Michael Wilson appointed new CEO of the Australian Water Partnership

Mr Michael Wilson has been appointed as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Water Partnership. This follows an announcement by Prof Nick Schofield in March of his intention to retire at the end of 2020.

Nick commenced as AWP CEO in mid-2017. Over the past three years, he has developed a highly capable team and made improvements in the operations and professionalism of AWP. We wish him all the best in retirement.

Michael was appointed by the eWater Ltd Board through a competitive selection process and from a strong field of candidates. Michael’s background includes significant experience with the Australian aid program, with both AusAID and DFAT. Michael is looking forward to taking up the challenge of leading AWP.

Michael will take up his new role in Canberra on 14 October 2020. Nick Schofield will continue as CEO until after the AWP Advisory Committee meeting of 28 October 2020.

The AWP is a unique and innovative initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the Australian Aid Program. Originally announced in 2015 by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, its success has seen a second phase of funding (2019–2023) welcomed by International and Australian Partners.

AWP’s role is to strategically connect international demand for Australia’s expertise in water resource management from across the Indo-Pacific region with Australian Partners from the public and private sector. AWP’s vision is to enhance the sustainable management of water in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, and through trusted partnerships, mobilise Australian water sector expertise to implement development activities, share knowledge, build capacity and improve water management approaches in the region.

Statement issued by Don Blackmore AM (Chair, eWater Ltd) and Bob McMullan (Chair, AWP Advisory Committee)

Feature image: Michael Wilson, incoming AWP CEO
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