Water Journal : Water Journal June 2013
4From the President A TIME OF GROWTH AND POSSIBILITIES Graham Dooley -- AWA President WATER JUNE 2013 I am honoured to have taken over from Lucia Cade as President of AWA, effective from the close of Ozwater'13 in May. Every two years, AWA has a change of President, a number of Directors retire by rotation and a number of new Directors join the Board. This ensures that there is a constant rejuvenation of our leadership and that our Board re ects the changing water industry in which we work. Lucia has contributed substantially to AWA and the industry, and as our rst female President has both led and served our Association with great distinction. I am pleased that Lucia will continue on the Board for one more year as Past President. Our three retiring Directors, Paul Freeman, Mark Bartley and Peter Burgess, have served with enthusiasm, skill, commitment and wise judgement, and we thank them unreservedly for their contributions. Meanwhile I am delighted to welcome four new Directors: Carmel Krogh, Mark Sullivan, Mal Shepherd and John Graham. All were elected last November and took of ce at close of OzWater'13. Their insights at our Board table will be refreshing and most welcome. AWA also said a warm goodbye at the end of May to our CEO, Tom Mollenkopf, who served with eminence for over six years. Over this period, in addition to managing all of the organisation's programs and activities, Tom lifted AWA's pro le in the eyes of Government, the media and the general public, and in-sourced the delivery of Ozwater and the production of Water Journal. Tom and the AWA team have delivered all these initiatives with commitment and skill. Thank you Tom, for your friendship and sustained hard work over your period as CEO. Our new CEO, Jonathan McKeown, joins us at a time when we face the challenges of a changing Association and a changing industry. Jonathan has big shoes to ll, but is well practiced in both industry associations and business. Once again our annual Ozwater Conference & Exhibition was a resounding success. I love the warm greetings that are exchanged there; they are testimony to the depth of collegiality and friendship that characterises the water industry. Our YWPs in particular have an infectious enthusiasm that I enjoy immensely. While Ozwater is an obvious highlight in our calendar, AWA continues to seek new ways to support the industry and its people. For individual members, the Board is considering a certi cation scheme for water industry professionals and practitioners. Our intention is to recognise competence in the sector, encourage professional development and add value to AWA membership. For corporate members, we aim to package up our whole of industry know-how under the waterAUSTRALIA banner as a product for valuable export. Other countries do it successfully and so should we! For our research and technology members, I am aware of how dif cult it is to source funding for this underpinning and essential work. I look forward to sharing some ideas with the Board based on my observations from other industries. Meanwhile we have a new CEO to get settled in and a refreshed Board to work with. It will be a busy time as we get back to work after OzWater'13. See you in Brisbane for OzWater'14. Please put it in your diaries now -- it will be a beauty I am told!
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