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Board of directors

Our Board sets strategic directions, policy and goals for management.

For more detail on our Board committees please refer to our Annual Report


Jeremy Johnson, Chair

Jeremy is the Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, past President of the Board and Executive Council of the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and Chairman of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council.

In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ballarat for his services to the business community. A Justice of the Peace, Jeremy is a qualified Company Secretary and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Qualifications: Dip (BusSt)

Appointed: 1 July 2010


Stewart Howe, Director

Stewart has 30 years’ experience in the global oil, gas and mining sectors in executive management, operations, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring roles. His career with BP and Zinifex included direction of major investment programs to develop long life natural resource assets, plus directorship of a range of subsidiary and joint venture companies.

For the past six years Stewart has run his own corporate advisory firm, directing restructuring initiatives and investment selection for financiers. He holds non-executive advisory roles and ownership interests in privately owned mining service companies.

Qualifications: BEng (Chem), M (AppFin), FAICD, FFin, FAusIMM(CP)

Appointed: 1 October 2011


Janet Dore, Director

Janet is the recently retired Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Accident Commission and has held various executive roles in several local councils during her career.

She is President-elect of the Committee for Ballarat and a Board member at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Residential Independence Trust.

Ms Dore has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Planning and a Diploma of Applied Science in Town Planning.

Appointed: 1 October 2015


Rachel Thomson, Director

Rachel has held various executive roles, including Vice President at XL Insurance.

She has extensive international and national domestic experience in the insurance industry.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 1 October 2015


Pamela Anders, Director

Ms Anders is the Director of Public Engagement at Oxfam Australia and previously worked for various Victorian Ministers during her career in the public service.

Ms Anders has a Master of Public Policy and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Finance.

Appointed: 1 October 2015


Peter Lelievre, Director

Mr LeLievre is a self employed Business Services Contractor and has a background in Accounting and Business Finance.

He is a Director at Ballarat Cricket Association and a Board member at Golden Point Cricket Club.

Mr LeLievre has a degree in Business Studies and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 1 October 2015


Marcos Anastassiou, Director

Marcos is a Consultant and Project Manager working on structural change at various TAFE institutes.

He has 35 years’ experience in the education sector, including strategic management, teaching and research.

He has been a Director at Western Water and board member at Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

Mr Anastassiou has a Masters of Business in Management & Organisation Behaviour, a Master of Arts (prelim), a Master of Urban Planning (prelim), and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Social Science.

Appointed: 1 October 2015


Paul O’Donohue, Managing Director

Paul is the Managing Director of Central Highlands Water. Since joining the organisation in 2003, he has overseen many key business areas including major project delivery, strategy, long term planning, communications and account management.

Prior to joining Central Highlands Water, Paul held senior management positions in the recreation and hospitality sectors.

Qualifications: BA (Mgt), Dip (Ldrshp), GradDip (BusMgt), GAICD, FIWA

Appointed: July 2012