Executive Management

Nicole Hollows

Chief Executive

Nicole Hollows

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.


John Hooper

Executive General Manager Customers and Corporate

John Hooper

John Hooper commenced his role as SunWater Executive General Manager, Customers and Corporate on 18 July 2016.

He is responsible for leading SunWater’s corporate functions including finance, legal, information and technology, people and capability.

John is an accomplished senior executive with more than 26 years’ experience in finance, strategy and business services. He has worked for a number of high-profile Australian and multi-national companies, as well as small privately owned firms.

He has extensive experience in the energy, telecommunications, ports, property development, civil construction and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining SunWater John was the Executive General Manager Corporate Services for a large Australian disability services provider.

During his career John has focused on leading performance and productivity improvement projects and customer orientated cultural change initiatives.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Certified Practising Accountants, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Alex Fisher

Executive General Manager Asset Strategy and Delivery

Alex Fisher 

Alex Fisher commenced her role as SunWater General Manager Asset Delivery on 9 November 2015.

Alex’s focus at SunWater is the delivery of engineering, project delivery, procurement and quality systems to enable the achievement of SunWater’s operational and business objectives.

As a civil engineer with  more than 20 years project management and leadership experience, Alex has previously held General Manager roles at Seqwater and Brisbane City Council in both Operational and Asset Delivery areas.

Alex has a proven track record in steering multifaceted operations and cross-disciplinary teams to deliver customer service, organisational objectives and financial performance, underpinned by a genuine enthusiasm and a passion for water and the value it delivers to our communities.

She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Queensland, a PhD from Queensland University of Technology and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration with the Australian Institute of Business.

Colin Bendall

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.