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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 for Water. 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 four standing committees of the Board:

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


Board Director Peter Vogel web

Peter Vogel OAM

Peter, a long established primary producer in the Watchem area, now retired, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in primary production and the water industry. Peter is Chairman of the GWMWater Board of Directors.

Peter is also the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is an ex-officio member on all Board committees.



Board Director Caroline Welsh web

Caroline Welsh

Caroline is a partner in Renney Farms, the family grain farm in Berriwillock. She is a Director of the Birchip Cropping Group and has previously worked for State government in agricultural communication, irrigation development and climate variability. Caroline holds a Master of Agribusiness (Marketing), a Graduate Diploma of Rural Resource Management and a Bachelor of Agriculture Science. Caroline is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caroline is Deputy Chairperson to the GWMWater Board of Directors and also chairs the Environment and Works Committee.



Board Director Andrew Nicolaou 

Andrew Nicolaou

Andrew is a recognised leader in Financial and Risk Management Reform, Governance and Performance in the Public Sector, with significant experience in large government business enterprises including the water sector, rural sector and relevant departments. Andrew has significant experience with government and private sector boards, and audit and risk committees. He has a strong knowledge of financial management, risk and regulatory frameworks. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is the Chair of the Audit Committees at Department of Transport and Parliament of Victoria, and a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Education.

Andrew is Chair of the GWMWater Audit, Governance and Risk Committee.



Board Director David Jochinke web

David Jochinke

David is a broad acre mixed farmer at Murra Warra north of Horsham. He is a former President of the Victorian Farmers Federation (2016 to 2020), Vice President of the National Farmers Federation and Chair of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership. David is a Nuffield Scholar, Australian Rural Leadership Fellow and has a Diploma of Applied Science.



 Board Director Eliza de Wit web

Elisa de Wit

Elisa is a partner in the Melbourne office of international legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. She leads the Melbourne environment practice and is a national head of the firm’s climate change and sustainability practice. Elisa has over 30 years’ of legal experience and has practised in three Australian jurisdictions and the United Kingdom. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Environmental Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a Director of the Carbon Market Institute and Beyond Zero Emissions and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



 Board Director Linda Kwok web

Linda Kwok

Linda is an architect and Director of LHLK Architects. She has held senior project architect roles in various major infrastructure projects in Victoria. Linda is a Board Director at Wimmera Health Care Group. She has taught at universities on architecture, environmental design, construction and management degree subject matter. Linda holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design (Urban Design) and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Board Director Scott Williams web 

Scott Williams

Scott is a professional consultant with skills in corporate governance, management, strategic planning and foresight. He has a veterinary and agribusiness background and his career has included farm consultancy and management of agricultural research and development across a broad range of sectors, including wool, livestock and horticulture. Scott holds a Bachelor and a Master of Veterinary Science and Graduate Diplomas of Management and Strategic Foresight, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



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Jennifer Comerford

Jennifer is a professional project manager and strategic advisor with extensive experience working within both state and federal government authorities. She now lives on a rural property in the Grampians region. Jennifer has skills in business planning, procurement, statutory governance and general management. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Taxation, and is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.



Managing Director Mark Williams web

Mark Williams

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


Board meeting minutes

View 2021/22 Board meeting minutes

View 2020/21 Board meeting minutes

View 2019/20 Board meeting minutes

View 2018/19 Board meeting minutes

View 2017/18 Board meeting minutes

View 2016/17 Board meeting minutes




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