Board director profiles


Jo Plummer, Chair

Jo Plummer became Director and part-owner of Business in Heels International in November 2014. She was Board Director at Central Highlands Water for four years which time she served on the Audit and Risk and Sustainability committees and chaired the Customer and Community Partnership Committe

Jo has been the Director and owner of OUT of the BOX Business Services since 2009, a boutique management consultancy specialising in developing and implementing strategy, engineering business improvement initiatives and managing change. More recently, she worked with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Strategy and Innovation.

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′s of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Retail Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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 has post-graduate qualifications in research, leadership and commerce.

Tracey was appointed to the role in October 2016 and commenced at Barwon Water in January 2017.


Elaine Carbines

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

Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


John Gavens

John is the Partner for Audit and Assurance at Crowe Horwath Melbourne and has a background in corporate auditing and academia.

He is the Treasurer at Gateways Support Services. John has a Master of Arts in Accounting, a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Jodi Heath

Jodi is the Executive Manager for NAB’s Group Executive for Personal Banking, and has a wealth of experience in the banking and telecommunications sectors with top-10 ASX listed companies.

Jodi is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has worked on various boards during the past 10 years. She is a Director for The Gordon, having recently stepped down as Vice President after three years in the role.

Jodi is a former Director of the Committee for Geelong, St Laurence Community Services and Geelong Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Deakin Alumni Community and an Australian Rural Leaders Fellow.

Jodi holds a Master of Business Administration specialising in Corporate Governance and Ethics from Deakin University.

Jodi was appointed to the Barwon Water Board in July 2010 and re-appointed in October 2015.

She was Deputy Chair from 2011 to 2015.  


Rebecca Leonard

Rebecca is the Senior Manager of Service and Review at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), and has worked as a senior corporate solicitor at the TAC since 2012. 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 and Victorian Women Lawyers.

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

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws.

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


Christopher Lovell

Chris Lovell has practiced as a commercial lawyer for more than 35 years.

He advises major industry superannuation funds and some of their collective investment vehicles on a wide range of corporate, governance and superannuation issues. Chris is chairman of national law firm Holding Redlich, having been national managing partner for 15 years.

Chris is an independent director (and member of the finance committee) of the Clemenger Group, Australasia's largest marketing communications group. He is also Chairman of LawExchange International — an association of independent law firms covering the world’s major commercial centres.

Chris has held a number of board positions. These include director of Film Victoria, director then chair of Screen Australia, trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, director and deputy chair of VicTrack, and director and then chair of Australian Communities Foundation.

Chris has an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Laws from the University of London (London School of Economics).


Jason Mifsud

Jason is Executive Director of Aboriginal Victoria for the Victorian Government in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Jason was previously the Head of Diversity at the Australian Football League, and has held governance roles on the Suicide Prevention Taskforce at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Ministerial Advisory Council for Indigenous Affairs and Economic Development.

He is a Board member at the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group and the national governance group for Recognise.


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