VicWater has a small team of hard working staff that represent the Victorian water industry peak body association.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter joined VicWater as CEO in May 2019. A proven people and thought leader, Peter is an environmental and social scientist with over twenty-five years of experience working in water services, natural resource management, local governance, and as a consultant to various government organisations overseeing a diverse portfolio of land, natural resource and urban water management projects.
Peter’s professional qualification is in applied science, majoring in environmental management and environmental health. He also has a PhD in environmental policy and intergovernmental management. Peter holds an ongoing research collaboration as a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of the Australian Water Association and Renew.
Operations and Strategic Projects Manager
Jo joined VicWater in March 2019 in a 2IC role, with overall responsibility for the planning, implementation, control and reporting of industry-supported special projects.
Jo started her career in the federal public service, before holding senior executive roles in the IT sector and management consultancy.
Jo has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a Diploma of Business and Diploma of Management from Swinburne University. Jo is a member of the Australian Water Association.
Member Experience Manager
Fee joined VicWater in March 2019. Fee has a background in digital marketing and communications and has worked across a range of sectors including health, education, construction, mining, local government, manufacturing and retail. Fee is responsible for leading the member interface components of the VicWater Communication Strategy to ensure quality communication services are provided to all VicWater members. Her role includes media, brand, communications, digital, social media and event management.
Fee has a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Swinburne University, a Diploma in Digital Marketing and a Mini MBA in Marketing.
Policy and Regulation Manager
James joined VicWater in May 2014. He is responsible for organising a number of VicWater committees and coordinating submissions on a range of policy areas.
James has previously worked at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) as the Executive Officer to the Chief Executive, Wendy Craik. Whilst at the MDBC, James led the completion of the first ever Basin-wide audit of storages and water availability in response to the extreme drought conditions in 2007-08.
James’s most recent role prior to joining VicWater was with the Municipal Association of Victoria where he was responsible for transport, water and financial hardship policy areas.
James has a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management with Honours and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Events Coordinator (part-time)
Lauren joined VicWater in November 2015. Lauren coordinates several VicWater events throughout the year, which provide excellent opportunities for the Victorian water industry and its stakeholders to be kept up to date on their respective issues and to network with colleagues and industry representatives. Lauren also manages the IWA (Institute of Water Administration) conferences, which provide a forum for sharing information, networking and professional development in the Victorian water industry.
Prior to working at VicWater, Lauren managed a variety of events for Peter Rowland Catering at NGV, (National Gallery Victoria) and prior to that, managed events at VACC, (Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce).
Lauren’s formal qualifications include Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management.
Communications Coordinator (part-time)
Collette joined VicWater in early February 2021. With over 10 years' editorial experience in communications, publishing and editing, Collette was the ideal candidate for this newly created position.
Previous roles include two years in the not-for-profit sector as a Communications Advisor for Community Hubs Australia, and Content Editor at the Summer Foundation. Collette also spent many years as a successful Freelance Writer and Editor and has written for Fairfax Media, SBS, news.com, La Trobe University, among others.