executive Director (NED) with over 20 prior and existing Chair and NED board and committee roles, where she 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 is an Australian lawyer who also holds formal qualifications in agricultural & 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 has over 20 years’ experience in technology, telecommunications and law. Ms Fryer was previously an executive at Telstra and prior to this was a lawyer at Allens Linklaters, specialising in technology and intellectual property. Ms Fryer also serves on the board of Grey Innovation Group, Potential(x) and the State Committee JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).


Bruce Cohen, Director at City West Water

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 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.

Bill Jaboor, Director at City West Water

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 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 at City West Water

Christopher Lovell - Director


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, a Director of Clemenger Group Limited, VicForests, and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), and a member and past Chairman of the Executive Committee of Law Exchange International. 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 at City West Water

Mary Beth Bauer - Director


Ms Bauer was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.

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.

Please tell us what you think.
If you require a response, please Contact us.