Water Industry Alliance Chair, Judith Bradsen, has announced that current CEO, Andy Roberts, accepted the position of CEO at a South Australian water management company.

Mr Roberts will commence in his role as Micromet Water Management’s new CEO in May 2016.

Water management company, Micromet, provides irrigation management services, operates using using cellular network based communication such as remote solar-powered data acquisition, and is also involved in experimental stormwater harvesting and aquifer storage and retrieval (ASR).

Micromet founder and current CEO, Jim Townsend, will be taking the position of Managing Director moving forward, and will focus on strategic direction, research and development.

Ms Bradsen said the WIA remains dedicated to maintaining the vital programs and relationships during this transition period with the board planning to identify an interim Chief Executive through a public recruitment process.

“I wish to reassure members that the WIA continues to deliver all of the same benefits to members and that its support for the SA Government and fulfilment of its other partnerships will continue with the same energy and commitment given under Andy’s leadership,” Ms Bradsen said.

Ms Bradsen said the WIA will continue to move towards the vision of leading a globally recognised hub of water expertise and research in South Australia, which drives growth for its members and the State economy.

Ms Bradsen said the WIA fully supports Mr Roberts move and sees this as an opportunity for further growth of the industry. The WIA understands that the role of CEO of the WIA is often a developmental one for new leaders in the water sector.

Mr Roberts joined the WIA as a Business Development Manager before his rapid promotion to the CEO role. 

In the five years he has led the organisation he has built strong relationships with members, political leaders, the State and Commonwealth public sector and other stakeholders.

In that time the WIA has stabilised their financial position, delivered many new programs and services and built a highly collaborative relationship with government.

Mr Roberts has achieved these results at a time when global economic events and the decline of capital expenditure in the water industry at home have created many challenges for members.

“Andy’s commitment and contribution will be missed, but we look forward to maintaining a close relationship with him. We are excited by the opportunity to identify a new Chief Executive and to use this opportunity to review and refresh our WIA,” Ms Bradsen said.

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