Executive team


Kevin Young, Managing DirectorKevin Young - Managing Director
B Eng (Hons), MBA, FIE Aust, CPENG, FAICD

Kevin is the Managing Director of Sydney Water. He was previously the Managing Director of Hunter Water.

Kevin has over 35 years experience working for the private sector and Government authorities in Australia and overseas.

He was previously Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) whose members serve over 17 million Australians with water and wastewater services every day.

Kevin is currently the Chair of the WSAA Utility Excellence Committee and is a Director of WaterAid.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons 1) from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Kevin Jones - Finance Services Kevin Jones_Exec
BA (Hons), ALCM, CA, FCCA, FGIA, FCIS, GAICD

Kevin is the Chief Financial Officer.

Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Kevin has held senior finance roles within the water sector - firstly at the Water Corporation of WA and most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Yarra Valley Water. As the largest of Melbourne's three water retail and distribution companies, Yarra Valley Water serves 1.8 million people in Melbourne's northern and eastern suburbs. 

Kevin previously held a number of diverse roles in the UK, covering many industries and sectors. This included his role as Financial Controller of the National Health Service in Wales. 

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and holds qualifications in Humanities and Music Performance. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  


Paul Plowman, a/GM CDPaul Plowman - Liveable City Solutions
BE (Civil), MBA

Paul is the General Manager, Liveable City Solutions. 

Before joining Sydney Water, Paul held the position of General Manager Program and Portfolio Management at Northern Territory's Power and Water Corporation.

From 2011 to 2013, he held several senior management and major project roles with Melbourne Water.

Paul has more than 18 years' experience in the water industry with particular focus on the development and delivery of investment programs. He has successfully led large, complex infrastructure projects that have involved significant interaction with the community and stakeholders.

Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Victoria University of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from AGSM and has completed executive education at INSEAD (France) with a focus on strategic partnering.


Angela Tsoukatos, General Manager People, Leadership and CultureAngela Tsoukatos - People and Corporate Services
BSocWk, MM, GAICD

Angela is the General Manager, People and Corporate Services. 

Angela has worked in the community sector, local government and for Sydney Water for 26 years. Her experience traverses strategy, policy development, service delivery, stakeholder relations, corporate governance and driving business change in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

Angela has been a member of the Sydney Water Executive since 1999 and held the positions of General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary and General Manager, Customer Services.
Angela is passionate about aligning people to strategy, and creating a culture where people can do great work.
Angela has a Bachelor of Social Work, UNSW, a Master of Management (Public Sector), UTS, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has recently completed Level 1 and 2 Executive Coaching, Institute of Executive Coaching, Sydney. She is also an accredited Human Synergistics practitioner (LSI 1 and 2 and GSI).

 

Sian Leydon - Customer, Strategy and Regulation Sian bio pic
BEng (Honours), MEngSc, MBA, Dip Proj Mgt, GAICD

Sian is General Manager, Customer, Strategy and Regulation and a member of the Sydney Water Executive team since November 2014. She is responsible for the leading function of the organisation which drives strategic direction and partners with the business to enable strategy implementation.

Sian's focus is to find creative and innovative ways to boost the business and generate a more sustainable, agile and responsive organisation. She has led diverse teams of talented professionals in strategic business transformation, finance, management consulting, corporate environments and engineering. She has a passion for strong leadership and talent development.

Sian started her career as an Aeronautical Engineer in Ireland before moving to Australia in 2002 and joining Qantas. At Qantas, she had the opportunity to drive outcomes and develop skills in diverse roles from engineering to cost reduction, transformation and strategy. From there she broadened her base further as a management consultant with KPMG by working across a variety of industries. She returned to Qantas in 2012 when she was offered the role as Head of Transformation. In 2014, Sian took on a further challenge and became the Head of Finance at Hilti Australia.

Sian has a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours) (Queen’s University of Belfast), a Master of Aerospace Engineering (UNSW), a Master of Business Administration (AGSM) and a Diploma of Project Management (University of New England). She is also a qualified Program Manager (MSP) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
 

George Hunt, Chief Information Officer, Information TechnologyGeorge Hunt - Digital Services
M.Sc. (Distinction), B.Sc. (Hons)

George is the Chief Information Officer (CIO).

George is a recognised technology leader within the global utility sector. He has a successful track record in implementing technology infrastructure to support increasing customer expectations, challenging regulatory outcomes and corporate business goals.

Before joining Sydney Water, George held roles as a Global Consulting Partner at Wipro Digital in the United Kingdom and Chief Information Officer for Wessex Water. George also held a Senior IT leadership role (CTO) within RWE's Energy and Water Division, where he took a lead role in the delivery of UK and US based business transformation programs for both Thames Water and American Water.

George has over 20 years of global utilities experience combined with a deep technical knowledge, strong commercial, business and regulatory understanding. George also has extensive experience in: successful ERP and SAP implementations, technology innovation to provide IT service and support, digital customer experience. George has a keen eye for engineering and technology. He is a time-served engineer having completed a four year technical apprenticeship in a major engineering company.

George has a Bachelor of Engineering from Birmingham University, UK and a Master of Information Systems from Kingston University, London, UK.


Andrew Willicott - Customer Delivery Andy Willicott_Exec
PgCert, FBCS, FCIM, MIOD

Andrew is the General Manager, Customer Delivery.

He is responsible for all aspects of frontline operations and customer service.

Before his appointment, he held positions in the UK water sector including the Executive Director for Wastewater Operations, Director for Retail and Commercial Services and Chief Information Officer.

He has a passion for first class customer service, operations, innovation and technology including a strong focus on safety, leadership and people.

Andrew has a Masters in Management and is a fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and Institute of IT.

He was formerly the Chairman of the Corporate IT Association and Deputy Chair of the South West Institute of Directors committee.