8 - 9 June 2022


Chris will provide an update on the new VicWater Director Development Program on Thursday 9 June 2022.

Chris Chesterfield

Currently, Chris is Professor of Practice at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute with a focus on water sector governance and leadership. He is nationally recognised for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and for his contribution to establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.

At Melbourne Water, Chris was instrumental in building and leading the Waterways business providing waterway management and developer services to a region of five million people. His strong leadership and personal vision helped transform services with a focus on a vision of ‘Life and liveability’.

Chris was the founding CEO of the Office of Living Victoria (OLV), an agency established by the Victorian Government bringing agencies together to ensure water was planned for and used in ways that support and enhance the liveability of Melbourne.

Chris has chaired a number of Ministerial advisory committees related to urban and water planning that have led to significant planning and legislative reforms and was recently appointed by the Minister for Water to chair the Birrarung Council, a new statutory body, which brings together Traditional Owners and community to act as the ‘voice for the Yarra River.

Chris continues to contribute to the management of Victoria’s water resources as a Commissioner and Chairperson of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, an independent statutory body responsible for holding and managing the State’s environmental water entitlements.

Chris continues to influence the industry through a number of current and past advisory panels for Melbourne Water, the Victorian Planning Authority, Infrastructure Victoria and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability and Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Our program theme for 2023 is “Navigating the Waters: Adapting to Economic Challenges in the Water Sector”

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