Joanne Anderson Becomes New Chair Of Goulburn Murray Water

Joanne Anderson Becomes New Chair Of Goulburn Murray Water

Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville

Goulburn Murray Water Appoints New Chair

Victor P Taffa

Experienced executive and water industry board member Joanne Anderson will become the new chair of Goulburn Murray Water (GMW) succeeding long-serving board member Sarah Scales.

“I thank Sarah Scales for her work with Goulburn Murray Water and helping to reset the Connections project which is a legacy project for the region. I wish her well in her future endeavours.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

“I welcome Joanne Anderson to the position of chair and I’m confident she has the experience and skills to oversee the appointment of the new GMW chief executive and ensure the Connections reset are successful.”

Announcing the new appointment today, Minister for Water Lisa Neville thanked Ms. Scales for her strong leadership and for steering the organisation through significant times of change.

Ms. Scales who was appointed GMW’s director in May 2011 and chair in September 2014 has chosen to step down from her position given her various board commitments and to avoid a potential conflict of interest with her new role in the private sector.

The change comes as GMW moves to appoint a new managing director and drive the reset of the Connections project.

“I am looking forward to being in the region soon to formally outline the reset of Connections project which will go a long way to meeting community expectations.” Ms. Neville said.

GMW’s new chair Joanne Anderson has been involved in beef cattle and horticulture over several decades. She was a director of North East Water from 2006 to 2010 and chair from 2010-2013.

Ms. Anderson was later appointed to the board of Western Water in October 2015.

Ms. Anderson has also served as chief executive officer of the Rural City of Wangaratta and shire secretary in the Shire of Euroa.