Board director profiles

 

Jo Plummer, Chair

Jo Plummer was a Director on the Board of Central Highlands Water for four years during which time she served on the Audit and Risk and Sustainability committees. She also chaired the Customer and Community Partnership Committee. Prior to this, Jo consulted to Barwon and Wannon Water in her capacity as Director for OUT of the BOX Business Services.

Since December, 2014, Jo has been Director and co-owner of Business in Heels International, a women’s networking organisation that works towards connecting women with resources, opportunity and choice.

She also sits as Non-Executive Director for VicWater, is Chair for the Geelong Regional Football Committee, on Advisory Board for Victoria Patriots A-League bid and Committee Member for AICD Geelong.

Jo has a strong commercial background, having held senior roles in buying and product development, business and merchandise planning and strategic design with well-known retail brands for over twenty years.

She holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Retail Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jo was appointed to the Barwon Water board in October 2015.

 

Elaine Carbines, Deputy Chair

Elaine is the CEO of G21 Geelong Region Alliance. She was a Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and for Education.

Elaine is a Director of Gforce, Director of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), Committee Member of the Barwon South West Regional Development Committee and Committee Member of Barwon Region Partnership.

Elain holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elaine was appointed to the Barwon Water board in October 2015,

 

Tracey Slatter, Managing Director

Tracey has more than 20 years’ experience at senior management level, having had several years at the helm of local councils, as well as executive experience in the local region.

She was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Port Phillip City Council. Her previous roles include CEO of Colac Otway Shire, Head of Claims at the TAC, Director of Primary and Community Health in the Victorian Health Department and a Director of the G21 Geelong Region Alliance.

Tracey holds post-graduate qualifications in research, leadership and commerce.

Tracey commenced at Barwon Water in January 2017.

 

John Gavens

John is Partner, Audit and Assurance at Crowe Horwath Melbourne, and has a background in auditing, risk management and internal audit, specialising in the public, local government and not-for-profit sectors. He currently holds audit contracts with the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and internal audit contracts with several local government and public sector agencies.

He is a Registered Company Auditor and was a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. He is the Treasurer of Gateways Support Services and a member of two local government audit committees.

John holds a Master of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John was appointed to the Barwon Water board in October 2015.

Rebecca Leonard

Rebecca is the Executive Manager, Governance and Legal Services at the City of Greater Geelong and has previously worked at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in both solicitor and senior management roles since 2009. She is an experienced lawyer and has practised in the Geelong region since 2004.

Rebecca has a strong commitment to the Geelong community and has previously served as Vice Chairperson of UnitingCare Geelong and Secretary of Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault.

She is currently a member of the Deakin University Alumni, the Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Women Lawyers and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Community Care Chemist.

Rebecca is the current Board representative member of Barwon Water’s Customer Consultative Committee and a member of Barwon Water’s Risk Management Committee.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca was appointed to the Barwon Water board in October 2013.

 

Bernard Walsh

Bernard is the Managing Director at Walsh Global Consulting Pty Ltd and has had an extensive executive career in the chemicals, petrochemicals and explosives industries. His most recent role was with Incitec Pivot Limited where, as a member of the executive team, he led the major fertiliser and explosives manufacturing operations in North America and Australia and the supporting global engineering and process technology functions.

Bernard was a board member at Queensland Nitrates, Sasol Dyno Nobel, and Initiation Explosives Systems.

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bernard was appointed to the Barwon Water board in October 2015.

 

Ann Lansberry

Ann is a community sector consultant specialising in building community capacity. She has extensive experience in the water sector and was General Manager of Campaspe Asset Management Services, a contracting organisation that provided operations and maintenance services for Coliban Water.

Ann is Vice President of the Discovery Science and Technology Centre in Bendigo and has been Director of Heathcote Health since 2017. Previously she was Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria.

She holds a Master of Chemical Engineering, a Diploma in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ann was appointed to the Barwon Water board in September 2017.

 

Des Powell

Des was appointed as a Director of Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Corporation (GWM Water) in October 2015. He is the Commissioner of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and has held this position since February 2012.

Des is Director and Chair of Federation Training and Director of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Politics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Des was appointed to the Barwon Water board in September 2017.