Executive leadership team
George Theo – Chief Executive Officer
George Theo brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role, and a wealth of knowledge of the water industry through experience as Chief Operating Officer at Unitywater as well as previous roles at GHD and Brisbane Water.
As General Manager of Network Planning and Services at Brisbane Water, George was responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of water and sewerage assets for one million residents.
Rob Dowling – Executive Manager Customer Delivery
Rob Dowling has extensive operations experience in the water industry, across water, wastewater, and recycled water. Rob’s previous experience includes the roles of Chief Operating Officer for Suez Environnement’s North American contracting operations, and General Manager of the South Australian Water Corporation’s state wide operational activities. Rob has experience of large service contracts from both the client side, and the contracted service provider side. Rob also has extensive experience of production management at General Motors Holden, a background in Industrial Relations, and possesses a strong focus on change management, lean, safety, innovation, developing teams, and delivering beneficial outcomes for the customer.
Judy Bailey – Executive Manager Retail Services
Judy has extensive executive management experience across diverse industries in major public and private sector environments.
Responsible for managing budgets up to $222 million, she has a successful track record in organisational strategy and change, business reform and the delivery of improved services to the community.
Kenan Hibberd - Executive Manager People, Culture and Safety
Kenan was appointed in July 2012. Kenan has more than 20 years experience in HR in both the public and private sectors and has held senior management positions in national and international organisations in the industrial services, engineering, logistics and health sectors. .
Jane Nant – General Counsel and Company Secretary
Jane is a senior lawyer and governance professional who has held General Counsel and executive positions in the water industry in South East Queensland as well as in the private sector. In addition, Jane is a qualified company secretary and mediator and has completed a Masters in Environmental Resources Law. Jane commenced her legal career with Allens and has a background in property, planning and environment, major projects and general commercial law.
Simon Taylor - Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning & Capital Delivery
Simon has 30 years experience working in the water industry. He has held senior management positions in water utilities and water industry regulators, led strategic planning investigations, managed teams and a wide range of projects covering most aspects of the water cycle. Simon also has extensive experience of achieving water and wastewater outcomes in the South East Queensland water industry. .
Pauline Thomson – Chief Financial Officer
Pauline is a Certified Practising Accountant and brings more than 20 years accounting, finance and regulatory experience from retail, distribution and transmission entities across the energy sector.
Prior to joining Unitywater Pauline spent 10 years with ENERGEX in a range of senior commercial, finance and accounting roles, most recently as Group Manager Financial Control.