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Joanne Booth


Joanne has a background in public health and policy. She is an experienced non-executive director, chair and former chief executive officer and has worked extensively in the public, not-for-profit and health sectors.  She has operated a governance and management consultancy in East Gippsland and Melbourne since 2010.

She is a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Governing for Non-Profit Excellence, Harvard Business School (USA). Her current appointments include Director Victorian Healthcare Association; Director Workways Australia; Director Inner East Community Health; Independent Chair Nominations Committee, Western Victoria PHN; and Independent Member Audit Committee, Latrobe City Council. She was formerly Chair/Director Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Independent Chair Audit Committee, Central Gippsland Water Corporation and Executive Director Australian College of Optometry,

Her qualifications include a Master of Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Bachelor of Arts, Advanced and General Certificates in Nursing and Practitioners Certificate in Mediation; she is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Internal Audit and is an active member of the AICD and Women on Boards.

Richard Elkington

Board Member

Richard was appointed Director to East Gippsland Water in 2007. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the Latrobe Valley power generation industry and held a number of positions at General Manager level.

He is currently providing management and strategic planning consultancy to a range of Gippsland businesses.

Richard is the Chair of the Regional Development Australia-Gippsland Committee. Mr Elkington was previously Chair of Gippsland Water.

Michelle Dowsett

Board Member

As Principal of CFO ASSIST, Michelle has worked in several SME’s in Business Manager, Company Secretary and Chief Accounting Officer (CFO) roles. Michelle’s financial management, strategy application and governance experience is exemplified in being a CPA, having achieved an MBA and also through being a Certified Member of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia.

Her Project Management skills have been acquired within the property development, valuation and consulting field. Michelle’s membership as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors is well utilised in her Governance roles on the Board of SNAP Gippsland; the Audit & Risk Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria; and a Board Member, People & Remuneration Committee member & Audit & Risk Committee member of East Gippsland Water.  Michelle also lectures part-time in a Master of Health Sciences (Aged Care) at Victoria University and is studying a Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges.

Angela Hutson

Board Member

Angela is a Management and Education Consultant. She is the Chair and member of the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, VET Development Centre Ltd and a member of GunaiKurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board.

Angela has a Master of Organisational Leadership, Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a Diploma of Education, a Diploma of Frontline Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Management. She is a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Steve Bird

Board Member

Steve was a Director of North East Water from October 2011 to September 2015. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Water Industry Association.

He has spent over 40 years in the water industry and held various senior management positions with Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and its predecessors and the Rural Water Corporation and its predecessors.

Steve is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Wannon Region Water Corporation.

He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Institute of Water Administration.

Gail Morley

Board Member

Gail is the Managing Director of Gail Morley & Associates Pty specialising in quality auditing, design and development of vocational training. She was previously Chair and Director at East Gippsland Water and Director at Gippsland Ports, and is currently a member of the Council for Adult, Community and Further Education (Gippsland). 

Gail is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Office Systems Education, Diploma in Frontline Management and Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems.

Therese Tierney

Board Member

Therese is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and has more than forty years’ experience in the health sector in senior management roles since 1994. She has been a CEO in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and in both the private and public health sectors. Therese was appointed to the Health Innovation Reform Council in 2012 and is on the Victorian Expert Panel on Aboriginal Health

Whilst Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councilor and General Manager and also worked as a consultant providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with business, change management and people and systems thinking.

Bill Deveney OAM

Board Member

Bill graduated as a Social Worker from Monash University and also holds a Diploma of Religious Education from Melbourne University.

He was previously the CEO, Melbourne Major Events Committee, Lord Mayor City of Melbourne, CEO of Southport Community Health Service and Principal of Bill Deveney & Associates.

Bill was a Member of Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital) and Victoria Social Justice Committee. He was also a Chairman of Mental Health Services Northern and Western Metropolitan and HR/IR Committee at Melbourne Health.  

He was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal.

Bruce Hammond

Board Member

In addition East Gippsland Water’s Managing Director Bruce Hammond is a Director on the Board.