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The GWMWater Board is diverse and multi-faceted, with men and women from all different working and educational backgrounds. Our Board is skills-based and appointed by the Minister. It represents the varied interests of the Grampians Wimmera Mallee region.

The Board is responsible for GWMWater's management in a number of areas. The Board's central purpose is to set the broad strategy and objectives of GWMWater. In doing this, the Board also has responsibility for risk management, organisational efficiencies and compliance, reporting and reviewing.

There are also three standing committees of the Board:

  • Environment and Works Committee
  • Audit Governance and Risk Committee
  • Remuneration Committee


Peter Vogel OAM

Peter is a long established primary producer in the Watchem area and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the water industry and primary production. Peter is the Chair of the VicWater Board and a member of VicWater Council.

Peter is Chairman of the GWMWater Board of Directors and is an ex-officio member on all Board committees.


Bronwen Clark

Bronwen is the Managing Director for Thriving Regions Consultants, and is the Deputy Chair at Volunteering Western Victoria and the Community Representative on the Wimmera Development Association. She has a Master of Communications, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Public Relations and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.



Caroline Welsh

Caroline holds a Master of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Rural Resource Management and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. She is a Director of the Birchip Cropping Group. Her current employment is as the Director of Hughes Farms. She has previously held positions with the Department of Primary Industries in Swan Hill.



David Jochinke

David is currently the business owner and manager of A.V. Jochinke and Co. He is also currently a board member of the National Farmers Federation and Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation. Mr Jochinke has a Diploma of Applied Science and is undertaking a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.



Des Powell

Des is the Managing Director at Powell Management Services Pty Ltd and is a part time Commissioner for the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. He has been a Commissioner for the State Services Authority, as well as the Executive Director, Ports and Marine at the Department of Infrastructure. Des is also a Director and Chair of MacKillop Family Services. He has a Bachelor in Economics and Politics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Des also chairs GWMWater's Audit, Governance and Risk Committee.



Mary Bignell

Mary has a background in capacity building and evaluation, auditing and emergency management in the private and public sector. She has a Bachelor of Agriculture Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary was appointed to GWMWater's board in 2010 and also chairs the Environment and Works Committee.



Paul Battista

Paul has worked in CNC engineering for the past 19 years and now has a renewable energy business in solar sales and services.

Previously employed with the Hydrographic Services of the former Rural Water Corporation, Paul has experience in monitoring water flow and water quality in the Murray, Goulburn and Southern Grampians catchments. Paul served on the Waterway Implementation Committee for the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority from 2000 to 2005. Paul was Deputy Chairman for the Glenelg Region Water Authority from October 2001 to September 2005, where he worked through a successful amalgamation to form Wannon Water Corporation and served as a Director from 2005 to 2010.

Paul is also a volunteer firefighter with the North Hamilton Country Fire Authority.



Peta Maddy

Peta has a background in water engineering and management including her current role as an associate at the consulting firm Aither and as past President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Water Association. She is currently chairing the interdepartmental reference group for the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy and is a member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council. Peta has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a Board Director and is also GWMWater's Managing Director.


Board meeting minutes

View 2016/17 Board meeting minutes




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