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The GWMWater Board is diverse and multi-faceted, with men and women from all different working and educational backgrounds. Our Board is skills-based and appointed by the Minister for Water. It represents the varied interests of the Grampians Wimmera Mallee region.

The Board is responsible for GWMWater's management in a number of areas. The Board's central purpose is to set the broad strategy and objectives of GWMWater. In doing this, the Board also has responsibility for risk management, organisational efficiencies and compliance, reporting and reviewing.

There are also four standing committees of the Board:

  • Environment and Works Committee
  • Audit Governance and Risk Committee
  • Water Resources Committee
  • Remuneration Committee


Board Director Peter Vogel web

Peter Vogel OAM

Peter is a long established primary producer in the Watchem area and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the water industry and primary production. Peter is a VicWater Board Member and a member of VicWater Council.

Peter is Chairman of the GWMWater Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is an ex-officio member on all Board committees.



Board Director Caroline Welsh web

Caroline Welsh

Caroline is a partner in Renney Farms, the family grain farm in Berriwillock. She is the Chair of the Birchip Cropping Group and has previously worked for state government in extension, irrigation development and climate variability. Caroline holds a Master of Agribusiness (Marketing), a Graduate Diploma of Rural Resource Management and a Bachelor of Agriculture Science. Caroline is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caroline is Deputy Chairperson to the GWMWater Board of Directors and also chairs the Environment and Works Committee.



Board Director Andrew Nicolaou 

Andrew Nicolaou

Andrew has been a director of State Trustees Limited and STL Financial Services Limited since 2016. He is a recognised leader in Financial and Risk Management Reform, Governance and Performance in the Public Sector, with significant experience in large Government Business Enterprises including the water sector, rural sector and relevant departments. Andrew has significant experience with government and private sector boards, and Audit and Risk Committees. He has a strong knowledge of financial management, risk and regulatory frameworks. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew is Chair of the GWMWater Audit Governance and Risk Committee.



Board Director David Jochinke web

David Jochinke

David is a broad acre mixed farmer at Murra Warra north of Horsham. He is President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, Vice President of the National Farmers Federation and Chair of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership. Mr Jochinke is a Nuffield Scholar, Australian Rural Leadership Fellow and has a Diploma of Applied Science.



 Board Director Eliza de Wit web

Elisa de Wit

Elisa is a partner in the Melbourne office of international legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. She leads the Melbourne environment practice and is a national head of the firm’s climate change and sustainability practice. Elisa has over 27 years of legal experience and has practised in three Australian jurisdictions and the United Kingdom. Ms de Wit holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Environmental Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a Director of the Carbon Market Institute and Beyond Zero Emissions and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



 Board Director Linda Kwok web

Linda Kwok

Linda is the Director and Principal of LHLK Architects, based in Horsham. She has 20 years’ experience in architecture and the construction industry in Australia and Asia. Linda is also a Sessional Lecturer in Applied Management at Federation University. Linda is currently a Board Director of the Wimmera Health Care Group. Linda holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Architecture, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design (Urban Design) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Board Director Mary Bignell web

Mary Bignell

Mary has a background in capacity building and evaluation, auditing and emergency management in the private and public sector. She has a Bachelor of Agriculture Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary was appointed to GWMWater's board in 2010 and also chairs the Water Resources Committee.



Board Director Scott Williams web 

Scott Williams

Scott is a professional consultant with skills in corporate governance, management, strategic planning and foresight. He has a veterinary and agribusiness background and his career has included farm consultancy and management of agricultural research and development across a broad range of sectors, including wool, livestock and horticulture. Scott holds a Bachelor and a Master of Veterinary Science and Graduate Diplomas of Management and Strategic Foresight, and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Managing Director Mark Williams web

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a Board Director and is also GWMWater's Managing Director.


Board meeting minutes

View 2018/19 Board meeting minutes

View 2017/18 Board meeting minutes

View 2016/17 Board meeting minutes




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