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WaterNSW has revealed that its Chair of five years has stepped down, and has announced an Interim Chair. 

Anne McDonald is stepping down after leading WaterNSW through numerous challenges. She was first appointed as Chair of the WaterNSW Board in March 2016 and reappointed with the full support of the Board in February 2019. 

While recruitment for a permanent Chair is underway, Kaye Dalton has been appointed interim Chair of WaterNSW. Ms Dalton was first appointed to the Board of WaterNSW in February 2021.

During her tenure as Chair, Ms McDonald led the organisation through some extraordinary events including a record drought, the Black Summer bushfires, a one-in-twenty-year rain event in metropolitan catchments in 2019-20, and the impacts of COVID-19.

Major achievements of WaterNSW under Ms McDonald’s leadership include making real time water information available to rural customers; the construction of the Broken Hill pipeline which was delivered on time and ahead of budget; and the launch of the Safety Commitments initiative and the continued rollout of the Safe4Life Program.

Ms McDonald supported these initiatives through her role as Chair of the Safety, People and Capability Committee.

Ms McDonald also led the organisation through the development and adoption of a new three to five year Corporate Strategy, the appointment of a new CEO, and significant water sector reform.  

WaterNSW said that she was also instrumental in the development of its journey to place customers at the heart of the business.

Interim Chair, Ms Dalton, has over 30 years of experience working in the natural resource and water sectors and is a former Non-Executive Director of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited. 

Ms Dalton has held senior executive positions tasked with delivery of significant reforms in the water industry. She has a strong track record creating effective industry and government partnerships and designing and conducting community and stakeholder engagement and consultation.

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