Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Communities (WASH) Committee 2015-2017

Contact: networks@awa.asn.au


Committee co-chair


Andy Sheehan

Victoria State Emergency Service, Vic


Committee co-chair



Lachlan Guthrie

PhD Student, Vic

 





Tasleem Hasan

Viridis Consultants Pty Ltd, Qld


Vicky Whiffin

Sydney Water, NSW


Sharyn Bow

NSW


Shona Fitzgerald

Sydney Water, NSW


Danny Burkett

Opus International Consultants, NSW


Steve Price

Evoqua Water Technologies, Qld


David Gaskell

Opus International Consultants, NSW


Kathryn Silvester

Sydney Water, NSW

   

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Tasleem Hasan

Tasleem has 12 years of experience in drinking water quality management, including regulation, process improvement and monitoring. He has been working extensively in regional areas of Australia over the past three years, identifying and discussing key water supply issues and providing advice on potential improvements and regulatory compliance. These not only include engineering solutions but also establishing longer-term management systems for continued quality of service. Tasleem has also worked extensively in a number of Pacific island developing countries on various high profile WASH projects, including water safety plans, water quality monitoring, water demand management, integrated water resources management, appropriate sanitation technologies and hygiene campaigns.

Top priorities:
• increased interaction between WASH sector and other relevant sectors e.g. infrastructure, IWRM, catchment etc
• raising the profile of our WASH network in Australia (and abroad) as platform for WASH related discussions
• increasing the membership of the network

Lachlan Guthrie

I am currently studying a PhD in the field of urban water management at RMIT in Melbourne. I am currently also working part time for Engineers Without Borders as a Risk Advisor to the International Program, assisting international development engineers seconded to in country NGO's, many of which are working in the WASH sector.
Top priorities:
• Promote WASH opportunities for Australian water experts in developing nations and support roles in Australia
• Facilitate communication between AWA members, members of Australian WASH and International Development NGOs, and the research community
• Assist in creating a culture of corporate sponsorship of WASH activities

Andy Sheehan

Andy joined the Victorian State Emergency Service in 2011 where is working with VICSES Regional and Unit Staff and volunteers, other Emergency Service Organisations and communities to prepare for flood emergencies in Victoria. Andy is also a Water and Sanitation delegate with Australian Red Cross. In 2011 Andy headed a project team to deliver improved sanitation for a WASH project in Vanuatu. In October 2009 Andy was responsible for responding to Typhoon Ketsana in partnership with the Vietnamese National Red Cross for the provision of emergency water supplies for affected communities.

Andy has previously had involvement in aid projects in the Pacific in association with NZAid and the World Bank including a Climate Change Adaptation Project and an 'urban renewal' infrastructure servicing upgrade project. Andy has also worked in Indigenous Australian communities in 2010 to deliver community infrastructure projects in remote communities in the Northern Territory. He has been an active member of AWA since 2010.
 
Top priorities:
• WASH in emergencies & day to day (development)
• Sanitation
• How can we cultivate meaningful contributions to this group and the sector from our members
• How can we use advocacy and communication to best affect

Vicky Whiffin

Vicky has 10 years’ experience in the water industry and my current role is a Strategist at Sydney Water. Vicky’s priority water issues relevant to WASH are increasing awareness of the status of WASH to our members, providing some global and Australian context for the issues and clarifying opportunities for members to contribute their skills, time or funds to this good work.

Sharyn Bow

Sharyn is an engineer with almost 20 years experience in the water sector. She is currently the Technical Assistance Manager of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility based in Sydney and is an International Red Cross Delegate in Watsan. In her role she focuses on infrastructure development and management in Pacific Island countries through the multi donor facility of the PRIF. She is also the focal point of water and sanitation activities within the PRIF and collaborates closely with regional organisations, international organisations and Pacific Island Governments.

Top priorities:
• Creating and harnessing knowledge sharing between counterparts in developing countries and specialists in Australia and New Zealand;
• Bridging the divide between those interested in hard (e.g. infrastructure) and soft (eg WASH) solutions, considering that in many parts of the Pacific the two are often considered separately;
• Bringing the private sector to WASH challenges to bring innovation, financial resources, improved cash flow and improved governance and management.


Shona Fitzgerald

Shona has three years’ experience in the water industry and currently works as a Process Engineer for Sydney Water’s Engineering and Environmental Services group. Her team is responsible for the optimisation, planning and design of water and wastewater treatment plants.

Shona has been an active member of the AWA for the past 4 years and is the immediate past chair of the NSW Young Water Professionals committee. Shona developed an interest in Water Sanitation and Hygiene through visiting WASH projects in Bolivia and Malawi and would like to encourage better awareness of WASH issues facing developing communities within Australia and overseas.


Kathryn Silvester

Kathryn currently works as a chemical engineer in Sydney Water’s wastewater product team. The team is responsible for specifying the product requirements and performance across the wastewater service.

Kathryn is actively involved with the AWA Young Water Professionals and sits on the NSW and National committees. She has also worked with engineers without borders and sits on the International Water Association Australia committee and their strategic council. She won the AWA 2016 YWP of the year award.

Kathryn’s interest in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is what attracted her to pursue a career in the water sector. She is passionate about Australia’s contribution to the UN’s sustainable development goals, particularly in regards to servicing small indigenous communities.