Board & management

Wannon Water is currently governed by an nine-member Board.

The role of the Board is to strategically direct Wannon Water by establishing goals and objectives for senior management. The Board also monitors Wannon Water's performance and reports to the Victorian Government.

Board Profiles

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Jacinta Ermacora, Board Chair, B. SW, M. SS (Pol & Mgt), FAICD

Appointed 1 October 2015

Jacinta has a background in social work and policy development and brings experience in consumer advocacy, sexual assault advocacy and primary health reform. Jacinta also brings governance experience in natural resource management, local government, water industry and education to the Wannon Water Board table.

Her interests include strengthening economic and social development in the Great South Coast region, policy development in collaboration with communities and achieving organisational diversity and inclusion. Jacinta is qualified as a quality improvement performance assessor and is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jacinta is currently a board director at South West TAFE, a board director of Great South Coast Regional Partnerships, and independent chair of the Merri River School, Wollaston Campus Community Committee. 

Jacinta is the chair of the Strategic Issues Committee and the Executive Remuneration Committee.


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Andrew Jeffers, Managing Director, B. Eng (Civil), M. Eng (Env), MBA, GAICD

Appointed 20 July 2015

Prior to his appointment in July 2015, Andrew worked for 16 years with Wannon Water and 23 years within the Victorian water industry in various engineering and corporate roles, which has resulted in a deep understanding of the water industry and the business of a water corporation.

Andrew understands Wannon Water exists for its customers and recognises the importance and community value of providing high quality water, sewerage and trade waste services. He has a special interest in ensuring that Wannon Water helps communities in the south-west flourish.

Andrew is a member of the Victorian Intelligent Water Network Executive Committee, a director of VicWater, director of the Institute of Water Administration, chair of the VicWater Safety Executive Group, a director of the Great South Coast Group and a director of Beyond the Bell Great South Coast.

Andrew is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee.


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Michael Crutchfield, MBA, BA, BPE, Dip Ed.

Appointed 1 October 2015

Michael is a Country Fire Authority Commander and was previously a member of the Victorian Parliament, where he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Environment.

He has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Physical Education and Diploma of Education.

Michael is a member of the Strategic Issues Committee.

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Mick Murphy, OAM, DipCE, MAICD

Appointed 1 October 2015

From Mortlake, Mick has a background in civil engineering and business development consulting. He has 20 years’ experience as a local government and water board engineer. Prior to joining Wannon Water, Mick spent 20 years as a chair and director of a number of state and regional statutory authorities, and has served as a mayor and councillor of Moyne Shire, and as a foundation director of South West Water.

Mick was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2002 for service to water management, and an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2006 for service to the community of regional Victoria, particularly through local government, water conservation and environment organisations.

He is currently executive chair of Michael J Murphy & Co Pty Ltd, independent chair of headspace Warrnambool, independent member of Southern Grampians Audit and Risk Committee and chair of Aberlea Aged Care Inc.

Mick stood down as chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee in May 2021 and continued as a member.  Mick is also a member of the Strategic Issues Committee and the Executive Remuneration Committee.


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Ken King, Deputy Board Chair, Dip For BForSc (Hon)  MRSV  MAICD

Appointed 1 October 2017

Ken previously worked in the position of deputy secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), has held executive roles in DSE, its predecessors, and Parks Victoria (PV) for 25 years. Ken was also a senior project manager at the Victorian Planning Authority.

Ken has extensive experience in forestry, fire, fauna and flora management, and in operations, policy and strategy.

Ken has previously served as a director for a number of boards and he holds a range of leadership roles within Victorian agencies including chair of the Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria and Eucalypt Australia. He is also an independent member of Colac Area Health's Risk and Audit Committee.

Ken is a member of the Executive Remuneration Committee and Strategic Issues Committee.

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Helen Scarborough, B. Ec., M.Ec, PhD, GAICD

Appointed 1 October 2017

Helen has held various academic roles at Deakin University for over 25 years and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Economics.

Previous roles include research economist roles for Westpac Bank and the Australian Chamber of Manufacturers.

Helen has previously served as a member of the Western Coastal Board.

Helen holds post graduate qualifications in economics and her PhD and research is in environmental economics.

Helen is chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and a member of the Strategic Issues Committee.


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Adrian Panow, BAppSc, GCBA, PhD, GAICD

Appointed 1 October 2019

Dr Adrian Panow is the Director Major Projects within the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Energy Institute where he is responsible for establishment and delivery of key initiatives including the Zero Emission Energy Laboratory (ZEE Lab) and other priority programs.

Adrian is an experienced energy, resources and agrifood executive with international private and public sector expertise in business and technology development, sustainability, stakeholder engagement, joint ventures, commercialisation and program leadership.

Adrian is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biochemistry/Applied Chemistry, a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology and Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.  

Adrian is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Strategic Issues Committee.


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Susan Brumby, RN, DipFarm M'ment, GCertHELT, GDipWomensSt, GCertSciCommun, MHM, PhD, GAICD

Appointed 1 October 2019

Susan is the founding director of the National Centre for Farmer Health and has experience in agriculture, health reform, education and leadership.

Previous positions include executive health service roles, managing a beef and wool property, and serving on a number of State and Commonwealth advisory councils. She is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is a current director of Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

Susan holds post graduate qualifications in Health Management, and her PhD and ongoing research is in the health and wellbeing of agricultural communities. 

Susan is a member of the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Strategic Issues Committee.




Kylie Gaston, BA, GAICD

Appointed 1 October 2021

Kylie has a background in communications and small business. After living in France for more than a decade, she returned to Australia and, in partnership with her husband, ventured into running several successful hospitality businesses in Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

Kylie gained experience in local government, serving two terms as a Warrnambool City Councillor including being elected as Mayor for two years. She also chaired a number of state and regional committees during this time.

Kylie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kylie has previous board experience as a director of South West Healthcare. She currently chairs the Great South Coast Integrated Water Management Forum, and is a director of the Warrnambool and District Foodshare board. Kylie is a member of the Committee for Business and Professional Women South West.

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Executive Team

Wannon Water's executive team comprises:

  • Andrew Jeffers, Managing Director
  • Ian Bail, General Manager Strategic Services
  • Kellie King, General Manager Community & Corporate Services
  • Simon Hermans, General Manager Assets & Service Delivery
  • Steven Waterhouse, General Manager People & Business Services
  • Andrew Dilley, Chief Information Officer
  • Jeremy Dixon, Executive People & Resilience
  • Joanne McBain, Executive Strategy & Innovation

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