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Become a Board Director of WaterRA

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. 

ANNOUNCEMENT

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:

  • One (1) Non-Executive Director Research Member position
  • Three (3) Non-Executive Director Industry Member positions

2020 Director vacancies to be filled by election are: 

Name

Director Type

Nature of Vacancy

CAPEWELL, Steve

Industry

Resignation

DYSART, Amy

Industry

Expiry of term

SHEEHAN, David

Industry

Expiry of term

HOLLAMBY, Jamie

Research

Resignation

 

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:
  • As the number of valid research nominations received by the due date exceeds the number of research vacancies on the Board of Directors of WaterRA, an election is required to elect the persons to fill the ONE (1) Research vacancy.
  • As the number of valid industry nominations received by the due date exceeds the number of industry vacancies on the Board of Directors of WaterRA, an election is required to elect the person to fill the THREE (3) Industry vacancies.
All successful nominees will be announced as Directors at the WaterRA AGM on 28 October 2020.

Good luck to all of the nominees!
 

About the Board

Functions

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:

  • guide the strategic direction and informing policy formation for the organisation
  • monitor overall organisational performance
  • approve and monitor the annual budget, ensuring an enduring business, and managing risk
  • ensure the organisation meets all regulatory and statutory requirements

Responsibilities

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

Composition and structure

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:

  • An independent non-executive director and Chair appointed by Members
  • An independent non-executive director appointed by the Board
  • Three (3) non-executive directors nominated by Industry Members and elected by Members
  • Three (3) non-executive directors nominated by Research Members and elected by Members
  • The CEO of WaterRA

Terms of Office

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.

Sub and Advisory Committees

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.

Meetings

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.

Performance

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.

Support & Development

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.

Nominations

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.

Eligibility

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.

Member Endorsement

To nominate for a Board Director position, all nominations must be endorsed as follows:

Industry Member nominating for an Industry Director position

  • an Industry Member is required to endorse the nomination, and another Industry Member is required to second the nomination.

Research Member nominating for a Research Director position

  • a Research Member is required to endorse the nomination, and another Research Member is required to second the nomination.

The member endorsement form is available for download here.

Essential Criteria and Desirable Characteristics

Nominees are requested to address essential criteria and desirable characteristics for new Board Directors to complement the skills and experience of the current Board.

Essential Criteria

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:

  • Corporate governance experience
  • Accounting / Finance experience
  • Legal experience
  • Experience gained in industry, research or regulation relating to the Australian water sector, water recycling and wastewater management

Desirable Characteristics

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:

  • Generating impact
  • Public relations/Marketing
  • Commercial acumen
  • HR and worker health and safety

It is also desirable for nominees to have completed the AICD Company Directors Course.

 

Supporting Documentation

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:

  • Short professional biography
  • Current photo (1MB .jpg file preferred)
  • Signed endorsements from two (2) current WaterRA members 

The member endorsement form is available for download here.

Elections

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.

 
Click on the box below to Meet the Nominees and to Vote.