Gascoyne Water Co-operative Ltd (GWC) Board Members
Current Directors of the Gascoyne Water Co-operative Ltd (GWC)are:
Dudley Maslen (Chair/Member Director)
Al Holtham (Member Director)Albert (Al) Holtham elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of members.Al has been involved in the horticultural industry for approximately 25 years on both family and his own plantation. Al's background is 11 years in mining ranging from operator to relieving supervisor, shipping supervisor, acting marine superintendent and production supervisor. He holds a Certificate IV Training and Assessing, Cert IV Frontline Management, Cert II & III Metalifferous Mining. He resides with his wife and two children on their South River Road Plantation.
Slobodan (Steve) Yelash (Member Director)
John Thomas (Member Director)John was born in Busselton and moved to Carnarvon in 1953. He has been a banana planter for over 50 years. John was newly elected to the Board of GWC at the 15th Annual General Meeting held on 30 November 2017.
Desmond Lord (Non-Member Director)Dr Des Lord was elected as a Non-Member Director to the Board of Gascoyne Water Co-operative Ltd by members at the 13th Annual General Meeting held on 17 November 2015. Dr Des Lord is a scientist and engineer with more than 35 years of experience with water resources and offshore marine industries, with experience in Australia, South Africa, Canada and Japan. Dr Lord has had extensive involvement in groundwater resources and their management in regional Australia. He was a Commissioner with the National Water Commission from 2012-2015 and Chair of the Carnarvon Ministerial Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2015 providing advice to the WA Ministers of Agriculture and Water on the future of irrigated agriculture in the Lower Gascoyne.
Geoff Calder (Non-Member Director)Geoffrey Calder was appointed to the position of Non-Member Director at the co-operatives’ Annual General Meeting of Members held Monday 31 October 2017. Mr Calder has spent the past 20 years as General Manager of Harvey Water in the South West and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations and corporate governance. Mr Calders’ experience in facilitating Strategic Planning, Risk Management, team building and many other areas too numerous to mention, will be of great value to the GWC. Mr Calder has stepped down from the role at Harvey Water and is looking forward to contributing towards the success of the GWC as a Non-Member Director.”
Current Directors of the Gascoyne Water Asset Mutual Co-operative Ltd (GWAMCO)are:
Albert Holtham (Chair/Member Director)Albert (Al) Holtham was appointed by the Board on 7 December 2016, to fill a casual vacancy when former Director Gary Gibson resigned. Al fills the role of Chair of the GWAMCO Board.
Dudley Maslen (Member Director)Dudley Maslen has been appointed by the Board to the position of Member Director to fill a casual vacancy on the Board of Gascoyne Water Co-operative Ltd. Dudley was born and bred in the Gascoyne and has lived in Carnarvon and surrounds most of his life. He currently resides and farms his plantation "Big River" with his wife Susan which produces peaches. Dudley has been a politician, Shire President (May 2003) and Councillor (1975 - 1988) and has also been involved in various organisations and committees in the local area over the years. Dudley looks forward to using his knowledge of the local community and governance experience to benefit the co-operatives
John Thomas (Member Director)John Thomas was newly elected at the 12th Annual General Meeting of members held 30 November 2017.
Slobodan (Steve) Yelash (Member Director)Slobodan (aka Steve) re-elected to the position of Member Director at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Steve and his family have lived in Carnarvon since February 1974 and have grown various vegetable crops throughout the years. Steve is also a member of the Carnarvon Growers’ Association being involved since its commencement in approximately 1984. Steve has raised his family in Carnarvon and now resides with his wife Rosanda at his plantation on North River road.