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Board Directors

Board Appointments

Therese Tierney


Therese is an experienced CEO, Board Director and Chair. She has held CEO and senior management roles in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria, and in both the private and public health sectors. She retired while CEO of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service in 2018. Her most recent board roles included the national Continence Foundation of Australia, Gippsland Primary Health Network, East Gippsland Water (2015-17) and the East Gippsland Marketing Board.

Whilst Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councillor and General Manager. This included nine years on a water authority and sewerage commission.

She has also worked as a consultant, providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with business, change management, health/business planning and design, people and systems thinking. More recently she has been supporting boards to improve their governance and create a positive and accountable culture.

Steve Bird

Deputy Chairperson

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

He has spent over 45 years in the water industry and held various senior management positions with Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Wimmera Mallee Water, and their predecessors. In addition he is an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Wannon Water.

Steve 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.

Angela Hutson

Board Director

Angela is a management and education consultant. She is a Board Member of TAFE Gippsland, a Director of Workways Australia and a Member of the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board. She also is a Member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee and an Independent Member of the Latrobe Community Health Services Board Nominations Committee.

She has a Masters in Organisational Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Business in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a Diploma of Education.

Angela is a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michelle McLean

Board Director

Michelle is an experienced non-executive Board Director and business advisor. She is Deputy Chairperson of the Country Fire Authority (CFA – a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organisation) and is also Chair of its Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. 

From 1995 to 2018 Michelle was an Executive/Partner of Cornwall Stodart (Lawyers). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has a Graduate Diploma of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Susan Taylor

Board Director

Susan is a Director and Chair of East Gippsland Water’s Audit and Risk Committee.  She is an experienced non-executive director and has held a range of other board roles, including as a Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Vic), Director of AusNet Services’ subsidiary companies, Co-Chair of Yarra Energy Foundation and Director of the St Kilda Football Club.

She is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary of Amber Electric and formerly held this role at AusNet Services. Susan has expertise in law, utility regulation, business, strategy, corporate governance and crisis response. 


Ian Gibson

Board Director

Ian is a long-term resident of Gippsland and has extensive networks in the public sector, community organisations, business, academia and sporting bodies. 

He holds qualifications as a Master of Public Policy and Management and in Economics and Arts. He also has public sector board experience, which includes the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Coal Corporation, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and the Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Ian’s work experience has been in local government, regional development and tertiary education. He is currently a sessional member at Planning Panels Victoria and works at Federation University in the Industry Placement Program.

Tim Weight

Board Director

Tim works with TAFE Gippsland as Executive Director Strategic Engagement and has been a Director of Tim Weight Consulting since 2014. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Riviera Properties Limited Group for 15 years, and held senior roles with Victorian Properties Pty Ltd for ten years.

He is the Deputy Chair of the Regional Development Australia Committee for Gippsland and is on the Board of the Committee for Gippsland.

Tim has expertise in financial and business management, infrastructure and project management, and strategic planning and development.

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Steve McKenzie

Board Director

In addition, East Gippsland Water’s Managing Director Steve McKenzie is a Director of the Board.

Steve has 30 years’ experience in various senior executive water industry roles in Victoria and the Northern Territory.  He has a Degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Management and has completed the Directors Essential Program of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a member of the AICD and industry associations including VicWater, the Water Services Association of Australia, the Institute of Water Administration and the Australian Water Association.