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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board has is responsible for Corporate Governance which reflects the manner in which we conduct our business.

The Corporation has a nine-person skills-based Board (including the Managing Director) appointed by the Minister for Water. The members bring to the Board, a strong mix of business, finance, environmental, agricultural, science and management skills.

David McKenzie - Chair

Mr David McKenzie is a valuer, specialising in the valuation of agricultural property and water rights. David is regarded as one of the foremost experts in Australia in the analysis of water markets and valuation of water assets, and has addressed several international conferences on topics related to this specialty. He is a Director of the Opteon Property Group, employing nearly 50 staff across northern Victoria.

David is currently Chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership, and Chair of the Minister for Regional Developments' Advisory Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Water Leadership Forum, and is a former Director of Goulburn Valley Water.

David holds a Bachelor of Business (Property), is a Qualified Valuer, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As Chair of the Board, David is an ex-officio of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee, Opportunity and Risk Committee and Performance Committee.

Rosemary Bissett

Ms Rosemary Bissett is the Head of Sustainability Governance and Risk at National Australia Bank. She is a Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at Sustainable Business Australia, a Director at the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd, and a member of the Advisory Board at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne, the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative Banking Commission, the Natural Capital Protocol Steering Group, and the Advisory Board of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Rosemary has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Applied Science (Analytical Chemistry), Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education and Bachelor of Education, as well as being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is also Chair of the Board’s Opportunity and Risk Committee and a member of the Performance Committee.

Cath Botta

Ms Cath Botta is a consultant in facilitation, soil health and community engagement. Prior to this Cath was a lecturer at Dookie College for the University of Melbourne.

Cath is current Treasurer of the Federal Council of the Australian Society of Soil Science and is a former Deputy Chair of the Benalla Health Board.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Master of Science in Agriculture and graduate certificates in soil conservation and mediation and conflict resolution. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cath is Deputy Chair of the Board as well as Chair of the Board's Performance Committee and a member of the Opportunity and Risk Committee.

Stephen Brown

Mr Stephen Brown is the General Manager of Risk at Rural Bank and has held senior executive positions in the banking and finance industry with KPMG, ANZ, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, RSD Chartered Accountants and Rural Finance Corporation.

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant having completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a registered Company Auditor, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephen is Chair of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Opportunity and Risk Committee.

Brendan Foran

Mr Brendan Foran is the National Chief Executive Officer of Greening Australia Ltd. Previously Brendan worked for a number of years at Alcoa in corporate affairs. He is a former non-executive Director at Gordon Institute of TAFE.

Brendan has a Master of Business Administration, Advanced Diploma of Business Management and is a 2016 Harvard Club of Australia Nonprofit Fellow.

He is a member of the Board's Opportunity and Risk Committee and a member of the Performance Committee.

Gayle Lee

Ms Gayle Lee is an Accountant and works with businesses to improve their financial management, reporting and strategic planning processes. Gayle owns a farming property and runs an Agricultural Contracting business with her husband.

Previously, Gayle was General Manager of Bruck Textiles at Wangaratta and Commercial Manager of Pacific Marine Group in Townsville.

She has a Financial Administration degree, is a CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gayle is currently a Board Director at Goulburn Murray Water, an Independent Member of the Audit Committee for the Rural City of Wangaratta and a Trustee of the Benalla Cemetery Trust.

She is a member of the Board's Opportunity and Risk Committee and a member of the Performance Committee.

Helen Tobin-King

Ms Helen Tobin-King is the Hume Region Manager, Investment and Trade within Regional Development Victoria and an experienced commercial manager.

She has worked in a broad range of industries from airlines, defence, fast moving consumer goods and heavy industry across diverse portfolios. She currently works to create jobs and drive our regional economy.

Helen has strong links to Northeast Victoria having grown-up on farms around Wodonga and currently lives in Wodonga with her family.

She has a keen interest in issues surrounding diversity and the positive outcomes it brings for business, communities, the economy and families.

Helen has a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is a member of the Board's Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Opportunity and Risk Committee.

Neil Ward

Mr Neil Ward has been the Director of Aboriginal Partnerships, Murray-Darling Basin Authority since 2008 and was previously Senior Manager of Indigenous Partnership Projects at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (2005 - 2008).

Neil has over 35 years of experience in natural resource management and conservation in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

He has served on numerous advisory committees in the fields of fishing, wildlife, water, land care and catchment management.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a member of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Opportunity and Risk Committee.

Craig Heiner - Managing Director

Mr Craig Heiner was appointed as Managing Director in July 2008 and carries responsibility for ensuring the governance and strategic ambitions of the Board are realised. With a broad based background and a passion for the development of staff, he provides a unique perspective on opportunities to strengthen the Corporation and the communities it serves.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, a Master of Business Administration in Economic Analysis, and a Diploma of Education. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Water Administration.

As Managing Director, Craig is an ex-officio of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee, Opportunity and Risk Committee and Performance Committee.