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2019 Director Election Notice

Director Election Notice

Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA)

Each year Water Research Australia (WaterRA) holds Director elections if the number of nominations for Board positions exceeds the number of vacancies. For 2019, nominations closed on Friday 16th August 2019 and a total of seven (7) nominations were received for four (4) vacancies.


WaterRA Board of Directors background

The WaterRA Board is responsible to the Members for the overall governance and performance of WaterRA as well as satisfying other regulatory and ethical expectations and obligations. In addition, the Board is responsible for identifying areas of significant business risk and ensuring arrangements are in place to adequately manage those risks.

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.

It is good practice for a Board to be diverse hence the WaterRA Board aims to comprise a broad cross-section of experience and expertise from within the water industry and associated research organisations.

The Board is composed 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 non-executive directors nominated by Industry Members and elected by Members
  • Three non-executive directors nominated by Research Members and elected by Members
  • The CEO of WaterRA

These positions are currently held by:

Mr Shaun Cox      Independent Chair    
Mr Ken Murphy   Independent Director
Dr Steve Capewell   Water Corporation (WA) Industry Nominated Director
Mr David Sheehan   Coliban Water (VIC) Industry Nominated Director
Mrs Amy Dysart   Power and Water Corporation (NT) Industry Nominated Director
Mr Jamie Hollamby   Australian Water Quality Centre (SA) Research Nominated Director
Prof Richard Stuetz   University of New South Wales (NSW) Research Nominated Director
Prof Christopher Saint   University of South Australia (SA) Research Nominated Director
Ms Karen Rouse   CEO of WaterRA

 

Director vacancies

Following are details of Director Vacancies to be filled by election and announced at the 2019 AGM: 

Name

Director Type

Nature of Vacancy

Renominating?

CAPEWELL, Steve

Industry Nominee

Expiry of term

Yes

HOLLAMBY, Jamie

Research Nominee

Expiry of term

Yes

SAINT, Christopher

Research Nominee

Expiry of term

Yes

STUETZ, Richard

Research Nominee

Expiry of term

No

 

Nominations

As part of the Director nomination process, WaterRA requested nominees to describe how they meet essential and desirable characteristics for new Board members to complement the skills and experience of the Board.

Nominations closed at 5:00pm (ACST) on Friday 16th August 2019 and the following nominations were received:

 

Industry Nominations | ONE (1) vacancy

 

  • BERGMANN, David        

South East Water                                         

 

Victoria

  • CAPEWELL, Steve
Water Corporation   Western Australia

 

     

Research Nominations | THREE (3) vacancies

 

  • HENDERSON, Rita        

University of New South Wales                     

 

New South Wales

     
  • HOLLAMBY, Jamie         

Australian Water Quality Centre                   

 

South Australia

     
  • SAINT, Christopher         

University of South Australia                        

 

South Australia

     
  • SATHASIVAN, Sathaa    

Western Sydney University                          

 

New South Wales

     
  • ZHANG, Xiwang             

Monash University                                        

 

Victoria

     

 

 

 

 

 

 



A description of each candidate and their response to the essential and desirable characteristics for new Board members can be found below.

 

Requirement for a ballot

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 ONE (1) Industry vacancy.

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 THREE (3) Research vacancies.

 

Voting

All member organisations are entitled to vote in the election of the nominated Industry and Research Directors.

The Member Representative is the only person able to register your organisation’s vote for the nominated Industry and Research Director candidates.

The Election Period is 3rd to 17th September 2019. If a Member Representative is unavailable to vote during this period, a suitable proxy must be notified to the Returning Officer Michelle Pfitzner so that arrangements can be made for them to access the voting process.

The election voting form will be available online to Member Representatives to register their organisation's votes for the nominated Industry and Research Director candidates and the link to vote will be emailed separately to each Member Representative.

 

Voting instructions

 

  • Learn about out 2019 Nominees by reading their descriptions 
  • Log-in to the online voting system using the details emailed to you
  • Indicate your preferences among the candidates by clicking on the tick box next to your preferred candidates name (selection is limited to the number of vacancies available according to the classification of Director, i.e. Industry and Research)
  • Review your selection and confirm prior to the nominated closing date

A paper voting form is available on request from the Returning Officer. If voting on the paper form, the Member Representative must scan and return their voting form to the Returning Officer, by email to the Returining Officer, Michelle Pfitzner.

 

Voting (online and paper-based) closes at:

5.00pm (ACST)
Tuesday 17th September 2019

Please direct any enquiries to the Returning Officer, Michelle Pfitzner. You can download a Director Election pack here.

Director election results will be announced at our AGM to be held on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at River’s Edge, Level 1, 18-31 Siddeley Street, Melbourne.