Charmaine Quick takes G-MW reins

By Shepparton News

Goulburn-Murray Water has appointed its first female managing director.

The organisation, based in Tatura which is responsible for delivering irrigation water, has announced Charmaine Quick will be joining the corporation in February.

Ms Quick lives in Shepparton but works as an executive general manager of service delivery with Melbourne Water where she oversees the delivery of water, sewage, waterways and drainage services to Melbourne.

G-MW chairman Diane James said it was ‘‘a truly exciting appointment for our business’’.

‘‘The Minister for Water has set the key priority for our business as transforming to a new model that improves operations, keeps water prices low for customers and irrigators and supports the future growth of the irrigation district across our region.

‘‘Charmaine is the right person to lead this change.’’

Ms Quick’s appointment follows the resignation of the former managing director after a critical Victorian Ombudsman’s report, published last year. The chair also left the corporation around the same time.

The water corporation has had a succession of managing directors in recent years.

VFF Water Council chairman Richard Anderson said the appointment was promising.

Ms James said Ms Quick was known for her ability to influence and drive change at organisation level, nationally and internationally for asset management, relationship contract management and also customer service.

She lists one of her key achievements as driving improvements in asset management at Melbourne Water through the development of its asset strategy.

Ms Quick’s experience in agriculture was gained growing up on the family farm at Noradjuha in the Wimmera.

She is due to start work on February 4 so was not available to answer questions from The News.