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Transitioning to a water resilient harbour city

Business Sydney Online Forum

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



On Zoom



Sydney First Members Only

Climate change is driving action on many fronts from energy to transport and construction. A finite, essential resource requiring increased focus is water – a resource we take too much for granted. How we better manage water to sustain a greener, cooler and more resilient city will be vital to the ongoing liveability and productivity of our city. Rethinking the way we manage it will help future-proof our businesses and homes against the risks of climate change.

As such, Business Sydney held an online forum, ahead of Sydney Water’s release of its ‘Transitioning to a Water Resilient Harbour City – Eastern Sydney Regional Master Plan’, to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to water use in the Eastern Harbour City.

Special thanks to Maryanne Graham, General Manager, Customer, Strategy and Engagement for representing Sydney Water on behalf of Roch Cheroux, Managing Director, Sydney Water, and the panel of leaders, including Dr Deborah Dearing, Eastern City District and North District Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission, Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney, and Daniel Lambert, Australasia Water Leader, Arup.

To view the slide decks presented by Sydney Water and City of Sydney Council, please click the link below:

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Special Guests

Roch Cheroux

Managing Director, Sydney Water

Roch is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019.

In Roch’s past role as Chief Executive of SA Water, he led the transformation of South Australia’s largest water utility to embed technology, culture and systems changes to deliver improved experience for the corporation’s 1.6 million customers.

Before joining SA Water, Roch was Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.

Roch is active across the industry and is currently director of the Water Services Association of Australia, and member of the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee.

A dual French and Australian citizen, Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and seeks to champion innovation and workplace diversity in the organisations he leads. 

Dr Deborah Dearing

District Commissioner - Eastern City and North District

Dr Deborah Dearing is widely recognised for her leadership in improving the design quality of cities and communities. She has over 30 years of international experience in urban design, strategic land-use planning, heritage conservation, affordable housing and property development in both public and private sectors.

Dr Dearing has held senior executive roles with the NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Architectus and Stockland, and board positions with the NSW Heritage Council, the Australian Institute of Architects, City West Housing, Livable Housing Australia and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

She has received numerous prestigious awards, including Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects, Fellowship of the Planning Institute of Australia and the NAWIC Ryder Hunt Award for leadership in the Construction and Development Industry. She is President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel and Sydney University's Henry Halloran Trust.

Monica Barone

Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney Council

Monica has been the CEO at the City of Sydney since 2006 having overseen the development and implementation of the City's long term vision for Central Sydney - Sustainable Sydney 2030.

She manages approximately 2000 staff, an annual Capital expenditure and Operational expenditure budget of approximately $880 million and $11.6 billion dollars of net assets including the Council's commercial property portfolio.

In 2016 the City of Sydney processed over 5 billion dollars of new development. The City's major projects are the CBD Light Rail (now managed by Transport for NSW) and the $13 billion Green Square Urban Renewal site.

Daniel Lambert

Australasia Water Leader, Arup 

Daniel is passionate about water and energy and delivering positive social, environmental and economic outcomes for communities. He enjoys partnering to deliver strategic, solutions and community-based outcomes in the water, environmental and infrastructure space.

These solutions focus on enabling clients to understand and value consumers, manage and mitigate their risks and identify innovative solutions and realise opportunities to capture program savings and lower lifecycle costs. Importantly this is undertaken with a focus on realising social and environmental outcomes.

Daniel has successfully delivered projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia (Singapore, China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka), the Pacific Islands, South America and Africa. He is passionate about utilising his experience to drive positive change in the water sector in both developed and developing countries and communities. The reason he works in water and sanitation is because he has experienced the life changing impact it has on families and communities.

Daniel is recognised as a thought leader in the industry and has been a keynote speaker at conferences and industry events throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. Daniel was recognised by Engineers Australia as ‘Professional Engineer of the Year 2020’, one of Australia's 'Most Innovative Engineers' and by the Australian Water Association (AWA) as the NSW Water Professional of the Year. 

He is very active in championing the impact of water and young professionals through his mentoring roles (through AWA and Water Services Association of Australia programmes), RedR, WaterAid and Engineers without Borders. This is complimented by his strategic support to the industry on the IWA Strategic Advisory Council, AWP Expert Advisory Panel and the AWA PPP Expert Advisory Committee.

Maryanne Graham

General Manager, Customer, Strategy and Engagement

Maryanne has been providing strategic and operational leadership to both private and public sector organisations for more than 20 years. Her experience includes strategy development, government and stakeholder relations, marketing, customer experience and corporate affairs delivery for some of Australia’s most high-profile organisations and infrastructure projects including her most recent role as Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs for the $5.3 billion Western Sydney International Airport. She has extensive experience working across the infrastructure industry and large state-owned corporations and agencies including Transport for NSW and Sydney Motorway Corporation (WestConnex).

As a senior executive on large, highly-diverse ASX-listed companies, including Downer Group and Transfield Services, she led the corporate affairs, investor relations, government relations and stakeholder engagement portfolios, with operations spanning more than 43 countries and including the oil and gas, utilities, mining and resources, transport, property, engineering and defence sectors. She has successfully led a number of large-scale transformation projects and is a passionate advocate for workplace diversity, employee enablement and disruptive technologies.

Maryanne is a Non-executive Director of NSW Kids in Need Foundation, a Member of the Western Sydney University External Relations Committee, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration.



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