Our board

 
South East Water’s board currently comprises seven non-executive directors (including the chairman), and a managing director.


Douglas Shirrefs

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Douglas Shirrefs
BAg and Res Eco (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD

Chairman

Douglas was appointed as a director in August 2005 and as Chairman in October 2010. He is a barrister, economist and professional company director. He practises commercial law with a particular interest in franchising, competition law and commercial contractual disputes. Prior to commencing practice as a lawyer, he held senior positions as a regulatory economist for both the Commonwealth and Victorian governments. Douglas has extensive experience in public policy and public administration, particularly in the utilities and infrastructure sectors. He has been a director of a number of private and public companies and currently is also Chairman of the Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater) and a Commissioner of the Taxi Services Commission.

Tony Beach

Tony Beach
MAICD, MIE Aust, BEng (Civil)

Director

​Tony was appointed as a director in October 2013. He is currently the Managing Principal of Phase 10 Consulting Ltd. He was the foundation Managing Director of the Zinfra Group and has an extensive background in essential infrastructure across electricity, gas, water, rail and ports. He has also undertaken key executive management roles with Jemena, Asciano, AGL, Powercor Australia and HEC Tasmania. He was previously a board member of South East Water (2006–11) and Aurora Energy, Tasmania. Mr Beach is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Megan Boston

Megan Boston
BComm, CA, GAICD, Dip. Share Trade & Investment

Director

​Megan was appointed as a director in October 2012. She is a chartered accountant with skills and expertise in the areas of finance, audit, risk management and governance. Megan is a board member of the Adult Multicultural Education Service (AMES) where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and a non-executive director of Beyond Medical Education, where she also chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Megan is also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Independent Audit Committee.




Lynda Cheng

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Lynda Cheng
BComm, LLB (Hons), GAICD

Deputy Chairman

Lynda was appointed as a director in October 2011. She has broad commercial and international corporate finance experience. She is currently Director of Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions at Visy Industries and has held other senior executive roles there and at Pratt Holdings since 2005. Previously, Lynda was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank and worked in their New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne offices.




Geraldine Gentle

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Geraldine Gentle
BEcon (Hons), PhD, GAICD

Director

Geraldine was appointed as a director in September 2008. She is an economist with extensive experience in economic analysis and public policy, particularly in areas relating to industry, regulation, trade and natural resources and environmental management. She has held senior positions with the Australian, Victorian and Queensland governments and was a Commissioner of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. Geraldine has also worked in the private sector as an economic consultant.

Evy Papadopoulos

Evy Papadopoulos
LLB, BSc, MBA, GAICD

Director

​Evy was appointed as a director in October 2012. She has extensive experience as a lawyer with energy companies, including SPI PowerNet, Multinet Gas and IKON Energy, and the Gas and Fuel Corporation. She is currently working part-time as Principal Lawyer (previously Group Manager Legal) at Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd and holds another board position with a start-up, Wheretonext.biz Pty Ltd. Evy’s areas of expertise include regulated industries, corporate governance and procurement. She has previously been a director of a superannuation fund and company secretary of SPI PowerNet. Evy is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.



Ross Passalaqua

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Ross Passalaqua
Dip Eng (Civil), GAICD

Director

Ross was appointed as a director in October 2010. He has broad commercial, operational, and technical experience gained across multiple business sectors including energy, logistics, natural resource management, tourism, services and safety. Ross initially worked with consulting engineers in the water supply and sewerage field before gaining diversified experience in Australia and internationally primarily with the Shell Group of companies. He holds other board roles with the Parks Victoria, the North East Victoria Tourism Board, and Disabled Wintersport Australia. He also provides independent safety consulting and coaching services through the DuPont organisation.


Kevin Hutchings

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Kevin Hutchings
GAICD

Managing Director

​Kevin was appointed as the Managing Director of South East Water on 1 July 2011, having held the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer from February 2011. He brings a wealth of water, sewerage and infrastructure expertise to his role. Kevin was previously the general manager responsible for asset creation, management of treatment plants, new growth areas for external works, and emergency and scheduled maintenance. Before joining South East Water in 1995, Kevin worked for 19 years at Email Electronics, which specialised in the development of new hardware and software technologies in retail and distribution markets for the petroleum industry.

The board's role and responsibilities are set out in the board charter.