CRCWSC Board Director biographies

Cheryl Batagol, Chairman

Ms Cheryl Batagol is Chairperson of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. With more than 40 years of experience in environmental leadership, Ms Batagol brings governance skills through her numerous roles on a range of government and commercial boards including currently, Chairman of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria; and formerly, Chair of Melbourne Water, Deputy Chair of Sustainability Victoria, and member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council. Cheryl is a past recipient of the Centenary Medal (Australian Government) for her services to the water industry (City West Water) and sustainability (EcoRecycle Victoria), and the John Guice award (Australian Waste Management Association) for service to the waste management industry. In 2017, Monash University awarded Cheryl an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa) in recognition of her achievements.

Professor Rob Skinner, Deputy Chairman

Professor Rob Skinner is the Director of Monash University’s Water for Liveability Centre. He is also Chair of WaterAid Australia, Chair of WaterAid International, Deputy Chair of Yarra Valley Water, and Director of the International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management. Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water from 2005 until 2011. Prior to joining Melbourne Water, Rob was Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Council – a large municipal council in metropolitan Melbourne – during which time he also held a number of other key positions in the water sector, as chairman or member of boards or government advisory committees. Rob has been a Board member of the Water Services Association of Australia, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association and Chair of the International Water Association's Cities of the Future Program. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Water Partnership.

Nicholas Apostolidis

Nick Apostolidis has 40 years’ experience in a wide range of water and wastewater engineering projects. Nick is internationally recognised for his leadership, strong strategic planning skills and has been involved in some of the most significant water and wastewater management projects in the world. He has published or presented over 50 papers on this subject.

Nick worked at GHD for 37 years. Prior to his retirement in 2013, he was a director of GHD for 11 years and led its global water business from 2000 to 2010.

Terri Benson

Ms Benson was appointed Managing Director of South East Water on 29 May, 2017. A highly experienced Chief Executive Officer, she has held a range of both executive and non-executive director roles in the government utility and private infrastructure sectors. She is a former CEO of SEQWater, a water wholesale utility in south-east Queensland, a former Managing Director of Essential Energy and also a former Chair of the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. Prior to joining South East Water, Terri was the Managing Director of Birdon, a diversified engineering and services business providing innovative solutions to the military and marine industries with operations across Australia, USA and Europe.

Peter Betson

Peter is the Executive Director, Employment, Investment and Trade Policy at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Victoria). His previous roles include Executive Director for the Biodiversity division at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP),  Executive Director for Urban Water Policy at DELWP, and acting General Manager at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Peter holds a Master of Finance from RMIT University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

Professor Simon Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs is Executive Dean for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has occupied the role since 2014. Simon has academic experience at senior levels in both Australia and the UK. He has expertise in research management, and research expertise in chemistry in high technology industries involving colloidal and interface science. With more than 200 scientific publications,  Simon has won several awards for his work. He has several professional affiliations in the fields of Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He is a director of two UK-based scientific companies in his field and is on the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland. Currently heavily involved in leading the development of strategy for his faculty and oversighting its implementation, Simon was also elected as a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in 2016.

Greg Claydon

Greg Claydon has extensive water industry knowledge, experience and achievements, built through his roles as a senior executive with Queensland’s and Western Australia’s state government water, environment and natural resources agencies. Greg has contributed significantly to strategic water policy, water related legislation, whole of basin water resource allocation plans, regional water supply strategies, drought and flood response strategies, water infrastructure plans, water information and knowledge strategies, water quality improvement plans, integrated urban water management, and national, trans-boundary and international water policies, plans and programs. He is recognised at state, national and international levels for his work in water and associated natural resources reforms and in whole of river basin planning and management. His previous board experience includes the University of Southern Queensland Council, the International WaterCentre, the SmartWater Research Centre and the CRC for Freshwater Ecology and statutory roles on the Murray-Darling Basin Officials’ Committee, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and the Dumaresq-Barwon Border Rivers Commission. Greg was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) by the Governor-General of Australia in the 2009 Australia Day Honours Awards for outstanding public service in natural resources management and water reform.

Dr Paul Grimes

Dr Paul Grimes has had a diverse public sector career spanning a number of senior appointments at federal, state and territory government levels. Prior to his current role as an Independent Policy Advisor, Paul was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and, before that, Secretary of the then Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Before joining the environment portfolio, Paul served as Associate Secretary (Domestic Policy) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, leading the Group responsible for advising the Prime Minister on all aspects of domestic policy. This followed an appointment as Deputy Secretary, Budget Group in the Commonwealth Department of Finance. Paul holds PhD and Masters degrees in economics from the ANU, and an honours degree in economics from Flinders University.

Allison Hailes

Allison Hailes is the Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) (WA). Allison has over 20 years’ experience working at a senior level with all spheres of government and industry in policy and advocacy, strategic planning and major projects.  Allison is experienced in government relations, policy development and advocacy, project management and business development. She has led multi-disciplinary teams responsible for the delivery of a range of public policy, infrastructure and service delivery portfolios such as strategic and statutory land use planning; urban development; building; heritage; regional and economic development; community services; public infrastructure and emergency management. Allison is passionate about creating cities that are vibrant, sustainable and economically prosperous.

Dr Mike Mouritz

Dr Mike Mouritz has more than 17 years executive level experience across a broad range of integrated urban planning roles in local and state government, and in the private sector as a consultant. He is currently working as an independent consultant.  He was previously Director of Economic Development and City Futures, City of Canning, where he guided a team responsible for collaborating with stakeholders to strengthen the social, environmental and economic fabric of the City. Responsibilities have ranged from managing and instigating organisational change processes to running small specialised cross-agency teams responsible for developing significant catalyst urban development outcomes. Mike was Project Director for the development of Perth’s first 5 Star Green Star Office and retail complex - 140 William St (above Perth’s underground station, 2006) and the award-winning Kogarah Town Square project which at the time, in 2001, was Sydney’s greenest mixed use development. From 2008 to 2016, Mike was a Director with Foundation Housing Pty Ltd, Western Australia’s largest not-for-profit social housing provider. In this role he was Chair of the organisation’s Asset Management Committee.

Kerry Stubbs

Kerry Stubbs has undergraduate and postgraduate Arts honours degrees from the University of Sydney majoring in Government and Public Administration. Kerry’s career began in research and teaching at the University of Sydney, and she has also taught at UTS.  She worked as a researcher in the NSW Parliament before moving into a career in human resources in the NSW Public Sector and as a private consultant. Kerry was appointed the first Corporate Human Resources Manager of Sydney Water in 1998, and from there moved into a variety of operational roles in the water industry, and then into General Manager roles in Australian Water Technologies PL. In 2001, Kerry moved into health as General Manager Human Resources for St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney, and was subsequently was appointed as Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospice.  During her time at St Vincent’s she was responsible for overseeing significant increases in services, funding, research, new technology and improvements in patient care, as well as the redevelopment of significant new building works on the St Vincent’s site. In 2007, Kerry was the NSW winner of the Community and Government sector Telstra Business Women’s Award. In 2008, Kerry commenced a new role as CEO and Managing Director of Northcott Disability Services, one of the largest disability service providers in NSW, operating from more than 20 sites across NSW and the ACT and providing services to more than 10,000 clients and families. Kerry’s skills in governance and risk management have led her to a number of Board positions, including Chair of the NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB Ltd; Director of The Eleanor Dark Foundation Ltd; Director of E-Water Ltd; Director and Treasurer of The Health Roundtable Ltd. She is currently Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd, and a Director of Northcott Innovation, and The Spinecare Foundation Ltd. Ltd; and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University.

Last updated: 14th Jun 2016