Our Board and Executive team
The Seqwater Board is responsible for the way we perform our functions and exercise our powers under the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Act 2007.
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.
Hon. Dr David Hamill AM (Chair)
The Honourable Dr Hamill is a professional non-executive company director with an extensive track record and Board experience. He is currently Chairman of the Seqwater Board, Chairman of Act for Kids, Chairman of Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Limited (formerly Emerald Infrastructure Group (Emerald Infrastructure)), a Director of Brookfield Business Partners LP, Ebenezer Pastoral Pty Ltd, DBCT Management Pty Ltd, DBCT Investor Services Pty Ltd, DBCT Finance Pty Ltd and Auraway Pty Ltd.
Among his former roles, Dr Hamill was Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chairman of the Gladstone Airport Corporation, Chairman of the Queensland Museum, Director of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP and a member of the governing body (Senate) of the University of Queensland.
As the Member for Ipswich in the Queensland Parliament from 1983-2001, Dr Hamill held the portfolios of Treasurer (1998-2001), Minister for Education (1995-1996), and Minister for Transport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Economic and Trade Development (1989-1995).
A Rhodes Scholar, Dr Hamill is a graduate of both the University of Queensland (BA and PhD) and Oxford University (MA). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2009 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament, the community and to business.
Penny has more than 25 years of experience in organisational leadership, legal compliance, industrial relations, human resources management, resource utilisation and organisational development. Among her former roles Ms Tovey was the Director of APESMA, Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee for CleanCo, Owner/Director of her own company Workplace Knowhow and has worked for both employer and employee organisations.
Marita is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified in risk management assurance. She has 30 years of experience as a governance, risk management and accounting professional, supporting organisations to improve operations and accomplish objectives through the evaluation of decision making, risk management, internal control and governance processes.
Marita has gained extensive business experience through her work with a number of large corporations with significant revenue and asset bases, diverse stakeholders, investments, commercial and operational scopes and risk-based decision-making requirements.
Gail is currently the CEO of Access Community Services Ltd and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors. Renowned for her expertise in innovative service solutions for newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants, Gail is a recognised thought leader in needs-based community planning, innovative business models, social cohesion, strategic partnerships, employment pathways, funding opportunities and strategic direction.
Gail is currently a board member on Migration Council Australia and formerly served on a number of board and advisory committees including Settlement Services Advisory Council and Community Advisory Committee of SBS.
John joins the Seqwater board with 40 years’ experience in the mobilisation and delivery of major capital investment programs and megaprojects within Australia and internationally. In the past 20 years, John has focussed on using proven capital investment governance practices to successfully plan and implement major economic, social and environmental infrastructure schemes ranging from $100 million to over $7 billion.
He has established an industry reputation in these fields as an innovative portfolio strategist and problem-solver, especially in business case optimisation for capital proposed investments and in the commercial crafting of contemporary contract models to deliver successful outcomes in challenging high-risk social and political environments. His earlier engagements in South East Queensland’s water supply assets include Project Director of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme as well as broader involvement in the delivery of a range of dams, water treatment plants and trunk mains across the region.
Catherine is a physiotherapist with more than 30 years’ experience across public, private and community health sectors. She is the former National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and was the APA’s national spokesperson for 7 years. She has a special interest in policy development in Aged Care and Palliative Care and has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards.
Catherine was the owner and director of Mickel Consulting, providing strategic advice to companies and organisations wanting to engage with Australian governments - local, state and federal. Her expertise in the not-for-profit community sector has seen her develop successful advocacy campaigns for many organisations.
As an experienced Director on national and state-based Boards, she has a keen interest in implementing best-practice corporate governance. Catherine is currently Chair of the Karuna Hospice Services and is a Director on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Queensland.
Our Executive Team
Neil Brennan, Chief Executive Officer
Neil joined Seqwater in August 2018 with a 32 year history in the Victorian water industry, most recently as Managing Director of Western Water.
He was also the Interim Managing Director of Goulburn Murray Water, Managing Director at Central Highlands Water and held various Ministerial appointments to industry committees including Director of the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Scheme Victoria, Executive Council Member of the Institute of Water Administration, and Chair of the Victorian water industry's Intelligent Water Networks Steering Group.
Neil holds a Graduate Diploma in Management, a Master of Business Leadership and has completed the Oxford Advanced Management Programme.
Will Harpham – Company Secretary and General Counsel
Will has 20 years of experience advising corporate and government entities across a variety of areas including major projects, transport and logistics, corporate governance, insurance, infrastructure and water supply.
Prior to his current role, Will held management roles at LinkWater and Seqwater.
Stuart Cassie – Chief Operating Officer
Stuart has more than 20 years' leadership experience in complex infrastructure assets, holding senior global operational roles in Tier 1 engineering and professional services organisations.
He has acted as a consultant providing delivery and advisory services to assist large, complex infrastructure owners and developers evaluate, manage and deliver major capital projects and portfolios of sustaining capital projects for ongoing operations.
Stuart has been an advisor to executives across sectors and jurisdictions including government infrastructure, energy and resources, oil and gas, and utilities in Australia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America.
Ross Muir – General Manager, Customer, Strategy and Planning
Ross has more than 25 years of experience in the water sector, specialising in commercial and regulatory aspects of water supply.
Ross’s previous role was Seqwater General Manager, Water Services. Before joining Seqwater, Ross was a consultant for more than 10 years advising private sector and government clients in the Australian water sector on price regulation, infrastructure investments, institutional reform and water policy.
Melissa Williams – General Manager, People, Culture and Safety
Melissa has extensive human resources, customer and operations expertise with more than 20 years of experience working in the private, not for profit and public sectors. She has held senior roles in a diverse range of industries including energy, transportation, education and health/aged care.
Barbara van Heerden – General Manager, Major Projects
Barbara has extensive experience in all aspects of planning and delivery of major projects, governance and assurance. Before joining Seqwater, Barbara was the Regional Director for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, responsible for leading the strategic direction of the North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett Region. Barbara has worked in various private sector and local government roles in South Africa, Namibia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Barbara has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer.
Lee Bruce – General Manager, Corporate Services
Lee has held executive and senior leadership roles and has extensive experience in managing diverse professional services including strategy, investment, finance, analytics, legal, ICT, projects, risk, quality, compliance, commercial services, sales and marketing, relationship and business management. Lee previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer for the European Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions Division at Deutsche Bank London before immigrating to Australia in 2013. Lee’s most recent role was Director of Corporate Services for the Translational Research Institute, Brisbane.
Bruce Linaker – General Manager, Digital Technology Information
Bruce has held various executive-level and senior management roles supporting the successful delivery of technology programs. Recent roles include the Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Queensland and Chief Information Officer for Queensland Health, accountable for the delivery of in excess of $1 billion worth of digital transformation projects. Prior to this, Bruce was based out of Manila where he led multiple digital transformation teams located throughout the Asia Pacific.