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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 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.

Cath Botta - Chair

Cath Botta was appointed a Director of North East Water in October 2012. She has served as Deputy Board Chair and was appointed as Board Chair in April 2019.

Ms Botta is a consultant in facilitation, soil health and community and stakeholder engagement. She also is an Independent Chair for a number of Advisory Panels, Community Consultation Groups, and Project Liaison groups for Horticulture Innovation Australia, EPA, AusNet, and ARTC.

Prior to this, Cath was a lecturer at Dookie College for the University of Melbourne, and a former Deputy Chair of the Benalla Health Board.

She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Agriculture, Graduate Certificates in Soil Conservation and Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also certified as a professional Soil Scientist with the Australian Soil Science Society.

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

Rosemary Bissett

Ms Rosemary Bissett is the Head of ESG Risk Management at National Australia Bank. She is a Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at Sustainable Business Australia. She is also a member of a number of Advisory boards and committees including: the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, the National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Research Hub Steering Committee, and the Natural Capital Protocol Biodiversity Guidance Steering Group.

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.

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

Stephen Brown - Deputy Chair

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 Deputy Chair, Chair of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Opportunity and Risk Committee.

Christopher Mirams

Mr Chris Mirams is the Chair of Sheep Producers Australia and a Board member of the Red Meat Advisory Council, the Sheep Health & Welfare Trust, and the Sheep Industry Sustainability Framework.

He has 30 years’ experience in farm management, and has served in senior governance roles in a range of organisations including Meat and Livestock Australia, MLA Donor Company and Integrity Systems Company.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has skills in governance, leadership and organisational development. He holds a Diploma of Financial Markets and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

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

Victoria Schmidt

Ms Victoria Schmidt is a management consultant specialising in technology and transformation projects, ICT strategy, corporate services and customer engagement.

Victoria holds a current directorship in the banking sector and has held previous board positions in the public health and early childhood industries.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a GAICD qualification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

Angela Verde

Angela has extensive executive level leadership experience across multiple Victorian state government departments and the not for profit sector and is a former Regional Director of Regional Development Victoria in the Hume region.

She has worked in clinical, research, management, policy and governance roles and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Board and a Non-Executive Director on the Albury Wodonga Health Board. Angela also works as an independent consultant providing a range of evaluation and advisory services predominantly in the government and not for profit sectors.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Diploma of Business Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Angela is a member of the Board’s Performance Committee and 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.