CEO Appointment

Mr Andrew George has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of WaterNSW.

The Board of WaterNSW has worked closely with the organisation’s shareholding Ministers and portfolio Minister in concluding this appointment.

Mr George has been acting CEO since 2020 and during that time Mr George has led the organisation through many notable challenges whilst keeping a resolute focus on delivering for our customers and local communities.

Chair of WaterNSW Anne McDonald, said, “we are very pleased to confirm this appointment. Andrew has been an incredible leader of the organisation over the past year successfully navigating challenges such as drought impacts, flooding in some valleys and supporting the NSW Government and DPIE in improving the performance of the NSW Water Sector. I know that Andrew is deeply respected by those within the organisation and amoungst many of our stakeholders and expect this announcement to be very much welcomed”.

The Executive Team oversees policy implementation, day-to-day management of our business including the delivery of high level services to our customers.

Executive leadership team

Andrew George

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of WaterNSW, which is responsible for the supply of raw water to users from more than 40 dams throughout regional NSW and Greater Sydney, including to our largest customer, Sydney Water.

Andrew was formally appointed as CEO and Managing Director by the Board of WaterNSW on August 30, 2021. Andrew has been the acting CEO since 2020 and also held several Executive positions in WaterNSW since its inception in 2015. Andrew was part of the inaugural WaterNSW executive team and has since been involved in the strategic transformation of the NSW water sector.

Andrew has over 11 years’ experience in bulk water supply utilities with extensive experience in regulatory and market strategy, government relations, engineering, asset management, and major Infrastructure delivery.

Andrew is also a Director of the Water Services Association of Australia.

Joe Pizzinga

Joseph Pizzinga is an experienced financial leader, with a respected catalogue of Chief Financial Officer roles in the utilities industry. Joining WaterNSW in October 2017, Joe leads our Finance, Economic Regulation, Property, Fleet and Procurement functions. Joe and his team are focussed on supporting the business through strong financial leadership and supply chain management.

Joe’s aptitude for finance and business operations was finessed during his five years as CFO of Ausgrid, and nearly another five years prior to that at Endeavour Energy.

Joe is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and has a degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Business Law. Joe has also previously attended Harvard Business School where he undertook Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

Ian Robinson

Ian is a seasoned CIO and executive leader with 25 years’ progressively responsible experience in leadership, strategy, large program delivery and operational management.

Ian joined WaterNSW in March 2018. His passion for complex solution development and new product concepts where engineering and commercial acumen can be combined is helping our organisation rapidly transform into a high performing organisation supported by integrated systems, infrastructure and processes. Ian holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Adrian Langdon

Adrian is a strategically-focused management professional with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of water and waste water management, strategic planning for water supply systems, integrated water cycle management, water supply health regulation, water recycling river operations and water and wastewater treatment.

Prior to joining WaterNSW (upon its formation), Adrian managed the water operations of State Water and urban water strategic planning and policy for the NSW Department of Water and Energy. Adrian holds a degree in Applied Science from Deakin University and a Master of Environmental Management from Western Sydney University.

Daniel Lucas

Daniel is a senior leader with more than 35 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. His experience includes Chief Financial Officer in publicly listed companies such as National Foods and multinationals such as Unilever. He has also held Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisition roles for 7 years while based in London and New York.

Daniel joined WaterNSW in September 2015. Immediately prior to this, he worked in the energy sector for Networks NSW as the Group Executive for People and Services. Prior to that he was with Endeavour Energy where over time held positions of Deputy CEO, CFO and Group General Manager – Corporate Development.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David Stockler

David is a highly practised leader in the field of customer experience and operations, having developed his skills over many years working in the utilities and telecommunications sectors. David joined WaterNSW in early 2016 after serving in senior positions at Optus and AGL, amongst others.

At WaterNSW, David is responsible for all customer related functions including water ordering / sales, licensing and trade, contact centres, billing, credit, customer field services, and product development and insights.

In addition to his role at WaterNSW, David also serves on the Board of the NSW Energy & Water Ombudsman.

Fiona Smith

Fiona joined WaterNSW upon its formation, having worked for Sydney Catchment Authority - most recently as Executive General Manager - since the start of 2011. Fiona is responsible for the collection and management of water monitoring data across NSW, the use of this data to develop water quality and quantity models used for planning and operational needs and the WaterNSW Science Program to continue to develop our understanding of risks to water quality and catchment health. Fiona is also responsible for WaterNSW’s Land Management and Catchment Protection programs with a focus on managing the Greater Sydney Declared Catchment as part of our role to provide raw water for treatment and supply to customers.

Fiona has a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) from Macquarie University, an MBA (Technology Management) from Deakin University and is a Graduate of the AICD.

Fiona is also currently acting in the role of Executive Manager - Water Solutions and Market Strategy.

Helen Burgess

Helen started with WaterNSW in December 2018, bringing with her extensive experience in legal, governance, company secretarial and communications functions.

Most recently, Helen worked with Roads and Maritime Services.  Prior to that she was with the NRMA for over 12 years, where she progressed through the organisation having started as General Counsel and Company Secretary and moved to be EGM Legal Governance & Corporate Relations as well as EGM People, Corporate Relations and Governance. Helen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

Ronan Magaharan

Ronan is an experienced leader in Asset Management of heavy industrial plants, predominantly in the water and power generation industries.

Joining WaterNSW in early 2016 as Manager, Asset Maintenance and Services, Ronan was promoted to the position of Executive Manager Assets at WaterNSW in December 2018. He is responsible for our assets portfolio, including Asset Management, Dam Safety, Engineering, Maintenance, Asset Renewals and our Project Delivery functions.

Prior to WaterNSW, he worked at Snowy Hydro for eight years in a variety of engineering and senior management roles.

Beth Winchester

Beth is an experienced senior leader across multiple business functions who started her career in Chartered Accounting. After several finance roles within the Lend Lease Group, Beth transitioned into human resources, holding positions that included Regional and Global leadership responsibilities. . Beth then became Executive General Manager People & Culture for Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Ltd where she was responsible for the Human Resources, Internal Communications and Property portfolios of the Australian operations for 12 years.

Since joining WaterNSW in 2018, Beth held the senior leadership role of Manager People and Culture with responsibility for the People and Culture function before moving to an acting Executive Manager Safety, People & Culture position in April 2021.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and is a CPA. Additionally, Beth has held a number of volunteer committee and board positions including serving on the KU Board for a 5-year term.


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