Our board

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

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Lucia Cade
BEng (Civil) (Hons), BEc, MEngSc, MBA, FAICD, FIEAust


Ms Cade was appointed Chair of South East Water in October 2015. She has extensive experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction industries as a director, executive and an advisor, specialising in business strategy, organisational change, strategic stakeholder engagement, incentivised procurement models and major projects. 

Ms Cade is Chair of the Australian WaterSecure Innovations Ltd, a Director of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre and a Director of the Victorian Water Industry Association. She is a member of the Value Assessment Panel of the University of Melbourne School of Engineering and is a Global Advisor to the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme, based at RMIT. She was formerly Chair of Western Water and National President of the Australian Water Association.

Tony Beach
MAICD, MIE Aust, BEng (Civil)


Mr Beach was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2013 and
re-appointed in October 2015. His executive career included roles as the foundation Managing Director of the Zinfra Group and he also undertook key executive management roles with Jemena, Asciano, AGL, Powercor Australia and HEC Tasmania. Mr Beach has extensive experience in essential infrastructure across electricity, gas, water, rail and ports. He now provides strategic advisory and non-executive director services via his role as the Managing Principal of Phase 10 Consulting Ltd. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Gabrielle Bell
BLaws (Hons), BEng (Chem) (Hons), GAICD

Deputy chair

​Ms Bell was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015. Ms Bell is a corporate lawyer with broad experience working in Australia and Southeast Asia. She specialises in corporate advisory (including corporate governance), mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. She is also a Director of V/Line Corporation and InLife Independent Living Ltd. Ms Bell was a Director of Southern Rural Water from October 2012 to September 2015. Ms Bell holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Peter Day



Mr Day was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015. Mr Day was a Director of Gippsland Water from October 2008 to September 2015. Mr Day previously held positions as Chief Financial Officer of Amcor, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Bonlac Foods and Managing Director Business Services at Rio Tinto. Mr Day is a non-executive Director for a number of companies including Alumina, Ansell, Boart Longyear and SAI Global. Mr Day has a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, CPA Australia, Taxation Institute of Australia and a Fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Timothy Lyons

BA, DipFinSvcs, GAICD


Mr Lyons was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015. Mr Lyons is a qualified and experienced company Director with an extensive track record in governance, accountability and risk management. His most recent role was Assistant Secretary at Australian Council of Trade Unions. Mr Lyons is a Trustee Director at HOSTPLUS Super Fund and a Research Fellow at Per Capita. He has also served on several other boards including LUCRF Super, HESTA Super Fund, The Union Education Foundation Ltd and Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd.

Freya Marsden
MComm, BAgResEc, GAICD


​Ms Marsden was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015 and is Chair of South East Water’s Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee. Ms Marsden is the Managing Director of The Acuity Group which provides governance, strategy, policy and economic advice. She has held senior advisory and economist roles across state and federal governments and Federal Parliament and is a former Director of Policy at the Business Council of Australia. An experienced non-executive Director Ms Marsden’s other current boards include the Victorian Planning Authority (Director and Chair of Risk and Audit), the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Deputy Chair of the David Scott School.

Kim McGrath


Ms McGrath was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015. She has previously served on the board of South Gippsland Water. Ms McGrath is Principal Consultant at BKE Consulting, a public policy advisory and research service. She has over twenty years' experience in public policy formulation and implementation at international, federal and state levels including eight years as water policy adviser to the Premier of Victoria. She has provided strategic advice, research, policy development, writing and editorial services to governments, private companies, universities and not-for-profit organisations. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Monash University. 

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Ross Passalaqua

Dip Eng (Civil), FAICD


Mr Passalaqua was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2010 and re-appointed in October 2015. He has broad commercial, operational and technical experience gained across multiple business sectors including petrochemicals, services, safety, and logistics. Mr Passalaqua 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 Parks Victoria, the North East Victorian Tourism Board, and Disabled Wintersport Australia. He also provides independent safety consulting and coaching services through the DuPont organisation.

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Kevin Hutchings

Managing Director

Mr Hutchings 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. Kevin is also a director of iota Services. He brings a wealth of water, sewerage and infrastructure expertise to both of these roles. Mr Hutchings was previously the general manager responsible for asset design and construction, management of treatment plants, establishment of new growth opportunities for external works, and both emergency and scheduled maintenance. Before joining South East Water in 1995, Mr Hutchings spent 19 years at Email Electronics in both their South Australian and Victorian locations. In 2015, he attended and completed the Stanford University Executive Program. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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