Robran Cock (Chair)
Robran is the Regional Operations Manager for South Australia and Western Australia for TRILITY, the market leader within the Australian water utilities sector providing a full range of water utility services.
Robran has over ten years experience in the water industry in a variety of both technical and business development roles. His passion is in treatment plant operations and improving the efficiency of operations through initiatives which meet the social, economic and environmental objectives for sustainable systems. He is also committed to raising the profile and importance of the water industry through participating in education programs wherever possible.
Robran has a diverse education background holding undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and science with masters degrees in business administration and environmental engineering.
RPC Pipe Systems Pty Ltd (RPC Technologies)
Darren is the National Sales Manager at RPC Pipe Systems, part of the RPC technologies group, Australia's premier designer and manufacturer of quality fibre composite products. RPC Pipe Systems Pty Ltd is the Adelaide manufacturing facility for Flowtite® GRP pipe & fittings for water, sewer & jacking/trenchless.
Darren is a highly experienced senior leader with an extensive career in technical sales, marketing, business & product development; typically related to the Industrial industry sectors of Flow Control & Fluid Transfer Management; emphasis placed on product specification/solution selling including overall total cost of ownership and fit for purpose. Darren’s key leadership expertise includes: Sales & Marketing Management, Business Development, Technical Product Development & Specification, Major Project Tenders/ Negotiation/Control, Procurement, Operations, Commercial and Financial Management.
Darren has diverse industry sector experience & knowledge: Oil [up/down-stream], Gas [LPG/LNG, domestic & coal seam], Chemical & Petrochemical, Metals & Mineral Mining, Water & Wastewater, Civil Infrastructure, Dams & Reservoirs, Energy/Power Generation, Marine & Shipbuilding, HVAC Building Services, Fire Protection, Food & Beverage, Agriculture & Irrigation, Manufacturing and General Industry.
Mark is an experienced property and commercial lawyer with 15 years’ experience advising clients on their business and contractual arrangements, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, where he spent three years working at a top 40 law firm. In addition to law, he has a degree in maths and computer science, which all adds up to him looking at the world from a different perspective.
Mark advises clients on all aspects of their property dealings including acquisition, disposal, development, leasing or due diligence. Whenever dealing with clients, Mark works with them to achieve the best commercial outcome for their business.When advising clients on their business operations, Mark brings a pragmatic approach to cut through the legalese and deal with the issues that matter.
Mark has advised water industry participants in South Australia for over ten years. He has advised on the spread of purple pipe and the installation of pipeworks for stormwater and wastewater recycling and reticulation systems as well as supply and service contracts throughout the industry. He also advised clients on, and made submissions to the government about, the Water Industry Act.
Lionel Ho ( Deputy Chair)
Lionel is currently the Client Liaison Manager at Allwater. He completed his PhD in 2004 from the University of South Australia and has over 16 years’ experience in the water industry. He has a strong water research background having authored over 120 scientific publications.
Lionel was previously the Chair and Vice President of the AWA SA Branch Committee and sat on the Strategic Advisory Council of the Federal AWA. He currently sits on the IWA Australia Committee, AWA SA Branch Committee and the Editorial Board of the AWA Water Journal. Lionel holds adjunct positions at the University of Adelaide (Affiliate Lecturer) and University of South Australia (Associate Professor).
Jim is General Manager, Strategy, Performance & innovation. This role leads development of strategy and business planning as well as driving a strong performance management focus. The Group helps the Corporation to generate new ideas and bring them to life and ensures the way of working are aligned and continually improved. Jim joined SA Water in 2011 initially as Senior Manager Procurement and led a significant transformation of the procurement function. In 2014, Jim became General Manager Commercial & Business Development. This role included the overall responsibility for delivery of SA Water’s substantial capital program and also focused on business growth for the organisation.
Jim’s career prior to SA Water has included key leadership roles in both the private and public sector, including the energy, and banking, as well as consulting.
Jim has also been active in building broader professional capability across Australia and championed reform initiatives which saw the creation of a new global standard procurement professional body and other key joint collaborative activities bringing together private and public sector organisations for common good.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Steven Morton is the Manager of Urban Water Policy, Economics and Water Security in the Water and Climate Change Branch of the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Steven is also the current General Manager of the South Australian Stormwater Management Authority.
Steven leads an extensive water policy agenda, including demand and supply planning, water sensitive urban design, stormwater harvesting and re-use, the implementation of the Water Industry Act 2012, the interface between water and the mining sector and the alignment of water policy and regulation and local industry development.
As the General Manager of the Stormwater Management Authority, Steven has lead responsibility for working with the local government sector to prepare and implement stormwater management plans that provide mitigation from flooding, provide opportunities for stormwater harvesting and re-use and improve water quality and address associated environmental impacts.
In addition to water management, Steven also has widespread experience across a range of policy areas within the South Australian Government including economic and industry development, science and innovation, employment and training and urban development and planning.
Water Research Australia Limited
Recently appointed CEO of Water Research Australia after holding senior management positions at SA Water and CSIRO’s water flagship, Karen has over 15 years’ water industry experience.
After gaining a geology degree from the University of Exeter, UK, Karen began her career in the energy sector, where she was the first female wellsite geologist in the Cooper Basin. Through on the job training at Amdel Ltd, she subsequently became a materials scientist providing testing and consulting services to the construction industry.
In 1996 Karen gained a Masters of Environmental Studies, which facilitated her to move into Environmental, Sustainability, R&D and Resources management within the water industry. While in charge of the $15 million per annum urban water R&D portfolio at CSIRO, Karen was responsible for leading collaborative efforts to develop innovative water technologies and bring them to market. Over the past couple of years Karen led SA Water’s drive to help South Australian water businesses gain access to markets in India and China. Working closely with the WIA, she supported their export growth initiatives, attended two trade missions to India and served as assistant to Karlene Maywald in her role as Special Advisor, International Water Opportunities for SA.
Alister Walsh (Treasurer)
Alister Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Waterfind Australia, has a mission to lead the development and growth of water markets across Australia. With over 15 years of experience in the agricultural sector, corporate finance and water risk management strategies, Alister oversees the company’s strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships, among other areas.
Under Alister’s leadership, Waterfind Australia has won the 2015 South Australian State iAwards for Regional Inclusion and Community category, acknowledging the company’s support for regional community growth, through innovative information and Communications Technology solutions.
A board member of the Water Industry Alliance, Alister represents a rare level of expertise and experience in all water management facets: water risk strategies, water resource accounting, water policy, rules and regulations, law and trade protocols. Over the past 8 months, Alister has presented at 4 industry events and is a prolific contributor to the water news space, by providing thought leadership pieces and regular commentary.
Tim has served on the Water Industry Alliance Board for a number of years and was Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2015.
Tim is former MD and now a Director of Sentek Pty Ltd, which for 21 years has designed, manufactured and internationally marketed “best in class” soil moisture and salinity sensors and display software. He was a Director of the CRC Irrigation Futures for all of its seven year life. He is also a Director of Australian Water Investments. And prior to that worked in senior positions within Telstra and the Government.
He maintains a passion for growing SA industry, especially through industry led planning and collaboration. Tim’s particular interests are in the irrigation, water and IT sectors with a focus on strategically focussed small business development. He mentors a number of SME's in the water and IT fields.