Around the world, our network of dedicated staff and local partners make our work happen.

 

In Australia, that includes our Board, Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

Together, every decision they make ensures our work is efficient, effective and sustainable, and takes us closer to our goal: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.

Making change happen on a global scale

WaterAid Australia is part of a global federation, alongside six other members: America, Canada, India, Japan, the UK and Sweden. Together we work with partners around the world to unlock people’s potential with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Children in Timor playing around a tap WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

Meet our Chair

Rob Skinner - Professorial Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University and Chair of WaterAid Australia

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.

Rob Skinner - Professorial Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University and Chair of WaterAid Australia

Meet our Chief Executive

Rosie Wheen – Chief Executive, WaterAid Australia

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.

Rosie Wheen – Chief Executive, WaterAid Australia

 

Meet our Board members

What makes our Board of Directors so special? They give up their time and energy for free, to help us make a bigger impact and change millions more lives.

Rhonda Chapman - Director, Co-Impact Pty Ltd

Rhonda Chapman - Director, Co-Impact Pty Ltd

Rhonda is a community development, civil society and partnerships advisor with over 25 years’ experience working in the aid and development sector around the world. She is also the co-founder of a coworking and enterprise support space in her home town of Castlemaine.

Ann Lund - International  Development Consultant

Ann Lund - International Development Consultant

Ann has significant developing country and not-for-profit board experience, including 15 years in Cambodia, more recently the Pacific, South and South East Asia, and developing global guidance for common business operations of the United Nations and water, sanitation and hygiene governance.

Alexandra Owens - Principal Legal Officer at Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)

Alexandra Owens - Principal Legal Officer at Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)

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 AM (Deputy Board Chair) - International Development Advisor

Wendy Rose AM (Deputy Board Chair) - International Development Advisor

Wendy has over 40 years’ experience and is a senior member of the international aid community, representing Australia on various national and world bodies for many years.

Mal Shepherd - Industry General Manager Utilities - John Holland

Mal Shepherd - Industry General Manager Utilities at 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.

Mark Stewart - Head of Fundraising, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

Mark Stewart - Head of Fundraising, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

Mark is a fundraising professional has extensive experience within the national and international NGO environment, having held roles across marketing, fundraising and organisational development.

Kevin Young - Managing Director, Sydney Water

Kevin Young - Managing Director, Sydney Water

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

Meet our Senior Management Team

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. Her career has included consulting and senior leadership roles with leading international not for profits. She also founded a successful international business based in Vietnam and Australia.

Tom Muller - Director of Policy and Programs

Tom Muller - Director of Policy and Programs

Tom joined WaterAid in 2015. As Director of Policy and Programs he oversees WaterAid’s Timor-Leste, PNG and Cambodia country programs; our priority focus areas of water, sanitation, hygiene and health, sector strengthening, equality, rights and inclusion, and behaviour change; and our policy and influencing activities.

James O'Sullivan - Director of Finance and IT

James O'Sullivan - Director of Finance and IT

James joined WaterAid Australia in early 2017. He has 15 years’ experience working across NGO, corporate and local government sectors in business management, finance, corporate services and audit. James spent eight years in NGO senior management and five as a voluntary director and treasurer on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations. He holds a MBA/Law and is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAA.