The WWDN was established to create a positive and enabling environment so that women directors can thrive and be successful in the Victorian water industry. It aims to provide a place and space for women directors in water corporations and catchment management authorities to come together and thrive.

The network also plays an influencing role championing gender diversity and supporting the VicWater Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at the most senior levels of the sector.

The WWDN Committee holds 3-4 events a year. All directors (regardless of gender) who are keen to support improvements in gender diversity are welcome to attend WWDN events. The Committee also manages a mentoring/peer program for senior women in the sector.

WWDN Committee Members
  • Leanne Mulcahy, North East Water (co – Chair)
  • Nicola Hepenstall, South Gippsland Water (co – Chair)
  • Dr Fiona Cumming, Corangamite CMA
  • Kate Hughes, Lower Murray Water
  • Ishara Saldin, Westernport Water
  • Angeleen Jenkins, Central Highlands Water
  • L McDonald, North Central CMA
  • Jo Lim, CEO VicWater
Report: Women in Water Directors Network and DEECA Insight Program Joint Workshop, February 2023

Boards and executive should look at recruitment practices and challenge managers to build the
talent pipeline across the sector.

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