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SunWater Board

The Board of SunWater comprises six directors selected for their individual and combined expertise to overview and direct the corporation.

Leith Boully

Leith Boully
BRurSc, DipBusStud, FAICD, FAIM
Chairman

Leith has many years’ experience in business and natural resource management, particularly water, at local, state and national levels.

In addition to SunWater, Leith is also Chairman of Palgrove and also serves on the Boards of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited, Isis Central Sugar Mill, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority. She is also a member of the Australian Water Partnership Committee.

Leith was formerly Chairman of Healthy Waterways and Wide Bay Water Corporation, and a Director of Seqwater and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Appointed to the board on 01 October 2015
Re-appointed to the board on 01 October 2018 to 30 September 2021

Jo Sheppard

Jo Sheppard
BBA
Director

Former Paroo Shire Council Mayor Jo Sheppard brings an intrinsic understanding of regional Queensland issues and opportunities to the SunWater board from her career experiences across local government, agriculture and natural resources.

She is currently the CEO of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce where she plays a key role in advocating for local business interests and providing mentoring to future business leaders. She has formerly held board positions with South West Natural Resource Management, the Australian Agricultural College Corporation and Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise. She was also formerly the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia South-West and a Director at Downlands College.

A steadfast advocate for the development of regional Queensland, Jo recently presented to the Regional Inequality in Australia Senate Inquiry supporting the further development of water infrastructure to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and regional communities.

Jo was awarded the Mary Wagner Honour Award in the 2017 Women in Business Awards (Darling Downs) in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiative during her professional and personal life.

Appointed to the board on 01 October 2018 until 30 September 2021

Patrice Sherrie

Patrice Sherrie
FCA, GAICD
Director

Patrice is an experienced executive and director with over 30 years’ experience in Queensland and PNG in chartered accounting and commerce and has diverse industry experience including finance, property, childcare and the arts.

Patrice is currently a consultant to Bentleys (Qld) Pty Ltd, Treasurer of The Women’s College within The University of Queensland, Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) and Director of Andersens Floor Coverings Pty Ltd.

Appointed to the board on 01 October 2015
Re-appointed to the board on 01 October 2018 to 30 September 2022

David Stewart

David Stewart
BE(Hons), FIEAust, CPEng, NER, APEC Engineer, RPEQ, GAICD
Director

David is a civil engineer with 35 years’ experience in Australia and internationally, specialising in large dams, water supply, irrigation and other infrastructure projects.

During that time, he has worked in the private sector with major engineering consulting firms and in the public sector with large water businesses, including as Executive Manager Technical Services, Executive Manager Strategy and Development and as Managing Director of Goulburn-Murray Water in Victoria.

David is currently Managing Director of the specialist engineering consultancy Australian Dams & Water Consultants Pty Ltd and is a former director and past chairman of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD). He was recognised by Engineers Australia in 2009 as one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Engineers and has been awarded the River Murray Water Medal by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Appointed to the board on 03 December 2015
Re-appointed to the board on 01 October 2018 to 30 September 2021

Vanessa Sullivan

Vanessa Sullivan
BEc(Hons), GradDip(AppFin)
Director

Vanessa has more than 20 years’ experience advising government and private sector organisations on regulatory, strategy, market trading transactions and sustainability responses in the energy sector.

She is a partner at Lyon Infrastructure Investments, a former climate change and sustainability services leader with Ernst & Young and until recently was a director at energy business Energex.

Vanessa has extensive commercial, regulatory and finance experience across the water, energy and carbon sectors. She completed a number of significant transactions in each of these sectors including contracting $1 billion energy load for the Queensland Government, energy and water market acquisitions and developing carbon and energy strategies for global corporates.

Appointed to the board on 15 December 2016 until 30 September 2019