Our board

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

If you have any questions about our governance arrangements, please get in touch through our enquiries form

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

Ms Cade was appointed Chair of South East Water in October 2015 and is a director of Iota, a wholly owned-subsidiary of South East Water. She has executive experience in the water utility, engineering consulting and construction industries. Ms Cade is currently Chair of Paintback and a non-executive director of Engineers Australia, Carbon Revolution, FLAIM Systems and the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Fuels. She is an advisory member of the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council at Monash University.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
  • Customer Service Solutions Committee
  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee
Lara Olsen - Managing Director
BEng (Chem) (Hons), BArts, MBA, GAICD

Lara was appointed as our Managing Director on 17 February 2020, leading the delivery of water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.87 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, a director of Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and a director on the Frankston Revitalisation Board. 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.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee (attendee only)
  • Customer Service Solutions Committee (attendee only)
  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee (attendee only)
Kim McGrath - Deputy Chair
Blaws, BA, MAICD

Kim McGrath is an experienced company director who was appointed to the board of South East Water in October 2015. She was appointed Deputy Chair in 2019. Kim is a director of Iota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South East Water. She served on the board of South Gippsland Water from 2010 to 2012 and joined VicForests Board in June 2018.

Ms McGrath is Principal Consultant at BKE Consulting. She has provided advice to governments, private companies, universities and not-for-profit organisations on governance, international development, energy and climate change policy for over three decades. She was the water policy adviser to the Premier of Victoria during the millennium drought.

Committees

  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee
  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
Gabrielle Bell - Director
LLB (Hons), BEng (Chem) (Hons), GAICD

Ms Bell was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2015 and is currently Chair of Iota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South East Water. Ms Bell is a corporate lawyer with broad experience working in Australia and South East Asia. During her legal career, her practice has focused on corporate advisory (including corporate governance), mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. She is also a Director of Aware Super Pty Ltd and the Victorian Water Industry Association. Ms Bell was a Director of Southern Rural Water from October 2012 to September 2015.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
Timothy Lyons - Director
BA, DipFinSvcs, GAICD

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 the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Mr Lyons is Director at Host Plus and a member of Shareholder Advisory Board and 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.

Committees

  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
Arron Wood - Director
BForSc, GAICD
Director

Mr Wood was appointed as Director of South East Water in October 2017. He is also Chair of South East Water’s Customer Service Solutions Committee. He is 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.

Committees

  • Customer Service Solutions Committee (Chair)
  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee
Jason Kambovski - Director 
LLB (Commercial Law), BCom (Accounting, Finance), GAICD

Mr Kambovski was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2019 and is a director of Iota, 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.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee (Chair)
The Honourable Louise Asher - Director
BA (Hons), MA, DipEd, BEc

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.

Committees

  • Safety, Wellbeing, People and Remuneration Committee
  • Customer Service Solutions Committee
Rohan Henry - Director
PhD Marine/Coastal Ecology, BSc. (Hons), MAICD

Rohan was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2021. Rohan is an experienced project manager working extensively in the environmental sector, in the areas of policy and environmental impact assessments. He’s a skilled Indigenous engagement adviser with significant experience collaborating and partnering with Victorian Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporations and their communities. He possesses a unique understanding of water, marine and coastal-related policy and programs and the critical interactions these have with recognised Registered Aboriginal Parties and Traditional Owner groups and their communities. Rohan continues to serve as a Committee member for the Committee on Aboriginal Water Interests and as a Council Member for both the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council and Victorian Catchment Management Council.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
  • Customer Service Solutions Committee
Julie Stanley - Director
CA, Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, B. Com, GAICD

Julie was appointed as a Director of South East Water in October 2021. Julie is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive experience in finance, accounting and risk management with a focus on infrastructure and energy. She’s currently a non-executive director of Royal Automobile Club of Victoria Limited (RACV) and TransGrid, the electricity transmission network operator and manager in NSW and the ACT. Julie is a former non-executive director of Regional Arts Victoria Limited and a former partner of Deloitte.

Committees

  • Finance Assurance and Risk Management Committee
  • Customer Service Solutions Committee
Charters

To learn more about the roles, responsibilities and operation of our board and its related committees, look at our charters: