Our Board

   Janice Chesters (Chair)

Academic, mental health researcher and medical educator, Janice has worked at the interface between the university, clinic and hospital in both Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. Janice has extensive leadership and governance experience within the mental health, rural community health, general practice training and research investment management fields. She was the founding Director of Awhina, Waitemata Health Campus in Auckland and is a life member of within Australia.

      Michelle Dowsett (Treasurer)

As Principal of CFO ASSIST, Michelle has worked in several small and medium enterprises in Business Manager, Company Secretary and Chief Accounting Officer (CFO) roles. Michelle is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), having achieved a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is a Certified Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (Cert GIA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She is an independent member on the Audit & Risk Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria; a Board Director, People & Remuneration Committee member & Audit & Risk Chair of East Gippsland Water. Under the CFO ASSIST umbrella Michelle provides finance and board operations consultancy advice to Sale Elderly Citizens Village Inc and is Company Secretary to the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance Ltd which is a General Practice training organisation located in Melbourne. Michelle joined the within Australia board in 2015 and is currently studying a Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge.

    Eric Sjerp

Eric Sjerp is an Environmental Scientist with a Bachelor of Science Degree and over 25 years’ experience in the environmental management and geological professions. Eric has worked throughout Australia and in Malaysia, and is currently Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Ethos NRM Pty Ltd, Environmental Assessment and Natural Resource Management Consultants, and a Non-Executive Director of Yarra Valley Water Corporation.
Eric is a past Executive Officer of the Gippsland Lakes Management Council and has previously served on the Boards of East Gippsland Water, Southern Rural Water, the East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board, and the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Land Program Committee. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand, and the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association.

   Maryanne Malouf

Maryanne has a Human Resources Coaching and Consulting background. She has extensive experience in both the Water and Health Industries, including a considerable amount of time working in Aboriginal Health. She is a Coach and Mentor who brings her HR, business, governance and risk management experience to the Board.

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