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

Karlene Maywald - Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, Chair of WaterAid Australia

Karlene Maywald is Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing specialist advice to the private and public sectors. Karlene's time as a Cabinet Minister with the SA Government has given her extensive experience in high-level strategic planning, oversight of major infrastructure planning and delivery, reform of governance and organisational structures, budget oversight, change management, problem-solving across a broad range of high-risk sectors and driving the delivery of major policy reforms. She has an intuitive ability to analyse and identify key information to support decision making and a very good understanding of the importance of good governance. She uses her inquiring mind to seek innovative solutions to overcome obstacles and generate improvements to service delivery.

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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, ACFID 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.

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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
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Dr Robert Glasser, Visiting Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Robert is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.  He also serves on the boards of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Climate Action Network Australia.  He was previously the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. Earlier roles include Secretary-General of CARE International, Chief Executive of CARE Australia and Assistant Director-General at AusAID.

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Pat McCafferty - Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water,

Pat McCafferty is the Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of Australia’s largest water utilities with over 20 years of experience in the Water Sector. He is also Chair of the Thriving Communities Partnership and past Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia.

Felicity Green

Felicity Green – Co-founder, Spark Strategy

Leading the strategy practice at impact-led consulting firm Spark Strategy, Felicity works predominantly with not-for-profit organisations on strategic planning and business models. Felicity has extensive experience in profit for purpose funding models, cross-sector collaborations and social innovation.

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

Alex is a Principal Legal Officer in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to this, she worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 7 years, including a posting in Timor-Leste, and has held other legal and policy roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Mal Shepherd
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Mal Shepherd - Chief Development Officer, Sunwater

Mal has over 35 years of experience in the water industry. With a public water utility background, Mal is the Chief Development Officer at Sunwater, responsible for developing and delivering bulk water infrastructure for industrial, mining, irrigation, or urban use throughout Queensland.

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Louise Dudley - Chief Executive Officer of Urban Utilities

Louise has been Chief Executive Officer of Urban Utilities since 2012, and prior to this, was the utility’s founding Chief Financial Officer. Preceding Urban Utilities’ formation, Louise held several senior management roles at Brisbane City Council, including Executive Manager Water Retail, where she helped facilitate Australia’s largest water sector transition that merged five local government water and sewerage businesses into Australia’s fourth-largest water retailer (Urban Utilities).

Dr. Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence

Dr. Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence – Advisor I/NGO governance, ethical leadership and gender equality

Dr Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence has run a risk management consulting practices for Deloitte & Touche in London, New York and Sydney, has worked for United Nation's agencies and for CSOs/NGOs in strategic and operational management, as well as managing programs to enhance gender equality and build ethical leadership capacity. In her scholarly life, she researches decolonial epistemology and ethics, and teaches courses in gender and development

Heather Brown

Heather Brown - Gender Equality Consultant

Heather Brown has over 20 years of experience in international development including senior management in Australian NGOs as Program Director for the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and Plan International Australia. Heather currently works as a consultant in the areas of gender equality, eliminating violence against women and providing organisational development advice for Women's Rights Organisations in the Pacific, Australian NGOs and development organisations and United Nations agencies.

 

Aseel Tayah

Aseel Tayah - Founder and CEO of BUKJEH

Anseel Tayah is a Melbourne-based Palestinian artist, creative director and cultural leader who uses her practice to advocate for artists of colour, mothers, children and young people, "changing the world, one project at a time." She has recently been described as “an unstoppable force in the Australian cultural landscape.”

Meet our Senior Management Team

Teresa Ayles - Director of Corporate and Community Engagement
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Teresa Ayles - Director of Corporate and Community Engagement

Teresa has more than 20 years’ experience as a marketing, communications and fundraising professional across the NGO, corporate and government sectors. Her career has included consulting and senior leadership roles with leading international NGO’s and publicly listed companies, as well as co-founding a successful international startup.

Tom Muller
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Tom Muller - Director of Policy and Programs

Joining WaterAid in 2015, Tom oversees WaterAid’s programming, policy and influencing activities. Tom has over 20 years’ experience working with international development and Australia social policy organisations.

 

Navara

Navara Kiene - Deputy Country Director PNG

Ms Navara Kiene is the Deputy Country Director – Programs for WaterAid Papua New Guinea. Navara joined WaterAid in May 2019. Navara has over 10 years’ experience in the development field having managed contractors to implement donor-funded programs in Papua New Guinea. Navara holds a Master’s Degree in Development Practice from the University of Queensland.

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Justino da Silva - Country Director Timor-Leste

Justino started with WaterAid in 2013 and has been active in local NGOs since 1999, including holding the positing of Chairman of Board of NGO Forum for five years. Justino brings his longterm focus on advocacy and experience in engaging with decision-makers and skills facilitation to lead the WaterAid Timor-Leste team.

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Sophiep Chat - Country Director, Cambodia

Sophiep has worked in community development for over 20 years and believes deeply in working for humanity and social justice. Sophiep studied International Relations and Development and is also a speaker to youth groups and social entrepreneurs in Cambodia. 

Jenny Mori

Jenny Mori - Director Operations PNG

Jenny has worked in international development for over 12 years, working with WaterAid for over four years. Prior to working in international development, Jenny worked as a senior finance officer in the private sector. Starting as a Senior Accountant with WaterAid PNG, Jenny moved to Operations Manager and is now Director of Operations.