Our board

 
South East Water’s board currently comprises eight non-executive directors (including the chair), and a managing director.
 
To request a copy of board minutes, please contact South East Water Secretariat on 9552 3000.
Lucia Cade

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

Chair

Ms Cade was appointed Chair of South East Water in October 2015 and is a director of Iota Services Pty Ltd, a wholly owned-subsidiary of South East Water. 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 an independent director of Engineers Australia, Carbon Revolution, PuriflOH (ASX:PO3), the Regional Investment Corporation and the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Fuels. She is a Global Advisor to the UN Global Cities Compact and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Kim McGrath

Kim McGrath
BLaws, BA, MAICD

Deputy Chair, Director

Ms McGrath was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015. Ms McGrath is Principal Consultant at BKE Consulting, a public policy advisory and research service. She has over 20 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. Ms McGrath is a director of VicForests. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Monash University. Ms McGrath has previously served on the board of South Gippsland Water.

Lucia Cade

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

Director

Ms Bell was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015 and is Chair of Iota Services Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South East Water from December 2017. Ms Bell is a corporate lawyer with broad experience working in Australia and South East Asia. She specialises in corporate advisory (including corporate governance), mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. She is also a Director of V/Line Corporation, InLife Independent Living Ltd, Vic Super Pty Ltd and the Victorian Water Industry Association. Ms Bell is also a committee member on the Nomination, Remuneration and People Committee at Eastern Melbourne Primary Healthcare Network. Ms Bell was a Director of Southern Rural Water from October 2012 to September 2015.

W Peter Day

W Peter Day
LLb (Hons), MBA, FCA, FCPA, FAICD

Director

Mr Day 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. Mr Day previously held executive positions as Chief Financial Officer of Amcor, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Bonlac Foods and Managing Director Business Services with Rio Tinto. He is currently a non-executive Director of a number of ASX listed companies including Alumina, Ansell, and Australian Unity Office Fund. Mr Day is a Director of Multiple Sclerosis Australia and Authorities Online. He is also an advisory committee member with Maurice Blackburn. Mr Day is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. Mr Day was a past Director of Gippsland Water from October 2008 to September 2015.

Timothy Lyons

Timothy Lyons
BA, DipFinSvcs, GAICD

Director

Mr Lyons was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015 and is Chair of South East Water’s People, Remuneration, Safety and Wellbeing Committee. 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 Director at Host Plus and member of Victoria Government Purchasing Board and Shareholder Advisory Board, ME Bank. 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.

Arron Wood

Arron Wood
BForSc, GAICD

Director

Mr Wood was appointed as Director of South East Water in October 2017 and a director of Iota Services Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South East Water. He is also Chair of South East Water’s Customer Service Solutions Committee. He is Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and is a member of the council’s Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute and Director of Firestarter Pty Ltd, an environmental communication and education consultancy business he founded in 2001. He is a former board member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and Sustainability Victoria and has previously held water and environment management roles in state and local government entities. Mr Wood holds a Bachelor of Forest Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The Honourable Louise
                    Asher

The Honourable Louise Asher
BA (Hons), MA, DipEd, BEc

Director

Ms Asher was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2019. She is a retired Member of Parliament with considerable experience in government operations. Her expertise includes legislation and regulation, formulating budgets and policy development gained from her ministerial and shadow ministerial responsibilities in diverse portfolios such as trade, innovation, tourism, industry, water and manufacturing. It supports her deep understanding of industry and the importance of collaboration and compromise to achieve successful political and commercial outcomes. Ms Asher is a former director of Playbox Theatre and a former council member of Victorian College of the Arts.

Jason Kambovski

Jason Kambovski
LLB (Commercial Law), BCom (Accounting, Finance), GAICD

Director

Mr Kambovski was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2019 and is a director of Iota Services Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South East Water. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial services, legal and accounting sectors and is currently Global Head of Public Sector at Westpac Institutional Bank. He is a former Member of the Board of Directors at Lower Murray Water where he was the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Lara Olsen

Lara Olsen
BEng (Chem) (Hons), BArts, MBA, GAICD

Managing Director

Lara was appointed as our Managing Director on 17 February 2020, leading the delivery of water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.83 million people who rely on us every day and every night. Lara is also a director of Iota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of our organisation. Lara has extensive experience in the utility sector, focused on customer experience and innovation. Before joining us, Lara was the Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Products at Tesla Energy based in the USA and also led the Business Development and Industrial Products team for Tesla Australia. Previous roles include head of strategy for CitiPower PowerCor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group and co-founding Billcap, an energy platform that helps customers and retailers manage their usage and bills.