Water Management Law and Policy Network Committee 2015-17

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David Nixon
Midcoast Water, NSW
Deputy Chair
Will Harpman
Seqwater, QLD
Erin Cini
Greg Edeson
Gwyneth Elsum
Melbourne Water, VIC
Dale Chapman
Norton Rose Fulbright, NSW
Lauren Kirkwood
Baker & McKenzie, QLD
Mark Bartley
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, VIC
Niki Robinson
Office of the Technical Regulator, SA

Water Management Law and Policy Network Committee 2015-17

The Water Management Law and Policy Network Committee 2015-17:
Back row, from left to right - Dale Chapman, David Nixon, Lauren Kirkwood, Erin Cini, Will Harpham
Front row, from left to right - Gwyneth Elsum, Niki Robinson, Greg Edeson


David Nixon

David is a professional who works across capital intensive industries. He has worked as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Management Consultant and Advisors across Utilities, Councils, Multinationals and SME's.

Will Harpham

Will has provided legal advisory services to local government, utility and transport entities both in Queensland and Western Australia.  He has held roles with top tier and boutique law firms as well as worked in-house.

Will has been with Seqwater since January 2013 and was previously engaged with another water authority.  Having a strong interest in the water sector, Will enjoys working on the diverse range of issues that influence the industry.

Will looks forward to working with the Committee and AWA members to achieve positive outcomes.

Erin Cini

Erin is a Senior Technical Analyst at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW. She has over ten years of experience across policy, planning, regulation design and construction of urban water infrastructure in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, and holds an honours degree in environmental engineering.

Dale Chapman

Dale Chapman is a leading expert in water law and regulation.  He leads the national water practice and has a very clear and up-to-date understanding of Commonwealth and State government water policies, the overarching trends in the water sector, and the political, economic, social and legal environments in which the sector operates. 

With his wealth of experience, Dale is an advisor of choice on water law and regulatory issues, including policy and law reform, for a  broad range of water sector clients, including as a trusted adviser to government clients such as the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment; public and private water utilities, such as Murray Irrigation, Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative, Jemalong Irrigation and Western Murray Irrigation, which supply water principally for agricultural purposes; and a range of others with water-related interests, such as mining companies.  He is also very experienced in dealing with Commonwealth and State water sector regulators over many years and has good working relationships with them.

With the bulk of his practice devoted to the water sector, Dale’s deep industry knowledge gives his clients a competitive advantage.  He knows when to challenge thinking and how to ensure that advice is quick, commercial and on the mark.

Lauren Kirkwood

Lauren Kirkwood is a special counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s Environmental Markets practice in Brisbane. She has over 12 years experience advising on the environment and tenure aspects of major infrastructure, energy and resources projects. Lauren advises clients on water law, project approval strategies, environmental enforcement and compliance (state and Commonwealth), contaminated land, planning law, cultural heritage, and climate change matters.

Niki Robinson

Niki Robinson is currently the Manager of Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Regulation in the Office of the Technical Regulator. Niki has been an active member of the water industry for over 15 years, working predominantly as a senior project engineer and  project manager, as well as in personnel management, client management and business development areas. 

Niki sits on the Australian Water Association State Branch Committee and is the Deputy President of the South Australia Division Committee for Engineers Australia.

Mark Bartley

Mark is an accredited specialist in environmental, planning and local government law and a member of HWL Ebsworth's Planning, Environment and Government group. He has 20 years experience in planning and environmental law and previous experience in town planning and project management.
He advises on property development, town planning and environment approvals, administrative procedures and related areas of property law. He has acted in relation to major project approvals including inter-state highways, major water pipelines, industrial estates, residential subdivisions and commercial projects.
Mark acts for local governments and other statutory authorities and private sector developers in relation to all aspects of property development, and regularly appears before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Victoria and Planning Panels and Advisory Committees.
He advises local government and water authorities on all aspects of administrative procedures.  Mark has extensive experience in the water sector including in relation to water trading, water policy, governance, and compliance in addition to project approvals and environmental issues.
Mark has been named in Best Lawyers® as one of Australia's best lawyers in the fields of Government Practice, Land Use and Zoning Law and Water Law. Mark has also been ranked as a Leading Victorian Planning and Environment Lawyer in the 2013 Doyles Guide for Best Lawyers.

Greg Edeson
Greg has worked on water policy on the Condamine Balonne catchment of the Murray Darling for the Queensland Government, on economic development project design, monitoring and evaluation for the Tasmanian Government, as well as for UNESCO Hanoi Office on water management and flood mitigation. Greg has also worked in private sector R&D on water treatment and resource recovery from waste streams.
Greg is currently studying for a doctorate on adaptive water management at the University of Tasmania. He is passionate about effective and sustainable water management policy that incorporates the needs and knowledge of all stakeholders.

Gwyneth Elsum

Gwyneth is an innovative dynamic professional with expertise in the complex fields of water, energy and climate change mitigation. With a focus on a better future, she uses her diverse skills set to create and implement strategy and policy as well as business case development in emerging industries. Her balanced perspective has been gained across both public and private sectors. Gwyneth is an avid learner and conceptual thinker with achievements in negotiation, facilitation and leadership.