National Water Infrastructure Development Fund – Technical Expert Panel

​​​A Technical Expert Panel was established by the department to assess Expressions of Interest (EoI) against the assessment criteria of the guidelines of the feasibility component of the fund, and to provide advice to the department on the merit of eligible EoIs submitted.

Richard McLoughlin (Convenor) (ACT) – Richard is Assistant Secretary, Water Resources, in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where he is responsible for administration of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund among other national water policy roles including the WELS program. He has been responsible over the last decade for managing a wide range of national water programs including ongoing responsibility for Commonwealth involvement in management of the Lake Eyre Basin and Great Artesian Basin and, previously, major irrigation infrastructure and water resource assessment investments in the Murray Darling Basin, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Graham Dooley (SA) – Graham is one of the most experienced Chairman level people in the Australian water industry having spent 45 years delivering capital and operating water solutions across Australia. He has been a Chairman, Managing Director and Director of over 40 companies in the past 25 years. Graham was the National President of the Australian Water Association from 2013–2015 and a Director from 2009–2016. His current roles focus principally on businesses “where water and money meet”.

Zara Lowien (NSW) – Zara is an Executive Officer for the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association responsible for representing the local irrigation industry and managing all aspects of the Association, including strategy and policy preparations on issues and opportunities facing industry and the local community. Zara also supports the Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association and implements their community engagement program, which invests in projects to build a strong and vibrant community. Zara uses her NRM and facilitation skills to work with industry and community to achieve outcomes for all.

Andrew Ogden (WA) – Andrew is Managing Director of Western Irrigation, a contracting company involved in the drilling for, and pumping, treatment and distribution of, water for irrigation and other activities. He was a Director of the Australian Drilling Industry Association for 10 years, including a period from 2007 to 2012 as National President of that organisation, and is currently Chair of Irrigation Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and has extensive practical experience in the supply and distribution of water for the commercial, industrial, horticultural, mining and government sectors.

David Papps (Vic) – David is a civil engineer with a doctorate in water engineering and over 20 years’ industry experience. Based in Melbourne, David is a Technical Director at Beca and chairs Beca's centre of technical excellence and practice leadership for water. He has project leadership experience from a number of significant water projects, ranging from catchment studies to advanced water treatment facilities. These projects have been delivered through a range of procurement models including design and construct, EPCM, Private-Public Partnerships and Alliances.

Guy Roth (NSW) – Guy has worked for 25 years as a scientist, research manager and educator in agriculture. Guy currently runs his own research and development agribusiness from Narrabri. He is Chair of the Water Use in Agriculture RD&E Strategy, as part of the National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension Framework. He also leads the Smarter Irrigation for Profit project related to the cotton, dairy, rice and sugarcane industries. Guy is currently a Director of Sugar Research Australia Ltd.

Angus Swindon (Tas) – Angus has more than 25 years’ experience in the water industry in Australia, having worked as a consultant, owner and project manager. His expertise spans water storage and supply infrastructure, particularly in dams engineering and management for hydropower, irrigation and potable use. Angus holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and as is a former Secretary of ANCOLD.

Kevin Williams (SA) – Kevin has 20 years of experience in research management and executive roles in agricultural, natural resource management and renewable energy sectors. He is currently the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, on secondment from the University of South Australia where he holds the position of Associate Professor. Kevin holds Bachelor of Horticulture and Master of Biotechnology degrees and a PhD in Plant Molecular Genetics. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

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