SDG Network

SDG Network Committee 2018-20

The SDG Network Committee consists of ten members, elected in June 2018 and serving for two years. We welcome your input. Please contact us with your suggestions and feedback - we are keen to make the Network as engaging and relevant to member interests as we can.

Co-Chairs

Suzy Goldsmith, Director, Goldsmiths (Committee Co-Chair)
Suzy is a water engineer with a doctorate in management. Over 38 years’ experience in consulting and research she has seen many different examples, small and large, of how the goals of sustainability may be identified and pursued. Having served on the AWA Sustainability Specialist Network Committee (now merged into the new SDG Specialist Network), she is keen to continue with the activities we have started, and to embrace the additional scope brought by the merger with the Environmental Water and WASH Specialist Networks. Sustainable development is far-reaching in its concerns - social, environmental, economic and even future generations! She is enthusiastic about creating a space where water professionals can reinvigorate their leadership role. The aim here is to make the AWA SDG Specialist Network a place where we can come together and refocus on the goals of sustainability and the challenges of climate change; and think big.

Lachlan Guthrie, Integrated Water Management Specialist, Alluvium Consulting (Committee Co-Chair)
Lachlan is a PhD candidate investigating and impact Human Centred Design can have Integrated Urban Water Management strategic infrastructure planning from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. He has previously worked as a WASH technical mentor for RainWater Cambodia and currently continues his involvement with Cambodia as the Secretary to the Technical Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Water Centre. Lachlan has previously served as the chair of the Australian Water Associations WASH specialist network and is currently on the Victorian Young Water Professionals committee. Lachlan is passionate about WASH and international water issues and excited to work on projects moving towards the realisations of the SDG.

Committee Members

Rhys Blackmore, Environmental Scientist, Hunter Water
Rhys is an environment scientist with experience in water utility environmental issues from catchment to tap. He has been working in the water industry for 11 years after a shift from secondary school teaching. His job entails implementing and integrating the Sustainable Development Goals at Hunter Water, a utility that services more than half a million people of the Hunter Region, NSW. He is also Vice Chair of a Not for Profit that places people with disabilities in work, therefore has particular interest and experience in broad sustainability issues. 

Dr Amgad Elmahdi, Head of Water Resources Section, Bureau of Meteorology
A senior executive manager with 22 years experience in hydrology, water and natural resources management and water information management. My experience encompasses operation, research, academic, and teaching on various aspects of integrated water resource and natural resources management.  Proven leadership skills and demonstrated ability to establish and lead multi-disciplinary teams responsible for delivering high profile organisational objectives. 
In my current role, I am leading four teams/units [1) Water Resources Modelling,2) Groundwater,3) Urban Water,4) Water Assessment] to provide water information services across Australia using data collected by about 200 water management agencies and utilities. These services are a key element of water reforms to provide secure access to water, to address over-allocation, and to provide efficient allocation of water through water markets, pricing and other means.
I am also recognized- International Water and Natural Resources Management Consultants, I had been involved in several projects and feasibility studies for land and water management projects in many countries Egypt, Afghanistan, China and Australia.

Penny Fiddes, National Water Account Team Manager, Bureau of Meterology
I am a Chartered Accountant who has been managing the National Water Account since February 2013. Previously, I worked for the National Water Commission focusing on urban water, water industry performance and pricing, water accounting, markets, and rural water use. I have a keen interest in sustainable development hold post graduate qualifications in Environmental Management. I have also held roles in various Queensland State government agencies and spent over 10 years in the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms working in corporate finance and advisory.

David Kirby, Market Sector Manager, Water and Environment, Vic & Tas, KBR

David has been championing the SDG for a couple of years in the water sector, initially through his previous role as Victorian Branch President of AWA and more recently through the former Sustainability Specialist Network. David also has WASH experience from his earlier career and work with the Gurhkas in Nepal. In David’s current role at KBR he is championing diversity and inclusion.  The SDG are important to David as they embody why he joined the water industry 25 years ago, to make the world a better and more equitable place.

Carl Larsen, Senior Consultant, RMCG
Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Ivona Maric, Water Engineer, Aurecon
Ivona is a water engineer with 5 years’ industry experience. Ivona’s experience covers planning and hydraulic modelling, asset management and concept and detailed design of water and wastewater infrastructure. Ivona’s ability to develop, nurture and maintain close client relationships has seen her take on the project management of significant projects. Ivona sits on the Aurecon NSW Extended Leadership Team where she represents the next generation of leaders in the shaping and delivery of the company’s strategy. Ivona is a passionate advocate of engineering as a force for good, with its future firmly rooted in bettering the lives of the world’s whole population, and not just those who can afford to pay for it. Ivona would like to help shape how the water industry can adopt the Sustainable Development Goals in a practical and scalable way within our own industry but also, and maybe more importantly, through collaboration with other industries and the government.

Dan O'Halloran, Urban water specialist, Alluvium Consulting
Dan O’Halloran is an urban water specialist with over 15 years experience in the Victorian Water Industry in private and public organisations. Dan’s academic background spans economics, environmental engineering and a Masters in Sustainability gained during a sabbatical year in Sweden. Professionally Dan has spent his career being drawn to more sustainable ways of managing the urban water cycle for the benefit of the ecologies and communities that it interacts with: from water and wastewater planning, to integrated water management, water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure design. More recently Dan has enjoyed working on projects that reimagine the role of water within the urban landscape, to green and cool and spaces to support healthy and happy communities.

Jenny Stewart, Manager Strategic Opportunities & Initiatives, Coliban Water
Jenny is a Civil Engineer with over 27 years’ experience in the Water Industry, 23 of which has been working in a variety of engineering roles at Coliban Water. Prior to this she was with the Rural Water Corporation of Victoria. She has broad experience in water and sewer planning, design, construction and project management, including major dam upgrades, new water treatment plants and reticulation networks.  Before the recent take up of her new role, Jenny managed a team looking after long-term planning, hydraulic and process modelling, business cases, detailed investigations/stakeholder approvals and design for water and sewer reticulation assets and treatment plants, and the Land Development function of Coliban Water. She is keen to learn how to apply the Sustainable Development Goals to a regional water utility.