VIC

VIC Branch Committee

Welcome to the Victorian Branch of the Australian Water Association!

In Victoria we are very fortunate to have a very enthusiastic and active Branch Committee. The VIC Branch consists of experienced professionals from the Victorian water industry at the main branch level and a Young Water Professional Sub-Committee, each responsible for a tailored program whilst joining forces to reach all Victorian members through information sharing, providing platforms for networking and recognising substantial contributions to the water sector. 
 
The new 2020-21 Victorian Branch and YWP Sub-Committees were elected in June 2020.

Branch Committee

The Victorian Branch Committee comprises of 14 Committee Members elected by the Australian Water Association members from Victoria plus the Immediate Past President and the Young Water Professionals (YWP) Chair.

Committee Members are usually elected for a two-year term however members who are completing their two-year term are free to re-nominate for a further term. Approximately half the members of each of the Branch and YWP Committees are scheduled for election each year so as to provide a level of consistency, knowledge transfer and a balance of experience. Elections take place in June each year.

Amanda Hazell - PRESIDENT, Melbourne Water 
Amanda is a water professional with over 12 years’ experience in Western Australia and Victoria in water supply planning, asset management and operations. At Melbourne Water, she manages a team of analysts who support the financial and governance reporting for Melbourne Water's Capital Delivery portfolio. Amanda has been an active member of AWA throughout her career, both as a YWP Committee member and most recently as chair of the Membership Engagement and Growth Sub-committee. She is also an active supporter of the YWP network. 
David Kirby - IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, KBR 
David has 30 years of experience as a civil engineer, project/program manager, and business manager. David is currently KBR’s Water and Environment Manager for Victoria with a focus on major projects, digital engineering, and risk and asset management. David has been on the AWA VIC Branch Committee for nine years and is also on the Specialist Network committee for the Sustainable Development Goals. David is passionate about delivering community and environmental benefits through the supply of water infrastructure.  
Meredith Gibbs - CHAIR COLLABORATION & COMMUNICATION, Baker McKenzie 
Meredith has been on the Victorian Branch Committee for two years, with the last year as Chair of the Communication and Collaboration Committee. She's a lawyer with over 10 years' experience advising the water industry on regulatory and commercial matters. In total, she has over 25 years' experience as an environmental, water and climate change lawyer and academic. She's currently a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and have previously held Board positions on Victorian Women Lawyers and the YWCA. She's also a Pro bono Lawyer at Refugee Legal.
Tim Anderson, GHD 
Tim has worked in the water industry as a civil engineer for over 15 years and currently manage GHD's Victorian Water Infrastructure business where he is exposed to the many opportunities and challenges facing the water industry. Tim has worked as a designer, project manager and superintendent on a wide variety of water related designs, and has also been involved in AWA’s mentoring program for the past two years.
Peter Carroll Peter Carroll, GHD
Studying chemical engineering, the water industry was an exciting proposition that aligned with Peter's values. Vacation work at a metro utility gained him an appreciation of the breadth and challenges of the industry, and on graduating he commenced at GHD. Working during the onset of the Millennium Drought brought great development opportunities via large exciting projects, but also an understanding of water’s role in a thriving society. Post-grad study in sustainable energy has fired a fascination with the water-energy nexus, and the sector's role in being part of the solution. As GHD’s Service Line Leader for Water Treatment and Desalination he is privileged to learn from the technical work GHD does in that space across the globe.
Andrew Chapman, Aurecon 
Andrew has been a long term member of the AWA with over 25 years of active involvement. He is currently Director Infrastructure Advisory Water with over thirty years’ experience in the water industry and an industry leader in Integrated Water Management. He has also been involved in the Fishermans Bend Taskforce, facilitating the planning and delivery of integrated water and sustainability initiatives, and initiatives for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Melbourne Flood Strategy, Integrated Water Forums, and others.
Voon-Chai Chin, Stantec
Voon-Chai has worked his professional life entirely in the water industry. His areas of expertise are in water and wastewater treatment and technologies in both Municipal and Industrial applications, and most recently in designing Water Sustainability programs to help some of the world's biggest brands and corporations to achieve their sustainability goals. He was a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong, China and is a Fellow at EA.
Amy Gason, Nation Partners 
Amy has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental management having commenced her career at Gippsland Water. With extensive environmental consulting experience both in Australia and the United States, Amy leads complex environmental approvals and stakeholder engagement assignments for a variety of public and private clients. She performs the role of specialist environmental lead, approvals and stakeholder lead, Project Director or Senior Project Manager for a number of multidisciplinary projects within the Victorian water industry.
Madeleine Greenlee, Melbourne Water
Madeleine is a Strategy and Planning Advisor for Melbourne Water, with years of previous consulting experience as a water resources engineer in both Australia and the USA. With a Master in Integrated Water Management and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, she has combined a strong technical foundation with a strategic lens, thus developing a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to environmental management. Prior to Melbourne Water, Madeleine was based in Brisbane and heavily involved with the water industry there, sitting on the regional advisory panel for the CRC Water Sensitive Cities, chairing for the annual International River Symposium and CRC WSC Conference, engaging as an active member in AWA, RBMS, SQ, QWMN, and IWA, as well as being a finalist for AWA’s YWP of the Year in 2018.
Julian Kinder, Programmed
Julian is a long-term Victorian water professional, working across several functions in Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Project Delivery and Contract Management in both Government and Private Enterprises. Julian is passionate about diversity in the water industry, sector sustainability and embedding a customer centric strategy. He started his career at Melbourne Water working on major projects and in his current role as Executive Manager Water at Programmed, he’s accountable for several large water contracts across Australia and is able to spread this vision of diversity, sustainability, innovation and investment across the water sector. He also supports the Beacon foundation, Founding Director at Building Bridges - youth services, and has a close affiliation with Vic Water.
Priyani Madan, Arup
Priyani is a civil engineer, with an economics background, working in Arup’s Water team. In her six years, she has been involved in a variety of strategic and technical projects across Australia and internationally. Priyani combines her diverse technical skills and hydraulic modelling knowledge, with her economics and strategic experience, and has worked on several innovative drought resilience, policy, foresight and integrated water strategy projects. She has led several pro bono and shared value projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, run international Design Summits with EWB and mentors young engineers. In 2017, Priyani received the Young Water Professional Award at the AWA Victorian Water Awards.
Emma Milburn, Iota - South East Water
Emma joined Iota as the Marketing Director in December 2017. After graduating from the University of Leeds in the UK and moving to Australia, she worked for GE in a variety of roles before joining the water industry. Emma is excited about the collaborative nature of the water industry. Prior to joining the VIC Branch, she held a position on the Australian Water Association YWP VIC Committee. 
Lisa Pomeroy, Cardno
Lisa has a passion for driving change and championing improvement. She has an interest in emergency planning, especially for rural communities. Key skills include; Project manager, modelling lead and client liaison on Council flood mapping projects, Melbourne Water projects, Level Crossing Removal packages and Road Upgrade packages. Hydrological and hydraulic modelling lead in flood analysis for both coastal and riverine flooding projects and flood emergency planning across Australia where such projects seek to understand the impacts of flooding on local communities. GIS analysis and mapping, with over 8 years’ experience in the collation, analysis and mapping of spatial information. Development of asset management processes and procedures that are auditable and repeatable.
Savalan Pour, KBR
Savalan is a charted civil/water engineer. He has been in the water industry since 2001 and with over 19 years' experience, he has worked within the private and public sectors in various parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the Middle East. His key skill is the delivery of the projects within water and wastewater systems planning. He has conducted clean water, recycled water, wastewater, drainage, and irrigation system's master plans and undertaken design management and peer-reviewing in large infrastructure projects.
Natasha Sertori, DELWP 
Natasha has a background in environmental science and catchment management and has been involved in the Victorian water industry for several years, first at Gippsland Water and now at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne. Her current work on the Latrobe Valley Regional Water Study – investigating the feasibility of rehabilitating the Latrobe Valley coal mines into pit lakes – has strengthened her skills in communicating with multiple stakeholders across different organisations and sectors, and coordinating workshops and events.
Shay Xie, Eurofins Environment Testing
Shay is relatively new to the Australian water sector, having only lived in Australia for 3 years and been in his current role as General Manager for Eurofins Water Testing Australia for the last 18 months. Previous to Eurofins, he spent 15 years in engineering and industrial automation/manufacturing in numerous leadership positions with the main theme of business management and continuous improvement. His interests are well aligned with his current role, especially in the areas of; emerging contaminants, testing waters to ensure safety for the community, and more recently; testing coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in wastewater.

 

Young Water Professionals Sub-Committee


Samuel Skinner - YWP CHAIR, Aurecon 
Samuel's experience in the water industry is shared across academia, construction and consulting, from his PhD research at Melbourne University into water recycling and sludge dewatering, to working on the design, construction and commissioning of water treatment plants in country Victoria. Currently, Samuel works as a consultant across the contaminated land and water teams at Aurecon. He is also actively involved with Engineers Without Borders, the IWA, the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Engineers Australia and the Australian Society of Rheology.
Celeste Ward - IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR, Stantec
Celeste is a Process Engineer at Stantec with over 5 years’ experience in water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades, master plans and designs.
Celeste is the Immediate Past Chair of the YWP committee and coordinated the YWP Program for Ozwater'19. Celeste is also a mentor in the Women@RMIT and Industry Mentoring programs and was awarded 2019 Women in Industry Mentor of the Year.
Georgina Catto-Smith, Jacobs 
Georgina has been working at Jacobs for the past year and has enjoyed getting exposure to a variety of water projects, including water and wastewater treatment plant design, asset management and water utility strategy plans. While relatively new to the water industry, Georgina has a wealth of experience working on other committees, including various university clubs and the EA Victorian Chemical Engineering Committee. At Jacobs, she sits on the community engagement committee and manages the partnership with AMES.
Alex Chesterfield, Melbourne Water
Alex has worked at Melbourne Water for three years across different teams and is now in the Major Program Delivery team working on the delivery of Melbourne Water's major capital projects across water supply, sewerage treatment and waterways and drainage, giving him a good appreciation for the many areas within the water industry. For the past two years Alex has also been a member of the AWA Young Water Professionals Committee and has enjoyed helping young professionals in the water industry to engage with each other and further develop themselves.
Alice Drummond, DiscoverEI 
Alice is a Water Resources Engineer with over 8 years’ experience specialising in surface water and groundwater modelling, and environmental analytics. As Co-Founder of DiscoverEI, Alice applies the latest data analytics and visualisation tools to streamline water modelling and create a shared understanding of the complex environmental systems we are working to protect. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with the broader water community at conferences, and has presented at Ozwater, Australian Groundwater Conference and Stormwater Industry Association.
Joseph Elderkin, Mott MacDonaldOver
Joseph has five years experience in the water industry. 4.5 years in the UK as a mechanical engineer and project manager in D&C water business designing clean and waste water infrastructure and treatment.
One year in Australia as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and project manager designing clean and waste water infrastructure and treatment.
Dr Casey Furlong, GHD
Casey has been involved in Victoria's water sector since 2011, having worked across 5 teams at Melbourne Water, completing an industry funded PhD and Post-doc on IWM and urban greening, and now working as a consultant with GHD and Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT.
During his Post-doc, Casey sat on the Climate Change and Resilience Group at RMIT, and helped run the Resilient Melbourne IWM Working and Alignment Group for over 18 months. Casey has also been involved in supporting the Greening the West Steering Committee.
Mark Gibbins, Coliban Water 
Mark has over 10 years’ experience working in the water industry and over 30 years’ experience as a customer. His areas of expertise include dams and reservoir management, water and sewer modelling, sewer maintenance, having showers, flushing toilets and watering the garden at the correct time.
His current job is to reduce the sewer blockage rate in Coliban Water networks. For the past year he has been serving on the AWA YWP National Taskforce.
Alice Greco, Melbourne Water
Alice graduated with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Honours) at Swinburne University of Technology, and has gained experience working within Development Planning, Drinking Water Quality and most recently with Major Infrastructure Projects at Melbourne Water.
Alice currently acts as the interface between Melbourne Water and the Level Crossing Removal Project. Alice has a strong passion to give back to the community and volunteers on the WaterAid fundraising committee and in Melbourne Water’s Social Club. 
Tamar Haviv, Cardno
As a water engineer, Tamar has experience in both the Stormwater Modelling and Infrastructure Design. The most impactful project that she took part in prior to moving to Melbourne, was the design, implementation and testing of the Flows for the Future Program which has been established to ensure the long term viability of catchment health within the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia as well as designing a reticulation system for townships in Northern South Australia, which greatly improved the water quality for hundreds of families in the area.
Rhiannon Hildebrand-Wise, City West Water
Rhiannon started her career as an Environment Officer, managing South Gippsland Water’s Environmental Management System. At Western Water she worked on long term planning for recycled water and IWM. She was also their Intelligent Water Networks champion, giving her the opportunity to work with people across the industry promoting innovation. While working for Western Water, she completed a Master of Urban Planning. After graduating Rhiannon worked as an urban planner at KBR. Last year she joined City West Water’s Strategy and Policy team. She is passionate about making a positive impact on our community and environment.
Sophie Hunter, Beca
After graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2016, Sophie has worked in Melbourne and Christchurch as a Civil Engineer in the water industry, gaining design experience on water supply, wastewater, stormwater and irrigation projects.
Sophie brings a different perspective coming from New Zealand, having served on internal committees at Beca such as leading their young professionals committee in Christchurch, as well as being on committees at university and high school.
Emma Hodson, Alluvium 
Emma is an environmental consultant with Alluvium Consulting. Emma’s expertise is in fluvial and coastal geomorphology, catchment and coastal management, GIS, and spatial analysis. Through delivering stability assessments and designs, environmental flow studies, and coastal hazard management and adaptation plans throughout Australia, Emma enjoys the diverse opportunities the water industry offers. She is keen to implement innovative ways to engage AWA members through social media, digital channels and less formal networking and feedback events. She sees the YWPs as an innovative group who can and will have a positive influence on the water industry.
Tansy Huang, Southern Rural Water
Tansy graduated from Monash with a Master degree in Advanced Engineering, specialising in Water Engineering. Tansy joined Southern Rural Water as an Emergency Planning and Assets Officer, looking at flood modelling, drought risks, and dam safety issues. Through this position, Tansy sees the water supply issues and risks associated with this industry through a different lens. Prior to this, Tansy worked in the mining industry and the renewable energy sector. Past volunteering experience includes membership with WA Engineers Without Borders and as a volunteer at IWA conferences. 
Christopher Lee, DELWP
Chris currently holds a range of experience within the water sector from his day job looking at the economic and safety regulatory framework for the sector (i.e. policy setting) to operational volunteer roles within the VICSES; and also as a DELWP Water Duty Officer and Rapid Risk Assessment – Flooding and Erosion team member.
Farzaneh Mahmoudi, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Dr. Mahmoudi has an interdisciplinary background in Chemical, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering with a focus on pragmatic R&D roles. She researched the Water-Energy nexus and is collaborating with Monash Sustainable Development Institute and RMIT University on developing Sustainable Water Treatment systems. She has been recognized as an expert reviewer of five Q1 journals and has been selected as Early Career Advisory Board at Desalination Journal.
Jacob Meehan, Western Water 
Over the last 3 years at Western Water, Jacob has filled a variety of roles covering network planning, demand forecasting, community liaison, agricultural design, contract management and more. Before joining the water industry, Jacob worked in construction and land care. Outside of work, he is a committee member for his local football club. His interest in joining the YWP committee stems from his passion for relationship building, and he is keen to pay it forward, and help the next batch of new water professionals feel comfortable and confident in the industry.
Joshua Michael Quinn, South East Water
Joshua has been working in the water industry for almost 4 years. He started his journey as a 'Water Quality Field Technician' and is now a 'Water Quality Scientist' at South East Water. Joshua gained extensive experience within the fields of water quality and water operations, as well as fostering his interest in climate change. Recently he was involved in AWA's Water Utility Improvement Program, which allowed him to share his industry knowledge with partnered water utilities in Cambodia. He is also a member of the YWP International Networking Group tasked with fostering and sustaining an active international YWP network and program in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Dominic Murray-Fiume, Stantec
Dominic is a Civil Engineer within Stantec’s Water Group and is passionate about building genuine relationships to drive collaborate problem solving in the water industry. Alongside his technical role at Stantec, he was the Developing Professionals Group Network Lead (Vic/SA) from 2018-2020 and have served as Victoria’s Culture Champion since early 2019. More broadly, he has volunteered on Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering (Vic) Committee since late 2018, currently holding the role of Media Manager, and is also a mentor in AWA’s Industry Mentoring Program.
Ali Rahimi, Aqua Metro Services
Ali has been working in the water industry for six years, mostly as a project engineer / project manager for delivery of capital projects and maintenance programs for Yarra Valley Water, South East Water and more recently Melbourne Water.
He has had various leadership roles. Most notably, he served as Victorian Chapter President at Engineers Without Borders Australia from 2017-2019.
Matthew Willox, CMP Consulting 
Matthew has been working in the water and wastewater industry for three years with WSP Australia and has been very fortunate in this time to work across the industry on a large variety of projects and roles, working with a range of water authorities, contractors, technical experts and engineering disciplines. He is an active member in the AWA YWP network, attending social and technical events to meet more like-minded professionals. He is currently the Co-Office lead for the WSP young professional network, and is keen to give back to the industry.

We thank our volunteer Committee Members for their contribution, dedication and enthusiasm to the Victorian branch of the AWA.