André (BSc Hons, MEM, PhD) leads the design and delivery of the IWC’s Water Leadership Program and Water Leadership Master Class. He also conducts the coaching sessions for the IWC Water Leadership Program each year.
He completed his PhD in water-related leadership at Monash University, and has worked in the Australian water industry for 19 years. He has worked in the private and public sectors.
He also directs his own consulting business, and works as the Course Coordinator for the Leadership in a Complex Environment course at the University of NSW (Masters of Business and Technology, Australian Graduate School of Management).
André is a keynote speaker on water and sustainability leadership. He has published leadership-related papers in publications such as Water Science & Technology, the Sage Environmental Leadership Handbook, and the world’s premier leadership journal, The Leadership Quarterly.
He is a trained and experienced coach, counsellor and mentor. Training includes the Australian Institute of Management’s Coaching and Mentoring Program.
Finally, André won the 2014 Facilitator Award for Teaching Excellence in an Online Environment, awarded by the Australian Graduate School of Management from the University of New South Wales.
Peer review of the program design and evaluation
Professor David Day
Professor David Day is a Winthrop Professor and the Woodside Chair in Leadership and Management at the University of Western Australia’s Business School.
He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, many pertaining to the core topics of leadership and leadership development. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, among other journals.
Dr. Day is co-editor of the book, Leader Development for Transforming Organizations: Growing Leaders for Tomorrow (Erlbaum, 2004) and author of An Integrative Approach to Leader Development: Connecting Adult Development, Identity and Expertise (Routledge, 2009). He is presently editing The Oxford Handbook of Leadership.
Each year, the program involves four 'group mentors'. These people are all highly regarded executives from the water industry who share their experiences with participants and help them to identify ways to overcome leadership challenges and build their individual leadership development plans. The choice of mentors we involve each year depends on their availability, physical location, and the needs of the participants.
A number of 'specialist trainers' are invited to present sessions on key leadership knowledge and skills during the two face-to-face training sessions in Brisbane.
The program is also fortunate to have several well-known, high-calibre water leaders as guest speakers. These speakers share their views on the importance of leadership in the water sector, attributes of effective water leaders (e.g. key skills), and ways to develop one’s leadership potential. They also share memorable anecdotes to illustrate their key messages. Their contribution to the program is always a highlight.
Industry leaders reference group
An Industry Leaders Reference Group provides a ‘sounding board’ for the program’s design and content to ensure that it is focused on meeting the needs of water practitioners. Members of this group represent different parts of the water sector, and currently include:
- Dr Julia Playford, Director, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Science, Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Queensland.
- Dr Mike Mouritz, Executive: City Future, City of Canning, Western Australia.
- Mr Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia, Victoria.
- Mr Francis Pamminger, Manager Research and Innovation, Yarra Valley Water, Victoria.
- Mr Paul Belz, General Manager Planning, Queensland Urban Utilities, Queensland.
- Mr David Ryan, Manager Catchments, Melbourne Water, Victoria.
- Ms Petra Kelly, National Manager - Water Sector Training, Australian Water Association
- Ms Catherine Bee, HR Manager - Corporate, Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd
- Mrs Jacquie White, Manager, Melbourne Water, Victoria.