Our Board

Peter Fitzgerald

Chair

As a founding member, Director and former Chair of Waterpool Trading Ltd, Peter brings a wealth of experience and drive to the Water Partners (Aust) Ltd. Board. Previous governance experience includes Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn-Murray Water, Councillor for the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and represented irrigators on the local Water Services Committee for ten years, filing the role of Chairman for three years. Peter is co-owner of the family dairy and beef business in Tongala and Kotupna, is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Paul Weller

Director

Paul is a dairy farmer and a known and trusted community leader.
Paul’s governance experience includes having served as Member of Parliament for Rodney electorate, as well as various positions with United Dairy Farmers, Victorian Landcare, Vic Stock Pty Ltd, National Farmers Federation, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, Agersens Pty Ltd and National Herd Development and is current chair of Waterpool Trading Ltd.

Peter Mulcahy

Director

Peter owns and operates a large irrigated enterprise comprising dairy and cropping farms. He is also Co-owner of Kyvalley Dairy Group which manufactures fresh milk products to the local market and is the largest Australian fresh milk exporter to Asia.
Peter was a foundation member and Director of Waterpool Trading Ltd and is heavily invested in the values of a fair and transparent water trading model.

Margot Henty

Director

Margot is a Cohuna based, intensive irrigated dairy farmer who has had a lifelong interest in natural resource management and agriculture.
Margot has been a non-executive director of the Board of Goulburn Murray Water Corporation since September 2015 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Margot joins the board of Water Partners (Aust) Ltd from her previous director role with Waterpool Trading Ltd.

Stephen Hanlon

Independant Director

Stephen has diverse corporate experience in business in Australia and the Asian region and brings knowledge and experience in Marketing, Business management, eCommerce and New Business Creation to the Board. He owns and manages several businesses in a variety of sectors. In addition, he has a family owned beef and sheep property located at Howes Creek near Mansfield.
Stephen was appointed Independent Director of Waterpool Trading Ltd. in September 2017 where his broad range of skills and insight have contributed to the business and transition to the Water Partners (Aust) Ltd entity.

Louis Chirnside

Director

Louis is an irrigation and dry land farmer located between Boort and Kerang. The properties are supplied with water from the Torrumbarry (Zone 7) and Goulburn (Zones 1A & 1B) irrigation systems. The enterprise is 100% annual cropping, comprising mainly of tomatoes, cereals, canola and legumes.
Louis is also the Australian and New Zealand distributor for J & M Inc., who manufacture farm equipment in the USA. Current and past industry positions include Executive Officer – Australian Processing Tomato Growers (APTG) and President – World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC).

Isabella Villani

Independant Director

Isabella is Managing Director of Exceed Global, a published author and an expert in the customer experience (CX) industry, often being engaged to speak at industry forums and events. Isabella is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Retail Advisory Board member for Save the Children Australia.
Throughout her career, Isabella has consistently demonstrated an ability to integrate her experience across customer experience, operations, sales and marketing, technology and cultural change to optimise processes, technology assets, customer potential and human capital.

Shareena Pearce

Company Secretary

Shareena is a Goulburn Valley local Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience and a passion for assisting small business.
Shareena joined Waterpool Trading Ltd as Company Secretary in 2017 and continues to provide services in addition to her Water Partners (Aust) Ltd position.
Her other current roles include Company Secretary and Financial Manager for the Australian Dairy Conference and in-house accountant for local Goulburn Valley businesses.

Our People

Peter Lawford

DipBM – Chief Executive Officer

Peter has been CEO of Waterpool since its inception in 2012 following his role as Managing Director of Watermove. Peter’s experience in the water industry spans more than thirteen years and he has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Waterpool business.

Full Member AWBA since 2009

Donna Mulcahy

Commercial Manager

Donna joined the Waterpool team as Commercial Manager in May 2019. A Kyabram local, Donna has worked in several industries in regional and metropolitan roles, bringing a wide range of management experience. She is also a current Director of the Kyabram District Health Service.

Robert Andrews

Client Liaison Specialiast

Rob joined Waterpool in 2017 in a Management and Member Services role with many years of sales and management experience and a Diploma in Management. Rob is currently covering the Goulburn Valley from Murchison through to Yarrawonga and Nathalia. He provides personalised service to irrigators to assist them with their water management and usage options.

Alessandra Petrie

Permanent Trade Officer

Ally joined Waterpool following several accounting and administration roles and is now providing excellent member service in conducting the sales and administration of our ever-growing Permanent Entitlement trade. Ally also provides invaluable Allocation Trade and administrative support.

Karen Boyd

Communications Officer

Karen joined Waterpool following an advertising role. Karen is currently employed on part time basis and provides administrative support across several facets of the business. Karen provides the company’s outgoing communications via our weekly newsletter, social media and press advertising.

Heather Henderson

Client Liaison Specialist

Heather joined the team following several management and sales roles in the agricultural service industry. In her role as Customer Liaison Specialist, Heather engages with members to provide one on one services, advice and information vital to our irrigator. Heather covers a large area to the west including Echuca, Cohuna, Boort and Rochester. Heather has an affinity with agriculture, having filled several roles in the rural services sector.

Kym Ray

Senior Administration Officer

Kym brings over 20 years of extensive administration experience in a wide range of industries. Kym provides service to our Members for all their Allocation trading needs, oversees the Pooled Exchange and assists with Board reporting and statistics.

Christie Ciavarella

Allocation Trade Officer

Christie joined Waterpool in 2018 after 2 years in the Agricultural Machinery industry as an Administration Officer. Christie administers the weekly Pooled Exchange along with allocation trades and provides an enthusiastic attitude to the role, with her bubbly personality.