Capital component and loan facility technical expert panel

A panel of technical experts was established by the Department to assess Expressions of Interest (EOI) received by the closing dates in March and September 2017 against the assessment criteria contained in the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Guidelines and the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility Investment Guidelines (both available on the Water Infrastructure Projects webpage). The panel provided advice to the Department on the merit of eligible EOI submitted.

Richard McLoughlin (Convenor)

Mr Richard McLoughlin is the Assistant Secretary of the Basin Plan Coordination Taskforce in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Mr McLoughlin was the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility until the machinery of government changes in late 2017.

He has been responsible over the last decade for a range of national water policy roles, including the Commonwealth involvement in management of the Lake Eyre Basin and Great Artesian Basin and the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme. He has also managed a wide range of national water programs including responsibility for major irrigation infrastructure and water resource assessment investments in the Murray Darling Basin, Tasmania and Western Australia

Angus Swindon

Mr Angus Swindon is currently the Director of Power and Water for Entura, one of the world's most experienced specialist power and water consulting firms.

Mr Swindon has more than 25 years' experience in the water industry in Australia having worked as a consultant, asset owner and project manager. His expertise spans water storage and supply infrastructure, particularly in dams and water conveyance engineering and management, for hydropower, irrigation and potable water use. Mr Swindon has lived and worked in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania and has undertaken numerous international assignments.

Mr Swindon holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, a certificate in Project Management and is a former Secretary of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD).

Mr Swindon was also a member of the fund Technical Expert Panel for feasibility studies.

Dr Ian Prosser

Dr Ian Prosser is a recently retired, distinguished water specialist. Dr Prosser spent over three years as Branch Manager – Water Information Services at the Bureau of Meteorology responsible for leading the National Water Accounts, national water assessments and surface and groundwater information for the Improving Water Information Program.

Previously, he spent six years at the CSIRO as Science Director – Water Flagship leading the hydrology analysis in CSIRO's Australian National Outlook 2015 and five years as a lecturer at the University of New South Wales School of Geography. Dr Prosser holds a PhD in Geomorphology from the Australian National University.

Jack Archer

Mr Jack Archer has worked with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2015.

Mr Archer developed the RAI's policy and research program as well as major tools including [In]Sight: Australia's Regional Competitiveness Index and [In]Form: Australia's Online Library of Regional Research. In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, he contributed to major regional reform in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry.

Mr Archer is a Graduate in Company Directorship at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Master of Business from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Natural Resources Management, Environmental Management from the University of New England.

Lucia Cade

Ms Lucia Cade is a non-executive director and advisor with a professional engineering and business background. Her executive roles span the construction, utilities and engineering professional services industries, working in both private sector and government owned enterprises. She has worked across Australia and New Zealand and collaborated internationally.

She is currently the Chair, South East Water and an independent director of Engineers Australia, the Co-operative Research Centre for Energy Pipelines and listed technology development company PuriflOH (PO3). She sits on the Value Assessment Panel of the University of Melbourne's School of Engineering, is a Global Ambassador for the United Nations Cities Programme and was recently appointed as a member of the Regional Investment Corporation Board. Ms Cade is a former National President of the Australian Water Association.

Ms Cade holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor Economics as well as a Master of Engineering Science and a Master of Business Administration. She is a Fellow of AICD and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Sarah Dinning

Ms Sarah Dinning is the Director at SCD Consulting, a management consultancy specialising in strategy review and development, consultation and stakeholder engagement. She specialises in projects in the water, forestry, primary industries, infrastructure, energy, transport, parks and recreation sectors.

Ms Dinning has over 20 years’ experience in the New South Wales public service largely at the Senior Executive level and brings a wealth of strategic and practical experience to her work. Previously, she spent two years as Deputy Commissioner, Water Reform and Evaluation at the New South Wales Office of Water and four years at the Sydney Catchment Authority as Group General Manager, Corporate Development including 11 months as Acting Chief Executive.

Shaun Cox

Mr Shaun Cox has 18 years' experience leading various Australian water utilities and currently works as Director at the Inxure Strategy Group, providing strategy and management consulting advice to the water industry. He is currently the Chair of Water Research Australia and has previously held a number of senior positions including:

  • Managing Director, Melbourne Water;
  • Director, Water Services Association of Australia;
  • Director, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities;
  • Director, Advanced Water Management Centre;
  • Managing Director, South East Water;
  • Director, Smart Water Fund; and
  • Director, Gold Coast Water.

Mr Cox has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering and Technology Management from the University of Queensland.