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 David Hamill AM is a professional non-executive company director with an extensive track record and board experience. He is currently Chair of the Seqwater Board, a Director of Brookfield Business Partners LP and Chairman of Act for Kids.
Among his former roles, Dr Hamill was Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chairman of the Gladstone Airport Corporation, Chairman of the Board 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 to 2001, Dr Hamill held the portfolios of Treasurer (1998-2001), Minister for Education (1995-6), 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.
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.
Penny has over 25 years of experience in organisational leadership, legal compliance, industrial relations, human resources management, resource utilisation and organisational development. Among her former roles Penny was the Director of APESMA, owner/director of her own company Workplace Knowhow and has worked for both Employer and Employee Organisations. Penny is also currently the Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee for CleanCo a new publicly owned clean energy generator.
Marita is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified in Risk Management Assurance. She has 30 years’ 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.
Our Executive Team
Neil Brennan, Chief Executive Officer
Neil joins Seqwater with a 32-year history in the Victorian water industry, most recently as Managing Director of Western Water. He has also been Interim Managing Director of Goulburn Murray Water, Managing Director at Central Highlands Water and has held various Ministerial appointments to industry committees including as 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. Will was the Manager Legal at Linkwater prior to the merger with Seqwater in January 2013 and he has held the Manager Legal Counsel position since. Will has a significant understanding of Seqwater’s operations and opportunities, and he looks forward to continuing to work with the business and all staff to achieve Seqwater’s goals.
Stuart Cassie – Chief Operating Officer
Stuart has over 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 & 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’ experience in the water sector, specialising in commercial and regulatory aspects of water supply. Ross’ most recent 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 HR, customer and operations expertise with more than 20 years’ 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. Melissa’s most recent role was General Manager People and Culture for Powerlink Queensland.
Barbara van Heerden – General Manager, Major Projects
Most recently, Barbara held the role of Regional Director for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. She was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the region, managing a team of 300+ and the delivery of a $5B, four-year capital works and maintenance program. Barbara spent the first half of her career working in various private sector and local government roles in South Africa and Namibia, followed by senior leadership roles in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Lee Bruce – General Manager, Corporate Services
Lee Bruce joins Seqwater from the Translational Research Institute Australia, where she was the Director of Corporate Services. Her portfolio of responsibility included all aspects of finance, IT, projects, quality, commercial, 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.
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 $1B 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.