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Inspiring industry leaders feature in Foundry’s YWP Leadership Program

Posted on December 13 2018

Foundry’s Leadership Foundations Program will enable participants to feel empowered in their own ability to lead and provide opportunities to network with other young water professionals and learn from respected water industry leaders.

The program features a blended learning approach and starts with a full day workshop, where participants will be introduced to Tathra Street’s concept of the Integrated Intelligence Framework and meet some inspiring, water industry leaders.

We are delighted to confirm the following industry leaders will be sharing their experience, insights and knowledge in the initial full-day workshop:

Rob Skinner Professorial Fellow, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

In-addition to his role with the Monash Sustainability Development Institute, Rob is also Chair WaterAid Australia, Chair, WaterAid International, Deputy Chair, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities, Deputy Chair, Yarra Valley Water, Director, International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management and Chair, International Water Association’s Cities of the Future Program Committee. He has also been a Board member of the Water Services Association of Australia, is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association and Chair of the Association’s Cities of the Future Program. During his working life, Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water from 2005 to 2011 and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston City Council from 1994 to 2004.

Rosie Wheen Chief Executive, WaterAid Australia

Rosie is a passionate advocate for human rights, gender equality and universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. She has two decades of international development experience, having lived and worked in Indonesia for six years before joining WaterAid Australia at its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie’s leadership manifesto focuses on being an authentic, servant leader who always pushes herself beyond her comfort zone; this is where Rosie believes she learns most and performs at her best.

David Kirby Market Sector Manager, Water & Environment, Vic/Tas, KBR

David has over 25 years of experience in business management, program and project management, a background is in water engineering projects and has been responsible for the design and construction management of a wide range of water infrastructure from large wastewater treatment plants to small pipelines. David is also a champion of integrated water management practices and has been a participant in the CRCWSC. Over the last decade, he has managed the water and environmental businesses of several major consultancies in Victoria and been an active member of the Australian Water Association, including being the Victorian President from 2015-2017.

Lindsey Brown Managing Director, Foundry Associates

Lindsey is an Engagement Strategist and dynamic water industry leader known for using her deep, water industry knowledge to powerfully communicate complex ideas and concepts for a broad audience. She is passionate about connecting great solutions with the people who need them and has a strong background in policy and public affairs that assists technical professionals navigate government and regulatory issues with implications for communities, businesses, and the environment. In-addition to working at Foundry, Lindsey is also the Victorian President of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and is a sought-after public speaker on the power of communication, water sensitive futures, and gender diversity.

When reflecting on the approach for the Foundations Leadership Program, Leadership Coach Tathra Street said, “People will have an opportunity to get clear on what they are aiming for, why they are doing the program and an appropriate goal. Just before the program ends, we will look at how they progressed before that goal, what they learned along the way and anything else they want to acknowledge in their learning journey. Then we will wrap up with a half day where they report back on their own experience, what it’s meant to them and where they want to go with it.”

Visit or contact Foundry on 03 9088 2011 to reserve your place today!

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