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WaterNSW CEO resigns

After six years as WaterNSW CEO, David Harris has resigned with Andrew George taking over as acting CEO.

In 2014, Mr Harris was CEO of both State Water Corporation and Sydney Catchment Authority and was instrumental in the successful merger of the two organisations, resulting in the creation of WaterNSW.

After six years as CEO, Mr Harris said he has been reflecting on the right time to transition the leadership of WaterNSW for its next era and to take on his own next challenge.

“I believe now is the window for transitioning the leadership, ahead of the development of the next three-year Strategic Plan and as the reforms to the NSW Government owned water sector enter the next phase,” said Mr Harris.

Mr Harris said it has been an honour and a privilege to lead the organisation from its inception right through to significant improvements in water quality and operations for the state.

“I thank my team of passionate and committed individuals, the board, my contemporaries from elsewhere in the sector, and the NSW Government – I am proud of what we achieved together, and I leave a high performing organisation ready for its next phase,” said Mr Harris.

NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing, the Hon Melinda Pavey MP thanked Mr Harris for a lengthy and significant contribution to the water sector.

WaterNSW Chair of the Board Anne McDonald added Mr Harris’ passion, commitment and contribution to the management of its water resources will continue to be recognised in future generations.

“He should be very proud of his legacy to the NSW water sector and we wish him all the best for the future,” said Ms McDonald.

WaterNSW Executive Andrew George – who is a civil and environmental engineer – has been appointed Acting CEO.

For more information visit the WaterNSW website.

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