Our executive leadership team is responsible for delivering on our promise to deliver high quality, affordable and secure water services, and outstanding customer and community value.
The team comprises the Managing Director, four general managers, the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.
The leadership team meets fortnightly and at other times as required. Team members also attend monthly Board meetings.
See also: Board of Directors
Tracey Slatter, Managing Director
Appointed January 2017
Tracey is highly regarded by her peers for her distinctive ability to disrupt and innovate in traditional sectors, leveraging off a ‘learning lens’ to identify and act on new opportunities and challenges. She enjoys leadership challenges and is committed to achieving excellent outcomes and improved value for the community.
Tracey uses commercial disciplines to deliver community outcomes. She has a strong track-record in solving complex problems and achieving financial and customer improvements, by putting community needs at the heart of the organisation and re-designing processes accordingly.
Under Tracey’s guidance, Barwon Water developed and launched Strategy 2030, marking the start of a paradigm shift from a utility provider to an enabler of regional prosperity.
Prior to joining Barwon Water, Tracey held a number of senior roles within the health, community and public sectors including Chief Executive Officer at the City of Port Phillip, Head of Claims at the Transport Accident Commission, and Chief Executive Officer at Colac Otway Shire.
Tracey is proud to be a Board Director of G21 and an active member of the Committee for Geelong.
Tracey holds postgraduate qualifications in business leadership and a Master of Commerce. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Shaun Cumming, General Manager Infrastructure and Technology
Appointed June 2017
Shaun and his team build and operate all our world-standard water, sewerage and recycled water infrastructure. The group is charged with maximising the quality, security, productivity and affordability of our assets and infrastucture in a changing regional and climate context. The group’s core responsibilities are infrastructure optimisation and operations, information and communications technology, and the delivery of infrastructure and technology projects.
Over a 20-career in the water industry, Shaun has worked across the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in strategy, operations, construction, business development and large-scale project delivery. Shaun spear-headed a private sector partnership and oversaw the largest capital investment program in Barwon Water’s history.
Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jenny Grapsas, Chief Financial Officer
Appointed May 2018
Jenny ensures our short- and long-term financial health so we can continue to deliver outstanding value to customers. Her team is responsible for managing Barwon Water’s day-to-day financial, treasury and remuneration services.
Jenny has a wealth of experience in the telecommunications, energy, retail and public sectors at a local, national and international level.
Jenny holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Jo Murdoch, General Manager Customers and Community
Appointed August 2017
Jo and her team deliver outstanding customer service and community value, and are responsible for our pledge to become a regional leader in effective, innovative customer experience management.The group’s core responsibilities include customer service, new property connections, communications, education, media liaison, community and stakeholder engagement, and business transformation initiatives.
Jo Murdoch is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in government, the media and the private sector. Jo began her career as a journalist and editor before moving into leadership roles in local government. She has also consulted to the private sector.
Jo holds a Graduate Certificate in International and Community Development and a Master of Business Administration.
Melissa Stephens, General Manager People and Safety
Appointed May 2017
Melissa and her team manage our most important resource: our people. The group’s core responsibilities include organisational development, human resources, and health, safety and wellbeing.
In a career spanning more than 25 years, Melissa has extensive experience in strategic management, human resources, change management, customer service, stakeholder engagement, and finance.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is completing a Master of Business Administration. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kate Sullivan, General Manager Strategy, Systems and Environment
Appointed July 2017
Kate and her team plan, partner and realise opportunities to achieve remarkable regional outcomes. Collectively, they are responsible for the safe, secure and reliable harvesting, treatment and delivery of drinking water, and the collection, treatment and reuse of sewage and trade waste. The group’s core responsibilities include water quality, catchment management, infrastructure planning, research and development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy development, industry partnerships, spatial services, and the oversight of enterprise project management.
Kate has more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience as a senior executive, project manager and planner, managing significant operational areas and implementing large, complex projects in the government and private sectors. She has worked in senior management and consulting roles to local and state government.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Planning.
Michael Watson, Corporate Secretary
Appointed February 2000
Michael is accountable for Barwon Water’s strong governance, with an emphasis on effective board processes, policy, risk management, and business relationships. His team’s responsibilities include risk, compliance, emergency management, insurance, procurement, fleet and facilities.
Michael brings more than 25 years of experience in senior management positions within the essential services sector in Victoria. He holds a number of leadership roles within the water sector.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.