Leadership Team

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 comprises seven Directors: six 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 must submit an 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

  • Michael B Easson

    Dr Michael B Easson AM - Chair

    PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), FAICD, FRICS

    Dr Michael Easson has been a Director of Icon Water since 1995 and Deputy Chair from May 1996. 

    Dr Easson was Acting Chair of the Icon Water Board from 1 July 2013 and was appointed as Chair in March 2014. He is also Chair of Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited, Chair of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board and Chair of the Icon Water Board’s Remuneration Committee.

    He has served on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure and property boards and is presently Chair of EG Funds Management with $2.4b in assets under management and an Executive Director of the building technology and documentation business, Ridley & Co. Dr Easson is currently the Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and Chair of ASFA’s Policy Committee.

    He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, another PhD from the Australian Defence Force Academy of the University of NSW and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Oxford.

    Dr Easson was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998.

  • Wendy Caird

    Wendy Caird - Deputy Chair

    MAICD

    Wendy Caird was first appointed to the Icon Water Board in December 2009. Ms Caird was Acting Deputy Chair of the Icon Water Board from 1 July 2013 and appointed as Deputy Chair in March 2014. Ms Caird is the Deputy Chair of Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail investments Limited and a Member of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board. She is also the Deputy Chair of Icon Water’s Remuneration Committee and Chair of ActewAGL’s Safety and Risk Committee.

    Ms Caird has held a number of positions with Public Services International (France) including Co-chair Asia Pacific Region (1998-2002), a Member of the Executive Board (1997−2002), Global Director of the Quality Public Services campaign (2002−2006), and a Member of the Global Coordinating Committee of the "Global Call to Action Against Poverty: (Make Poverty History)" campaign (2005−2006).

    Ms Caird held a number of executive positions with the Community and Public Sector Union (Australia) from 1983, including as NSW Branch Secretary, until her appointment as National Secretary in 1993.

    Ms Caird is a small business owner, the President of the Kangaroo Valley Community Association, and a Member of both the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association and Kangaroo Valley Environment Group.

  • John Knox

    John Knox - Managing Director

    BFA, FCPA, MAICD

    John Knox was appointed to the Icon Water Board in March 2014. Mr Knox is a Director on the Boards of Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited. He is a Member of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board, the Water Services Association of Australia Board and the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group.

    Mr Knox previously held the position of Chief Finance Officer of ActewAGL. He has an extensive background in private sector commercial management and experience across various business sectors including utilities, environmental, immigration and transport.

  • Rachel Peck

    Rachel Peck - Director

    MBA, BEng (Civil) (Hons), GAICD

    Rachel Peck was first appointed to the Icon Water Board in May 2011 and is a Member of the Icon Water Board’s Risk and Assurance Committee and Remuneration Committee. She is also a Member of the Icon Distribution Investments Board and Icon Retail Investments Limited Board.

    She is Principal of peckvonhartel.  Ms Peck is Deputy Chair for the Australian Tapestry Workshop and a Member of the Australian Futures Project Advisory Board. She is Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber Planning and Infrastructure Taskforce and was a former Divisional Council Member of the Property Council of Australia (ACT), and an Interim Board Member for the founding of the Canberra International Arboretum.

    Ms Peck attended the Australia 2020 Summit and in 2010 completed a Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School. She was awarded a Future Leaders’ Award in 2006 and was the Telstra ACT Young Business Woman of the Year in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Jenny Goddard Nov14

    Jennifer Goddard - Director

    BCom (Hons)

    Jennifer Goddard was appointed to the Icon Water Board in November 2011 and is a Member of the Icon Water Board’s Risk and Assurance Committee and Remuneration Committee. 

    Ms Goddard is an independent non-Executive Director who has served on the Boards of several Commonwealth and ACT Government organisations. She is currently a Member of the Audit Committee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. 

    During her prior twenty-five year career in the Australian Public Service, Ms Goddard held a number of senior roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and as an economic policy adviser in the Department of the Treasury. As a Deputy Secretary in PM&C, Ms Goddard advised the Prime Minister on a wide range of macroeconomic, industry, infrastructure, energy, water and environment policy matters and carried oversight responsibility for budget, Council of Australian Governments and cabinet processes.

  • Carol Lilley, Board Member

    Carol Lilley - Director

    BCom, FCA, CIA, CGAP, GAICD

    Carol Lilley was 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 is a full time independent Board Director and Audit Committee Member. She was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canberra (2004‑2011) and was a financial statement and internal auditor from 1993 to 2011. Her experience is in financial statement audit, internal audit and project and risk management, with a particular focus on government.  Ms Lilley is currently Chair or Deputy Chair of several ACT Government Directorate Audit Committees (Chief Minister, Treasury & Economic Development; Education; Environment and Planning) as well as Chair of the Independent Oversight Group for the Schools for All Program. She also has various governance roles for Commonwealth Government entities (Member of the Department of Immigration & Border Protection's Audit Committee; Chair of National Film & Sound Archives' Audit Committee, independent management assurer for the Department of Finance's whole of government accounts, independent Board Member for Australian Financial Security Authority), Chair of the Board of Instaclustr Pty Ltd and Member of a Governance Committee for Diabetes Australia.

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

  • Dr Tom Parry

    Dr Thomas Parry AM - Director

    PhD, MEc, BEc (Hons)

    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.

    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 Government Pricing Tribunal - the first utility regulator in Australia.  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 ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange), a Director of Powerco New Zealand and a Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation.

    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.

Executives

  • John Knox

    John Knox - Managing Director

    BFA, FCPA, MAICD

    John Knox was appointed to the Icon Water Board in March 2014. Mr Knox is a Director on the Boards of Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited. He is a Member of the ActewAGL Partnerships Board, the Water Services Association of Australia Board and the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group.

    Mr Knox previously held the position of Chief Finance Officer of ActewAGL. He has an extensive background in private sector commercial management and experience across various business sectors including utilities, environmental, immigration and transport.

  • Amanda Lewry

    Amanda Lewry - General Manager Asset Management

    MBT, B. Eng (Mech) Hons

    Amanda Lewry is responsible for asset management and operational planning functions for water and sewerage services to the ACT and Capital Region. Ms Lewry joined Icon Water in 2007 and has extensive experience in maintenance, operations and the delivery of capital projects in the water, mining, military and energy sectors. Ms Lewry has a Master of Business and Technology and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).

  • Ray Hezkial

    Ray Hezkial - General Manager Project Delivery, Operations and Maintenance

    MBA, B. Eng (Civil) 

    Ray Hezkial is a civil engineer with substantial experience in civil construction and road design, as well as water and sewerage operational management. Mr Hezkial joined Icon Water in 2003, and in his current role is 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 and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

  • Jane Breaden

    Jane Breaden - General Manager Business Services

    MSc, MMgtSt, BBus  

    Jane Breaden is responsible for a range of services which support Icon Water business units and key stakeholders including Shareholders, Board and customers.  Ms Breaden joined the business in 2014 and has considerable experience in project management, consulting and governance services in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Master of Science (Operations Research and Statistics), Master of Management Studies in Project Management, Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate of Performance Audit and a Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing.

  • Sam Sachse

    Sam Sachse - Chief Financial Officer

    MAppFin, BAcc, GCB, FCPA, GAICD

    Sam Sachse is responsible for the overall financial management and advisory services of Icon Water and its investment in ActewAGL. Mr Sachse has extensive accounting and commercial experience in the water and energy sectors and holds a Master of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Accountancy. He is currently a member of the Water Services Association of Australia's Customer and Industry Leadership Committee. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

  • Richard Spurrett - General Manager Strategic Projects and Technology

    BSc, BEng, GDAppFin 

    Richard Spurrett is responsible for the delivery of the key elements of Icon Waters’ strategic objectives.  Mr Spurrett joined Icon Water in 2015 and has substantial experience in developing and aligning technically oriented organisations to better meet commercial and market needs.  Mr Spurrett has a strong background in project management, information and engineering technology, organisational systems and business transitioning. 

    Mr Spurrett holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.