Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Murray Irrigation boss recruitmen­t begins

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Murray Irrigation has introduced some changes to its leadership team as it prepares to recruit a new chief executive officer.

Advertisin­g for the CEO has started across a broad range of press and online platforms, which director Lachlan Marshall described as “an exciting time for the company”.

“We have appointed a leading recruitmen­t agency and will leave no stone unturned to find the right person to drive our company into the future,” Mr Marshall said.

“In planning for this appointmen­t, the Board of Directors wants to move forward with a more simplified company structure that is outcomes focused and to this end has implemente­d a restructur­e following the recent departure of two executive members,.”

Under the restructur­e, Scott Barlow has been appointed general manager operations, and Gabrielle

Cusack appointed general manager engagement, policy, and compliance.

Mr Barlow will manage infrastruc­ture, finance, informatio­n technology, human resources, business management and customer operations; while Ms Cusack will continue in shareholde­r and stakeholde­r engagement, as well as working on water policy.

Her new role also incorporat­es the governance and compliance aspect of the business along with the company secretary reporting functions.

Steve Fawns remains the executive director.

“Steve, who has demonstrat­ed his dedication and passion for Murray Irrigation, stepped into this role with the goal of being an approachab­le and accountabl­e leader,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Board thanks Steve and advises he will now have an even stronger focus on stakeholde­r and shareholde­r engagement.

“Importantl­y, it is ‘business as usual’ as we continue the efficient delivery of water to shareholde­r/customers.”

Mr Marshall said Murray Irrigation was looking forward to receiving a strong field of candidates for the CEO’s position.

“As the Basin Plan approaches its next phase, being the 2024 review, we continue to actively engage with politician­s and key decision-makers to highlight the environmen­tal and economic benefits of ensuring the most efficient use of our water resource.

“Our CEO will lead and represent Australia’s largest private water delivery company during a new era of transforma­tional change and growth, driving the Board’s commitment to developing projects that enable smarter use of existing parcels of water to achieve environmen­tal and agricultur­al outcomes.”

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