Our Board of Directors is a collegial group of professionals all working as a team towards shared goals for the benefit of members, the organisation and the sector. An integral part of our BIG Team, our Board is heavily invested and involved in guiding the success of the organisation. This responsibility is not taken lightly and is highly rewarding for all Board Directors, both past and present.
Director Elections Notice | Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA)
Director Elections for 2020 closed on 22 September at 5:30pm (AEST)
Nominations were invited for four (4) vacant positions:
2020 Director vacancies to be filled by election are:
Director elections are held if the number of nominations for Board positions exceeds the number of vacancies. WaterRA Board Directors are elected by members and announced at the WaterRA Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Chair is elected for a term of three (3) years, while other non-executive directors serve terms of two (2) years.
We have received 12 nominations from our membership, and:
All successful nominees will be announced as Directors at the WaterRA AGM on 28 October 2020.
Good luck to all of the nominees!
Our Constitution establishes a governance structure for WaterRA in which the management and control of the business and affairs of our organisation is vested in our Board of Directors. The Board's primary functions are to:
The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer, monitors their performance and delegates to them the organisation’s operational management. The Chief Executive Officer is the Board’s connection to the organisation’s operations and conduct, and they are accountable to the Board for the organisation’s performance.
The roles and responsibilities of the Board are set out in our Board Charter. All Directors agree to abide by the Board Charter, which commits them to performance of their roles and responsibilities with honesty, integrity and respect.
A full list of Director duties and responsibilities can be found here.
WaterRA seeks wide representation in its Board membership and considers factors such as geographical representation, areas of expertise, and prior experience on non-profit boards. Board Directors are elected by all members and announced at the WaterRA Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Board is comprised of nine (9) director positions:
The Chair is elected for a term of three (3) years, while all other non-executive directors serve terms of two (2) years. The CEO holds a director position on the Board for the duration of their tenure.
WaterRA has two (2) Board sub-committees, the Human Resources Committee (HRC), and the Risk and Audit Committee (RAAC) that provide an important assurance that key areas (Finance, Human Resources and Risk Management) of the Board’s duties will be rigorously discharged. All Directors participate in either/at least one (1) sub-committee.
The Board are advised by The Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) with the Chair and Deputy Chair positions held by Board Directors.
The Board generally meets six (6) times annually, both in-person and online, with additional meetings as required. The Board are committed to understanding the needs of all members and hold Board meetings across Australia, both in capital cities and regional areas.
The HRC and RAAC meet six (6) times per year and the SAC generally meet two (2) to three (3) times a year.
The Board self-assesses its performance at the conclusion of every meeting. It formally assesses its performance at least every two (2) years, with an external review at least every four (4) years.
New Directors receive a formal induction pack on commencement. The Board also provides assistance towards relevant ongoing education for Directors, and ongoing opportunities for Directors to undertake field visits to our national member locations via Board meetings.
Each year nominations are invited for Board positions that become vacant. Members will be notified when nominations open and will be invited to submit an online nomination. Nominations are generally open for two (2) weeks. Additional information for members considering nominating for Board can be found in the Director Nominations Information Pack.
Please note: Industry Members can only nominate for an Industry Director position and Research Members can only nominate for a Research Member position.
As per the WaterRA Constitution, only individuals who are employees of current Industry Member or Research Member organisations are eligible to nominate to become a Board Director of WaterRA. General and Associate Members are currently ineligible to nominate for a position on the WaterRA Board. To view our current members list, please click here.
To nominate for a Board Director position, all nominations must be endorsed as follows:
Industry Member nominating for an Industry Director position
Research Member nominating for a Research Director position
The member endorsement form is available for download here.
Nominees are requested to address essential criteria and desirable characteristics for new Board Directors to complement the skills and experience of the current Board.
An optimal mix of professional skills and experience across our Board is vital to creating an enduring business. All Board Directors must satisfy at least one (1) of these essential criteria:
Other professional skills and experience that are desirable to complement those of the remaining Board members and ensure a well-rounded and diverse Board, include:
It is also desirable for nominees to have completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
As part of completing the online nomination form, nominees will be required to provide the following supporting documentation which may be used publicly for voting and promotional purposes:
The member endorsement form is available for download here.
If the number of nominations for Board positions exceeds the number of vacancies available, an election will be held with nominees presented to the membership for voting. All successful nominees are announced as Directors at the WaterRA AGM, typically held in October of each year.
If you require any further assistance, please direct any enquiries to the Returning Officer, Michelle Pfitzner.
Nominee profiles and voting will be available from 8 September on commencement of the election.