The newly appointed CEO of TasWater is excited to bring over thirty years of water industry experience to the role.
George Theo has been appointed as CEO of TasWater, after inaugural CEO Michael Brewster retired in February.
“I was attracted to TasWater because it is a young organisation looking to make a significant contribution to the lives of Tasmanians,” Mr Theo said.
“It has also inherited a hundred-year legacy of hard work and achievement.
“When I was offered the opportunity to join TasWater I was thrilled. I could not think of a single reason to not want to come to Tassie and be a part of the team!”
Mr Theo comes to TasWater from Unitywater in South East Queensland.
“I look forward to working with the incredible team at TasWater and our stakeholders to deliver awesome outcomes for our customers, the environment, our people and owners,” Mr Theo said.
“I am also looking forward to working with TasWater’s Capital Delivery Office (CDO), responsible for delivering our major infrastructure projects.
“These works form part of TasWater’s $1.7 billion, 10-year, capital works program.
“I understand through the engagement of designers, consultants and contractors carrying out construction works, the CDO has already delivered outcomes of $300 million in investment through the delivery of several high-quality projects, with many more projects underway.
“These projects have boosted local employment, with about 93 per cent of all contracts allocated to upgrade or build new infrastructure going to Tasmanian-based businesses.
“Working together to achieve outcomes that deliver real benefit for all is what motivates me.
“Our customers deserve to be served by the most progressive, innovative and efficient water utility in the country, if not the world.
“It’s a challenge I have every confidence we can meet together.”
In addition to his new position as TasWater’s CEO, Mr Theo is the Chairman of Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) Asia Pacific Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation that brings together key players in the water industry focussing on research, technology and digital transformation.
“I have been in the water industry for over thirty years, so I consider myself a water person,” Mr Theo said.
“My very first role was working closely with field-based teams. This was followed with stints working with a wide range of office-based teams from the contact centre, to planners, engineers, finance, HR and IT professionals.
“I believe this experience has provided me with a very good perspective on the challenges teams face in doing their day-to-day work.”