Tom Mollenkopf is an independent advisor on policy, strategy and governance, a Senior Associate with the Aither consultancy and President and Board Chair of the International Water Association.
Tom’s previous executive roles include CEO of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, CEO of the Australian Water Association, Deputy Executive Director of the International Water Association based in London and Executive GM at South East Water in Melbourne. His professional career started in law, first in private practice and then as corporate counsel.
Tom’s advisory work has been with utilities and water authorities, research centres, industry bodies and government agencies. He has worked widely across water sector infrastructure, regulation, policy and governance. In 2015 he completed an Independent Review for the Australian Government of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme.
Tom currently also holds non-executive directorships with Dandenong Market and Peninsula Leisure, and he is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Sustainability Fund Committee. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Water Aid Australia, Western Water, Wyong Water and Chair of the Water Industry Superannuation Fund. His other passion has been surf lifesaving and he is a former President and Chair of Life Saving Victoria and Director of Surf Life Saving Australia. He is qualified B. Juris. LL.B. MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Chartered Governance Institute.
In 2023, Tom received the award of Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day honours, for his distinguished service to business, particularly through the essential services industry, and to the community.