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Board Members

Board Appointments
Joanne Booth

Joanne Booth

Chairperson

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 of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and completed Governing for Non-Profit Excellence at Harvard Business School (USA). Her current appointments include: Director, Latrobe Community Health Service; Independent Chair of the Nominations Committee at the Western Victoria Primary Health Network; Independent Member of the Audit Committee at Latrobe City Council; and Independent Member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).

Joanne was formerly: Chair/Director of Gippsland Lakes Community Health; Independent Chair of the Audit Committee at Gippsland Water; Director of the Victorian Healthcare Association; and Director of Workways Australia.

Her qualifications include a Master of Public Health, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Internal Audit, Advanced and General Certificates in Nursing and a Practitioners Certificate in Mediation. She is a member of the AICD, Women on Boards and the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia.

Michelle Dowsett

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.

Steve Bird

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.

Angela Hutson

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.

Bill Deveney OAM

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.

Ross Passalaqua

Ross Passalaqua

Board Member

Ross is a Company Director and business consultant with broad leadership, commercial, operational, and technical experience ranging across multiple sectors including the water, safety, oil, gas, chemicals, transport and logistics, services, tourism, and natural resource management industries in both Australia and internationally.

Following an early career in consulting engineering and project management, Ross progressed to undertake corporate roles involving safety and risk analysis, business development, marketing, and senior operations and commercial management.

Ross has previously served on the Boards of South East Water, Parks Victoria, and Tourism North East. He is currently a Director of the People and Parks Foundation Board and Disabled Wintersport Australia. He also provides independent safety management consulting and coaching services.

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

Board Member

Susan is the founder of Enertique Consulting which specialises in providing legal and regulatory advice to the energy sector and previously was the General Counsel and Company Secretary for AusNet Services for eight years.

Ms Taylor joined the Board of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Vic) in May 2017 and was previously a Director of AusNet subsidiary companies from 2015 to 2016 and Co-Chair of Yarra Energy Foundation from 2010 to 2011.

Ms Taylor has expertise in law, utility regulation, business,  strategy, corporate governance and crisis response.

Ms Taylor holds bachelor qualifications in law and economics, a Graduate Diploma in Corporations and Securities Law, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Timothy Weight

Timothy Weight

Board Member

Tim has been a Director of Tim Weight Consulting since 2014. Previously, Mr Weight was the Managing Director of Riviera Properties Limited Group for 15 years, and held senior roles with Victorian Properties Pty Ltd for 10 years.

Mr Weight is the Deputy Chair of the Regional Development Australia Committee for Gippsland and is on the board of Committee for Gippsland.

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

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

Steve McKenzie

Steve McKenzie

Board Member

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

Steve 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 also an active member of industry associations including VicWater, the Water Services Association of Australia, the Institute of Water Administration and the Australian Water Association.

He is responsible for:

  • corporate management and development, and
  • strategy implementation.