The Board’s role is to:

  • set strategy and direction, and provide the governance framework for the organisation through the endorsement of financial, administrative and operational policies
  • ensure we perform our functions and exercise our powers in a proper, effective and efficient way
  • ensure strategic and operational planning objectives are achieved
  • be accountable to the responsible Ministers for our performance
  • review the annual performance of the Chief Executive Officer.

Dan Hunt (Chair)

Dan has a wealth of experience in public administration, change management and stakeholder engagement. Dan had a 38-year career with the Queensland Government, finishing in July 2015.  Between 2006 and 2015, Dan was the Director-General of three Government Departments over nine years - Mines and Energy, Natural Resources and Mines, and Energy and Water Supply.  Before that, he worked for many years in senior leadership positions at Queensland Transport. Dan is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Arnett

Michael has extensive board and management experience in natural resources and professional services organisations, with significant experience in the corporate, commercial, mining and natural resources, banking, finance and securities sectors. Michael has been a Board member of Unitywater and is a former partner of international law firm Norton Rose, predominantly consulting in the mining, resources and oil, and gas areas. Michael is a Board member of Archipelago Metals Limited, NRW Holdings Limited and Queensland Energy Resources Limited.

Shane McGrath

Shane is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the water industry. He has extensive experience in senior leadership roles for asset creation and management of water supply infrastructure, including major dams, both in Australia and overseas.  Shane is a Director of SGM Consulting, an executive member of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams, a member of the Dam Safety Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Samantha Pidgeon

Samantha is a teacher and education leader with 20 years’ experience working in schools and education policy, with expertise in organisational culture and values, staff development and strategic planning. Currently the Vice-President of the Queensland Teachers’ Union, Samantha is a member of the union’s Executive and the Audit Committee and is responsible for a broad portfolio. Sam is also a Director and chairs the Business, Finance and Marketing Committee at private health insurer TUH. Samantha was previously a member of the Governing Body of the Queensland Studies Authority (now the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) and the Professional Standards Committee of the Queensland College of Teachers.

Marina Vit

Marina Vit has more than twenty years of senior executive management experience which has seen her take on roles such as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in dynamic not for profit, commercial and government organisations.Marina is a well-connected and talented executive who has a track record of getting the job done, from restructuring companies through to setting the strategic policy platform for successful government. A fully qualified company director, Marina has served on and advised a number of Boards.

John Dempsey

John has a strong track record of board experience, including 13 years' as a director of Energex, with five years as Chairman. He is a former accountant, tax agent, chartered secretary and Cairns City Councillor. John previously chaired the Allconnex water business and was a director of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland.

Our Board members