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Paul Arnold appointed new CEO of Urban Utilities

The Urban Utilities Board appointed Paul Arnold their new CEO, to take up the position on 1 September 2022. Mr Arnold comes to Urban Utilities after a successful career at Rio Tinto and BHP. His most recent position was Managing Director at Rio Tinto in Brisbane and before that as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Energy Resources of Australia based in Darwin.

Urban Utilities Chair Bronwyn Morris said Mr Arnold's operational and commercial experience in capital-intensive businesses will be valuable in the water and wastewater sector.

“The Board looks forward to Mr Arnold contributing his considerable experience in strategic business growth, people leadership, innovation, environmental management, health and safety and stakeholder engagement,” Ms Morris said.

“Paul has a strong affinity with both urban and regional areas having worked and lived in regional Queensland. He will be responsible for pursuing opportunities that create and grow business value for the benefit of our regions.”

As an experienced and respected leader, Mr Arnold will lead the delivery of Urban Utilities’ strategic direction for the benefit of customers, communities and stakeholders.

Mr Arnold said it is truly humbling to have the opportunity to join this industry-leading organisation.

“I am excited by what the future holds and look forward to working with the dedicated Urban Utilities team in continuing to enhance the liveability of our communities,” Mr Arnold said.

Mr Arnold holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mining and a Master of Business Administration (International Business).

He succeeds outgoing Urban Utilities CEO and current AWA President Louise Dudley, whose term concludes on 31 August 2022. A short handover period before that date will ensure a smooth transition.

The Board looks forward to recognising the outgoing CEO’s achievements and contributions before her term concludes.