People

WaterAid Australia employs 30 full-time staff and 40 staff in the country programmes we fund. Investing in our people is vital to the success of our work. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation.

Our volunteers also play a crucial role at WaterAid. Many have worked with us for a considerable period of time, contributing invaluable time and skills to the organisation.

To see current job and volunteer opportunities click here.

Partners

By supporting local partners in the countries where we work, we invest in local organisations to build both their skills and capacity, ultimately making the projects sustainable over the longer-term.

Our local partners include non governmental organisations, civil society groups, government agencies, academic institutions, private companies, journalist networks and many more.

In addition, we have partnerships with institutions and companies that fund our work, and we follow our own ethical policy when selecting these relationships.

Find out more about the way we work, some of the corporate partners we work with, and where we work:

Rosie Wheen, new WaterAid Australia Chief Executive  

Rosie Wheen

Chief Executive

Rosie has worked at WaterAid Australia since its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs for WaterAid Australia prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie has worked in development for 20 years including six years living and working in Indonesia, working at the Australian Council of International Development, and in a range of education and community development projects in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Teresa Ayles

Teresa Ayles

Director of Corporate and Community Engagement

Teresa has more than 20 years’ experience as a marketing and fundraising professional across the NGO, corporate and government sectors. She also founded a successful international business based in Vietnam and Australia. Most recently she worked as a consultant and completed a rebrand for the State Library of Victoria. Prior to this Teresa spent 12 years working with World Vision in senior management roles and as a consultant.


Tom Muller

Director of Policy and Programs

Tom joined WaterAid in 2015. He has more than 15 years’ experience leading policy, research and advocacy initiatives both within Australia and internationally, including four years in Afghanistan. He has worked with policy think-tanks in London and Afghanistan, and has worked extensively in peak body roles leading sector coordination, policy development, and advocacy strategies.

Sarah Thomson 

Sarah Thomson

Business Director

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in finance including 10 years in the international development sector. She started her career at Deloitte and has worked for Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, World Vision and Burnet Institute and now WaterAid. Her experience includes internal and statutory audit, management accounting and risk management.

Rhonda Chapman
Rhonda Chapman

Director, Co-Impact Pty Ltd

Rhonda is an independent development consultant with over 25 years working in a variety of roles providing support on program management and community development to aid organisations in Australia and overseas.

Fancois Gouws
Francois Gouws

Managing Director, TRILITY

Francois is responsible for numerous operational sites across Australia and NZ. He has delivered and managed major projects across the globe including water, desalination and waste water treatment facilities across all sectors.

Ann Lund
Ann Lund

International Development Consultant

Ann is an experienced development professional with significant international and not-for-profit board experience, most recently in Cambodia.

Alexandra Owens
Alexandra Owens

Senior Legal Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Alexandra has extensive experience in law, international relations and development. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and has particular expertise in relation to Asia.

Wendy Rose
Wendy Rose AM (Deputy Board Chair)

International Development Consultant

Wendy has over 25 years’ experience and is a senior member of the international aid community, representing Australia on various world bodies for many years.

Mal Shepherd

Mal Shepherd

Industry General Manager Utilities - John Holland

Mal has over 30 years of experience in the water industry working in both the public and private sector across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East on engineering, procurement, construction and management of complex multidisciplinary engineering projects

Rob Skinner
Rob Skinner (Board Chair)

Director, Monash Water for Liveability Centre

Rob has extensive experience in organisational leadership, including six years as Managing Director of Melbourne Water and ten years as CEO of Kingston Council in Victoria.

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart

Director, Catalyst Development

Mark is a fundraising professional with over 13 years’ experience built internationally and within Australia across a range of organisations, specialising in organisational development and growth.

Penny Underwood
Penny Underwood

Director, MediaWise

Penny is an experienced public relations and communications strategist who has developed her skills over 20 years in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young

Managing Director, Sydney Water

Kevin has over 30 years’ experience working for the private sector and Government authorities within Australia and overseas.

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