Leadership team

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 and five general managers.

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

Tracey Slatter, Managing Director

Appointed January 2017


Tracey is a transformational leader who listens to and partners with customers, the community and key stakeholders to identify and act on new opportunities and challenges. She has the distinctive ability to innovate in traditional sectors, delivering exceptional outcomes and services that build trust and confidence. Tracey is committed to good governance and high performance, appreciating the unique talents and perspectives of every person through inclusion and diversity.

Tracey is the Managing Director of Barwon Water and Barwon Asset Solutions. She is also a Board Director of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), Water Services Association of Australia, and the Deputy Chair of the Barwon Regional Partnership. Tracey has extensive and diverse executive public sector leadership experience including as Chief Executive Officer at the City of Port Phillip, Head of Claims at the Transport Accident Commission, Chief Executive Officer at Colac Otway Shire and Director of Primary and Community Health with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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. Tracey is also a certified Level 2 Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL) coach.

Tracey Slatter on LinkedIn

Seamus Butcher, General Manager Strategy, Systems and Environment

Appointed May 2019

Seamus and his team plan, monitor and deliver quality systems and services to achieve remarkable outcomes for our customers, community and environment. The group’s core responsibilities include corporate strategy and business planning, policy development, water security, water quality, catchment management, infrastructure planning, property realisation, spatial services, environmental planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and traditional owner partnerships.

Seamus has almost 20 years of experience in water industry planning, managing significant operational areas and implementing complex water, recycled water and sewage projects.

Seamus holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

Seamus Butcher on LinkedIn

Shaun Cumming

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.

Shaun Cumming on LinkedIn

Laura Kendall, General Manager Customers, Community and Strategy

Appointed December 2021

Laura and her team deliver outstanding customer service and community value, 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, community and stakeholder engagement, strategy development, and pricing regulation.

The Customers, Community and Strategy group is responsible for developing key business plans including our visions for a long-term water security (Water For Our Future), high quality services and affordable pricing (Price Submission), and to lead our region’s economic, environmental and social prosperity (Strategy 2030).

Laura’s extensive senior leadership experience in strategy development, customer experience and digital technologies strongly complements our key drivers and commitment to enabling regional prosperity.

Laura holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, and post-graduate qualifications in Technology and Innovation Management.

Laura Kendall on LinkedIn

Melissa Stephens

Melissa Stephens, General Manager Organisational Performance

Appointed May 2017

Melissa and her team ensures the integration of people, process and governance systems to drive high performance workplace to deliver our Strategy 2030. The role informs decision making on prioritisation, risk management and deployment of resources within a financially sustainable framework. The group’s core responsibilities include people, finance, commercial and portfolio governance 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. In 2018 Melissa was named as one of the Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria and has been recognised on the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s International Women’s Day Honour Roll.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration. She is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Institute of Managers and Leaders, and is a Certified member of Australian Human Resource Institute.

Melissa Stephens on LinkedIn

Brendan Windmeyer, General Manager Barwon Asset Solutions

Appointed December 2017

Brendan is responsible for ensuring the success of Barwon Asset Solutions, a 100% locally-based maintenance services company, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Barwon Water.

Barwon Asset Solutions is an exciting initiative inspired through Barwon Water’s 2030 strategic vision of enabling regional prosperity with a focus on entrepreneurship and affordability. In partnership with local business and agencies, Barwon Asset Solutions is building regional capability, enhancing productivity and creating jobs and opportunity, while maintaining affordable pricing for Barwon Water customers.

Brendan has a strong commercial background, having previously worked across a number of sectors including asset management, construction, mining and manufacturing. Brendan is an experienced and inspiring people leader with particular strengths in building organisational capability, embedding diversity and inclusion, delivering commercial and customer value and achieving excellence in occupational health and safety.

Brendan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Human resources and management and is a Graduate of the Australian Company Directors.

Brendan Windmeyer on LinkedIn