Our Board, including the Managing Director, is responsible for setting strategic direction, establishing goals and objectives for executive management and monitoring the business on behalf of our customers and the Victorian Government. Key functions of our Board include:

  • Establishing objectives and monitoring the performance of the Managing Director
  • Adopting a Corporate Plan, Business Plan and Infrastructure Program and monitoring results on a regular basis
  • Ensuring that risk management systems are in place to cover environmental, operational and financial risks
  • Ensuring we comply with the law and conform to the highest standards of corporate governance practice and ethical conduct

Meetings of the Board are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Additional meetings of the Board are held from time to time as required.


Mark Stone, Board Chair

Mark Stone AM runs a business advisory company, and is a Non-Executive Director/Chairman. Mark was Chief Executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for over eight years, the peak body for business in Victoria. During this time, Mark developed a reputation as a leader in the Australian business community and was regularly consulted for business-related advice and commentary.

Previously, Mark was Chief Executive of Parks Victoria for 12 years. During this period, Mark identified, negotiated and secured large-scale tourism development opportunities for the State of Victoria, as well as highly successful major events, at the same time ensuring the protection of the natural environment. Mark lead and developed Parks Victoria from a State-based and State-focused entity to one with national and international stature. The complexity and diversity of this organisation required strong leadership and management of multi-disciplinary staff, including 800 professional bush firefighters. He has extensive knowledge of regional issues, having lived and worked in many parts of the State.

Mark was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2016 for “significant service to commerce and industry through leadership roles, to the environment and tourism sectors, and to the community.”

His other roles included Member of the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, Co-Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board, Board Member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO of Tourism Victoria and Board Member of Tourism Australia.

Mark is currently Chairman SCT Logistics, a member of the Premier’s Special Advisory Council for Bushfire Recovery Victoria and is an Advisory Board Member of Delaware North (Australia).


Linda Nieuwenhuizen, Deputy Board Chair

Linda Nieuwenhuizen was appointed a Director of Goulburn Valley Water in November 2016. Ms Nieuwenhuizen is currently Head of Communications at Apple and Pear Australia Limited.

Linda’s previous roles include the Manager, Governance and Communications at Moira Shire Council, Manager Stakeholder Relations at Goulburn Murray Water and Marketing Manager at South East Water. Ms Nieuwenhuizen has a sound knowledge of local issues and understanding of our business. Ms Nieuwenhuizen also has a good, demonstrated understanding of public sector governance and finance.

Ms Nieuwenhuizen has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Graduate Diploma Agribusiness Management, Graduate Diploma Corporations and Securities Law and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Haydn Pound, Board Director

Haydn Pound was appointed a Director of Goulburn Valley Water in October 2017. Mr Pound is a management consultant with expertise in strategy, performance management and control, and organisational effectiveness.

Concurrent with his consulting activities, he also teaches MBA, EMBA and executive education programs at the London Business School and other world-leading institutions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe in the areas of strategy and managerial accounting.

Previously he worked for The Boston Consulting Group and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In 2008 he founded Advant Group Pty Ltd, a provider of financial services technology and marketing solutions, sold in 2014. Mr Pound is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School and University of Chicago).


Christine Cussen, Board Director

Christine Cussen was appointed a Director of Goulburn Valley Water in October 2017. Ms Cussen has extensive experience within the private sector having worked as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in Global Pharmaceutical, an entrepreneurial ASX-listed biotechnology startup and in the cleantech, industrial and innovation sectors in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia.

Ms Cussen’s current portfolio of activities includes roles as Executive Director of Ward Health Group Pty Ltd and Senior Adviser, Life Sciences and Cleantech with international investment banking group BlueMount Capital. Prior to that she worked with the international investment and corporate advisory group AFG Venture. She has completed the Senior Executive MBA at Melbourne University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has business and science qualifications from Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Victorian Fisheries Authority and Musculoskeletal Australia and is Chair of Camberwell Girls Grammar School. Previous board roles included Managing Director of ASX listed Eiffel Technologies Limited and Non-Executive Director of the Gordon Institute of Technical and Further Education.


Matthew Burns, Board Director

Mr Matthew Burns holds a Graduate Certificate in Financial Services, several specialisations in the finance sector and brings a strong background in finance, audit and risk, and advocacy consultation skills.

As a Traditional Owner from Taungurung, he has deep knowledge of the water sector through his associations with CMAs and other water corporation boards.

He currently holds a Board position with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and sits on the Governance sub-committee. 


Jenny Wilson, Board Director

Ms Jenny Wilson was appointed as a Director with GV Water in October 2019 and more recently as a Director with GOTAFE in 2020. Ms Wilson is currently the CEO of Murray Dairy and a member of the National Dairy Industry People Development Council. Ms Wilson has previously worked for many years as a senior manager in agricultural and natural resource management programs for the Victorian State government.

Passionate about regional Victoria, Ms Wilson has led a number of programs working with farmers and regional communities to adopt new science and innovation. Ms Wilson has an extensive government and industry background in leadership, project management, strategic planning, community training and development, emergency response and organisational management.

Ms Wilson is a graduate from Charles Sturt University having completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science, holds an Advanced Certificate in Sustainability and a Diploma of Project Management and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Denis Flett, Board Director

Denis has four and a half decades of experience in the Victorian water sector spanning engineering, management, leadership, governance and consulting. He helped formulate and implement many lasting reforms and provided advice as a member and leader of independent review groups.

He was the foundation Chief Executive of Goulburn-Murray Water, a Victorian Commissioner on the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, a Director of Goulburn Valley Water, Deputy Chair of North East Water, a consultant with Sinclair Knight Merz, a principal of DG Consulting, and the foundation Chairperson of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder. Denis is a retired Fellow of AICD and of IEAust


Tammy Atkins, Board Director

Tammy Atkins is a business consultant with a career interest in regional policy and economic development.

She has experience working with all three tiers of government and is involved in a diverse range of community organisations. She is a Director of Wodonga TAFE and has previously served on the boards of North East Catchment Management Authority and Winton Wetlands Committee of Management. Tammy is a former elected Councillor for the Rural City of Wangaratta.

Tammy is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Curtin University.


Peter Quinn, Executive Board Director

Peter joined Goulburn Valley Water in 1996 and was appointed to the role of Managing Director in 2008. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, regional infrastructure development, organisational capacity building, risk management and governance. He holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and has undertaken a Churchill Fellowship project on water resource management.

Peter is a member of the Australian Property Institute, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Water Administration.