Sustainability Specialist Network Committee 2015-2017


Alex Donald  

SA Water, SA

Steve Price


David Marlow 

Wiser Analysis

Lauren Kirkwood  

Baker Mckenzie

Stephen Cook


Shaun Davidge


Matthew Butler

Hunter Water, NSW


The Committee works with the Australian Water Association to develop and deliver the Sustainability Action Plan.

The Australian Water Association is grateful for the effort and commitment of its volunteers.


Stephen Cook
Stephen Cook is a research scientist working in CSIRO’s Sustainable Cities Program. Stephen is an environmental scientist with more than 10 years experience in the urban water sector. Previously he worked in the area of strategic land use planning and land suitability assessment. In recent years Stephen has been involved in the delivery of a range of research projects, which have included: incorporating environmental externalities in the evaluation of demand management programs, triple-bottom line assessment of water serving options, identifying impediments to the greater uptake of water sensitive urban design, adapting water services to the likely impacts of climate change and improving access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in developing countries.  
Lauren Kirkwood
Lauren Kirkwood is a special counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s Environmental Markets practice in Brisbane. She has over 12 years’ experience advising on the environment and tenure aspects of major infrastructure, energy and resources projects. Lauren advises clients on water law, project approval strategies, environmental enforcement and compliance (state and Commonwealth), contaminated land, planning law, cultural heritage, and climate change matters.
Alex Donald
Alex Donald has worked in the water industry for 23 years, primarily in the areas of water quality, water and wastewater treatment and environmental management. He holds a degree in Science from the University of NSW and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from University of New England.
Alex spent 10 years working for Australian Water Technologies, providing water quality consulting services for Sydney Water, Sydney Catchment Authority and other NSW water utilities and water management organisations. He spent two years with NSW EPA, managing the roll out of the NSW Governments Beachwatch program to Coastal Councils in NSW. In 2004, he joined the Power and Water Corporation in Darwin working on a range of water projects across urban, regional and remote areas in the Northern Territory.
In 2009, Alex joined SA Water as Environmental Performance Manager, overseeing environmental impact assessment processes for construction projects and compliance and environmental systems management at a corporate level across SA Water. Today, Alex’s role at SA Water has shifted focusing on environmental regulation, climate change policy and sustainability.
Shaun Davidge
Shaun is a principal level hydrogeologist / water management professional who over a period of 32 years has been responsible for the design, project management and execution of wide range of water supply, water protection, water disposal, geotechnical and environmental projects.
Prior to joining Cardno in November 2014, Shaun's last assignment was in the Santos GLNG project where his team developed sustainable water management solutions for up to 80 ML/d of produced water. A regional monitoring network was also installed, comprising over 150 monitoring locations with telemetry of monitoring data to a centralised database. Shaun's team developed the concepts, then supervised the progress of concept through feasibility and to detailed design.
Shaun is very experienced in coal seam gas (CSG) /coal med methane (CBM), including field development planning, and has extensive experience of a wide variety of mining applications, including large open cut and underground coal mines, gold, iron ore and base metals.
Shaun was instrumental in community engagement/stakeholder management and education to achieve community support and acceptance of the Santos GLNG CSG project, and in the negotiation of acceptable and affordable conditions for the State and Federal EIS's for that project.
At other times in his career, Shaun has been a Senior Business Development Manager, and project managed a range of consultancies while overseeing the design and construction of major mining, rural and town water supply schemes.