Nicole Hollows was appointed SunWater Chief Executive Officer on 26 April 2016.
Nicole is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning more than 20 years in the resources sector. Prior to joining SunWater, she was Managing Director of global resources firm AMCI Australia and South East Asia. She was Chief Executive Officer of Macarthur Coal Limited from 2007 to 2011 and, under her leadership, the company grew from A$700m to A$5bn market capitalisation and was listed on the ASX Top 50 Companies Index.
Nicole believes in leading a high performance culture and streamlined systems to achieve operational excellence.
Outside her business activities, Nicole dedicates time to charity and community organisations. She is an advisory committee member of the Salvation Army SE Queensland Council and also a member of the CEO Advisory Committee for Dean of QUT Business School.
She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
Executive General Manager Operations and Service
Colin Bendall was appointed Executive General Manager Operations and Services on 2 January 2017 after serving more than 30 years with SunWater and its predecessors in technical, operational and senior management roles.
He oversees the organisation’s on-ground services and is responsible for driving customer-oriented, efficient and safe operations that support regional Queensland’s water needs.
Colin is a highly skilled water industry specialist with expertise in the design, operation and maintenance of bulk water infrastructure with a strong customer focus.
Previously, Colin worked for SunWater in technical and senior advisory roles and was involved in the design of large-scale water harvesting schemes, on-farm dams, drainage and irrigation. He has also owned and directed a successful irrigation design company.
Colin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has specialist industry qualifications including an Associate Diploma in Applied Science - Farm Water Supplies (Hons) and a Certificate in Tropical Agriculture. He also served nine years in the Queensland Fire and Rescue Auxiliary at Mareeba, during which time he was appointed Auxiliary Captain.
Executive General Manager People and Stakeholder Relations
Kellie Breen joined SunWater as Executive General Manager People and Stakeholder Relations on 29 January 2018.
With more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, Kellie delivers shareholder value by providing strategic direction to develop and implement organisational strategies. At SunWater, Kellie passionately drives initiatives to embed cultural change internally and externally with key business stakeholders.
Kellie has a strong background in the resources sector and professional experience in the manufacturing, retail and legal industries in Australia and internationally. She has led significant organisation development and efficiency programs for organisations including Incitec Pivot Limited and ASX listed Peabody/Macarthur Coal, achieving large-scale labour cost savings and a successful transition of a workforce during a corporate takeover.
Kellie holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management from the University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
General Manager Corporate Development
Peter MacTaggart became General Manager Corporate Development on 11 September 2017 after spending 15 years with SunWater in regional operations and senior infrastructure development roles.
A proven performer in the development of infrastructure assets, Peter leads SunWater’s business growth strategy. This includes securing business development opportunities; overseeing regional water infrastructure planning, feasibility studies and business cases for new projects; and directing water pricing and sales strategies.
Peter has led complex infrastructure projects from concept design through to construction and commissioning. This includes billion-dollar developments and high-profile feasibility studies including the Connors River Dam and the Nathan Dam and Glebe Weir raising pipeline projects. After successfully delivering the Mitchell Group’s Solomon CNG project, he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer with Verso Energy.
Peter holds a Bachelor Applied Science (Environmental Management) from the University of Queensland and a Master Business Administration from La Trobe University.
General Manager Major Projects and Technical Services
Olivia Newman was appointed General Manager Major Projects and Technical Services on 22 January 2018.
Olivia is responsible for the delivery of new SunWater infrastructure, asset upgrades and renewals including the $1.3 Billion Dam Safety Improvement program. Her department also provides engineering guidance and support across the organisation.
Olivia brings more than 20 years’ management experience across high value, complex infrastructure programs to SunWater. Her work across a diverse portfolio of industries included a role as Program Delivery Manager on the $12 billion Australian Rail Track Corporation’s Inland Rail project.
Previously, Olivia has held senior project management roles with City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich and Queensland Urban Utilities.
Olivia holds an associate degree in Civil Engineering, a Diploma in Project Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
General Manager of Water Resources and Dam Safety
James Stuart became General Manager of Water Resources and Dam Safety on 30 January 2018 following four years with SunWater in senior water management and dam safety roles.
James oversees SunWater’s dam safety program, hydrology services, customer billing and asset strategies. He uses his passion for technology to drive innovative thinking, improve data access for customers and help them use this information to find efficiencies in their water use.
Prior to joining SunWater, James was Regional Hydrology Manager for Queensland at the Bureau of Meteorology where he was congratulated in the Queensland Parliament for his work throughout the 2011 Queensland floods. He has 17 years’ experience in water engineering both in Australia and overseas, which included a year spent volunteering in Peru developing flood forecasting capabilities.
James is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CPEng, RPEQ, C.WEM), completed a Master of Science in Hydrology/Hydraulics and in 2017 was elected to the Board of the National Hydrologic Warning Council of the United States.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Tim Murphy joined SunWater as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 21 May 2018.
Tim is responsible for leading SunWater’s corporate functions including for legal, finance, procurement and commercial.
With more than 25 years as a finance professional spanning industries including government, manufacturing and financial services, Tim is passionate about cultivating high performance teams to deliver sustained business success. He achieves this through a firm focus on people development, accountability and transparent communication.
Prior to joining SunWater Tim spent a year at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission as CFO and five years as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for The Public Trustee of Queensland which had an operating a budget of more than $100 million and assets under management worth in excess of $2 billion. In this role he managed the finance, investment services and property programs. Past roles included senior placements at Bendigo Bank, AXA and Mars Chocolate Australia.
Tim is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) from the University of Ballarat and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.