Businesswoman Christine Kershaw has been selected as a new Busselton Water board member, while Matt Walker has been appointed deputy chairperson following the departure of Paul Carter.
Ms Kershaw is the chairperson of the South West Catchment Council and Cape Naturaliste College, and was previously on the Regional Development Australia South West board. She has experience in urban and regional development and environmental management.
Mr Walker was first appointed to the board of Busselton Water in January 2013 and is an active community member involved in a range of community interests, events and activities.
Water Minister Dave Kelly said he welcomed Ms Kershaw to the board and congratulated Mr Walker on his appointment as deputy chairperson.
"Ms Kershaw’s significant scientific and natural resource management skills will be an asset to the board,” he said.
"Mr Walker has already been a significant contributor to the board and I welcome his willingness to accept the deputy chairperson role.
"I would also like to thank Paul Carter for his dedication and commitment to the organisation and his work over the past six and a half years on the board."
Busselton Water board chairperson Helen Shervington said Ms Kershaw had broad board experience, skills and networks that were relevant to the board.
“Ms Kershaw brings strong governance, systems and finance management skills,” she said.
“I would also like to thank Paul Carter for his enormous commitment to the Board over many years.
“His willingness to commit his skills, experience and time to the governance and management of Busselton Water and its audit committee is greatly appreciated.”
Ms Kershaw said she was thrilled to join the board and had an interest in water resources management.
“While I was at university I actually did my research paper on the diminishing rainfall in the South West during the 1970s,” she said.
“I really believe that water management underlies all areas of resource management, so joining Busselton Water is fantastic as I can really get back to my water resources management roots.”