Water Thought Leaders Series: Water Security for the Future

Start time: 1:00pm AEDT. Take a deep dive into our most precious resource, water, and hear how we can take a proactive approach when faced with opportunities and challenges.
Water Thought Leaders Series: Water Security for the Future

Drought-breaking rains have finally arrived in Australia and with them the chance to recover and prepare for the future.
Join us on Wednesday, 2nd December as we take a deep dive into our most precious resource, water, and discuss how we can take a proactive approach when faced with water challenges and embrace new opportunities.

Our speakers will explore best practice in water security planning objectives. They will discuss the relationship of the various levers we have in the water security equation and what this means for Australia, using South East Queensland as the main case study.
They will highlight the importance of building resilience through connecting communities and provide examples of how, through education and teaching, sharing resources is vital in taking a proactive approach to water sustainability.

Key Themes:

  • Why engaging the community is vital for a water secure future?
  • How to connect communities to our most precious resource through education
  • Moving from a reactive drought approach to an “always on” proactive water sustainability
  • Best practice in partnering, teaching and sharing resources with communities.
  • Local case study: South East Queensland

Preliminary Program

1.00 pm – 1.05 pm Welcome Address
1.05 pm - 2.05 pm Presentations and Discussion
2.05 pm - 2.30 pm Online audience Q&A


Nichole Kelly
Manager Strategy | Urban Utilities
Nichole has lived and breathed design-thinking, strategic management, engagement and cultural transformation for more than 15 years across industries including local government, utilities, economic development, member-based organisations and higher education. She has led integrated strategy and implementation teams and behaviour-change initiatives across international regions and loves bringing together technical and non-technical specialists to work through some of the biggest challenges our communities will face into the future.

As the Manager of Strategy and Planning for Urban Utilities, one of Australia’s largest providers of water and sewerage services, Nichole sees our communities facing one of our greatest challenges in long-term water security. The industry approach to water security in South East Queensland brings together a suite of responses and solutions that bridges the gap between disciplines and this is what Nichole is most passionate about. She is looking forward to a discussion that explores some of the biggest levers we can pull in changing our water security future.

Duncan Elletson
Water Security Specialist | Urban Utilities

In the role of Water Security Specialist Duncan Elletson has two main functions. During active periods of drought response, he is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of Urban Utilities Drought Response and Recovery Action Plan. Outside of active periods of drought response, he is responsible for setting the future strategic direction for demand management, which includes taking a 360 degree view of the impact that an increased focus on customer side demand management will have on all aspects of our business.

Previously Duncan worked at the WA Water Corporation from 2005-2017 in various roles focussing on water efficiency and demand management.

Chris Bulloch
Executive Leader Integrated Solutions | Urban Utilities

Chris joined Urban Utilities as Executive Leader Integrated Solutions in August 2020. Chris is responsible for the functions of Integrated Planning, Water Security, Asset Management, Portfolio Investment and Infrastructure Delivery. Chris is very much focused on enhancing the liveability of our communities through effective strategic partnerships, contemporary servicing strategies, and sustainable, benefits-driven investment and delivery.
Over his 28 year career, Chris has held senior leadership roles in Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), Lendlease, Abigroup Contractors Pty Limited, Anglian Water and Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI Constructors).
As an Executive General Manager at Lendlease, Chris played an integral role in the delivery of mega projects throughout Australia and overseas. In the water space, Chris has been a leader in the complete asset lifecycle having helped Sydney Water, South Australia Water, Hunter Water and Urban Utilities in developing new ways of working.
Chris holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Management from the University of Technology Sydney.


Alesha Printz FIEAust EngExec CPEng
General Manager - Victoria Division | Engineers Australia

Alesha is the General Manager of the Victorian Division at Engineers Australia. She is an experienced Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the water sector - skilled in ProjectControl, Design Management, Project Engineering and Construction. Alesha maintains a strong program and professional project management skills with a Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc) focused in Project Management from University of NSW. 

Who should attend
Environmental Engineers, Sustainability Engineers
Interests in Water, Utilities and Sustainability

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Please note: This session is available as a webinar only. Register to access webinar details.

02 / 12 / 2020 - 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm
Registration Closes
02 / 12 / 2020 02:30 pm
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Key Speaker(s)
Nichole Kelly, Duncan Elletson,
Engineers Australia
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