National Water Grid Advisory Body

Expert advisory body to help secure our water future

The National Water Grid Advisory Body has been established to provide independent expert advice to the Australian Government on a wide range of water infrastructure issues, and the specific water infrastructure policies, projects and investment priorities that will help deliver the National Water Grid.

The eight-member Body brings together a wide range of experience in engineering, agriculture, economics, science, and infrastructure investment. It will play an important role in raising understanding and awareness of water infrastructure issues in Australia, and the often complex technical, economic and environmental issues that need to be considered to deliver greater water security and resilience.

The National Water Grid Advisory Body works closely with the National Water Grid Authority in its role shaping national water infrastructure policy.

The establishment of the Advisory Body was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in September 2020.

Meet the National Water Grid Advisory Body

Chris Lynch

Christopher Lynch

Chair

Chris is a leading Global Senior Executive having worked across six continents, with experience as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer in the two largest mineral resource companies, BHP and Rio Tinto and over four years as Chief Executive Officer of Transurban. With a wealth of experience in the private sector, Chris has a significant understanding of large scale, complex infrastructure project construction.

Sue Middleton

Sue Middleton

Member

Sue and her husband Michael manage a diversified farm in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia growing grains, oaten hay, pork, and citrus. Sue has wide reaching and deep change management experience across agricultural business, commodity groups and sectors, and regional and rural communities. She is passionate about rural and regional Australia and has been actively involved in many leadership roles across industry, agriculture and rural community development.

Peter Ryan

Peter Ryan

Member

Peter is a former Deputy Premier of Victoria, leader of the Nationals in Victoria, Minister for Rural and Regional Development and Minister for Police and Emergency Services. He had a distinguished political career across 23 years in the Victorian Parliament and has been a strong voice for rural and regional development. He has extensive experience in state-level infrastructure development and bringing stakeholders together to drive and build strategic initiatives. 

Cathy Foley

Dr Cathy Foley

Member

Dr Foley has built a distinguished career as a world scientist and leader. She is an advocate for the communication of science, science education and women in science. As CSIRO’s Chief Scientist she is at the forefront of CSIRO’s work to use science to solve real issues to unlock a better future for Australia.

Roseanne Healy

Roseanne Healy

Member

Roseanne is an economics professional with extensive experience in diverse sectors including agriculture, aquaculture, food and wine, technology and infrastructure. She has over 20-years of corporate advisory experience and expertise in due diligence and corporate governance, strategy and investment analysis.

Jim Grayson

Jim Grayson

Member

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Area Water Board, Jim was responsible for overseeing the Awoonga Dam along with a network of delivery pipelines, water treatment plants and other bulk water distribution infrastructure in Central Queensland. Jim has extensive experience in the delivery of critical services, including the development, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure projects.

Elizabeth Stott

Elizabeth Stott

Member

Elizabeth is a public relations professional with qualifications in science and leadership. She has a diverse background across a range of agriculture and water related industries including with the Murray Darling Basin Authority. Liz has also been a partner in a family owned and run irrigation farming business for over 10 years, primarily producing cotton and winter cereals. She is a strong and passionate advocate for rural issues.

Stuart Khan

Stuart Khan

Member

Dr Khan is Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His work has a particular emphasis on water recycling applications, and improving the understanding of water treatment capabilities, water quality monitoring and risk management. He is a widely published author, including contributions to several books on wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling.