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
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.
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
- Integrity (ethics)
- Effective listener & communicator
- Constructive questioner
- Contributor & team player
- Influencer & negotiator
- Critical & innovative thinker
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.