WaterNSW Chair Anne McDonald steps down. Interim Chair Announced

WaterNSW Chair Anne McDonald steps down. Interim Chair Announced

08 October 2021

WaterNSW has advised that long-serving and highly respected Chair Anne McDonald has concluded her term with WaterNSW following more than 5 years at the helm of the Board of WaterNSW.

Anne was first appointed as Chair of the WaterNSW Board in March 2016 and reappointed with the full support of the Board in February 2019.

During her tenure as Chair, Anne has led the organisation through some extraordinary events including a record drought, the Black Summer bushfires, a one-in-twenty-year rain event in metropolitan catchments in 2019-20 and the impacts of COVID-19.

Major achievements of WaterNSW under Anne’s leadership include making real time water information available to rural customers, the construction of the Broken Hill pipeline which was delivered on time and ahead of budget; and the launch of our Safety Commitments initiative and the continued rollout of the Safe4Life Program, which together are driving a highly engaged safety culture within the organisation. Anne visibly supported these initiatives through her role as Chair of the Safety, People and Capability Committee.

Most recently, Anne has led the organisation through the development and adoption of a new three to five-year Corporate Strategy, the appointment of a new CEO, and significant water sector reform.   Anne was also instrumental in the development of WaterNSW’s  transformative journey to place customers at the heart of our business.

While recruitment for a permanent Chair is underway, Kaye Dalton has been appointed interim Chair of WaterNSW. Kaye was first appointed to the Board of WaterNSW in February 2021.

Kaye has over 30 years of experience working in the natural resource and water sectors and is a former Non-Executive Director of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited. Kaye has held senior executive positions tasked with delivery of significant reforms in the water industry. She has a strong track record creating effective industry and government partnerships and designing and conducting community and stakeholder engagement and consultation.


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