Rueben Berg

Rueben Berg

Chair

Rueben was appointed as Chair of the Board from 1 October 2021 until 30 September 2025. Rueben is a Gunditjmara man and the founder and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting. Rueben is also a Commissioner for the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, and a Member of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. In addition, Rueben is a founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and a Board Member of the Australian Communities Foundation. He is also a founder and director of the Indigenous Ultimate Association and the Chair of the Ultimate Rules Sub-committee for the World Flying Disc Federation. He has a Bachelor of Architecture.

Graham Hawke

Graham Hawke

Director

Graham was appointed to the Board from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2025. Graham is the Chief Operating Officer at Phoenix Australia Ltd, a public company and the national centre of excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health. He also serves on advisory boards to Water Research Australia and at the University of Melbourne. Graham has held Non-Executive Director roles with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and National Computational Infrastructure. He has diverse experience in government and global corporations overseeing strategy, engineering, research and corporate services. Previously at the Bureau of Meteorology, he chaired an award-winning water research alliance with the CSIRO, the national jurisdictional reference group on water information, and co-chaired the Victorian Climate Initiative with DEWLP. Graham has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Master of Engineering Science, MBA and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a chartered professional engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Ishara Saldin

Ishara Saldin

Director

Ishara Saldin was appointed to the Board of Westernport Water Corporation on 1 October 2021 until 30 September 2025. She is an Internal Auditor at Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Banking Group Limited with a global coverage and assignments spanning across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and Europe & America. Ishara previously served for three years as Chief Risk Officer of ANZ Guam Inc. based in Guam, until April 2019, and was the Chair of ANZ Guam Inc.’s Operational Risk and Compliance Committee, Chair of the Credit and Market Risk Committee, an ex-officio member of the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of the Asset-Liability Committee. With over 20 years’ experience in banking her expertise is in complex transaction delivery, audit and risk management. Prior to moving to Australia, Ishara worked in the United Arab Emirates across the retail, utilities and banking and finance industries. She has a Master of Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems. In addition, she has co-authored three publications in the area of Venture Capital and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which were presented at the Nordic conference in Helsinki, Finland, and the SMEs in a global economy conference in Wollongong, Australia.

Chris Newton

Chris Newton

Director

Chris was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2021. He is the Executive Director in the responsible investment area of IFM Investors. IFM Investors is a leading global provider of investment services across infrastructure, debt investments, listed equities and private equity. He has worked for several years at senior levels in public, private and government organisations. Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing and Management and minor in Asian Studies. He has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, a Master of Business Administration as well as a Graduate Certificate in International Development.

Joanne Pearson

Joanne Pearson

Director

Joanne was appointed to the Board of Westernport Water on 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2021, and is the Chair of Westernport Water’s Audit & Risk Committee. Joanne was the Chief Financial Officer of Jemena, a large energy infrastructure company, until August 2017. She is an independent member of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee and also a member of the Audit Committee for the Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Joanne has held senior finance roles in major energy utility companies over the past 15 years. She has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tanya Ha

Tanya Ha

Director

Tanya was appointed to the Board of Westernport Water on 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2023. She is an award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental advocate. She is currently Director of Engagement at the specialist science communication agency Science in Public. Tanya currently serves on the board of Diversity Council Australia and the leadership team of Science & Technology Australia. She is also on the advisory groups of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, the Wave Energy Research Centre, and Science Gallery Melbourne. She has served on the boards of Sustainability Victoria and Keep Australia Beautiful. Tanya has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and a Master of Environment. She is best known for her popular environmental guidebooks Greeniology and Green Stuff for Kids, and her media work, including reporting for ABC’s Catalyst. In 2010, she won a UN Association of Australia media award for environmental reporting.

Leigh Berrell

Leigh Berrell

Director

Leigh was appointed to the Board of Westernport Water on 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2023. He is a Program Manager for Airservices Australia, delivering a major data capability uplift. Leigh previously served for six years as Chief Information Officer of Yarra Valley Water, as Program Director for Icon Water in Canberra, and has more than 25 years of executive technology experience across a range of industries including utilities, aerospace, transportation and logistics, peacekeeping, retail and workforce staffing services. Leigh holds an MBA, an Honours Degree in Computer Science, a Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology, is an alumnus of the Darden Executive Program, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Annabelle Roxon

Annabelle Roxon

Director

Annabelle was appointed to the Board of Westernport Water on 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2023. She is a management consultant with an MBA who advises on strategy and outcomes management to a diverse range of clients including social purpose organisations and government. With over 12 years’ experience as a lawyer she has advised in procurement, sales and marketing, disputes and litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to the MBA, she holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Arts, is a non-executive director at Box Hill Institute and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Annabelle formerly served on the Board of TAFE Gippsland.

Dona Tantirimudalige

Dona Tantirimudalige

Director

Dona Tantirimudalige was appointed Managing Director in September 2021. Dona is an experienced leader within the Victorian water industry and has a strong passion for the role of the public sector in creating a fair and just society. She has six years of experience as a Board Director and 23 years of experience in the water industry across strategic planning, customer experience, and the asset life cycle. Dona is the current Chair of Springvale Monash Legal Services, past Chair of Women’s Health in the South East, and the outgoing president of the Institute of Water Administration. Prior to joining Westernport Water, Dona was the General Manager of Distribution Services at Yarra Valley Water, responsible for managing water, recycled water and sewerage infrastructure to agreed levels of service and in accordance with environmental performance standards. Dona is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters in Public Policy & Management and a Bachelor of Engineering (civil – honours).