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Executive team

Executive team

Our executives are responsible for managing the operations of the Corporation and meeting the strategic direction set by the Board.

John Day - Executive Operations

John has more than 25 years of experience in Water and Wastewater operational and asset management roles, both in the water and manufacturing industries.

As Executive Operations, John oversees the critical functions of water and wastewater treatment and delivery. Two other portfolios under his control are asset management and systems optimisation which cover the Environmental and Drinking Water Quality Management Systems. 

John is the Executive Sponsor of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. He is a former Director of the Water Industry Operators Association and is a member of the Institute of Water Administration and Australian Water Association.

Anthony Hernan - Executive Corporate Services

As Executive Corporate Services, Anthony is responsible for the Finance, Governance, Risk and Information Communication Technology portfolios.

During his 20-year involvement with the Corporation, Anthony has lead a number of key Corporation projects in the areas of financial sustainability, economic regulation, corporate governance and risk management. Anthony has also successfully designed and led the Corporation’s revised approach to strategy development and execution and currently participates at state level through the Institute of Water Administration’s Finance Special Interest Group that looks at finance issues across all state water corporations.

He brings to the role a strong internal customer focus, refined corporate governance arrangements and financial analysis skills.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Water Administration and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca Jhonston - Executive Planning & Infrastructure

Rebecca joined the North East Water team in 2010 and has over 15 years of Human Resources experience in public sector.

Leading the Planning and Infrastructure unit, Rebecca manages a team responsible for strategic planning, reticulation development and the delivery and project management of North East Water’s capital improvement programs. Her team is also responsible for the management of the Corporation’s dams portfolio and provides technical and engineering functions and support across the Corporation. 

A major focus for Rebecca is to ensure the Corporation continues to support our customers and communities through building robust and resilient infrastructure. Ensuring that our assets are reliable, renewed and maintained to support the growth of our communities. Rebecca is the Executive Sponsor of the Board’s Performance Committee.

Rebecca holds qualifications in Human Resource Management and Organisational Change and is a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute.

Marni Jones - Executive Customer & Culture

Marni joined the North East Water team in 2020 and has over 15 years of leadership and human resources experience, with the last 10 years being in the government sector.

Leading the Customer and Culture unit, Marni manages the teams responsible for:

  • Customer service including billing, complaints, hardship and property services;  and 
  • People and Culture including human resources, OHS, return to work, learning and development, payroll, and wellbeing

A major focus for Marni is to ensure that our community receives caring, effective and efficient customer service when interacting with North East Water and that our people (staff) grow and develop in a safe and supportive workplace culture. 

Marni holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resource Management, Training and Development, Management and Leadership and Health Science and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).