VicWater has a small team of hard working staff that represent the Victorian water industry peak body association.
Tony Wright > Chief Executive Officer
Tony Wright was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at VicWater in September 2011. Tony has worked extensively in both water and power utilities across Australia, and was previously employed by the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation. Prior to that Tony spent ten years with Central Highlands Water in a range of Executive roles including General Manager Planning and Strategy and as Project Director of the Goldfields Superpipe.
Tony also worked in ACTEW and ETSA in contestable energy retailing and trading roles. Tony began his career as an electrical fitter where he received the South Australian Apprentice of the Year Award. In addition to his trade qualifications Tony has a Masters of Enterprise from Melbourne University, Graduate Certificate in Management and Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Psychology and Information Management).
Fiona Ould > Office Manager
Fiona joined the Association as Office Manager in October 2001, following a number of years in a similar role with Master Plumbers Australia.
Fiona manages the day-to-day running of the VicWater Office including accounts and membership functions, as well as assisting with event organisation.
Paul O’Brien > Training/Project Manager (part-time)
Paul joined VicWater in 2001. Paul works with the Training Advisory Committee, the OH&S Steering Group and the Dams Working Group and some short term working groups when the need arises. Paul also meets with industry delegations from China on a regular basis.
Paul has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Master of Education Degree from the Queensland University of Technology.
April Jenkins > Communications Officer (part-time)
April joined VicWater in June 2008 and is responsible for implementing the Association’s Communication Strategy to ensure that high quality communication services are provided to all VicWater members. April works with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in preparing for all VicWater Board, Council, Chairs and Managing Directors meetings; supports National Water Week activities; and assists in the co-ordination of events, workshops and other projects as required.
Before joining VicWater, April worked with Melbourne Water’s Clearwater program and prior to that she worked with a global superannuation company providing technology training to staff in the Asia Pacific region.
James Cleaver > Coordinator Policy and Projects
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
Lauren Vines > 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).
Satvik Gangavarapu > Director Commercial and Supply Chain
Satvik Gangavarapu was appointed by VicWater in 2015 to head the Victorian Water Industry’s collaborative efforts for driving efficiencies through management and optimisation of inputs.
Satvik has operated in senior leadership and management roles across Public and Private sectors including Power and Water Corporation, Onesteel, and General Electric. He is a current board member, and former executive director in the Venture Capital and Private Equity Sector.
Satvik’s career spans Utilities | Mining & Manufacturing | Trading & Distribution | Healthcare & Biotech | Agriculture | IT Enabled Services| and Strategy Consulting. His expertise is in analysing, identifying, visualising, negotiating and delivering complex and step change strategies all the way from inputs to outputs.
Satvik has studied management from Harvard Business School and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems from Victorian University. He is a SAP Certified Solutions Consultant and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Satvik leads the Supply Chain Excellence Program for the Victorian Water Industry. His work is focused on commercial growth and development of the sector’s triple bottom line performance.