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Melbourne Water has appointed three new board members.

The three new members are Anita Roper, Andrew Cairns and James Atkins.

The trio will join continuing members John Thwaites (Chair), Kathleen Baily-Lord, Robyn McLeod, Russell Anderson, Fiona Rowland and Managing Director Michael Wandmaker.

Andrew Cairns

Andrew Cairns has extensive experience in the water industry, having served on the Board of Coliban Water and as Chair of Western Water. His professional career has spanned a number of industries in Australia and internationally, including manufacturing, telecommunications and finance. As CEO of Haven Home Safe, he works collaboratively with government, public and private partners to help prevent homelessness in Victoria.

James Atkins 

James Atkins is an experienced business advisor, marketing strategist, and company director with over 35 years of experience working at a senior level in the retail, financial services, and energy sectors. He is currently the Chair of Greening Australia and BIG4 Holiday Parks and a Board member of the Connective Group, .au Domain Administration and Circus Oz. 

Antia Roper 

Anita Roper joins from the Board of Yarra Valley Water and boasts experience in senior management roles working with business, government, communities, and multilateral agencies in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA. Her executive career spans the private and public sectors, including Chief Executive Officer at Sustainability Victoria and Global Director of Sustainability with Alcoa in New York. Anita is currently Chair of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Chair of the Stroke Association of Victoria and has served on numerous boards and advisory panels.

Retiring from Melbourne Water’s Board is Deputy Chair, Merran Kelsall, along with Hugh Gleeson and Garry Smith; all have served as directors since 2015.

Melbourne Water would like to thank Merran, Hugh and Garry for their guidance and contribution to Melbourne Water and the broader water industry.

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