Asset Management Committee 2015-17

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Name

Organisation

State

Chair Geoff Hales Barnewall Resources QLD
Deputy Chair Greg Kane

Recently retired

NSW

 

Norbert Schaeper

Sydney Water

NSW

 

Gloria Vega

Sunwater

QLD

 

Mark Trembath

Primus Line GMBH

NSW

 

Mel Lutton 

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Sciences

SA

 

Niki Robinson

Office of the Technical Regulator

SA

 

Tom Carpenter

Institute for Quality Asset Management Pty Ltd

VIC

 

Committee Biographies


Geoff Hales
- Chair
Geoff is a civil engineer with numerous (he wont say how many) years experience. He's worked in many places around Australia, plus a stint in Vanuatu (tough life), and happily ended up in Brisbane. Geoff was introduced to Asset Management through a previous employee, GHD. He then decided to pursue it further through the establishment of his company, Barnewall Resources Pty Ltd, 11+ years ago. For those who are wondering...'Barnewall' is a family name. Geoff's company has supported the establishment of a children's home and community development project in southern India (ref. www.shalomhomeindia.org). He is very passionate about this, as well as asset management capacity development.

Greg Kane - Deputy Chair
Greg worked in the water industry in Australia for 40 years as a professional engineer and manager for Sydney Water. During that time he worked in the fields of planning and design, construction / project management, and operations and maintenance, as well as several positions in strategic asset management and customer servicing. The last 15 years have been in senior leadership and management roles with a particular focus on Sydney Water’s asset management framework and servicing and asset strategies. Greg retired in late 2014.

Norbert Schaeper 
Norbert is currently the Asset Reliability Service Planning Manager at Sydney Water. He has worked in the water industry for over 20 year with experience in operations and maintenance, asset creation, planning, urban development and asset management. Norbert has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from UNSW and a Master in Engineering Asset Management Degree from University of Wollongong. He has a passion for asset management and enjoys working with others to make positive business and organisational improvements.

Gloria Vega
Gloria is currently Seqwater Principal - Asset Systems and Performance. She leverages her Business, Information Technology and Engineering background to transform data into actionable insights, for efficient asset investment and operations.

Gloria has experience within utilities, mining, oil and gas sectors, providing advisory services for customer-centric capability models, information management, systems integration and application of technologies to business. Also, she has active involvement in asset management, sustainability and diversity initiatives.

Mel Lutton
Melinda is a civil engineer in the water industry, who has worked in Adelaide since 2011, and before that for 20 years in the UK. She is currently working for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in the Major Projects branch, working on River Murray infrastructure projects. She has mainly worked as a design and project manager for water and infrastructure projects, including wastewater treatment and distribution, flood water risk assessment and management, and asset management for both flood defences and water company assets. She also ran a flood consultancy business before leaving the UK, providing flood resilient design advice, and advice on national policy and practice for flood water management.

Melinda is also a member of the AWA Environmental Water Network, and the South Australia Representative for the Institution of Civil Engineers (Asia Pacific).

Niki Robinson
Niki is currently the Manager of Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Regulation in the Office of the Technical Regulator. Niki has been an active member of the water industry for over 16 years, working predominantly as a senior project engineer and project manager, as well as in personnel management, client management and business development areas. Niki is also involved with the development of International standards for water and wastewater through Standards Australia. 

Niki sits on the Australian Water Association South Australian Branch Committee and is the President of the South Australia Division Committee for Engineers Australia.

Tom Carpenter
Tom is the CEO of the Institute of Quality Asset Management, an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) specialising in Asset Management. He is also the Victorian Chapter Chair and AMBoK team member for the Asset Management Council. He is one of the authors of the ISO 55000 Standards and provides SME support to JAS-ANZ for their ISO55001 accreditation scheme.

He has over 30 year’s professional experience (including 20 specifically in water) in training, asset management, regulatory compliance, development and review of regulatory compliance frameworks, benchmarking, strategic infrastructure planning, operations and maintenance, engineering, risk and emergency management and program management in regulatory agencies, service industries, utilities, industry associations and government agencies and has consulted and trained in the water, health, utility, child care, central government, mining, food, chemical and oil industries.

Tom has a Civil Engineering Degree, a Master in Engineering (Systems), a Grad Cert in Asset Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment and is a Certified Asset Management Assessor.

Mark Trembath
Mark Trembath has an extensive mechanical, process, network and condition assessment background in the water sector. Mark began his career in the water sector as a sales engineer for ITT Flygt now known as Xylem based in Queensland and went on to manage Xylem branches in both Brisbane and Sydney. Following Xylem Mark was appointed APAC Sales Director for Johnson Screens now known as Bilfinger Water Technologies. Marks grasp and depth of the water sector grew in this role as it meant frequent travel to SE Asia including India where Mark saw first-hand the water and environmental challenges faced by this dynamic, developing part of our region. 

Mark then joined Veolia Water Network Services which saw Mark trade his mechanical background experience to underground assets, through Veolia Mark was introduced to Pure Technologies and took up a 12-month position in the advanced condition asset arena. Mark now is the sole APAC representative of German civil company RÄDLINGER PRIMUS LINE GMBH who specialises in critical trunk main & SRM rehabilitation.

Mark is a very active participant in the Australian water sector and is a member of the Australian Water Association, current NSW Australian Water Association committee member, current Australian Water Association asset management specialist network committee member, 2013-15 NSW Australian Water Association President, member of Water NZ, Water industry operator’s association (WIOA), Australasian society of trenchless technology (ASTT).