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New chair appointed to Hunter Water

Greg Martin has been appointed as the independent chair of Hunter Water after a long career in utilities, energy, resources and financial services chief executive and company director.

Martin's appointment follows the conclusion of Terry Lawler AO's nine-year term as Hunter Water Chairperson in December 2020.

The newly appointed chair said that he was excited to take on the role.

“With a proud 129-year history, Hunter Water has a well-earned reputation as a leading water utility, and I'm looking forward to working with my board colleagues and the management team to continue the important work of Hunter Water and to improve the services it provides to its customers,” Martin said.

New Hunter Water Chair Greg Martin

“I’m also focused on improving water efficiency, both in Hunter Water’s network and within the Lower Hunter community, and building on its existing best practice corporate governance culture.”

A state-owned corporation, Hunter Water provides drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to a population of almost 600,000 people in homes and businesses across the Lower Hunter.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said an independent board plays a significant role in the governance and accountability of New South Wales’s state-owned corporations.

"As the incoming chair, Mr Martin is tasked with providing governance oversight of the state owned corporation, leading the board of directors to set Hunter Water's strategy and direction, and ensuring the organisation meets its performance obligations and commitments to its customers and communities,” she said.

"Mr Martin brings a wealth of skills and experience, including 40 years’ serving in the utility, energy and resources sectors, which will help Hunter Water achieve its strategic objectives and deliver on the aspirations for the Lower Hunter region."