Our board and executive leaders bring diverse expertise to the organisation, bringing national and international capabilities from a range of professional and governance sectors.
They drive GAWB’s strategic direction, provide effective governance and ensure our service is provided in accordance with our company values and as a committed member of the Gladstone community.
BCom, MBA (Adv), FCPA, FAICD, Dip Fin Serv, MAIPIO, SA Fin
Chief Executive Officer
Darren joined GAWB as Chief Executive Officer in March 2018. Darren has extensive leadership and executive experience, having held senior roles in commercial, financial, strategic and business transformation areas across the public and private sectors. Darren was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Residential Tenancies Authority and has held a range of senior executive positions at Aurizon, Master Builders Association of Queensland and Ergon Energy.
CPA, BBus (Acct), GAICD
Chief Operating Officer – Gladstone-Fitzroy Pipeline
Hugh has extensive experience in project development, financial management, contract management and negotiation in the mining and energy industries. Hugh has led multi-disciplinary teams in the performance review of significant assets and evaluation of acquisitions and asset improvements. Hugh is responsible for GAWB’s continued operational sustainability as a reliable water provider through the development of the Gladstone to Fitzroy Pipeline project. Hugh previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at GAWB since March 2016.
BEcon, BA, MProfEcon, GradDipAppFin, GAICD
Chief Financial Officer
Angela was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer on 31 May 2021. Angela has extensive experience in economic regulation, strategy, stakeholder engagement, governance, commercial analysis and institutional reform. Before joining GAWB, Angela was a consultant for 10 years advising private sector and Government clients on a range of issues relating to economic regulation, policy development and strategy development. Angela was previously GAWB’s Regulation and Planning Manager.
General Manager – Aquaculture Gladstone
Ron was appointed to the role of General Manager Aquaculture Gladstone in April 2022. Before joining GAWB, Ron held senior project and management roles with a multinational contractor and major manufacturing industry in the Central Queensland region. Ron was previously GAWB’s Special Projects Manager for the construction of the Hatchery Relocation and Pikes Crossing Emergency Muster point projects.
General Manager – People & Culture
Catherine joined GAWB in June 2018, bringing with her a proven track record and extensive experience in human resource management, industrial relations, and organisational development, applied across both the public sector and Government Owned Corporation environments. Catherine’s pragmatic approach is complimentary to her twenty years of experience working at an operational and strategic level.
BBus (HR & Mgmt)
General Manager – Network
Scott was appointed General Manager – Network in July 2022, following 25 years of service with Goulburn-Murray Water in Victoria. Scott is an experience leader, holding senior asset and dam management positions for the last 15 years.
BE (Chem) (Hons), LLB (Hons)
General Manager – Hydrogen
Rachel joined GAWB as the General Manager – Hydrogen in January 2023. Rachel has over 15 years of experience managing the strategic planning, procurement and delivery of infrastructure and operational services for public sector clients. Rachel has had significant roles in projects across all stages of project delivery, including development of preliminary assessments and business cases, transaction management and contract administration. Rachel’s project experience has been across a range of sectors including banking, health, education and utilities.
General Manager – Capital
Petrus joined GAWB as the General Manager – Capital in July 2023. Petrus has more than 25 years of multi-functional asset, project and operations management experience. Petrus has demonstrated success in driving initiatives for asset and operational improvements that meet best practice safety and engineering standards. Petrus experience has been across mining, minerals processing, large manufacturing, supply chain and utility operations.