CORPORATE INFORMATION
ORGANISATIONAL CHART
BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
SUSTAINABILITY, PLANNING,
PEOPLE AND
RISK MANAGEMENT
INFRASTRUCTURE
CULTURE COMMITTEE
& AUDIT COMMITTEE
AND REGULATION
COMMITTEE
MANAGING
DIRECTOR
Pat McCafferty
STRATEGY &
SUSTAINABLE
INFRASTRUCTURE
FINANCIAL &
PEOPLE &
BUSINESS
RETAIL
GENERAL
COMMUNCIATIONS
DEVELOPMENT
SERVICES
CORPORATE
CULTURE
TECHNOLOGY
SERVICES
MANAGER
SERVICES
SERVICES
INTERN
David Snadden
Sam Austin
Glenn Wilson
Kevin Jones
Anne Farquhar
Leigh Berrell
Steve Lennox
Dona Tantirimudalige
We are committed to ensuring that a robust corporate
A HIGH STANDARD OF
governance framework is in place and we review the
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
framework regularly to ensure it aligns with best practice.
While being a statutory water corporation under the Water
The Yarra Valley Water Board has overall responsibility
Act 1989, nevertheless, we have compared our practices with
for corporate governance, which includes:
the 3rd Edition of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations,
setting the strategic direction
issued in March 2014. This has shown that our Corporate
Governance Framework is substantially compliant with
establishing goals for management and monitoring
the relevant ASX Principles and Recommendations.
the achievement of these goals
This Statement sets out the main corporate governance
monitoring the performance of the business.
practices in place during the 2015-16 financial year.
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
BOARD
Following the announcement by the Hon Lisa Neville MP,
Rob Skinner - Deputy Chair
Minister for Water, of the Government’s intention to
BE (Hons), MSc (Birm), FIEAust, MAICD
re-advertise all non-executive director positions across
the Victorian water sector, and after an extensive interview
Rob Skinner became a Director of Yarra Valley Water on
process, Director appointments were made effective
1 October 2015 and was appointed as Deputy Chair of the
from 1 October 2015.
Board on 16 December 2015. He is a Professorial Fellow
and Director at Monash University’s Water for Liveability
The Yarra Valley Water Board now comprises eight
Centre, Chair of WaterAid Australia, Deputy Chair of the
independent non-executive Directors and one executive
Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
Director, who is the Managing Director, with the non-executive
and Board member of the International Centre of Excellence
Chair and non-executive Directors being appointed by the
for Water Resources Management. He is a Distinguished
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA)
The Managing Director is appointed by the Board in
and Chair of the IWA’s Cities of the Future Program.
accordance with the Water Act 1989.
Rob was Managing Director at Melbourne Water (2005 -
The Directors come from a wide range of backgrounds and
2011) and prior to that the Chief Executive Officer of the
bring to the Board an appropriate mix of skills and experience.
City of Kingston (1996 - 2005). Over the past 20 years,
he has been on a number of boards and involved in numerous
Sue O’Connor - Chair
advisory panels and reviews related to water policy and
BAppSc (RMIT), GDipBus Mgt (Monash), FAICD
strategy in Victoria and elsewhere. He was appointed to the
Australian Water Partnership Committee in October 2015.
Sue O’Connor became a Director and Chair of Yarra Valley
Water on 1 October 2015. She has been a Non-Executive
Committee Membership:
Director/Chair for over ten years. Sue is currently a Director
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
of Mercer Superannuation, Transport Accident Commission
and Regulation Committee (Chair)
and State Trustees Limited, Director and immediate Past
People and Culture Committee
Chair of YMCA Victoria. She was previously Deputy Chair
and Director of Goulburn Valley Water (2008 - 2015).
Gregory Camm
MBA, BBus, CPA, SFFin, MAICD
Sue brings to the board table over 25 years of senior
leadership experience of successfully growing and
Greg Camm became a Director of Yarra Valley Water on
transforming customer focused, technology dependent
1 October 2013. He retired from his role as Chief Executive
businesses operating in disrupted markets. This included 13
Officer of Superpartners Ltd in 2012. Greg was previously
years at Telstra Corporation where Sue successfully led the
the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AMP
establishment of a number of new businesses and completion
Financial Services (New Zealand 2005 - 2007) and held a
of major cross-company transformation programs.
number of senior executive positions with the Australia and
New Zealand Banking Group (1989 - 2005) including Managing
Committee Membership:
Director, Australian Retail Banking (2004 - 2005).
Risk Management and Audit Committee
People and Culture Committee
He is a Director of Mecu Ltd, trading as Bank Australia
(2011 - current) and Bottlecyclers Pty Ltd (2010 - current),
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
and a Trustee/Director of the Australian Cancer Research
and Regulation Committee
Foundation.
Committee Membership:
People and Culture Committee
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
and Regulation Committee
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Susan Friend
Anita Roper
BCom, LLB, CA (NZ), MAICD
BBus (Mgt), GAICD
Sue Friend became a Director of Yarra Valley Water Limited
Anita Roper became a Director of Yarra Valley Water on
on 1 January 2010. Her appointment was transferred to
1 October 2015. She is currently a Board Member of the
Yarra Valley Water Corporation with effect from 1 July 2012.
Fitzroy Football Club and Board Member of the Victorian
Public Sector Commission Advisory Board. Anita was
Sue has a background in audit, internal audit and
previously a non-executive director of Pacific Hydro, including
forensic accounting gained from 15 years working with
Chair of the Board’s Health, Safety, Sustainability and People
PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a Board Member of
Committee, a member of AngloGold Ashanti’s Global Panel
Melbourne Market Authority and an Independent Audit
on Sustainability and Board Member of the Women’s Network
Committee Member of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Board of
Sue is currently a consultant with Sapere Research Group,
Inquiry into the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire.
a global expert services firm.
Anita has over 30 years’ experience in senior management
Committee Membership:
roles working with business, governments, communities
Risk Management and Audit Committee (Chair)
and multi-lateral agencies in Australia, Canada, the UK
and the USA. Her executive career spans the private
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
and public sectors including Chief Executive Officer at
and Regulation Committee
Sustainability Victoria and Global Director of Sustainability
with Alcoa in New York.
Victor Perton
BEc, LLB, LLM, Dip Chinese Law, GAICD
Committee Membership:
Victor Perton became a Director of Yarra Valley Water on
People and Culture Committee (Chair)
1 October 2015. He has experience on significant public
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
sector boards including the Transport Accident Commission
and Regulation Committee
and the Federal Government’s Council on Australia Latin
America Relations. He has chaired public sector inquiries
Eric Sjerp
and committees on technology, justice, equal opportunity,
BSc (Geol. Geog.), MEIANZ, MAICD
regulatory efficiency, subordinate legislation and several
other topics. His current private-sector work includes advice
Eric Sjerp became a Director of Yarra Valley Water on
on board governance, leadership, assessment and search.
1 October 2015. He was a Director at East Gippsland Water
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global
from 2003 to September 2015. He is an Environmental
Integrity Summit.
Scientist with extensive professional experience throughout
Australia and is currently Managing Director and Principal
His life experience includes 18 years as a parliamentarian,
Consultant of Ethos NRM. Eric has been involved on numerous
practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman,
other Boards including Southern Rural Water, East Gippsland
private sector board service and mentor. Victor is a former
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board, East Gippsland
Commissioner to the Americas building investment, global
Catchment Management Authority Lands Advisory Committee
supply chains and expatriate and alumni networks. His work
and East Gippsland TAFE Industry Advisory Committee.
there included promotion of Victoria’s water expertise to
He is a past Executive Officer of the Gippsland Lakes
enhance government to government relations and to support
Management Council.
Victorian exporters.
Committee Membership:
Victor served as Senior Adviser in the Australian G20
Risk Management and Audit Committee
presidency supporting the Australian Treasurer’s leadership
of the Finance Track comprising G20 Finance Ministers and
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
Central Bank Governors. He played an important engagement
and Regulation Committee
role in the Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit, which the then
Australian Prime Minister described as “the most important
gathering Australia has ever hosted”.
Committee Membership:
Risk Management and Audit Committee
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
and Regulation Committee
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
BOARD
Helen Thornton
Retirement of Directors on 30 September 2015
BEc, CA, GAICD
Peter Wilson AM
Helen Thornton became a Director of Yarra Valley Water
BCom (Hons), MA, FCPA, FAICD, FCPAHRI, FCIPD
on 1 October 2015. She was the Vice President Risk
Management at BlueScope Steel and has had a career
Professor Peter Wilson was originally appointed a Director
as a Risk and Finance Executive in the manufacturing
of Yarra Valley Water Limited on 1 January 2007 and was
industry, as well as significant audit experience in
appointed as Chairman on 1 July 2008. His appointment
professional service teams. Helen is involved on
transferred to Yarra Valley Water Corporation with effect
a number of Boards including the Risk and Audit
from 1 July 2012. He made a significant contribution to
Committee at the Department of Environment, Land,
Yarra Valley Water and the water industry at large and his
Water and Planning, Legal Practitioners Liability
leadership as Chairman of the Board was exemplary.
Committee and Zoological Parks and Gardens Board
and she was previously on the Boards’ of Big Sky
Peter has a background in economics, commerce and strategy
Building Society and Rural Finance Corporation.
development and has held senior executive positions in a
number of organisations. He was Executive Director General
Committee Membership:
Manager at AMCOR, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy
Risk Management and Audit Committee
21 Group and Managing Director, Asia Pacific Division at
the ANZ Banking Group.
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
and Regulation Committee
Peter is the National President of the Australian Human
Resources Institute, a Director of the World Federation
Pat McCafferty - Managing Director
of People Management Associations based in Geneva,
BBus (Acc), Exec. MBA, GAICD, FWCLP, FIWA
the Chair of Australian Network on Disability Ltd, a Director
of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation
Pat McCafferty was appointed Managing Director
and was Chairman of Vision Super Pty Ltd until the end
of Yarra Valley Water on 1 July 2014.
of his rotational term on 30 June 2014 and continues
as a Director of Vision Super Pty Ltd.
He has extensive experience across the water sector and
has held General Manager roles at Yarra Valley Water since
Peter is an Adjunct Professor in Management at the
2001, covering a wide range of strategic and operational
Monash Business School at Monash University and a Member
leadership positions, including planning, economic regulation,
of the Advisory Board to the Harvard Business Review.
finance, marketing and customer operations.
David Middleton
Pat is an Executive Council Member of the Institute
BE (Civil), ME (Env), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD
of Water Administration and Deputy Chair of the Water
Services Association of Australia.
David Middleton was originally appointed a Director of Yarra
Valley Water Limited on 1 October 2011. His appointment
Committee Membership:
was transferred to Yarra Valley Water Corporation with effect
People and Culture Committee
from 1 July 2012. He made an invaluable contribution to
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
Yarra Valley Water as a Director, including his role as Deputy
and Regulation Committee
Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Human Resources,
Remuneration and Safety Committee and a member of the
Kevin Jones - Corporate Secretary
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and Environment
CA, FCCA, FGIA, FCIS, GAICD, BA (Hons), ALCM
Committee and the Risk Management and Audit Committee.
Kevin Jones has been Corporate Secretary of Yarra Valley
David is Executive Director, Water Markets for CH2M Hill
Water Corporation since 1 July 2012. He is responsible
Australia Pty Ltd, a design, construction and operations firm.
for ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory
He has previously held senior roles with Thames Water Asia
requirements, for governance functions and for ensuring
Pacific Pty Ltd and operational roles with Melbourne Water
that the decisions of the Board of Directors and its
Corporation, Western Region Water Corporation and Goulburn
Committees are implemented.
Valley Region Water Corporation. David is a Director of
CH2M Hill Australia Pty Ltd and Halcrow Pacific Pty Ltd.
David was appointed as Chair of City West Water effective
from 1 October 2015.
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Dean Comrie
Therese Ryan
BSc (Hons), Grad Cert (Env Eng), MBA, MAICD
LLB, GAICD
Dean Comrie was originally appointed a Director of Yarra
Therese Ryan was originally appointed a Director of Yarra
Valley Water Limited on 1 October 2011. His appointment
Valley Water Corporation on 1 October 2013. She made an
was transferred to Yarra Valley Water Corporation with
invaluable contribution to Yarra Valley Water as a Director,
effect from 1 July 2012. He made an invaluable contribution
including her role as a member of the Human Resources,
to Yarra Valley Water as a Director, including his role as
Remuneration and Safety Committee, and the Sustainability,
Chairman of the Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
Planning, Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
and Environment Committee and a member of the Human
Resources and Remuneration Committee.
Therese was formerly Vice President, General Counsel
for General Motors International Operations, Shanghai.
Dean was a Project Director with SP AusNet where he
had responsibility for the maintenance and capital delivery
Therese previously held general counsel roles with GM Holden
contracts for SP AusNet’s gas and electricity distribution
Ltd (2001 - 2006) and Qenos Pty Ltd. She is currently a
networks. He is now General Manager at Greencap, an
Director of Burson Group Ltd, Victorian Managed Insurance
integrated risk management and compliance services provider.
Authority, VicForests, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, a Director/
Trustee of WA Local Super and an independent member
Dean has extensive experience in the utilities sector and
of the Audit Committee of the City of Melbourne.
has held a variety of executive and non-executive positions,
including as Managing Director of Ecowise Environmental,
Therese was appointed as Chair of Gippsland Water
a specialist consulting and technical service provider to
effective from 1 October 2015.
the water sector.
Steve McArthur
MAICD
Steve McArthur was originally appointed a Director of Yarra
Valley Water Corporation on 1 October 2012. He made an
invaluable contribution to Yarra Valley Water as a Director,
including his role as a member of the Risk Management
and Audit Committee, and the Sustainability, Planning,
Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
Steve is the Chairman of the Melbourne Market Authority and
has served as a committee member, President and Chairman
of a number of local community and sporting groups.
Steve was Shadow Minister for Water Resources (1999 -
2002) and Shadow Minister for Agriculture (2000 - 2002).
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
BOARD
Board Charter
Induction and training
The Board Charter sets out clearly the role, responsibilities
The Board has adopted a training and development policy
and powers of the Board and incorporates all aspects of Board
for Directors. This policy facilitates appropriate training
governance, along with referencing the source of the items
and development opportunities for Directors to enable
included in the Charter.
them to fulfil their role, broaden their knowledge and
share this knowledge with the rest of the Board.
The Charter was reviewed by the Board during the
year and, as a result, the Board endorsed a number
All newly appointed Directors are required to undertake
of minor modifications.
an induction program to help them understand their role
and encourage fulfilment of their Board responsibilities.
Code of Conduct
The induction program includes an overview of the
Yarra Valley Water business, the water industry and
The Board has adopted a Directors’ Code of Conduct
the linkages with Government.
based on the Code of Conduct issued by the Public
Sector Standards Commissioner.
Directors also attend seminars and other events to broaden
their exposure to water industry issues and initiatives.
Declaration of private interests
With new Directors being appointed in October 2015,
All Directors have completed a declaration of
an induction program was conducted which included the
private interests.
provision of Reference Manuals, briefings by the Managing
Director and the Executive Team, attendance at the Water
All executives, senior managers, officers and contractors/
Industry Director Development Program and ongoing
consultants with delegation to approve expenditure in excess
briefings on key business issues.
of $20,000 have completed a declaration of private interests.
Independent professional advice
The Board has adopted a number of measures to ensure that
independent judgement is achieved and maintained. Directors
are entitled to seek independent professional advice on
matters relating to the business of Yarra Valley Water at the
Corporation’s expense, subject to the prior approval of the
Chair. No Director exercised this right during the year.
Board performance review
In accordance with the Board Policy, an externally facilitated
Performance Review of the Board was conducted in March/
April 2016. Being mindful that the majority of Directors had
only recently been appointed, nevertheless, the Board viewed
this as an opportunity to review its operational effectiveness.
The Board discussed the findings of the review and a number
of actions have been implemented to further improve the
performance of the Board.
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BOARD COMMITTEES
The Board has established the three Committees of
Directors to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities
and to allow detailed consideration of complex issues.
Each Board Committee has its own terms of reference,
which set out the Committee’s objectives, duties and
responsibilities, composition, meetings, authority and
reporting responsibilities.
At Board meetings, where the minutes of Committee
meetings are presented, the Chair of the Committee
highlights the key issues considered by the Committees.
At its April 2016 meeting, the Board reviewed the structure
of its Committees and adopted a revised structure, along with
revised Committees’ responsibilities and Terms of Reference.
The Committees are as follows:
Risk Management and Audit Committee
The Risk Management and Audit Committee assists the Board in
fulfilling its duties and responsibilities relating to risk management,
the effectiveness of internal controls and the accounting and reporting
practices of the business, reviewing financial reports and overseeing
the audits conducted by the internal and external auditors.
The majority of Committee members have financial expertise.
People and Culture Committee
The People and Culture Committee assists the Board in reviewing
strategies and policies to ensure that critical actions and plans are in
place to implement and develop the business’ people and culture, the
adequacy of the Executive Remuneration Framework, the Management
Succession Plan and the Corporation’s Diversity Policy, Strategy and
Action Plans.
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
The Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and Regulation Committee
and Regulation Committee
assists the Board in reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of
the business’ asset management practices in relation to water and
sewerage infrastructure, reviewing and recommending the adoption of
the business’ Price Submission, overseeing the audits conducted in the
Integrated Audit Program and monitoring innovative developments.
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
DIRECTORS’ ATTENDANCE AT
BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
#Human
##Sustainability,
##Sustainability,
Risk
Resources,
Planning,
Planning,
Management
Remuneration
Infrastructure
#People
Infrastructure
Board of
and Audit
and Safety
and Environment
and Culture
and Regulation
Directors
Committee
Committee
Committee
Committee
Committee
Meetings
Meetings
Meetings
Meetings
Meetings
Meetings
S O’Connor (1)
8 of 8
3 of 3
2 of 2
2 of 2
1 of 1
1 of 1
P Wilson (2)
3 of 3
1 of 1
1 of 1
1 of 1
-
-
G Camm (3)
10 of 11
1 of 1
2 of 2
3 of 3
0 of 1
0 of 1
D Comrie (4)
3 of 3
-
1 of 1
1 of 1
-
-
S Friend (5)
11 of 11
4 of 4
-
3 of 3
-
1 of 1
S McArthur (6)
3 of 3
1 of 1
-
1 of 1
-
-
P McCafferty (7)
11 of 11
-
3 of 3
2 of 2
1 of 1
1 of 1
D Middleton (8)
3 of 3
1 of 1
1 of 1
1 of 1
-
-
V Perton (9)
7 of 8
2 of 3
-
2 of 2
-
1 of 1
A Roper (10)
7 of 8
-
1 of 2
2 of 2
1 of 1
1 of 1
T Ryan (11)
3 of 3
-
1 of 1
1 of 1
-
-
E Sjerp (12)
8 of 8
3 of 3
-
2 of 2
-
1 of 1
R Skinner (13)
5 of 8
-
1 of 2
1 of 2
1 of 1
1 of 1
H Thornton (14)
7 of 8
3 of 3
-
2 of 2
-
1 of 1
# The Human Resources, Remuneration and Safety Committee was replaced by the People and Culture Committee
on 27 April 2016.
## The Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and Environment Committee was replaced by the Sustainability,
Planning, Infrastructure and Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
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(1)
Sue O’Connor was appointed as Corporation
(10)
Anita Roper was appointed as a Director from
Chair from 1 October 2015, a member of the
1 October 2015 and a member of the Human
Risk Management and Audit Committee, Human
Resources, Remuneration and Safety Committee,
Resources, Remuneration and Safety Committee,
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
Environment Committee on 28 October 2015 and
Environment Committee on 28 October 2015 and
a member of the People and Culture Committee,
a member of the People and Culture Committee,
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
(11)
Therese Ryan retired as a Director on
(2)
Peter Wilson retired as a Director and the
30 September 2015.
Corporation Chair on 30 September 2015.
(12)
Eric Sjerp was appointed as a Director from
(3)
Greg Camm ceased being a member of the Risk
1 October 2015, a member of the Risk Management
Management and Audit Committee and was appointed
and Audit Committee, and Sustainability, Planning,
a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration
Infrastructure and Environment Committee on
and Safety Committee on 28 October 2015 and
28 October 2015 and a member of the Sustainability,
a member of the People and Culture Committee,
Planning, Infrastructure and Regulation Committee
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
on 27 April 2016.
Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
(13)
Rob Skinner was appointed as a Director from
(4)
Dean Comrie retired as a Director on
1 October 2015, the Corporation Deputy Chair on
30 September 2015.
16 December 2015 and a member of the Human
Resources, Remuneration and Safety Committee,
(5)
Sue Friend was appointed a member of
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
the Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure
Environment Committee on 28 October 2015 and
and Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
a member of the People and Culture Committee,
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
(6)
Steve McArthur retired as a Director on
Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
30 September 2015.
(14)
Helen Thornton was appointed as a Director
(7)
Pat McCafferty was appointed a member of
from 1 October 2015 and a member of the
the Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
Risk Management and Audit Committee, and
Environment Committee on 28 October 2015 and
Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
a member of the People and Culture Committee,
Environment Committee on 28 October 2015
and Sustainability, Planning, Infrastructure and
and a member of the Risk Management and
Regulation Committee on 27 April 2016.
Audit Committee, and Sustainability, Planning,
Infrastructure and Regulation Committee on
(8)
David Middleton retired as a Director on
27 April 2016.
30 September 2015.
(9)
Victor Perton was appointed as a Director from
1 October 2015, a member of the Risk Management
and Audit Committee, and Sustainability, Planning,
Infrastructure and Environment Committee on
28 October 2015 and a member of the Sustainability,
Planning, Infrastructure and Regulation Committee
on 27 April 2016.
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Pat McCafferty
Kevin Jones
BBus (Acc), Exec.MBA, GAICD, FWCLP, FIWA
CA, FCCA, FGIA, FCIS, GAICD, BA (Hons), ALCM
Managing Director
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
As Managing Director, Pat is also a member of the Board.
Kevin is responsible for overall business management
reporting, statutory accounting, financial planning, treasury
Refer to details under Directors.
and taxation. His role also includes statutory compliance,
occupational health and safety, corporate governance,
Sam Austin
insurance, risk management, auditing, property management,
BE (Civil)
legal services and records management.
General Manager, Sustainable Development
Steve Lennox
Sam is responsible for the provision of water and sewerage
BBus (Acc), CPA, ACIS, AGIA
services to new customers. He manages the planning and
General Manager, Retail Services
procurement of new infrastructure and the connection of
new customers to the network. Sam works closely with
Steve is responsible for customer billing and responding
the development industry and has the challenge of developing
to customers’ enquiries. He is primarily responsible
new and innovative sustainable servicing strategies to
for meter reading, billing management, debt collection,
meet commercial and environmental objectives.
Customer Contact Centre operations, commercial
services and the development and implementation of
Leigh Berrell
support programs for customers in financial difficulty.
BAppSc (CompSci) (Hons), GradCert BT, MBA, GAICD
Chief Information Officer
David Snadden
BE (Civil), Exec.MBA
Leigh is responsible for the strategic direction of information
General Manager, Strategy and Communications
technology to achieve the business objectives of Yarra Valley
Water. This includes the development and delivery of the
David is responsible for corporate strategy, regulation,
Digital Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and IT projects.
planning, marketing and communications. His role includes
Leigh is also responsible for the operation, maintenance
long-term strategic planning, water security, pricing and
and support of IT systems, sourcing and procurement of
economic regulatory affairs, customer insights, marketing
IT products and services and the management of IT vendors.
programs, community and stakeholder engagement, and
communications programs. David is also responsible for
Anne Farquhar
representing the business in water industry policy and
Cert Bus Mgt
reform activities.
General Manager, People and Culture
Glenn Wilson
Anne is responsible for developing and implementing the
BE (Civil), BBus (Admin)
human resources strategy for the business, including
General Manager, Infrastructure Services
workplace planning, organisational culture and learning
and development. Anne is also responsible for developing
Glenn is responsible for managing the water and sewerage
and maintaining systems for recruitment, succession
infrastructure to ensure that it achieves our desired
planning and performance management.
customer service levels and environmental performance.
He is primarily responsible for strategy development,
planning, operation, maintenance and renewal of water
and sewerage infrastructure.
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“WE ARE SAFE”
Yarra Valley Water is committed to the safety and
We do not tolerate discrimination and take a proactive
wellbeing of our staff, partner organisations and members
approach to ensure reasonable and proportionate measures
of the public. Our safety commitment “We Are Safe”
are in place to monitor and improve practices and behaviours.
is embedded in everything we do.
All employees are required to comply with relevant Federal
and State legislation that establishes grounds on which
Our 2020 Strategy Safety outcomes are:
discrimination is illegal including but not limited to the
Acts relating to Occupational Health and Safety, Equal
Safety exists as each person’s responsibility.
Employment Opportunity, Discrimination and Human Rights.
We make our workplaces safe.
We carry out our work without harming ourselves or others.
RECRUITMENT
These safety outcomes are supported by our “We Are Safe
Yarra Valley Water is committed to applying merit and equity
Behaviours” Statement, compliance with occupational
principles when appointing staff. Our selection processes
health and safety legislation and using our accredited
ensure that applicants are assessed and evaluated fairly
Safety Management System.
and equitably on the basis of the key selection criteria
and other accountabilities without discrimination.
OUR PEOPLE
DIVERSITY
We believe that a great culture delivers great outcomes.
It provides the foundation for a high-performing workplace
The diversity of our people is fundamental to extraordinary
where we collaborate with partners and stakeholders to
performance and we recognise the responsibility we have in
deliver exceptional outcomes for our customers and the
creating an inclusive workplace and ensuring equality and fair
environment. Creating this constructive workplace culture
treatment across the business. In 2015, the Board approved
requires a holistic approach, encompassing all aspects of the
our Diversity Strategy, which is the roadmap to implementing
employment life cycle, such as recruitment, communication,
the programs, practices, measures and targets we need to
role clarity, recognition, development, equity and leadership.
attract and retain a diverse workplace.
Our focus on culture ensures we employ the right staff,
provide them with clear direction and challenging work,
enable performance through strong leadership and honest
EMPLOYMENT DATA
feedback, and provide ongoing development through
targeted learning opportunities.
Full Part
FTE
FTE
FAIR TREATMENT AT WORK -
Time Time Casual Total
2015-16 2014-15
DISCRIMINATION
Female
181
78
22
281
237.1
240.8
At Yarra Valley Water, it is our strategic intent to create a
Male
281
12
12
305
289.6
296.8
vibrant workplace achieving exceptional business outcomes,
Total
462
90
34
586
526.7
537.6
successful partnerships and personal satisfaction. We are
committed to providing fair and equitable treatment for all
employees in the workplace including partners, contractors,
work experience students, suppliers and agents, both on
FTE
FTE
and off site, when on Corporation business.
2015-16
2014-15
Executive
8
8
Senior Manager
118.4
104.3
Administration and Field Staff
400.3
425.3
Total
526.7
537.6
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CORPORATE INFORMATION
LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expenditure
For the 2015-16 reporting period, Yarra Valley water had a total ICT expenditure of $27.02 million, with the details shown below.
Business as usual (BAU)
NON BAU
BAU ICT
Total ICT
Operational
Capital
ICT
Expenditure
Expenditure
Expenditure
Expenditure
Depreciation
$’000
$’000
$’000
$’000
$’000
12,536
14,482
1,494
12,988
24,116
Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
Requests for access to Yarra Valley Water documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 are to be
Yarra Valley Water complies with the Information
made in writing and addressed to:
Privacy Principles set out in the Victorian Privacy
and Data Protection Act 2014.
Peter Thatcher
Assistant Corporate Secretary
As the holder of our customers’ confidential and personal
Yarra Valley Water
information, Yarra Valley Water is conscious of the need to
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ensure that this information is protected and to prevent any
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132
unauthorised access to, and improper use of, that information.
Each application must be accompanied by a $27.90 application
A Privacy Policy and Code of Practice is in place for
fee and clearly identify the documents sought. General
our employees, contractors and agency staff to ensure
enquiries relating to Freedom of Information can be made by
that customer information is protected.
telephoning (03) 9872 1238 between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm,
Monday to Friday.
Protected Disclosure Act 2012
Building Act 1993
Yarra Valley Water has procedures in place to help employees
and contractors understand the requirements and obligations
Yarra Valley Water maintains its Head Office Complex
under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 and to facilitate
in accordance with the Building Act 1993.
the making and handling of disclosures and the notification
of such disclosures to the Independent Broad-based Anti-
Victorian Industry Participation Policy Disclosures
corruption Commission. These procedures are available
to the public at Yarra Valley Water’s office.
Yarra Valley Water implements the Victorian Industry
Participation Policy (VIPP) in accordance with section
There have been no disclosures received by Yarra Valley Water
9 of the Victorian Industry Participation Policy Act 2003.
in 2015-16 for notification to the Independent Broad-based
Anti-corruption Commission in relation to the operation,
During 2015-16, the corporation commenced four projects
activities or officers of Yarra Valley Water.
which are expected to utilise 95 per cent local content to
which a VIPP plan was not required as the procurement
Freedom of Information Act 1982
activity was local by nature.
Yarra Valley Water is committed to ensuring information
One project, totalling $4.3 million required a VIPP plan.
is accessible to customers in compliance with the Freedom
In completing this project, 10 existing jobs and 100 per cent
of Information Act 1982.
local content are committed to being used.
During 2015-16, 12 requests were received for access to
National Competition Policy
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Competitive neutrality seeks to enable fair competition
Requests were fulfilled as follows:
between government and private sector business.
Full access to all documents
9
Any advantages or disadvantages that a government
Full access to some documents - others in part
3
business may experience, simply as a result of government
ownership should be neutralised.
Total
12
Yarra Valley Water continues to comply with the
requirements of the National Competition Policy.
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Other information
details of overseas visits undertaken including a summary
of the objectives and outcomes of each visit;
The following information is available from Yarra Valley Water
on request, subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982:
details of major promotional, public relations and marketing
activities undertaken by the entity to develop community
a statement that declarations of pecuniary interests
awareness of the entity and its services;
have been duly completed by all relevant officers;
details of assessments and measures undertaken to
details of shares held by any senior officer as nominee
improve the occupational health and safety of employees;
or held beneficially in a statutory authority or authority;
a general statement on industrial relations within
details of publications produced by the entity about itself,
the entity and details of time lost through industrial
and how these can be obtained;
accidents and disputes;
details of changes in process, fees, charges, rates
a list of major committees sponsored by the entity,
and levies charged by the entity;
the purposes of each committee and the extent to
which the purposes have been achieved;
details of any major external reviews carried out
on the entity;
details of all consultancies and contractors including:
details of major research and development activities
--
consultants/contractors engaged
undertaken by the entity;
--
services provided
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expenditure committed to for each engagement.
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