Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Our Chairman and Board members are appointed by our shareholders as non-executive directors.

Lisa Caffery
Lisa Caffery

Dr Lisa Caffery | Chair


Lisa Caffery was appointed as Chair on 1 October 2021.

Lisa is a respected business and community engagement leader with more than 20 years’ professional experience in regional Queensland.

Lisa is the founder and principal of an advisory firm which utilises her strong background in stakeholder relations, performance management, and social research.

She is currently Deputy Chair of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services Board and the independent Chair of the Groundwater and Environment Reference Group for Glencore Coal Investments Australia.

Lisa holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in communications from the University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland. She also recently received her PhD from Central Queensland University, which had a research focus on rural health equity and social impact. 

David Stewart
David Stewart

David Stewart | Director

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

David Stewart was appointed as a non-executive director on 3 December 2015 and was last re-elected in October 2018.

David is a civil engineer with 40 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 MDBA.

Vanessa Sullivan
Vanessa Sullivan

Vanessa Sullivan | Director

BEc(Hons), GradDip(AppFin), GAICD

Vanessa Sullivan was appointed to the Sunwater Board on 15 December 2016 and re-appointed on 1 October 2019.

Vanessa has experience in the water, energy and sustainability industries at both Board and executive levels.

Vanessa’s previous executive roles include being a climate change leader and a utilities leader for a big four professional services firm, founding a renewable energy and storage development business and a commercial and financial lead for significant market reforms in both the water and energy sectors. 

Vanessa is also a non-executive director of Essential Energy, Eco-Markets Australia, and Centacare (not for profit domestic violence and disability support provider).

Jane Williams
Jane Williams

Jane Williams | Director


Jane Williams was appointed as a non-executive Director in October 2020.

Jane has extensive experience working in rural and regional Queensland, and with strong qualifications and long-term experience in serving and leading boards.

Barcaldine-based, Jane has contributed to her community over 30 years’ through a career in registered nursing, telehealth, midwifery, wellness and family support in Western Queensland, including Indigenous communities.

In addition to her work with Sunwater, Jane serves as Chair of the Central West Hospital and Health Board, and Chair of the Central West Rural Wellness Network. She is also a Councillor with the Queensland Mental Health Commission, and a Board member of Health and Wellbeing Queensland as well as a Director of CheckUP Australia.

Stuart Armitage
Stuart Armitage

Stuart Armitage | Director

Stuart Armitage was appointed as a non-executive director on 17 June 2021.

For more than 40 years, Stuart has been a Darling Downs irrigation farmer and involved in various leadership positions across rural and agricultural industries. He has served as the president of the Queensland Farmers Federation for four years, working with government and industry to develop strategies and policies to improve efficiencies in water and energy consumption.

Stuart is a member of Central Downs Irrigators and the Darling Downs Cotton Growers and previously served as a director of Cotton Australia and a Millmerran Shire councillor. He is a member of the Arrow Energy Intensively Farmed Land Committee, a commissioner for the Gasfields Commission Queensland and a Chair of their sub-committee, the Surat Stakeholder Advisory Group.
He was independent Chair of Sunwater’s Paradise Dam Industry Forum from February 2020 until June 2021.

In 2020, Stuart was awarded the Peter Kenny Medal for his ongoing contribution to improving and developing sustainable outcomes within the Queensland agriculture sector. He is the patron and current Chair of ‘Are you bogged mate?’, a charity addressing mental health impacts in regional and farming communities.

Leeha James
Leeha James

Leeha James | Director

BA(Hons), LLB

Leeha James was appointed to the Sunwater Board as a Director on 1 October 2021.

Leeha has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in workplace health and safety, litigation, and compensation law.          

As the owner and Director of specialist compensation law firm, James Law, Leeha has represented everyday people across a range of industry sectors, including emergency and first responders, electrical, construction, health, mining, and the public service.

She is currently President of the Bayside Community Legal Service and has appeared before Queensland Parliamentary Committees in relation to public policy issues.

Leeha holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree with Honours from Griffith University. She is also an Accredited Specialist in personal injuries through the Queensland Law Society.

Executive Leadership Team

Glenn Stockton
Glenn Stockton

Glenn Stockton | Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Stockton AM was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 3 August 2020.

He has extensive leadership experience in challenging environments and in generating successful outcomes for both individuals and organisations. Glenn brings a strong understanding of complex, high-value infrastructure projects to Sunwater, with a focus on enhancing the internal and external relationships required to achieve project objectives.

Throughout his career, Glenn has developed a keen appreciation for the connection between design, performance, and maintenance to ensure the delivered asset meets design life performance, operational cost parameters and provides the requisite returns to clients, customers and shareholders.

He is a strong advocate of safety, governance and accountability, and customer-focused outcomes. He takes an active role in developing the resilience of the business and the capacity of its leaders to respond effectively to the challenge of our dynamic environment.

His previous roles include General Manager Operations at Pacific Partnerships, Director and Board Chairman of the Pulse Partnerships Consortium delivering the Cross River Rail, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ACT Light Rail project and served as a Colonel in the Royal Australian Engineers.

Glenn is a Member of the Order of Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Business Administration and Management from the Universities of Southern Queensland and Canberra.

Erin Strang
Erin Strang

Erin Strang | Chief Financial Officer

Erin Strang was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 8 November 2021.

She leads Sunwater’s corporate services function, encompassing the finance, legal, procurement, commercial customer and information, communication, and technology teams.

Erin has over 20 years’ of financial services experience across the finance, transport and infrastructure industries, working within both public and private sector entities.

She has previously held the roles of Chief Financial Officer of Banking and Wealth at Suncorp, and Treasurer VP Tax and Governance at Aurizon.

Erin has led teams through periods of substantial change, including business transformation and financial restructuring, and has extensive stakeholder management experience.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Colin Bendall
Colin Bendall

Colin Bendall | Executive General Manager Operations

Colin Bendall was appointed Executive General Manager Operations on 2 January 2017 after serving more than 35 years with Sunwater and its predecessors in technical, operational and senior management roles.

He oversees Sunwater’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 is a Water Services Australia Utility Excellence Committee Member. He has specialist industry qualifications including an Associate Diploma in Applied Science – Farm Water Supplies (Hons) and a Certificate in Tropical Agriculture.

Kellie Breen
Kellie Breen

Kellie Breen | Chief People Officer

Kellie Breen was appointed as Chief People Officer 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 aimed to improve business outcomes.

At Sunwater, Kellie passionately drives initiatives to embed cultural change to drive efficiency and performance for customers.

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.

Cameron Milliner
Cameron Milliner

Cameron Milliner | Executive General Manager Customer and Stakeholder Relations

Cameron Milliner was appointed as Executive General Manager Customer and Stakeholder Relations on 9 September 2019.

With more than 20 years’ experience within government, consultancy and multinational corporations, he has a deep understanding of the development and implementation of public policy, stakeholder management and advocacy.

Prior to joining Sunwater, Cameron was the Singapore-based Head of Public Affairs in Growth and Emerging Markets for Takeda, a top 10 biopharmaceutical company. He has also worked as a Director of a corporate affairs consultancy and as a Senior Advisor to a Health Minister in the Queensland Government.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Industrial Relations) from Griffith University and has previously held roles as a Visiting/Honorary Fellow of the Murdoch University School of Research and Innovation and the Centre for Comparative Genomics.

Michael Kahler

Michael Kahler| Executive General Manager Engineering and Water Resources

Michael Kahler was appointed Executive General Manager Engineering & Water Resources on 25 April 2022. 

Michael leads Sunwater’s engineering, strategic asset management, dam safety, water resources and operational technology functions. He also manages the Flood and Emergency Management Operations Centre.    

Michael has 30 years’ experience across the asset management, infrastructure planning, design, construction and operations in the private and public sectors.  

Prior to joining Sunwater, Michael led the development and implementation of an integrated planning and delivery model at Urban Utilities, which transformed the approach to capital investment and achieved industry leading performance. 

He is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was formerly a  president of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia (IPWEA).  

Michael holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science. 

Mal Shepherd
Mal Shepherd

Mal Shepherd | Chief Development Officer Infrastructure Development and Delivery

Mal Shepherd was appointed Chief Development Officer on 12 October 2020.

Leading Sunwater’s Infrastructure Development and Delivery function, Mal manages the implementation of the business’ growth and development strategies for new projects along with the engineering, procurement and delivery of major infrastructure projects.

Delivering some of Australia’s most significant water infrastructure projects, Mal brings more than 35 years’ experience in the private and public sector developing, designing, and delivering over $8 billion worth of water infrastructure projects in both the Australian and international water sector across a broad range of contracting models.

Mal’s passion for sustainable development has led to his recognition in the industry as an advocate for enhancing performance in safety, wellbeing, mental health and skills across the sector.

He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, Chartered Associate Engineer, Engineering Executive NER, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, professional member of the Australian Water Association and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the WaterAid Australia Board.

Mal holds a Diploma in Project Management and Certificate in Civil Engineering.

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