26 October 2023

WA board shakeups at state's land development agency and water supplier

| Travis Radford
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Former WA Minister Dean Nalder will join the DevelopmentWA Board. Photo: Parliament of Western Australia.

An interim chair has been appointed to Water Corporation WA as land development agency DevelopmentWA gains a former state minister as its newest board member.

Long-serving Water Corporation WA board member and deputy chair David Lock has been appointed interim chair until a permanent chair is announced in the coming months.

The interim appointment came after Ross Love, who was appointed chair in September 2020, stepped down effective immediately to pursue business opportunities overseas.

An experienced executive and consultant, Mr Love was managing partner with Boston Consulting Group in New York for 25 years and held various positions across the corporate and government sectors.

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WA Water Minister Simone McGurk said Mr Love made a valuable contribution to the organisation’s strategic direction and governance practices and thanked him for his leadership and service.

“I understand Ross has not taken this decision lightly and wish to thank him for his contribution to Water Corporation since 2020,” she said.

“There is much our state’s biggest water utility should be proud of, from progressing Perth’s next desalination plant, to assuming responsibility for water services in Aboriginal communities and working towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

“All of this is done under the guidance of the board, which moving forward will be ably led by interim chair David Lock.”

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Meanwhile, former WA Liberal Minister Dean Nalder is set to replace outgoing DevelopmentWA Board Member Reg Gillard from late December.

Mr Nalder was elected to WA Parliament in 2013 as the member for the southern Perth electorate of Bateman.

Elevated as a Minister in 2014, he held a number of high-profile portfolios, including transport, finance and agriculture and food. He also served as Shadow Treasurer. Prior to entering politics, Mr Nalder held senior corporate roles at the ANZ Banking Group and Australia Post.

WA Lands Minister John Carey thanked outgoing DevelopmentWA board member Mr Gillard for his “excellent service” over the past two years and welcomed Mr Nalder’s appointment.

“Mr Nalder brings significant experience to the board and his extensive knowledge of transport and infrastructure will allow him to contribute greatly,” he said.

The WA Government also confirmed DevelopmentWA Board Deputy Chair Rebecca Field had been reappointed for a further three years.

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