Board appointments for Victoria’s 18 water corporations have been announced by Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, including a new chair and two new directors for Lower Murray Water (LMW).


Sharyon Peart has been appointed as Chair, replacing Cheryl Rix who has retired after nine years on the Board, including four years as Chair.


“Cheryl made a significant contribution to our strategic direction and oversaw the successful delivery of both Sunraysia Modernisation Projects (SMP and SMP2) and LMW taking on responsibility for the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Projects.


In addition, Cheryl has guided LMW through many challenges, including drought, significant weather events and the current pandemic.


“I personally thank Cheryl for her commitment, dedication and service to LMW, particularly her focus on service delivery excellence”, LMW Managing Director, Anthony Couroupis, said.


“New Board Chair, Sharyon Peart, has worked alongside Cheryl as our Deputy Chair, and brings significant experience to her new position, particularly in her on-going role on the Mallee CMA Board.


“Sharyon owns and operates her own small business, spent ten years as Chair of the Mallee CMA Board and was a Councillor on Mildura Rural City Council for two terms”, Mr Couroupis said.


Ms Peart said she is excited by the new challenges the position brings.
“I am committed to continuing to strengthen LMW’s relationships with its customers and stakeholders alike, continuing to deliver service excellence for both our urban and rural customers. I will continue to support our Managing Director to deliver our Strategic Plan, including driving business transformation,” Ms Peart said.


Two new directors, Domenic Isola and Kate Hughes, have also been appointed to the Board.


Mr Isola has extensive experience in leading organisations, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Hume City Council. He has also served in senior management positions, overseeing financial and corporate governance services and was previously a banking audit manager, along with community development leadership roles.


Ms Hughes has considerable executive experience and was formerly the Chief Audit and Risk Officer at RMIT University, and Chief Risk Officer at prominent Australian corporations, Telstra and the Australian Wheat Board. Ms Hughes has also been an independent Chair of a state government-based Audit and Risk Management Committee.


“Both Domenic and Kate bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to LMW that complements and builds on the skills and experience of the current directors,” Mr Couroupis said.


Warren Lloyd, Michelle Oates, Svetla Petkova, Greg Baker and Max Folie will continue as directors providing continuity and stability for the Board.
“I would also like to thank retiring director Rob Fowler for his four years of service. Rob made a valuable contribution to LMW, particularly in influencing our risk management governance and climate change responses.


“I look forward to working with Sharyon and the full Board as we continue to implement our strategic vision and support our region,” Mr Couroupis said.


Note – all changes to the composition of the LMW Board come into effect on 1 October 2021.


A copy of Minister for Water, Lisa Neville’s announcement is available here.