Call for Nominations Opening Soon for Operations Committee 2020 – 2022.
11 Committee positions will be available, You must be a Member of the Australian Water Association to nominate for the committee.

We are driven by the interests of our member so you are most welcome to contact us with any ideas and enquiries for this network.


Sally Rewell, Safety Stream Lead, Sydney Water
Sally has eight years’ experience in the water industry. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Master of Engineering Management, and the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours). 
She currently works at Sydney Water as the Safety Program Manager for the Production business group. The Production business group in Sydney Water looks after all of the water and wastewater plants, as well as all of the Laboratory and Monitoring Services. Sally was previously a Senior Production Officer, operating West Hornsby, Hornsby Heights and Brooklyn WWTPs and Rouse Hill and Castle Hill WRPs.
For the AWA, Sally currently sits on the NSW Branch, and is Co-Chair of the National Operations Specialist Network.

Iain Fairbairn, Environmental Regulation Manager, Sydney Water    
Iain has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)(Hons I) and MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He started his career at Sydney Water in water and wastewater operational roles across northern and western Sydney. He has specialised in advanced tertiary wastewater treatment, recycled water production and biosolids management. Over the last decade he has focused on the development of product and asset management strategies and the role that effective regulation can play in achieving waterway outcomes. As part of his current role as Environmental Regulation Manager, Iain is leading the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Nutrient Management Project.  This project utilises a multidisciplinary team to develop strategies that best manage the impacts of nutrient pollution in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and its important tributaries like South Creek.

Committee members

Cheryl Marvell, Business Coach, Marvell Coaching
Cherly is a founding member of the Operations Network which commenced nationally in 2007. Have previously led large Wastewater Operations teams in Australia’s largest water utility for 26 years. Cherly is also a Past NSW AWA President and understand the workings of the AWA. She formed the NSW Engineers and Operators conference which held successful conferences for 14 years addressing the information and training needs of both regional and city water and wastewater operations teams. Commenced the successful biannual National Operations Conferences which were held in NSW, QLD and the Northern Territory since the networks inception.  Have recently formed a business coaching and mentoring company which will build on my many years of experience helping young men and women succeed both within and outside the water industry.

Daron Kinley, Chief Operating Officer, SPIRAC
Daron has come from predominantly a Mining Exploration and Oil and Gas Exploration background having spent approximately 15 years working for a multinational public company (Imdex Limited) in Finance and Commercial roles.   

IMDEX is a market leader and provided me with a wide range of responsibilities and experience in many different aspects of business, predominantly in System Development and Improvement, acquisition due diligence, financial modelling, managing product life cycle and sustainability, product and customer profitability, and contract negotiation. My formal qualifications are in Finance, Accounting and Management.

He made the move to SPIRAC first in May of 2011, but due to various factors left after 1 year and then re-joined in 2017 as COO.  My reason for joining the committee is to try and enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Waste Water Industry, by striving for continual improvement in product and process and ensuring the communication channels between business, government and organisations work both ways.

David Stalker, Market Sector Manager Water & Environment NSW / ACT, KBR
David is a highly experienced strategic and commercial manager, with a track record of spearheading similar projects for leading Australian businesses across various industries including supply chain, operations management, transport, and systems. He is a strong leader who promotes genuine teamwork, formulates and drives major initiatives aimed at achieving long-term organisational change and profit objectives. Prior to joining KBR, David was the NSW Operations Manager Water for Ventia (Thiess Services). On behalf of Sydney Water, David developed and deployed the asset management strategy and principles across the largest mechanical and electrical third-party contract in the Australian water industry. He successfully designed and deployed a mobility system across Sydney Water and Ventia. His contributions to the water industry include the introduction and implementation of a leadership and mentoring program which resulted in improved safety performance and sustainably-managed year-on-year growth.

Graham Gloag, Process Engineer, Advisian/Worleyparsons
Bio will be published shortly. 

Matthew Sutherland, Operations Manager, Programmed
Joined the water industry in Perth AU in 2009 after migrating from the UK, previous engagement with the water industry was pursued as a plumber/Gas fitter heating engineer.
Since being employed in the Water industry mainly in WA (Water Corporation Alliances)

o Offsider
o Leading hand
(Programmed)PRA Perth Regional Alliance - WA
o Leading hand
o Supervisor
o Acting Coordinator
o Acting Operations Manager
PFM (Programmed)- City West Water - VIC
o Operations Manager 

Responsible for the operations and maintenance planned maintenance of all City west water assets, serving the people of Melbourne and the Western Suburbs gives me great satisfaction PFM and all its team members deliver a first-rate service.

Murray Leech, Consultant, Collab IT
After an initial career in information technology and computer engineering fields, which focused on delivering IT solutions to meet the needs of a wide range of users, Murray started work in the water industry in regional Victoria in 2012 working primarily in water quality and treatment roles. Since then Murray has been able to apply his IT skills in conjunction with his knowledge of water and wastewater treatment to fill multiple roles, working on ongoing water quality projects as well as a full-time role in process control and SCADA and on the development of better reporting, analysis and operational tools for water and wastewater treatment. Murray is now with Collab IT as a principle consultant, working for multiple water authorities to develop custom water and waste water applications, data reporting, analysis and operational tools. He is currently completing a MSc in Water and Environmental Resources.

Tony O’Neill, OM Technical Services Director MENAI / APAC, CH2M is now Jacobs 
Tony O’Neill oversees overall management, delivery, and technical assistance related to Asset Management, O&M services and Operations Delivery and Readiness for industrial treatment plants, water and wastewater projects, and a wide range of facility start-ups and asset management improvement projects for Jacob’s Operations, Management and Facilities Services group in the Asia Pacific and Middle East Region. 
Tony offers more than 30 years of experience in water management, water and wastewater treatment O&M and has delivered work in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, USA and around the world. Tony has been a committee member of the Operations Network for the past seven years and is keen to build the operations profile and brand within the water industry along with mentoring and supporting young professionals that are interested in a career in the water industry.