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City West Water

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, Chairman of the City West Water board.

David Middleton – Chair

B. Eng, M. Eng, MBA, GAICD

Mr Middleton was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015.

Mr Middleton has held various roles at CH2M Hill and is currently Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. 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 network which includes leadership in major water utilities in Australia, Asia and the UK. He has previously held operational roles with Melbourne Water, Western Water and Goulburn Valley Water.

David Ryan, Managing Director of the City West Water board.

David Ryan – Managing Director

B.Env.Sc, MBA, MCorpEnv&SusMgt, GAICD

David Ryan was appointed as Managing Director on 14 June 2016.

Mr Ryan has over 15 years of experience in the water sector. Mr Ryan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of VicWater and is a past President and current Director of the Institute of Water Administration.

Phild Clarke, Director at City West Water

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 and law. Ms Fryer also serves on the boards of Grey Innovation Group and Potential(x), and State Committee JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Before becoming a professional director, Ms Fryer was an executive at Telstra and prior to this was a lawyer at Allens Linklaters.


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.

He Chairs the Health, Safety and Environmental Committee and is a member of the People, Diversity and Executive Remuneration Committee. 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. He is a Director of Clemenger Group Limited and VicForests, a member and currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Law Exchange International, 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. She Chairs the People, Diversity & Executive Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Risk Management & Audit Committee.

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 one of Australia’s leading experts on stakeholder engagement.

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