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.

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Meet our Chair

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

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 AustraliaWaterAid/James Grant

Meet our Chief Executive

Rosie Wheen – Chief Executive, WaterAid Australia

Rosie is a passionate advocate for human rights, gender equality and universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. She has two decades of international development experience, having lived and worked in Indonesia for six years before joining WaterAid Australia at its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie’s leadership manifesto focuses on being an authentic, servant leader who always pushes herself beyond her comfort zone; this is where Rosie believes she learns most and performs at her best.

Rosie serves on the Board of the THREE Foundation and is a Founder and Committee Member of Not in My Workplace, a group of executive leaders working to address workplace harassment and abuse across all industries in Victoria. Rosie has recently discovered obstacle racing and electric bikes, which keep her sane and healthy. She is a shamelessly proud mother of two boys.

Rosie Wheen - Chief ExecutiveWaterAid/James Grant

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.


Dr Robert Glasser - Visiting Fellow at ASPI and Honorary Associate Professor at ANU

Robert is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Honorary Associate Professor at ANU. Until early 2018 he was United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction. Earlier roles include Secretary General of CARE International, Chief Executive of CARE Australia and Assistant Director General at AusAID.


Francois Gouws - Managing Director, TRILITY

Francois is Managing Director of the TRILITY Group of companies which operates water facilities across Australia and New Zealand. Francois has over 20 years of international experience in the water industry.


Ann Lund - International Development Consultant

Ann is an international development consultant with developing country and not-for-profit board experience. Ann’s experience includes 15 years in Cambodia, and consulting across South and South East Asia and the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East in business operations and development planning including water, sanitation and hygiene.


Kate MacMaster – Capacity Development Consultant

Kate has two decades of cross-cultural experience, consulting in 16 countries across Australia and Asia Pacific, designing, implementing and evaluating capacity building and leadership programs for organisations across many sectors including international aid and development, the Defence and Intelligence communities, and the Australasian and Asian water sectors. Her particular passion focuses on gender equality and social inclusion.


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 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 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 is a fundraising professional and 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 has over 30 years’ experience working for the private sector and Government authorities within Australia and overseas.

Meet our Senior Management Team


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 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 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.