Dona Tantirimudalige

Dona Tantirimudalige

Managing 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.

Dona 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).

Gareth Kennedy

Gareth Kennedy

General Manager - Corporate and Community

BA, GDip PubPolicy & Mgt

Gareth Kennedy was appointed as the General Manager Customer & Community in July 2016. In December 2021, Gareth was appointed as the General Manager Corporate & Customer on an interim basis.

Gareth is responsible for the Corporate & Customer Division, whose functions include customer relations, communications, strategy, performance management, governance, people, safety and culture, and technology.

The Corporate & Customer Division is made up of five departments, including:

• People, Culture & Safety - Delivery of high level expertise, guidance and advice in all areas of human resources, industrial relations, organisational development and employee health, safety and wellbeing.

• Strategy, Performance & Governance – Management and delivery of high level expertise, guidance and advice on business strategy and planning, corporate governance, risk and performance reporting frameworks. This Department also runs the fleet, facilities and procurement functions.

• Information, Communication Technology – Delivery of high levels of efficient and effective ICT solutions to meet the strategic and operational needs of the business. Broader information management focus.

• Customer Relations - Leads a customer-first culture across the business, making it easy for customers to access the information and services they need and want.

• Communications & Engagement - Responsible for key strategic communications, education, sponsorship, community engagement, stakeholder management and media liaison.

Gareth is Westernport Water’s representative on the Gippsland Regional Water Alliance, which seeks to deliver shared efficiencies and business improvements through a partnership of Gippsland water corporations.

Paul Donohue

Paul Donohue

General Manager - Assets and Operations

BE(Civil), MIEM
FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER

Paul Donohue was appointed General Manager Assets & Operations in July 2016.

Paul is responsible for the Assets & Operations Division. This area focuses on delivering safe, sustainable and reliable water and wastewater services; ensuring we meet desired customer service levels and environmental performance standards in an increasingly variable climate.

Assets & Operations is made up of departments including:
• Environment & Product Performance - Monitor and report on water and wastewater (product quality) performance, catchment management and receiving environment management, adaptive planning and integrated water management in response to climate change, reuse, irrigation and Farm Management and energy optimisation

• Asset Strategy, Planning & Performance- Optimise the performance of water, waste water and gas assets, manage long-term requirements of the assets, developing asset strategies, standards and plans, hydraulic modelling, GIS, SCADA and AMIS

• Engineering & Construction - Deliver the capital works program, provide design and engineering services for all water, waste water and gas assets, project management, contract management, Development Services, Trade Waste and Connections

• Operations and Maintenance - Manage, operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment plants consistent with regulatory requirements and standards, deliver asset maintenance and lead responsive reactive (breakdown) maintenance and response to faults and emergencies.