Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors comprises a non-executive chairman, seven non-executive directors and the Managing Director.

John Thwaites, Chair

John Twaites

John Thwaites is Chair of Melbourne Water.

Mr Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainability Institute. He is Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and the Peter Cullen Trust and is a director of the Green Building Council of Australia. He chairs the Brotherhood of St Lawrence Equity and Climate Change program.

Mr Thwaites is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support on the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.

Mr Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne. He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science from Monash University. Mr Thwaites was appointed as Chair of Melbourne Water on 1 October, 2015.

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo, Managing Director

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo was appointed Managing Director on 1 December 2021, after having spent two years as Melbourne Water’s Executive General Manager of Service Delivery. She has had over 21 years of experience in senior leadership roles, including almost five years as CEO of Moreland City Council. Her roles have spanned the areas of Asset Management, Infrastructure Operations, Project Delivery and Business Improvement. Prior to this, she held roles in the oil industry working on the oil rigs in Bass Strait. Nerina has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and a PhD centring on the topic of organisational change management.

Russell Anderson, Director

Russel Anderson

Mr Russell Anderson was appointed as a Director of Western Region Water Corporate in 2007 and is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

Mr Anderson is currently Strategy, Governance and Risk Advisor at Australian Health Service Alliance Ltd and is also self-employed as a governance consultant to the water industry. Mr Anderson’s previous roles include Strategy, Risk and Corporate Governance Manager for Australian Air Express Pty Ltd and Chief Internal Auditor, Air New Zealand Group. Mr Anderson has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.

Mr Anderson was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2017.

James Atkins, Director

James Atkins

Mr James Atkins is an experienced business advisor, marketing strategist, and company director with over 35 years of experience working at a senior level in the retail, financial services, and energy sectors. He is currently the Chair of Greening Australia and BIG4 Holiday Parks and a Board member of the Connective Group, .au Domain Administration and Circus Oz. James is also director of Vantage Strategy, a consulting firm that provides business advisory services to commercial, Government, and not-for-profit organisations.

 Mr Atkins was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021.

Kathleen Bailey-Lord, Director

Kathleen Bailey-Lord

Kathleen Bailey-Lord is an experienced company director with experience serving on boards across public, private and for-purpose enterprises. With an executive career spanning the technology, financial services and professional services sectors, Ms Bailey-Lord’s experience in digital technology and disruptive change has seen her lead large businesses through complex transformational change.

Ms Bailey-Lord currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Alinta Energy, QBE Insurance (Australia and International) and Monash College. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), she is also a current member of the AICD Victorian Council and AICD Governance of Innovation and Technology Panel. Previous board roles include Bank of Queensland (BOQ); the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS); Trinity College, University of Melbourne; Chief Executive Women and the Diversity Council of Australia.

Ms Bailey-Lord was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2015 and chairs the People, Safety and Remuneration Committee.

Andrew Cairns, Director

Andrew Cairns

Mr Andrew Cairns has extensive experience in the water industry, having served on the Board of Coliban Water and as Chair of Western Water. His professional career has spanned a number of industries in Australia and internationally, including manufacturing, telecommunications and finance. Andrew is a strong believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility. As CEO of Haven Home Safe he works collaboratively with government, public and private partners to help prevent homelessness in Victoria.

Mr Cairns was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021.

Robyn McLeod, Director

Robyn McLeod

Ms Robyn McLeod has held the positions of Independent Commissioner for Water Security in South Australia, National Director of Water at KPMG, and Executive Director of Major Projects, Water with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria.

She was Chief of Staff to the Victorian Energy Resources and Ports Minister, and an Advisor to the Victorian Environment and Education Minister. Ms McLeod has previously worked in Higher Education to industry, Industrial Relations, and Secondary Teaching.

Robyn is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Previous Board positions include as an inaugural Director of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Chair of this organisations Risk and Audit Committee.

Ms McLeod was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2015. 

 Anita Roper, Director

Anita Roper

Ms Anita Roper joins from the Board of Yarra Valley Water and has experience in senior management roles working with business, government, communities, and multilateral agencies in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Her executive career spans the private and public sectors, including Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria and Global Director of Sustainability with Alcoa in New York. Anita is currently Chair of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and Chair of the Stroke Association of Victoria and has served on numerous boards and advisory panels.

Ms Roper was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2021

Fiona Rowland, Director

Fiona Rowland

Ms Fiona Rowland is an experienced corporate senior executive and company director in the areas of strategy, financial services, trusts and asset management with 15 years’ executive management and CEO experience at the Bennelong Group, National Australia Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, UBS AG, and UBS Wealth Management. She has been a member of numerous governance, risk, compliance and investment committees in the banking and philanthropic sectors.

Ms Rowland is currently appointed to the boards of Macquarie Life Limited, Commonwealth Private Limited , and St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. In addition Ms Rowland serves as a Panel Member to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Financial Services and Credit Panel. Ms Rowland holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and is admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Rowland was appointed to the Melbourne Water Board on 1 October, 2017.

Last updated:
28 January 2022