Prominent businessman and community leader Michael King has been appointed Chair of Barwon Water.
Dr King is Managing Director of Kings Australia funeral services, deputy chair of St Laurence Community Services and a Board member of the National Small Business Advisory Committee, Gordon Institute of TAFE and Anam Cara Hospice.
The former deputy Mayor of Geelong has more than 30 years experience in management and leadership roles and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters and Doctorate of Business Administration.
His appointment was announced yesterday by The Hon. Peter Walsh MLA, Minister for Water, Agriculture and Food Security.
Dr King replaces current chair Roger Lowrey, who did not seek re-appointment, and will take up the two-year post on 1 October.
Dr King is one of four new Directors appointed to Barwon Water's Board. The others are City of Greater Geelong councillor and former Mayor, Dr Stretch Kontelj, strategic communications specialist Suzie Batten and Colac identity David Harris.
They will join Managing Director Michael Malouf and current Directors John Bugg, Jodi Heath and Hugh Gleeson.
Dr King said he was honoured by the appointment and welcomed the opportunity to further serve the regional community.
Mr Lowrey congratulated Dr King and the three new Directors and urged them to continue the focus on water security, service delivery and innovation. Mr Lowrey also thanked outgoing Directors John McDonald and Diane James.
"Record investment in new and replacement infrastructure, a major commitment to recycling and the pursuit of innovative solutions to future water needs will ensure the corporation meets growth and development," Mr Lowrey said.