Leadership Team

Leadership team

Board of Directors

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

Leith Boully
Leith Boully, Chairman

Leith Boully | Chairman

Leith Boully was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 October 2015 and was last re-elected in October 2018.

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 serves on the boards of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited, Australian Water Partnership Committee, 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.

Jo Sheppard
Jo Sheppard, Director

Jo Sheppard | Director


Jo Sheppard was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 October 2018.

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.

Patrice Sherrie
Patrice Sherrie, Director

Patrice Sherrie | Director


Patrice Sherrie was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 October 2015 and was last re-elected in October 2018.

Patrice is an experienced executive and director with over 30 years’ experience in Queensland and PNG in chartered accounting and commerce.

She has diverse industry experience including finance, property, childcare and the arts.

Patrice is currently a consultant to Bentleys (Qld) Pty Ltd, and Director of Andersens Floor Coverings Pty Ltd, Premise Holdings Pty Ltd and City of Brisbane Investment Corporation Pty Ltd.

She is a Fellow Chartered Accountants and Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Stewart
David Stewart, Director

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 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 MDBA.

Vanessa Sullivan
Vanessa Sullivan, Director

Vanessa Sullivan | Director

BEc(Hons), GradDip(AppFin), GAICD

Vanessa Sullivan was appointed to the Sunwater Board on 15 December 2016 and reappointed on 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022.
Vanessa has more than 20 years’ experience in the water, energy and carbon sectors working with both government and private sector organisations. Vanessa’s previous roles include: Climate Change Leader and Utilities Leader for a Big Four Professional Services firm; founding and running a renewable energy and storage business which involved attracting capital from global investment houses in the US and Japan and developing greenfield projects; and undertaking significant market reform in both the energy and water sectors.
With extensive commercial, regulatory and finance experience, Vanessa has completed a number of significant transactions including contracting a $1 billion energy load for a large energy user, acting as commercial lead on energy and water market acquisitions and developing and implementing carbon and energy strategies for global corporates.
Vanessa is also on the Smart Energy Council Board and a member of Hydrogen Australia’s expert reference panel.

Executive Leadership Team

Lisa Dalton | Interim Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Dalton was appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer on 29 February 2020.

Lisa is an accomplished company director, senior executive and governance professional leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the health, childcare, mining, energy, construction and agricultural sectors. She has a proven track record of leading high-performing teams in rapidly changing environments across a range of specialities.

Lisa is an exceptional leader with a collaborative approach to highly sensitive issues. She has an outstanding ability to identify and prioritise issues and focuses on working with stakeholders from all levels to deliver business solutions.

Lisa has extensive experience encompassing complex business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and implementation, governance, risk and compliance, human resources, culture development, corporate communications and change management.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Applied Science and Bachelor of Laws (Honours). She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia, and the Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Simon Ellinor | Interim Chief Financial Officer

Simon Ellinor was appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer on 20 January 2020.

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 | Executive General Manager People and Transformation

Kellie Breen was appointed as Executive General Manager of People and Transformation 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 | Executive General Manager Customer and Stakeholder Relations

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

James Stuart | General Manager 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.

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 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.

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.

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