Len­non dumped

Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­off Adams

The Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter board has dumped its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Pat Len­non, just two years into his five-year con­tract, in the lat­est of sud­den gov­er­nance changes at the re­gional wa­ter au­thor­ity.

For­mer City of Greater Shep­par­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bill Ja­boor would be­come in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, new G-MW chair Diane James said on Fri­day.

No ex­pla­na­tion has been of­fered for Mr Len­non’s de­par­ture.

Ms James, who has been in the job for less than a month af­ter the for­mer chair quit with­out ex­pla­na­tion, said Mr Len­non’s ten­ure ended un­der the terms of his con­tract, with­out any ex­gra­tia pay­ment.

Asked about the change, Ms James said as chair­man, pro­mot­ing a strong gov­er­nance regime was a pri­or­ity for her.

‘‘I am cer­tainly aware there have been changes in lead­er­ship at G-MW in re­cent years,’’ she said.

‘‘My in­ten­tion is to pro­vide sta­bil­ity for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, its staff, stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers.

‘‘G-MW is un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion to bet­ter meet its chal­lenges in the short, medium and long term to bring this work to fruition, en­sur­ing G-MW has a sus­tain­able fu­ture, de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able ser­vices for cus­tomers and con­tin­u­ing to be a re­ward­ing and sat­is­fy­ing work­place for staff.’’

Mr Len­non started work in Oc­to­ber 2016, fol­low­ing the sud­den de­par­ture of the for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, John Calleja, in May that year af­ter less than 12 months in the job.

Mr Len­non came from an engi­neer­ing man­age­ment back­ground with ex­pe­ri­ence in en­ergy and con­struc­tion com­pa­nies in Tas­ma­nia, Vic­to­ria and the United States, mov­ing into man­age­ment po­si­tions in later years.

Un­der Mr Len­non’s ten­ure the con­tro­ver­sial Con­nec­tions project be­gan mov­ing but a con­sul­tant’s re­port de­liv­ered to the or­gan­i­sa­tion ear­lier this year made sweep­ing crit­i­cisms of G-MW’s gov­er­nance, as­set man­age­ment, cor­po­rate struc­ture, cap­i­tal project de­liv­ery and en­gage­ment with cus­tomers.

In­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bill Ja­boor has been the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Greater Shep­par­ton, Be­nalla, Brim­bank and Hob­sons Bay mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

He is cur­rently a board mem­ber of City West Wa­ter and will con­tinue in that role.

‘‘Bill Ja­boor is the right in­terim man­ag­ing di­rec­tor to en­sure the on­go­ing lead­er­ship of G-MW while trans­for­ma­tion con­tin­ues at pace,’’ Ms James said.

‘‘I am grate­ful Bill has agreed to bring his am­ple ex­per­tise to G-MW as in­terim man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

‘‘The search for a per­ma­nent man­ag­ing di­rec­tor be­gins im­me­di­ately.’’

Ms James said she was ded­i­cated to im­ple­ment­ing the 30 rec­om­men­da­tions from the Strate­gic Ad­vi­sory Panel that was put in place to en­sure the trans­for­ma­tion of G-MW.

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