Barwon Water appoints new Managing Director

Barwon Water Chair Jo Plummer has announced the appointment of Shaun Cumming as the organisation’s Managing Director, after an extensive and rigorous recruitment process.

Barwon Water Chair Jo Plummer has announced the appointment of Shaun Cumming as the organisation’s Managing Director. This follows an extensive and rigorous recruitment process.

Plummer said she and the Barwon Water board had unanimously agreed that Cumming would take Barwon Water forward.

“It is with absolute delight that I announce and welcome, on behalf of the Board, Shaun Cumming officially to the role of Managing Director for the next five years,” said Plummer. “Shaun’s vision, leadership, passion and care shone through at every stage of the recruitment process, which shortlisted six outstanding candidates.”

Cumming has been in the role of Interim MD since the departure of Tracey Slatter to the TAC in June. He has been an integral part of the Executive Leadership Team at Barwon Water for the last six years.

“Shaun has made a significant contribution towards our Strategy 2030 goals. This comes from his extensive experience in operations, construction, business development, program delivery and transformation. It reflects his knowledge over a 25-year career in the water industry.”

Plummer said Cumming is an exceptional leader trusted and respected by a broad range of Barwon Water’s external stakeholders.

“The Board is very confident that Shaun is the right person to advance the delivery of Strategy 2030. He will also be integral to the delivery of the 2023 Price Submission. Shaun will help progress our commitments to our community and customers.”

Shaun Cumming to support regional prosperity

Cumming said he was proud to have been appointed. He looked forward to delivering on Barwon Water’s aim to enable regional prosperity.

“I look forward to building on the work we’ve already done to broaden our mindset from water utility to enabler of regional prosperity. Barwon Water works across cultural, social, environmental and economic dimensions. We are uniquely placed to support a thriving community and deliver a sustainable water future. Together, all of us will help drive new opportunities in the circular economy,” Cumming said.

“I’ll focus on nurturing relationships. I want to ensure we deliver value in partnership with our customers, community, Traditional Owners and stakeholders and continue to innovate for positive change,” Cumming said.

Plummer said Barwon Water had made considerable strides in recognising its crucial role in driving regional prosperity. It cares for customers and addresses the significant challenges of climate change and population growth.

“We are in a great position to continue to lead, innovate, partner and find ways to solve problems facing our region.”

Plummer said Cumming would be a champion for diversity, inclusion and safety. He will lead by example in fostering a high-performing culture.

“I’m confident under Shaun’s leadership, our employees’ care, skill and dedication to the delivery of Strategy 2030 will ensure we progress our commitments to our community and customers.”

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