Gippsland Water has appointed its new Managing Director following a national search and an exhaustive interview process.

Sarah Cumming has been appointed to the position. Ms Cumming has served on the Gippsland water board for the past five years and, most recently, worked as the General Manager of Corporate Services at Latrobe City.

Current Managing Director David Mawer’s term will expire in June and he did not apply for reappointment.

Ms Cumming has held a range of senior management positions at the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and was previously a Litigation Lawyer with Slater and Gordon with expertise in personal injuries and employment law.

Ms Cumming has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Cumming lives in Gippsland and has a strong interest in the local community.

The appointment reflects Water for Victoria, which identified the need to promote gender equity within the water sector, and the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment that no less than 50 per cent of all future board appointments are women.

“The appointment of a local person is a vote of confidence in the talent available in the Gippsland area and a clear sign of the organisation’s commitment to local jobs,” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

“It’s wonderful to welcome Ms Cumming to Gippsland Water, she will bring a range of experience in governance and leadership.”

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