Our Executive Team 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.


Robin Bates LLB (Hons), GradDipACG, AGIA, ACIS, GAICD

Chief Governance Officer

Robin commenced with GAWB in February 2017.  Before joining GAWB, Robin held the position of Managing Partner with a Central Queensland law firm. Robin has extensive experience in commercial law, insurance and litigation. She brings managerial expertise to the role together with post-graduate qualifications in corporate governance, compliance and risk management.



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.

Greg Clarke PMP, CPPM, MAIPM, DipCivil, GradCertProjProgMgt

General Manager - Capital

Greg commenced with GAWB in May 2019. Greg has extensive experience in all aspects of project, program and portfolio management having held roles across a range of sectors including operations, environment, government, aviation and technology. Greg has a strong track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams to successful project delivery ensuring adherence to safety and quality.

Sashie Naidoo BCom, Dip Proj Mgt, Cert Piping Design, GAICD

General Manager - Network

Sashie is a professional business manager and piping infrastructure specialist with extensive experience leading businesses in the global oil and gas, power generation, water and energy utility sectors. Sashie has held senior roles in operations, construction, project management and asset management. His prior roles include General Manager, Pipe Support Technologies; General Manager QLD Networks, APA Group and Managing Director for TD Williamson Australia.