Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
WATER MAY 2013 28 AWA News AWA Announces New CEO The Australian Water Association has appointed Jonathan McKeown as Chief Executive Of cer, effective 27 May 2013. Mr McKeown replaces outgoing CEO, Tom Mollenkopf, who announced his intention to stand down from the role earlier this year. AWA President, Lucia Cade, said that Jonathan brings substantial experience from the private and public sectors in highly commercial environments, as well as signi cant leadership experience and understanding of membership-based organisations. "Jonathan has successfully worked in law, manufacturing, international project management, the rural sector, government lobbying and management consulting in Asia Paci c," she said. "Throughout his career Jonathan has honed his commercial project management skills in the areas of water resource projects, infrastructure and agriculture, among others. Jonathan then spent four years as the Chief Executive of the New South Wales Farmers Association, before moving into management consulting. "We are impressed with Jonathan's executive leadership abilities and experiences. While his past roles are not directly involved in the traditional water industry, water management and access to water has been a core issue prompting Jonathan's passion for water as a fundamental element supporting Australia's economic growth and prosperity. I look forward to working closely with Jonathan as he leads the company into a new phase and builds value for our members in the coming years. "On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Tom Mollenkopf for his contributions to the Association over the last six years and wish him well with his next steps. Tom has overseen a period of considerable growth and change in AWA, at a very exciting time for the water industry. He has worked tirelessly in forging new relationships for the Association both locally and internationally, represented the water industry well, has increased member services, and grown membership." Having been based in Asia for the past six years, Jonathan returns to Australia to take up the position in Sydney. Joint Australian/New Zealand Biosolids Workshop On 9 April 2013, the Australia and New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (ANZBP), along with the newly established New Zealand Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR), hosted a Joint Australian/ New Zealand Biosolids Workshop in Blenheim, New Zealand. Held in conjunction with the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Annual Conference, the workshop formally launched the CIBR, a research body that combines the expertise of 10 New Zealand research groups to develop sustainable solutions that maximise the bene ts and minimise any risks associated with using biowastes. Around 70 attendees from a variety of backgrounds attended to hear about biosolids management practices in Australia and New Zealand, explore opportunities for improved biosolids regulations, and learn about innovative research activities from CIBR member researchers. The ANZBP was well represented at the event, with four members of the ANZBP administrative group presenting at the workshop: Dr Jacqui Horswell (ESR Ltd/ANZBP Board Member); Michael Naughton (Barwon Water/Chair of the ANZBP); Dr Bill Barber (AECOM/ANZBP Board Member); and Gregory Priest (ANZBP Program Manager). The visiting Australian contingency noted the event was valuable to strengthen existing relationships and develop new contacts. The exposure to the technical research currently underway in New Zealand will be key in guiding the ANZBP's research and communications strategies. Details of the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research can be found on the website www.cibr.esr.cri.nz. ANZBP Membership enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information regarding the ANZBP can be found at www.biosolids.com.au. Training the Industry One Master Class At a Time During February and March this year, AWA delivered two sold-out Master Classes -- one on Water Quality & the Environment and the other on Odour, Septicity and Corrosion Management, re ecting the appeal of intimate and tailored learning experiences to the industry. The Odour, Septicity and Corrosion Management Master Class was run over two days in MWH's of ce in Sydney and attracted 29 attendees to hear from world-class experts in the eld, take advantage of the extensive theory behind odour, septicity and corrosion management and to learn to develop an odour management action plan. The response received was positive with the majority of those surveyed rating the technical content, standard of presentations and quality of speakers from 'excellent' to 'very good' -- the two top rating scales. Attendees said: "Presenters were extremely knowledgeable and were obviously leaders in their eld"; and "The class gave us valuable information on odour, its nature and effective treatment methods". The Water Quality and the Environment Master Class offered 52 participants an insider's view into water quality guidelines, from the experts in charge of rewriting them. Held across two days in Melbourne, participants heard from eld experts including CSIRO and the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water.
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