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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 – Chairman

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. He was appointed Deputy Chair in 2013 at YVW and also served on all three Board Committees.

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 the major water utilities in Australia, Asia and the UK.

He has previously held operational roles with Melbourne Water, Western Water and Goulburn Valley Water. Mr Middleton has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Master of Engineering (Environmental) and Master of Business Administration (Technology Management).

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.

David has over 14 years of experience in the water sector. As a graduate of Deakin University, Monash University and the London Business School, David is passionate about workplace culture, capability and leadership development, diversity, innovation and safety.

He brings a challenging and unique perspective to the role which has been evident in the development of our City West Water Strategy which focuses on exceptional service for our customers and the broader community.

David also has strong experience in leading change and implementing technology innovations which are critical skills for the ever-changing, uncertain but exciting future we face. David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of VicWater and is a past President 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.



Tania has over 20 years’ experience in technology, telecommunications and law. Tania’s diverse senior leadership experience includes 10 years as an executive at Telstra Corporation Limited spanning customer-focused business transformation (wholesale and retail), growth in disrupted markets, IT governance, network infrastructure projects and industry changing negotiations (NBN) as a General Counsel. Prior to this, Tania worked as a lawyer at Allens Linklaters (formerly Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks) specialising in technology and intellectual property.

Elizabeth Parkin, Director at City West Water

Elizabeth Parkin – Director

B. Bus. Studies, Grad. Dip. Finance


Ms Parkin was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015, is Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.

Ms Parkin is currently Group Manager - Business & Organisational Performance at Dairy Australia and has held a number of executive management roles. She is Deputy Chair of First Samuel, a director of The Longevity Group and a Trustee at the Northcote Trust Fund.

She was previously a Director at Yarra Valley Water and North East Region Water Authority. Ms Parkin has a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Finance. 
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, Victorian Energy Networks Corporation, as well as the Chair of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and VicTrack. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Commerce and a Doctor of Philosophy.

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.

Bill Jaboor has over 45 years of experience working in different roles within local government across Victoria and Queensland. Over the last 20 years he has been CEO at the Cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Greater Shepparton and Benalla.

He is currently Chair of the Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee, Chair of Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council and Board Member of Community Chef and City West Water.

His qualifications include an Associate Diploma of Business Studies (RMIT), a Bachelor of Arts Degree (University of Queensland) and a MBA (Deakin University). He has completed a short course for State and Local Government Executives at Harvard University and became a Williamson Leadership Fellow in 1996. 

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, 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. Mr Lovell has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Laws and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Mary Beth is an active board member with more than 18 years experience as Chairman, Chair of Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees.

She has also had more than 20 years experience as a senior executive, advising CEOs and boards across Australia in a diverse range of industries. She is one of Australia's leading experts on Stakeholder Engagement.

Mary Beth 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 Victorian Farmer's Federation, Fisher Leadership and Emergency Management Victoria Boards.

Constantina Dertimanis, Director at City West Water

Constantina Dertimanis – Director

Grad Dip. International Studies, BA

Ms Dertimanis was appointed to the Board on 28 April 2016.

Ms Constantina Dertimanis is a public policy professional who has extensive experience as a senior advisor to State and Federal Ministers. She is a passionate advocate for cultural diversity, human rights and dignity for the disabled.

She has worked on high profile United Nations projects advocating in partnership with global NGO's. Ms Dertimanis's wide-ranging experience in community engagement ensures that she gives voice to culturally diverse communities at the Board table. She is also a Director of the Queen Victoria Women's Trust Centre where she provides advice to the Minister on the impact of issues that affect women in the community.

Over a career spanning more than 20 years across the corporate, Government and non-Government sectors she has a strong track record of driving change to assist marginalised communities. She has a Graduate Diploma in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts – Majoring in Government, Philosophy and Economics.

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