Leadership team

Icon Water's Leadership Team manage 385 staff members in specialist to roles to ensure high quality drinking water comes to your tap and sewage is safely treated and return to back into the environment. The Leadership Team report to the Board on business operations and activities. 

  

The Board

 

A number of statutes and the constitution of Icon Water Limited (Icon Water) govern the activities of the company.  Icon Water’s Board currently comprises eight Directors: seven non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director, who are appointed by the Voting Shareholders.

 

The Voting Shareholders determine the terms of appointment and remuneration of Directors. Procedures for the appointment of Directors are outlined in the Territory-owned Corporations Act 1990 and the company’s constitution.

 

Icon Water submits a annual Statement of Corporate Intent to the Voting Shareholders that includes: the main undertakings of the company, the scope of activities to be undertaken, business and corporate strategies and performance measures and targets.

 

Board Committees

There are two committees of the Icon Water Board: the Remuneration Committee and the Risk and Assurance Committee.

 

Directors

  • Wendy Caird

    Wendy Caird - Chair

    MAICD

    Wendy Caird was first appointed to the Icon Water Board in December 2009, was appointed as Acting Deputy Chair of the Icon Water Board from 1 July 2013 and reappointed as Deputy Chair again in March 2014. Ms Caird’s appointment term was extended in March 2017 and promoted to Chair of the Icon Water Board due to her extensive knowledge of Icon Water’s business and experience on the ActewAGL Partnerships Board. Ms Caird is also the Chair of Icon Water’s Remuneration Committee, Chair of Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited and is Deputy Chair of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board and Chair of ActewAGL’s Safety, Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Carol Lilley - Deputy Chair

    BCom, FCA, CIA, CGAP, GAICD

    Carol Lilley was first appointed to the Icon Water Board in April 2013. She is Chair of Icon Water’s Risk and Assurance Committee and a Member of the Remuneration Committee.

    Ms Lilley was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited in March 2017. Ms Lilley’s appointment term was extended in November 2018 due to her specialist financial expertise and extensive knowledge of Icon Water’s business.

    Ms Lilley is a full time independent board director and Audit Committee Member. She was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canberra and was a financial statement and internal auditor for nearly 20 years. Her experience is in governance and assurance including financial statement audit, internal audit and project and risk management, with a particular focus on government.

    Ms Lilley is currently Chair of two ACT Government Directorate Audit Committees (Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development and Transport Canberra and City Services). She also has various governance roles for Commonwealth Government entities (including as a Member of the Audit Committee for Services Australia and Chair for the Department of Home Affairs amongst others, and as an independent board Member for the Australian Financial Security Authority).

    Ms Lilley is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, was a registered company auditor and is a certified internal auditor.


  • Ray Hezkial - Managing Director

    BEng (Civil), DipPM, MBA

    In November 2018 Ray Hezkial was appointed as a Member of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited.  Mr Hezkial is also Member of the Icon Water Remuneration Committee.

    Mr Hezkial was appointed as a Member of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board and the ActewAGL Retail Investments Board in April 2019.

    Mr Hezkial joined Icon Water in 2003 and commenced as acting Chief Executive Officer in October 2018 and was appointed as Managing Director in November 2018. His role as Managing Director was confirmed in April 2019. In his previous role as General Manager, Infrastructure Services, Mr Hezkial was responsible for managing Icon Water’s capital works program, provision of network operations and all aspects of day to day maintenance relating to the ACT’s water and sewer reticulation systems. Prior to this, Mr Hezkial was the Project Manager for the Enlarged Cotter Dam.

    Mr Hezkial has a Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Project Management, and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Mr Hezkial is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


  • Dr Tom Parry

    Dr Thomas Parry AM - Director

    BEc (Hons), MEc, Ph

    Dr Thomas Parry was first appointed to the Icon Water Limited Board in November 2015 and is a Member of the Icon Water Board’s Remuneration Committee. In March 2017 Dr Parry was also appointed as Deputy Chair of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board. He is a Director of the Icon Retail Investments Limited Board and Icon Distribution Investments Limited Board.

    Dr Parry was Foundation Chair of the Australian Energy Market Operator (2008-2015), is the former Chair of First State Super Trustee Corporation (2000–2014) and former Chair of the Sydney Water Corporation (2006–2013). 

    From 2004–2009 he had several roles with Macquarie Bank and for the previous 12 years he was the Foundation Executive Chair of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART), and its predecessor for the Government Pricing Tribunal - the first utility regulator in Australia. Dr Parry was a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange) from 2007–2017. He was a Director of Powerco  New Zealand 2010-2019.  He has been the Head of the School of Economics, University of New South Wales and Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Wollongong..

    Dr Parry is currently a Director of Powering Australian Renewables Fund.

    Dr Parry has extensive experience in corporate governance in the private and government sectors, regulatory and financial experience and substantial exposure to the water and energy industries. 

    Dr Parry has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of London (London School of Economics).

    Dr Parry was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2008.


  • Brett Tucker - Director

    BRurSc, GC Accounting and Finance, MAICD, Churchill Fellow

    Brett Tucker was appointed to the Icon Water Board in July 2017 and is a Member of the Icon Water Board’s Risk and Assurance Committee and Remuneration Committee, a Director of the Icon Retail Investments Limited Board as well as a Director of the Icon Distribution Investments Limited Board.

    Mr Tucker has more than 28 years of professional experience, including Non-Executive Director, Managing Director and Chief Executive roles in public and private sector water and energy utilities.

    Mr Tucker currently owns and operates Blackwatch Consulting, a business providing high level strategy, governance and technical advice to government and private sector corporations, industry groups and project teams. He is a former Director of the Peter Cullen Trust and provides mentoring and coaching support to a number of senior managers and prospective industry leaders.

    Mr Tucker holds an Honours Degree in Rural Science and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Finance. Brett was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1998 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Dorte Ekelund - Director

    BUrbPl (Hons), MBA, FPIA, MAICD

    Dorte Ekelund was appointed to the Icon Water Board in November 2017. She is a Member of the Icon Water Remuneration Committee, a Director of the Icon Retail Investments Limited Board as well as a Director of the Icon Distribution Investments Limited Board.

    Ms Ekelund is currently Strategic Advisor – Office of CEO, SMEC; a Member of the Northern Territory Planning Commission; a Member of the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council; a director on the Board of the Committee for Sydney; and a director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

    Ms Ekelund is an urban and regional planner with over 30 years’ experience working in most facets of strategic and statutory land use and infrastructure planning across all levels of government and various jurisdictions.  Of particular relevance to Icon Water is her former role as Director-General of the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (2013–2017).

    Ms Ekelund has considerable experience in environmental policies and management, including water policies and programs, and climate change mitigation and adaptation action. Her experience in energy includes membership of the COAG Energy Senior Officials and oversight of significant policy initiatives and investment in renewables. Ms Ekelund has also been the ACT member of the Murray-Darling Basin Officials Group.

    Dorte has a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Class 1 Honours), an MBA and is an adjunct Professor (Planning) University of Canberra.

  • Dr Helen Locher - Director

    BSc (Earth Science), MEnvSc (Environmental Science), PhD (Civil Engineering), GAICD

    Dr Helen Locher was appointed to the Icon Water Board in May 2020. She is a member of the Icon Water Remuneration Committee and a Director of the Icon Retail Investments Limited Board as well as a Director of the Icon Distribution Investments Limited Board. Dr Locher also sits on the Risk and Assurance Committee.

    Dr Locher is currently a non-executive director of the Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (TasWater), and a tribunal member of the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal (Tasmania). She has had previous board roles with the Environmental Protection Agency (Tasmania) and the Resource Management and Planning Commission (Tasmania).

    Dr Locher has 18 years of experience working in senior roles for Hydro Tasmania, more than 30 years doing international consulting work, and 13 years serving on boards. She has considerable experience working with the water and energy industries, focused on environmental, social and sustainability challenges arising with major infrastructure development and operations across a variety of contexts. She has worked in more than 30 countries and on all continents, and as an independent consultant has delivered assignments for clients including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Mekong River Commission and the International Hydropower Association. Dr Locher has received several international awards recognising her significant contributions to better addressing sustainability issues in the global hydropower sector.  

    Helen has a Bachelor of Science (Earth Science), a Masters of Environmental Science, a PhD in Civil Engineering, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Peter Dennis - Director

    B.Eng, M Environmental Studies, Dip Mgmt, FIEAust, CPEng, NER, Int PE (Aus) MAICD

    Peter Dennis was appointed to the Icon Water Board in May 2020. He is a member of the Icon Water Remuneration Committee and a Director of the Icon Retail Investments Limited Board as well as a Director of the Icon Distribution Investments Limited Board.  

    Mr Dennis is currently the Managing Director of HunterH2O, one of the fastest growing professional engineering services firms in the Australian water industry; a Director of the NSW Local Government Procurement Board; and a Director of the Australian Water Association.

    Mr Dennis has over 30 years’ water industry experience in Australia and overseas.  Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Seqwater (Bulk Water Utility for South East Queensland); Chief Executive Officer of the Armidale Regional Council; as well as senior executive roles with Hunter Water Corporation. Peter has extensive experience in water industry management and is widely recognised as one of the leading water industry strategists. Peter has been involved in all aspects of water utility management including strategy development and execution, customer/community consultation, operational leadership, regulator engagement, policy development, infrastructure delivery, ongoing asset management and workforce planning. He has taken a strong advocacy interest in sustainable urban water management and in ensuring the water industry is resilient against the impact climate variability. He has also been actively involved in supporting our Pacific neighbours to meet the challenges of sustainable water management.

    Mr Dennis was included in the Top 100 most Influential Engineers in Australia (2014 and 2015) and awarded the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia ‘Professional Engineer of the Year (2009).  

    Peter has a Bachelor of Engineering in chemical engineering, Masters of Environmental Studies, a postgraduate Diploma of Management, a Corporate Directors Diploma with high distinction, and is a Conjoint Professor in Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He lectured in Environmental Process Technologies for over 15 years.

Executives

  • Ray Hezkial - Managing Director

    MBA, DipPM, B. Eng (Civil) 

    Ray Hezkial is a civil engineer with over 18 years’ experience in civil construction and road design, as well as water and sewerage operational management. Mr Hezkial joined Icon Water in 2003 and commenced as Managing Director in November 2018. In his previous role as General Manager, Infrastructure Services, Mr Hezkial was responsible for managing Icon Water’s capital works program, provision of network operations and all aspects of day to day maintenance relating to the ACT’s water and sewer reticulation systems. Prior to this, Mr Hezkial was the Project Manager for the Enlarged Cotter Dam. Mr Hezkial has a Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Project Manager, and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

     

  • Gerard Brierley - General Manager Infrastructure Services

    BE (Civil), GradCert (Economics)  

    Gerard Brierley commenced as General Manager Infrastructure Services in 2019. Mr Brierley has held various roles at Icon Water including Program Manager for the Icon Water Alliance (for capital works delivery) in 2012, Manager Program Management Office in 2015 and Manager Project Delivery in 2018. 
    Prior to his recent return to Icon Water, Mr Brierley was the Program Manager for Downer Utilities where he was responsible for the establishment of a new program to deliver $400 million of water and sewer infrastructure in the South Logan region of Queensland. Mr Brierley has varied skills and experience in stakeholder engagement, program management, business strategy development and financial analysis and reporting. Mr Brierley holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Graduate Certificate of Economics.

  • Davina McCormick - General Manager Customer Engagement

    BBus (Majors) Marketing and Management, MBA, Cert Public Participation

    Prior to joining Icon Water as General Manager, Customer Engagement in June 2018 Davina McCormick was the Manager, Customer Experience Strategy at Queensland Urban Utilities. In this role Ms McCormick held organisational-wide responsibility for increasing customer focus and delivering positive experiences for over 1.4 million customers and community members. With over 18 years of professional experience, Ms McCormick has a diverse range of marketing, customer and stakeholder engagement, project management and strategy skills. Her experience spans new venture start-ups, global companies and government corporations in a range of sectors including financial services, energy, education and utilities. Ms McCormick holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management and a Certificate in Public Participation. 

  • Alison Pratt - General Counsel - Company Secretary

    B.Ec, LLB (Hons), GDLP, MAICD

    Alison Pratt, General Counsel, was appointed as the company secretary of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited in March 2019, and held the position of alternate company secretary prior to this.

    Ms Pratt worked in private commercial legal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom prior to joining Icon Water in 2013.

    Her legal experience includes advising clients from both the private and public sectors on corporate governance, property, environment, construction and planning. 

    Ms Pratt holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

  • joy yau

    Joy Yau - Chief Financial Officer

    BA (Hons) CA, MAICD  

    Joy Yau is responsible for the overall financial management and advisory services of Icon Water and its investment in ActewAGL. Ms Yau joined Icon Water in 2014 and has over 16 years of professional experience including extensive commercial and strategic financial management roles across the utility, retail and hospitality sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Ms Yau holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Accounting and Management Control, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Tony Pollock - Chief Technology Officer

    PhD (Engineering), BEng (Hons), BSc

    Dr Tony Pollock is an engineer and business leader focused on improving business efficiency and customer experience through technology, innovation and digital transformation. He has 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, program management, business change, and ICT development and operations in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Icon Water Dr Pollock held several senior executive positions in Defence and National Security, initiating and implementing large scale digital programs and significant operational capability for the Australian government. Prior to this, Dr Pollock held a number of roles developing and commercialising emerging technologies across the telecommunications, health and energy sectors. Dr Pollock holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, a Bachelor of Science and an Advanced Diploma of Project Management.