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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 an eight-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.

Cath Botta - Chair

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 Chair of the Board as well as 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 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.

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.

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.

Christopher Mirams

Mr Christopher Mirams was recently appointed as Chairperson of Sheep Producers Australia, 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 has Australian Institute of Company Directors membership and governance strength, together with leadership and organisational development skills. He holds a Diploma of Financial Markets.

Victoria Schmidt

Ms Victoria Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Science and has completed Governance Foundations for Board Directors with Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has eight years board director experience and she is currently a board director on a multi-purpose public health service where she has responsibility for financial sustainability, corporate risk and governance, strategic planning, improved quality of care and chief executive officer performance and accountability. 

Angela Verde

Angela Verde holds a Batchelor of Applied Science and a Diploma of Business Management (MAICD) and has extensive executive level leadership experience across multiple Victorian state government departments and the not for profit sector. 

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 and North East Water Boards. Angela also works as an independent consultant in the local government and not for profit sectors.

A background in strategic regional development and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing regional communities brings an important perspective to Angela’s work. 

With a strong record of achievement in facilitating change, leading teams, delivering regional programs and building sustainable partnerships, Angela also brings an enduring passion and commitment to improving outcomes for regional communities.

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.