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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W 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. 

Terri Benson
BBus (Act), CPA, GAICD

Executive Director

Ms Benson was appointed Managing Director of South East Water on 29 May, 2017. A highly experienced Chief Executive Officer, she has held a range of both executive and non-executive director roles in the government utility and private infrastructure sectors. She is a former CEO of SEQWater, a water wholesale utility in south-east Queensland, a former Managing Director of Essential Energy and also a former Chair of the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. Prior to joining South East Water, Terri was the Managing Director of Birdon, a diversified engineering and services business providing innovative solutions to the military and marine industries with operations across Australia, USA and Europe.