One of the Victorian Water industry’s most experienced and well-regarded leaders has been appointed Managing Director of Western Water, Board Chairman Terry Larkins has announced.

Mr Larkins said Neil Brennan, current Managing Director at Central Highlands Water, will commence in the role on 9 July.

Mr Brennan will lead Western Water as it delivers the infrastructure, customer service and innovation to meet the demands of one of the fastest growing areas of Victoria.   His appointment follows a highly competitive national recruitment process.

“Mr Brennan is already well-known in the Western Water region as he is a local resident and was also Western Water’s original Chief Executive Officer when the organisation was created in 1995 following the amalgamation of local water boards,” Mr Larkins said.

“Since that time Western Water’s customer base has more than doubled and over the next 20 years it is expected to double again.”

“Meeting the demands of the growth in the area will require substantial major project, stakeholder relations and industry experience, as well as commitment to the strong customer focus we pride ourselves on at Western Water.  Mr Brennan’s impressive background and experience will ensure these needs are met for our community,” Mr Larkins said.

The appointment of Mr Brennan is due to the retirement of long serving and highly respected Managing Director, John Wilkinson, who has had the role since 2002. 

Mr Larkins thanked Mr Wilkinson for his hard work, dedication and leadership over the past 10 years and for his contribution to the water industry throughout his career.

Mr Brennan said he was delighted to be returning to Western Water and said he was committed to ensuring Western Water’s strong focus on customer service excellence continued.

“Western Water is well regarded in the water industry and in the local community and I am looking forward to leading the team as they continue the great work already undertaken by the organisation,” Mr Brennan said.