Water Journal : Current Feb 2016
15 www.awa.asn.au Member news HERTLE NAMED IWA FELLOW One of Australia's most respected chemical engineers in the water sector has received one of the industry's highest honours, being named a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). Fellowships are awarded not only for distinguished contributions to the advancement of water science and technology, but for expectations of substantial future contributions. As GHD's Market Leader for Water, Hertle said he was honoured and humbled by the accolade, and excited by the progress being made in resource recovery from wastewater. "There's now a lot of interest in resource recovery -- trying to get more out of wastewater and not talk about it as wastewater," he said. "The very first job I did at Brisbane City Council was to optimise the anaerobic digesters at Luggage Point to maximise the gas production. "It's been something that's pretty close to my heart for 30-odd years." Hertle said there was also an increasing number of projects looking beyond just water and energy recovery from wastewater. "More recently, people have been starting to look at nutrient recovery, which is still a bit out there because its value is quite small," he said. "The value of the water is number one, second the energy, and then the nitrogen and phosphorus come a poor third, really." Hertle is a member of the Research Advisory Committee at the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, and currently serves on a number of committees at the IWA. He said the fellowship would mean more involvement with the IWA. Congratulations to IWAA Chair Darryl Day, who was also recognised as an IWA Fellow. The Australian Water Association has appointed a Member Engagement Manager, as it rolls out a strategy to help the Association serve members more strongly than ever before. Shona Gawel was appointed to the new role in January, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors in community engagement and membership development. In the role, Gawel will be responsible for membership strategy, as the Association continues to roll out its ambitious plan to substantially increase the value it delivers to its members. "A key strength of the AWA is our mix of members; from our corporate supporters, individuals in water professions, researchers, analysts, local authorities and government employees. "We are truly representative of the sector and reflective of all that is taking place. I'm looking forward to sharing the work of the organisation with an even wider pool of people." One of Gawel's first projects will be conducting a national membership survey, seeking the views of Association members from every corner of the water industry to gauge their views on how the Association serves them. "I'm aware of the challenges all membership organisations face and feel the Association is well placed to meet these," she said. "It's an exciting 2016 for members with the implementation of the organisation's improved digital strategy. Our new look website and members' platform offers greater flexible and makes it easier to stay in touch." Gawel's previous role was Head of Membership for international educational charity the English-Speaking Union. ASSOCIATION'S NEW HIRE RAMPS UP MEMBER STRATEGY NEW FACE JOINS THE TEAM Membership in the spotlight IT'S AN EXCITING 2016 FOR MEMBERS WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORGANISATION'S IMPROVED DIGITAL STRATEGY.
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