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-appointed 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, Interim Chairman of the Water Security CRC and a Director of the Isis Central Sugar Mill, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority. She recently retired from the Board of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited after 14 years. Leith 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.

Currently the Director of Stakeholder Engagement with the University of Southern Queensland, Jo is also a Queensland Local Government Grants Commissioner and Board member with the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce. As the previous CEO of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Jo played 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. Jo was also formerly the Mayor of Paroo Shire Council, Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia South-West and a Director at Downlands College.

A steadfast advocate for the development of regional Queensland, Jo has 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 excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiatives 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 almost 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, Director

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 more than 20 years’ experience in the water, energy and carbon sectors working with both government and private sector organisations. Her previous roles include Climate Change Leader and Utilities Leader for a Big 4 Professional Services firm, founding and running a renewable energy and storage development business which involved attracting capital from global investment houses including US and Japan and developing greenfield projects and undertaking significant market reform in both the energy and water sectors.

Vanessa has extensive financial, commercial, and strategy experience across the water, energy and sustainability sectors. She completed several significant transactions in each of these sectors and has developed and implemented commercial strategies for large global corporates in the resources, energy and industrial sectors.

Vanessa is also a Non-Executive Director of the Smart Energy Council (peak national industry body) and Centacare (NFP Domestic Violence and disability support provider) and a member of Hydrogen Australia’s expert reference panel.

Executive Leadership Team

Glenn Stockton | Chief Executive Officer

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

He has more than 35 years of direct leadership experience in challenging environments and generating successful outcomes for both individuals and organisations.

Glenn brings to Sunwater a strong understanding of complex high-value infrastructure projects, with a focus on enhancing the internal and external relationships required to achieve project objectives. He has spent a decade tendering and delivering public-private partnerships and projects valued at more than $20 billion, including several high-profile transport initiatives.

Glenn is an active advocate of safety, governance and accountability, and customer-focused outcomes. Throughout his career he has developed a keen appreciation of the connection between design, performance, and maintenance to ensure the delivered asset meets the design life performance, operational cost parameters and provides the requisite returns to clients, customers and shareholders.

His previous roles include General Manager Operations at Pacific Partnerships, Director and Board Chairman of the Pulse Partnerships Consortium delivering the Cross River Rail PPP, Director and Chief Executive Officer for the delivery and operation of the recently commissioned ACT Light Rail project, and serving 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 Masters (Business Administration, Management) from the Universities of Southern Queensland and Canberra.

Simon Ellinor | Interim Chief Financial Officer

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

He leads Sunwater’s corporate services function, encompassing the finance, legal, procurement, ICT and commercial customer teams. His role is to lead continual improvement in the functions that enable the provision of services to customers to be as efficient as possible, while meeting modern expectations around governance and use of technology.

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in a diverse range of financial and commercial roles within the professional services, mining and resources industries. This includes leadership of teams through periods of substantial change, involvement in merger and acquisition activity, and extensive stakeholder management with the owners of businesses.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Accountant.

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.

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.

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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