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Gippsland Water reappoints managing director

Gippsland Water has announced the reappointment of Sarah Cumming as managing director for a second five-year term.

After announcing the decision to staff in the first week of November, Gippsland Water board chair Therese Ryan said, “Sarah was originally chosen following a state-wide search for her skills, experience and vision. 

“During the last four and a half years, she has led significant cultural change to make our organisation more customer-focused and commercially sustainable.”

Ryan described her as a “passionate born and bred Gippslander”, and her energy and drive to see the region prosper has had a positive impact on the utility.

“We’ve come a long way, but there’s much more to be done and our board agrees that Sarah is the best person for the job.”

Cumming’s reappointment comes at a pivotal time for the organisation, as it prepares its next regulatory five-year price submission and long-term urban water strategy.

“Our region is undergoing generational change in terms of its population, economy and climate, providing both challenges and opportunities,” Cumming said.

“As a major local employer and community partner, we have an important role to play in ensuring our region is positioned to grow and prosper.”

Cumming said leaving behind a healthy and sustainable region for future Gippsland generations is what drives her and her team.

Cumming is a well-known Gippsland advocate and respected leader, having previously held executive roles with Latrobe City Council and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following her early career as a litigation lawyer.

She is the second ever female managing director appointed to a Victorian water corporation and incoming national president of the Institute of Water Administration.

For more information visit the Gippsland Water website.

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