Committee

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Co-Chairs

Sally Williamson, Water Technologist, CH2M (which is now Jacobs)
Starting her career in Sydney Water’s parasitology laboratory, Sally is a chartered environmental engineer with over fifteen years of experience in the water industry. She typically finds herself working on a very broad range of projects (from feasibility studies and research projects, to treatment process design and commissioning), but her main interests and experience are around water quality and risk assessment/management as it relates to drinking water, wastewater and reuse. Sally recognises that water quality monitoring and analysis are key to maintaining healthy communities and environments, and believes that continuous improvement is important for development of cost effective solutions to control and optimise of treatment system performance and catchment management.

Yulia Shutova, Professional Water Engineer, AECOM
Yulia is a professional engineer based in AECOM Australia’s Sydney Office. With more than 10 years in the water industry, Yulia has a diverse experience from managing drinking water treatment plants to completing large research projects in collaboration with water utilities, research organisations and academics. Yulia has a particular interest in Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis, giving her experience working on water treatment operation and management in Russia, on water quality research in UNSW and now working in consulting on various projects. Yulia is very keen on taking the latest research findings in this area and helping industry to apply these findings in real life.

Committee Members

Antony Old, Managing Director, Fremantle Commercial Diving and Watertight Robotics
Antony began his diving in career in 2001, commencing at Tassal Salmon after completing a bachelor of marine science at the University of Tasmania. Returning to Western Australia in 2003, Antony worked for several large diving companies, gaining significant experience in maintenance and construction. Antony joined Fremantle Commercial Diving in 2006, and as a Diver, Supervisor and later Operations Manager and gained an extensive knowledge in delivering potable water diving and robotic services. With his passion for job planning and safety, Antony expanded the business into new areas of technical and specialised diving while maintaining an unparalleled commitment to safety across all areas of the business. Becoming Contracts Manager, Director and later Managing Director, Antony’s remains heavily involved in the water industry both in robotics and diving projects.  

Audrey Knickerbocker, Process Engineer, City Water Technology (CWT)
Audrey is a process engineer at City Water Technology with a BSc in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Her work involves a range of projects including risk assessment, management system development and implementation, onsite commissioning/optimisation and process design. Her most recent work includes developing and implementing risk-based Drinking Water Management Systems (DWMSs) as per the Framework in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for numerous clients, including a state-based rail organisation and water supply systems managed at the federal level. She is also currently on the project team recommissioning the Sydney Desalination Plant.

Hamed Hashemabadi, Lead Designer, Collab IT
Promoting innovation and agile delivery in water ICT, with emphasis on water quality analysis tools and reporting, Hamed has a strong design engineering background and a passion for technology, and in recent years has brought that to bear in the water industry. Currently with Collab IT as a lead designer, he has extensive experience with multiple authorities delivering water quality solutions as well as working closely a number of vendors in building Australian support into their products. Hamed is looking to combine his strong academic background in engineering and through understanding of water industry, into innovative ICT solutions including smart metering, IoT, data analysis and even machine learning.

John Zhou, Professor of Environmental Engineering, UTS
John has a PhD degree in environmental technology from Manchester University (UK) and 27 years of teaching and research experience. As Professor of Environmental Engineering, his main water research interests are water quality monitoring, advanced wastewater treatment, and energy recovery from waste. John has served many advisory committees including the EU Framework Programmes 5-7 and Horizon 2020, member of UK NERC Peer Review College, China’s 973 Programme, Italian Fondazione Cariplo, and Luxembourg National Research Fund. His research has been supported by research councils and the Royal Society. He has published extensively in leading environmental journals including highly-cited articles.

Peter Wojciechowski, Director, consultant and system integration expert, Collab IT

Peter has 20 years of technology consulting and project delivery experience, with organisations that strive to be leaders in their industry and use technology to deliver business value, agility and competitive advantage. With a strong academic background in engineering and computing, Peter worked in Utilities for Accenture, Avanade, then as an independent contractor before joining forces with like minded individuals to form Collab and work with cutting edge technologies like TipoTapp on transformational and often challenging projects. Peter and family live in Melbourne and enjoy seeking out nature and local activities and events that Australia has abundantly on offer.

Rodney Wellings, Director, Royce Water Technologies
Rod Wellings is the founding Director of Royce Water Technologies in 2004. The company was founded to supply evolving technologies to the water industry in the area of on-line analytical instrumentation. In recent years the company has invested in Research and Development in the water treatment area and now manufacture a range of analytical instruments in Australia. We are presently involved in a research project with Griffith University at nathan Campus to development a new sensing technology for use in environmental and water treatment areas.

Tania Strixner-Harvey, Operations Superintendent, Mount Isa Water Board
Tania has an Honours degree in Chemistry from James Cook University and has worked in the mining industry for approximately 25 years as a laboratory manager.  She recently returned to her roots in Mount Isa and moved into the water industry; where she manages the day to day operation of the MIWB laboratory as well as the treatment plant for bulk and potable water.  Tania’s goal is to improve lead and lag monitoring in the water treatment systems and to be a facilitator of change for regional and remote water treatment plants.