Coliban Water has announced its new Managing Director following the departure of former Managing Director, Jeff Rigby.
Experienced water industry executive, Damian Wells, was selected for the position and will commence in the role on 5 August 2019. Mr Wells will be Managing Director of Coliban Water for five years.
Coliban Water Board Chairperson, Lucy Roffey, said the Board was delighted to announce its new Managing Director following an extensive recruitment process.
“The Board of Coliban Water had an exceptional field of candidates – several that could have led Coliban Water into the future,” Ms Roffey said.
“It was Damian’s depth of experience in aligned sectors working with regional and urban communities that made him a stand-out candidate to lead Coliban Water.
“Damian has extensive experience at CEO and Executive Director level within the water and environment sectors, and his track record in strategic leadership is a great fit for Coliban Water.”
Damian Wells is well-known to the region as a former Chief Executive Officer of the North Central Catchment Management Authority, and in his current role as Executive Director – Regulatory Capability, Engagement and Legal at the Environment Protection Authority.
“We look forward to Damian leading the implementation of Coliban Water’s Strategy 2030,” Ms Roffey said.
Mr Wells said he was both honored and humbled to have been appointed by the Board to lead Coliban Water in the provision of vital water services for the future growth and prosperity of the region.
“I am deeply committed to the region and our inspiring communities. My family calls the region home and we are grateful to be raising our children in such an amazing place,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said he has a strong connection with Coliban Water’s vision of Water to Live, Grow and Enjoy.
“The Board of Coliban Water has highlighted climate adaptation as a key leadership focus for Coliban Water, and I look forward to working with the organisation, stakeholders and most importantly our customers and communities in supporting the growth and prosperity of the region to meet long-term water needs.”
Ms Roffey said she wanted to acknowledge and thank Neville Pearce, Coliban Water’s Executive General Manager Service and Infrastructure, for leading the organisation over the past five months as Acting Managing Director.
Mr Pearce will remain Acting Managing Director until 4 August 2019.