Board of Directors


Board of Directors - Overview


Carmel Krogh


Carmel Krogh OAM, PMAWA

Francois Gouws

Immediate Past President

Francois Gouws PMAWA

Managing Director

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

General Manager
iota Services, VIC

Jeremy Lucas PMAWA

Jeremy Lucas PMAWA

Customer & Business Systems Manager
Allwater, SA

Jim Athanas

Jim Athanas

Managing Director Oceania
Xylem Water Solutions, NSW

Jurg Kellar PMAWA
Jurg Keller PMAWA

Deputy Director Research,
Advanced Water Management Centre
University of Queensland, QLD


Louise Dudley PMAWA

Louise Dudley PMAWA

Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Urban Utilities, QLD

Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis

Managing Director 
Hunter H2O, NSW

Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

Operations & Business Development Manager
Advanced Water Management Centre
University of Queensland, QLD



Board Subcommittees from September 2019 

Governance & Audit (G&A)
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Louise Dudley (Chair)
Peter Dennis
Sandra Hall
Jeremy Lucas

Honours & Awards (H&A)
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Jeremy Lucas (Chair)
Sandra Hall
Jim Athanasopoulos 

International Programs (Int)
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Francois Gouws (Chair)
Carmel Krogh
Daniel Sullivan

Digital Strategy (Dig)

Jurg Keller (Chair)
Daniel Sullivan
Jim Athanas

Networks and Collaboration
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Jurg Keller (Chair)
Peter Dennis
Sandra Hall

Succession Planning
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Carmel Krogh
Francois Gouws
Peter Dennis
Jurg Keller

Nominate to become an AWA Director before 11 September!

The Australian Water Association (AWA) Board is a skills-based Board elected by the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) every two years. The SAC comprises members appointed to represent the Branches and Sustaining Members.

AWA members are invited to nominate for a position on the Board for a 2-year term commencing May 2021. Directors selected by the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) will be declared and ratified at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 October 2020.

The AWA Board consists of between six (6) and ten (10) directors (including President and Immediate Past President /President Elect).

Within the current succession cycle, two (2) existing board members will retire from the board. SAC will select a new Board in accordance with Clauses 14.3 and 14.4 of the Constitution.

What's required in your nomination

Nominate to become a Director

Important Submission Note
It is strongly recommended that you write your nomination responses first outside of the online form to make sure that your response to each question is no longer than 150 words and that you have filmed your 3 minute video.  The online nomination form cannot be saved and returned to.  Once you have everything ready to go, you can then simply cut and paste it into the online form. 


Monday, 10 August

 Members advised of call for nominations

  Friday, 11 September

   Nominations close at 5pm AEST

  Thursday, 17 September

   SAC sent copies of nominations received

  Monday, 21 September

   Notice of AGM sent to members

  Thursday, 15 October

   SAC to nominate directors for AGM

   Members to ratify the SAC nominations at the AGM

  May 2021

   Elected directors commence their two-year terms


Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

The Powers and Duties of the Board are set out in Clause 19 of the Association Constitution. Directors do not receive any salary or dividend for their services as Directors. By resolution of the Board, a reasonable sum for travel expenses may be allowed for attendance by a Director at meetings and specific events. 

All Board members are required to attend Board Meetings, via web conference or face to face.  

Members of the Board are required to use the current communication frameworks of the Association, with on-boarding assistance and support provided as required.  

Time Commitment

Board members can expect (as a minimum):  

  • 4-hour Board Meetings (6-8 times per year + pre-reading)
  • 1-hour fortnightly asynchronous catch ups  
  • 2-hour Board Subcommittee Meetings (approx. 4-6 per year)  
  • Attendance at Ozwater in May each year 
  • Optional attendance at other events throughout the year 

Nominee Selection Criteria

All persons appointed as Directors of AWA must be members of the Association at the time of their nomination and throughout their office. AWA values diversity and this will be strongly considered in reviewing nominees. 

Board Directors should possess one or more of the following proven requisite skills: 

  • A high level of financial management  
  • Corporate governance 
  • Corporate legal expertise 
  • Water industry or similar sector experience 

Nominees will also be evaluated by the SAC against the following criteria: 

Professional Skills, Knowledge or Experience:  

  • Strategy Development & Implementation
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Legal, Risk, & Statutory Compliance
  • Corporate Governance & HR
  • Business & Commercial
  • International Trade & Development
  • Customer Engagement and Marketing
  • Knowledge of the Water Sector
  • Digital Platforms and Transformation

  Personal Attributes:

  • Integrity (ethics)
  • Effective listener & communicator
  • Constructive questioner
  • Contributor & team player
  • Commitment
  • Influencer & negotiator
  • Critical & innovative thinker
  • Leader


To view a copy of what is required in your nomination, click here.

To nominate to join the Board of Directors, please fill out this online form.