Our Board Members

Terry Lawler

Terry Lawler

BCom FCA FAICD FAIM

Terry Lawler was appointed as Chairman of Hunter Water Corporation on 1 January 2012. Mr Lawler is also Chair of Life Without Barriers Limited and Chair of Ampcontrol Group. Mr Lawler is also Administrator of the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council, a Director of Powerdown Australia Pty Limited, peoplefusion Pty Limited and is an advisory board member of Urban Purveyor Group Pty Limited. He has previously been the Chairman of National Rail Corporation Limited, Newcastle Knights Limited and a Director of Newcastle Port Corporation.
Maree Gleeson

Maree Gleeson OAM

BSc PhD FAIDC

Professor Maree Gleeson was appointed as a Director on 1 January 2013. Professor Gleeson has held leadership positions in health services, medical research and government. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and is currently a Director of the Central Coast Local Health District Board,  NSW Health Pathology Board and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. Professor Gleeson has extensive experience as a non-executive director with a strong background in corporate governance, strategic planning, capital developments, risk management and compliance. In 2011 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her community work and role in medical research with HMRI.

Peter Dalglish

Peter Dalglish

BSc GDipMktgMgmt

Peter Dalglish was appointed as a Director on 2 July 2013. Mr Dalglish is a water industry specialist with over 40 years' experience in all facets of the industry including management of large-scale wastewater treatment operations and infrastructure projects, corporate planning and system performance review. Mr Dalglish is currently a Director of Chester Consulting Pty Ltd and has held senior management positions with Sydney Water Corporation and URS Australia Pty Ltd where he has worked on strategic projects across Australia and in New Zealand, The Philippines, Iraq and Vietnam.
Ruth Lavery

Ruth Lavery

MPH BComm GAICD CA F.SinSIA

Ruth Lavery was appointed as a Director on 23 June 2014. Ms Lavery has a finance and economics background. Ruth is a member of the inaugural Consumer Challenge Panel of the Australian Energy Regulator, advising on consumer perspectives on electricity and gas network regulatory proposals, and served as Trustee of the NSW Government's Responsible Gambling Fund. With many years at a senior level at the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal and extensive experience in private sector infrastructure investment and business management, she brings to the Board expertise in economic regulation, efficient business practices and financial analysis.

Grahame Clarke

Grahame Clarke

BAppSc MEngSc

Grahame Clarke was appointed as a Director on 23 June 2014. Mr Clarke has extensive experience in the functions and administration of local and state government in New South Wales. Grahame has worked throughout regional NSW including roles at Hastings Shire Council and Shoalhaven City Council specialising in the regulation of the environmental health, building and planning functions of local government.  He was employed by the NSW Department of Public Works and Services, in the delivery of the then NSW Government's Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme program for New South Wales which included training treatment plant operators.  During this time Mr Clarke developed an in depth working knowledge of water supply and sewerage systems operated by local Government Councils. He also worked for the NSW Environment Protection Authority from 1993 to 2013 which included 7 years as the Regional Manager for the Hunter Region.   

Christine Feldmanis

Christine Feldmanis

FAICD SFFin TFASFA CPA CSA BCom MAppFin JP

Christine Feldmanis was appointed as a Director of Hunter Water on 8 September 2016. Ms Feldmanis has more than 30 years of experience in the financial arena, spanning both the government and private sectors. She has extensive experience in investment management, finance, accounting and risk management, legal & regulatory compliance, governance and business building, in both the listed and unlisted financial products markets. Ms Feldmanis formerly held senior executive positions with firms including Deloitte, Elders Finance, Bankers Trust, NSW TCorp and Treasury Group.  She was previously an independent non-executive director of Delta Electricity from 2012 until 2016, chairing the Audit & Risk, and Environment, Workplace, Health & Safety Committees. She is currently a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Perpetual Equities Investment Company Ltd (ASX: PIC), non-executive director of Netball NSW, and Chair of Bell Asset Management Ltd.

Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley

BSc PhD

Dr Jim Bentley was appointed as Managing Director on 27 July 2016. Jim has more than 20 years' experience in the infrastructure sector, much of it in water and wastewater.  He spent 12 years with Thames Water, half of which were in the UK regulated business and half with the international division.  Key roles with Thames Water include managing the major water treatment plants serving Thames Water's London customers, Regional Director for Turkey and the Middle East, including the US$900m Izmit Water Supply Project and a US$250m wastewater concession in the UAE, and Chairman of a 500 employee contracting subsidiary in Spain.

Jim has spent the last 10 years living in New Zealand.  In that time he has been a Strategy Programme Manager for Watercare Services Limited, Chief Executive of Metrowater Limited - the water and wastewater utility for the former Auckland City Council, Chief Executive of infrastructure services consultancy Synergine Group Limited and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Research at the University of Auckland.  Outside of the water sector Jim was Alliance Project Manager for the planning, design and consenting phases of a $600m expressway for the New Zealand Transport Agency, Programme Director for a major transport strategy development in central Wellington and Course Director for a number of executive education programmes for a range of clients, with particular focus on leadership development within the infrastructure sector.  He has also had a number of advisory roles to infrastructure sector clients, including the Joint Modelling Applications Centre for Transport in Auckland and Auckland Council. His research and consulting interests have been largely in the area of how infrastructure development and services relate to city liveability.

Executive Manager Corporate and Legal, Peter Kembrey, serves as Company Secretary.