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Our Board

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.

Maxine Brushe

Ms Brushe was appointed the Chair on 22 August 2019 for a term of 3 years. Ms Brushe served as a councillor on the Calliope Shire Council and the Gladstone Regional Council for a total of 21 years (including five as Deputy Mayor) and has contributed to a wide range of community organisations over the past two decades. Ms Brushe has over 25 years’ experience as a Board and Committee Chair in the regional promotion and development sector.

Aurelia Noran

Ms Noran was appointed to the Board as a Director on 22 August 2019 for a term of 3 years. Ms Noran is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has qualifications in business (MBA) and auditing. She has over 25 years’ experience in project, program and portfolio management in the public and private sectors and has managed risk audits and major developments for projects such as the engineering coordination for the Airport Link and Northern Busway Project. Ms Noran is a Director and Principal Consultant for her own consultancy business, focusing on business and project management, services for sustainability as well as engineering related projects.

Prof. Poh-Ling Tan

LLB (Hons) U. Malaya; LLB (1st class Hons); QUT; PhD, ANU
Prof. Tan was appointed a Director on 22 August 2019 and reappointed for a further two year term until 8 December 2023. She has previously served in several Ministerial appointments including the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's Advisory Committee for Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences, and Queensland's Water Referral Panel. Her current advisory roles include service on the Expert group for the Australian Water Partnership. Her research in water governance and policy advice has led to outcomes on national, state and local scales.

Tina Zawila

CA, GAICD, BBus(Acct) CQU, GradDipFinPlan Kaplan, FIML
Ms Zawila was appointed to the Board as a Director on 9 December 2021 for a term of three years.

Ms Zawila has more than 30 years’ experience practicing as a Chartered Accountant and Director of UHY Haines Norton CQ Pty Ltd in Gladstone, Queensland. She successfully attained a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with Distinction from Central Queensland University; a Diploma of Financial Planning; is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Ms Zawila holds non-Executive Director roles with the Gladstone Airport Corporation and the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, as well as various voluntary roles for local not-for-profit organisations in the Gladstone region.

Peter Masters

Mr Masters was appointed to the Board as a Director on 29 June 2021 for a term of three years. Mr Masters is currently a General Manager for the Gladstone Engineering Alliance. He is a well-known Gladstone Industry figure, having worked for both public and private organisations, in management and purchasing roles. Mr Masters has an extensive history working with and leading community-based not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs.

Our executive team

Darren Barlow

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.

Hugh Barbour

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.

Angela Moody

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.

Ron Elliott

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.

Catherine Byers

BBus (HR)

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.

Scott Wikman

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.