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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 Johnson

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

Richard Nicholson, Deputy Chair

Richard Nicholson

A director and owner of a 100 year old family business in commercial construction, Richard is a qualified civil engineer with practiced skills in business and financial risk management.

A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he is a Director and past President of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association (2006-2008).

Qualifications: BEng (Hons), GAICD

Appointed: 1 October 2011

Ian Coles, Director

Ian is a consultant and company director with extensive public and private sector experience in management, environmental and sustainability programs and projects.

He is a Director of several private sector and government organisations, an independent member of EPA Victoria's Risk and Audit Committee.

Qualifications: BEng (Hons), GradDip (BusAdmin), FAICD

Appointed: 1 October 2007





Stewart Howe, Director

Stewart Howe

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

Jo Plummer, Director

Jo Plummer

Jo is owner and Director of Out of the Box Business Services. This boutique  management and consultancy business specialises in assisting organisations, teams and individuals to think strategically and operate efficiently.

She has a strong commercial background having held product development and procurement, business planning, and strategic design roles with well-known retail brands for over 20 years. She also has previous experience as a non-executive Director and Committee Chair in the not-for-profit sector.

Qualifications: GAICD, MBA, GradCert (Mgt), Dip (RetailMgt), Cert IV (TAA)

Appointed: 1 October 2011

Gaye Mason, Director

Director Gaye Mason

Gaye is a board member of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the Victorian Departments of Health and Justice and she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee at Wyndham City Council.

Qualifications: BBus (Acc), GradDip (AppInfSys), GradDip (AppCorpGov), MBA, FCPAA, FAICD, AGIA/ACSA

Appointed: 1 October 2012


Michael Myers, Director

A solicitor with more than 30 years’ experience, Michael operates a mediation practice.

During his time in the tourism and hospitality industry he managed and oversaw the re-development of the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and the Victoria Hotel in Port Fairy.

Michael also has extensive experience serving on boards at a variety of education, tourism and welfare-based community organisations.

Qualifications: LLB, BCom, GAICD

Appointed: 1 October 2013


Paul O’Donohue, Managing Director

Paul O’Donohue

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