As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors comprises a non-executive chairman, seven non-executive directors and the Managing Director.

John Thwaites, Chair

John Twaites

John Thwaites is Chair of Melbourne Water.

Mr Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Centre. He is the Interim Chair of the McKinnon Institute for Political Leadership.

Mr Thwaites is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support on the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a director of Fair Trade ANZ. In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.

Mr Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water. 

Prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne. He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science from Monash University.

Mr Thwaites was appointed as Chair of Melbourne Water on 1 October, 2015.

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo, Managing Director

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo is the Managing Director of Melbourne Water Corporation. She leads Melbourne Water’s vision of enhancing life and liveability for the greater Melbourne region, encompassing the provision of water supply, sewerage, drainage, waterway health and catchment management services.

Prior to this appointment Dr Di Lorenzo was the Executive General Manager of Service Delivery at Melbourne Water. Dr Di Lorenzo has over 21 years of experience in senior leadership roles, including as CEO of Moreland City Council for five years. She brings a strong focus on delivering strategy and performance improvement focussed on customer and stakeholder outcomes, along with extensive experience in Asset Management, Infrastructure Operations, Project Delivery and Business Improvement.

Dr Di Lorenzo commenced her early career in the oil industry working on the oil rigs in Bass Strait. Dr Di Lorenzo holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and a PhD centring on the topic of organisational change management.

Kathleen Bailey-Lord, Deputy Chair

Kathleen Bailey-Lord

Kathleen Bailey-Lord is an experienced company director and has served on boards across public, private and for-purpose sectors. Her executive career spanned the technology, financial services and professional services sectors. Ms Bailey-Lord’s experience in digital technology and disruptive change has seen her lead large businesses through complex and transformational change.

Ms Bailey-Lord currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Alinta Energy, QBE Insurance (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific), Janison, Datacom and Monash College. Previous board roles include Bank of Queensland (BOQ); the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS); Trinity College, University of Melbourne; Chief Executive Women and the Diversity Council of Australia.

Ms Bailey-Lord is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a member of the AICD Victorian Council and the AICD Governance of Technology and Innovation Panel and a Chief Executive Women member.

Ms Bailey-Lord was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2015. She chaired the People, Safety and Remuneration Committee from 2016-2022 was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Board in 2022.

Russell Anderson, Director

Russel Anderson

Mr Russell Anderson was appointed as a Director of Western Region Water Corporate from 2007 to 2017 and is a former director of the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

Mr Anderson is currently Strategy, Governance and Risk Advisor at Australian Health Service Alliance Ltd and is also self-employed as a governance consultant. In May 2022 Mr Anderson was appointed a member of the VicWater Board.

Mr Anderson’s previous roles include Strategy, Risk and Corporate Governance Manager for Australian Air Express Pty Ltd and Chief Internal Auditor, Air New Zealand Group. Mr Anderson has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Mr Anderson was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2017 and was appointed Chair of the Board’s Customer and Service Delivery Committee in 2022.

James Atkins, Director

James Atkins

Mr James Atkins FAICD is an experienced business advisor, marketing strategist and company director with over 35 years of experience working at a senior level in the retail, financial services and energy sectors. He is currently the Chair of Greening Australia and BIG4 Holiday Parks and a Board member of the Connective Group and .au Domain Administration. James is also director of Vantage Strategy, a consulting firm that provides business advisory services to commercial, government, and not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Atkins was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021.

Andrew Cairns, Director

Andrew Cairns

Mr Andrew Cairns has extensive experience in the water industry, having served on the Board of Coliban Water and as Chair of Western Water. His professional career has spanned a number of industries in Australia and internationally, including manufacturing, telecommunications and finance. Andrew is a strong believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility. As CEO of Haven Home Safe, he works collaboratively with government, public and private partners to keep Victorians in safe, secure and affordable homes.

Mr Cairns was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021.

Robyn McLeod, Director

Robyn McLeod

Ms Robyn McLeod has held the positions of Independent Commissioner for Water Security in South Australia, National Director of Water at KPMG and Executive Director of Major Projects, Water with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.

Ms McLeod is currently a Director of Clean Teq Water Limited (CNQ) and has been on the board of Monash Health Services since 2019, and recently completed her time as Director of VicWater.

She was Chief of Staff to the Victorian Energy Resources and Ports Minister and an Advisor to the Victorian Environment and Education Minister. Ms McLeod has previously worked in higher education, industrial relations and secondary teaching.

Robyn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Previous Board positions include as an inaugural Director of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Ms McLeod was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2015. 

Anita Roper, Director

Anita Roper

Ms Anita Roper joins from the Board of Yarra Valley Water and has experience in senior management roles working with business, government, communities and multilateral agencies in Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. Her executive career spans the private and public sectors, including Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria and Global Director of Sustainability with Alcoa in New York. Anita is currently Chair of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. She has previously held the role of Chair of the Stroke Association of Victoria and has served on numerous boards and advisory panels.

She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ.

Ms Roper was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021 and was appointed the Chair of this organisations People, Safety and Remuneration Committee in 2022.

Fiona Rowland, Director

Fiona Rowland

Ms Fiona Rowland is an experienced Non-Executive Director, and former CEO, in public, private, government and for purpose sectors with significant experience in leading established and disruptor businesses through transformational and regulatory change.

Ms Rowland has deep experience in the financial services and infrastructure sectors. Prior to her board career, she was a CEO and executive director with 18 years’ executive management and CEO experience at the Bennelong Group, National Australia Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, UBS AG and UBS Wealth Management. Ms Rowland is currently appointed to the boards of Macquarie Investment Services Limited (Chair), Macquarie Life Limited, Infrastructure Specialist Asset Management Limited and St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. In addition, Ms Rowland serves as a Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Unisuper Limited and Unisuper Management Pty Ltd and the External Compliance Committee of Franklin Templeton Australia Limited. Ms Rowland holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Rowland was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2017 and Chairs the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (effective 2022).

Last updated:
1 September 2022