Goulburn Valley Water's new managing director, Stephen Capewell.

GOULBURN Valley Water has appointed a new managing director, Stephen Capewell, after the retirement of long-standing managing director Peter Quinn.

Mr Capewell holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has a background in engineering, water cycle management, water operations and water treatment, infrastructure planning and asset management, field operations and maintenance, as well as staff culture and safety development.

He has extensive experience working with regional and Indigenous communities and has led an operational division of over 600 staff, spread across regional Western Australia as executive manager of the WA Water Corporation.

GVW chair Mark Stone said the appointment followed an extensive recruitment process.

“Stephen’s approach to customer engagement and servicing regional communities, together with his focus on innovation and commercial and risk management were particular strengths identified by the board. We look forward to welcoming Stephen and his family to GVW and the region,” he said.

“We look forward to acknowledging Peter’s very successful career in the water industry closer to his retirement date.”

Mr Capewell commences his new role with GVW on September 1.