Board & management


Wannon Water is currently governed by an nine-member Board.

The role of the Board is to strategically direct Wannon Water by establishing goals and objectives for senior management. The Board also monitors Wannon Water's performance and reports to the Victorian Government.

Board Profiles

Jacinta Ermacora, Chair, BSocWk, MSocSc (Policy and   Management), FAICD

Appointed 1 October 2015. 

Jacinta is a Quality Improvement Performance Assessor, and was a Councillor and Mayor at Warrnambool City Council. She is a member of the Global Foundation Advisory Council and AICD Great South Coast Committee. Previously she was a Director at Wannon Water.  Jacinta has a Master of Social Science, Bachelor of Social Work and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jacinta is the Chair of the Strategic Issues   Committee and the Executive Remuneration Committee and a member of the People,   Culture and Safety Committee.

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Andrew Jeffers, Managing Director, B. Eng (Civil), M. Eng (Env), MBA, GAICD

Appointed 20 July 2015.

Prior to appointment in July 2015, Andrew worked for 16 years with Wannon Water and 23 years within the Victorian water industry in various engineering and corporate roles which has resulted in a deep understanding of the water industry and the business of a water corporation. 

Andrew understands Wannon Water exists because of its customers and also understands the importance and community value of providing high quality water, sewerage and trade waste services.  He has a special interest in ensuring that Wannon Water helps communities in the south-west flourish.

Andrew is a member of the Victorian Intelligent Water Network Executive Committee and Independent Member of the Corangamite Shire Audit Committee.

Andrew is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee and the People, Culture and Safety Committee.

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Rob Wallis, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Dip Ed, Grad.Dip.Ed.Studs, Grad.Cert.Management, FAICD

Appointed 1 October 2007. 

Rob was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board in February 2011. Rob has worked in higher education for 38 years and has held positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Rural and Regional) at Deakin University and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Ballarat.

Rob has postgraduate qualifications in Science,  Education and Management and has longstanding research interests in vertebrate ecology, environmental education, sustainable development and community engagement in universities.

Rob has previously served as Director for a number of Boards and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rob is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee and the Executive Remuneration Committee.

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Georgina Gubbins, BN, MAB, GAICD

Appointed 1 October 2011.

Georgina brings to the Board over 20 years’ experience in commercial business and corporate governance in the agribusiness sector where her skills have been in natural resource management, research and development, strategic planning, production   efficiency and financial management.

As a specialist red meat producer, Georgina employs sustainable and environmental farming practices, extending to local wetland protection and establishment of wildlife corridors. With numerous roles in industry advisory committees on a local, state and national level, Georgina has gained experience in community and stakeholder engagement.

Georgina was awarded a Corporate Governance Scholarship from MLA, holds a Masters of Agribusiness and is a Graduate of   the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Georgina is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee, the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

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Michael Crutchfield

Appointed 1 October 2015.

Michael is a Country Fire Authority Operations Officer and was previously a member of the Victorian Parliament, where he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Environment. He has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Physical Education and Diploma of Education.

Michael is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee and the People, Culture and Safety Committee.

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Mick Murphy, OAM, DipCE, MAICD

Appointed 1 October 2015.

From Mortlake, Mick has a background in civil  engineering and business development consulting. He has 20 years’ experience as a local government and water board engineer. Prior to joining Wannon Water, Mick spent 20 years as a Chairman and Director of a number of State and Regional Statutory Authorities, and has served as a Mayor and Councillor of Moyne Shire, and as a foundation director of South West Water.

He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2002 for service to water management, and an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2006 for service to the community of regional Victoria, particularly through local government, water conservation and environment organisations.

He is currently Executive Chairman of Michael J Murphy & Co Pty Ltd, Independent Chair of headspace South West, and a Board Member of Abbeyfield Aged Care.

Mick is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee, the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Customer Engagement Committee.

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 Sarah Jane Christense Web

Sarah-Jane Christensen, B.Ec, LLB, LLM, MBA, FAICD

Appointed 1 October 2017.

Sarah-Jane is a Sessional Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service (since 2014), an Accredited Facilitator with the AICD (since 2011) and has operated her own consultancy since 2009, advising on legal and governance issues for boards.

Previous roles have included Senior Fellow at Monash University lecturing on corporate governance and directors’ duties, Deputy General Counsel of ANZ Banking Group, and General Counsel and Company Secretary at Liberty Financial Ltd.

Sarah-Jane has previously served as Director for a number of Boards, holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law and is admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria. She also holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration.

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Kenneth King

Appointed 1 October 2017.

Ken is a Senior Project Manager at the Metropolitan Planning Authority. 

Previous roles include the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), holding executive roles in DSE, its predecessors and Parks Victoria (PV) for 25 years.

Ken has extensive experience in forestry, fire, fauna and flora management, and operations, policy and strategy.

Ken has previously served as Director for a number of Boards, holds a range of leadership roles within Victorian agencies including Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria, and is a member of Colac Area Health's Risk and Finance Committee.

Ken holds a Diploma of Forestry and Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons).

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Helen Scarborough Web 

Helen Scarborough

Appointed 1 October 2017.

Helen has held various academic roles at Deakin University's Department of Economics for 23 years and currently sits as Associate Professor and Director of Teaching.

Previous roles include Research Economist roles for Westpac Bank and the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers. 

Helen has previously served as a Member of the Western Coastal Board.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Economics.  She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy for which she won the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society PhD Prize in 2008.

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Executive Team

Wannon Water's executive team includes:

  • Andrew Jeffers, Managing Director
  • Steven Waterhouse, General Manager People & Business Services
  • Ian Bail, General Manager Service Delivery
  • Simon Hermans, General Manager Assets
  • Kellie King, General Manager Community & Corporate Services
  • Joanne McBain, Head of Executive Business
  • Jeremy Dixon, Branch Manager People & Resilience

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