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Ms Andrea Sutton 

BEng Chemical (Hons), GradDipEcon, GAICD

Andrea Sutton

Andrea has over 25 years' experience across a range of operational and corporate functions. She brings broad expertise, having held executive roles in health, safety and environment, human resources and infrastructure management.

Andrea was previously CEO and Managing Director of Energy Resources of Australia (ERA). Prior to this she held numerous roles across a 19-year career with Rio Tinto. Notably, Andrea held the position of General Manager of Infrastructure within Rio Tinto's Iron Ore business.

Andrea also has extensive experience as a non-executive director for ASX-listed, Government and not-for-profit organisations and currently serves as a board member of National Association of Women in Operations, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Australian Naval Infrastructure. She is a non-executive Director of Perenti, Iluka Resources and Red 5 Limited. Andrea was previously a non-executive Director of DDH1 Limited, ERA and Infrastructure WA. 

Appointed 1 January 2024, term expires 31 December 2026.
Member: People and Safety Committee

Ms Helen Creed

Deputy Chair
BA/Dip Soc Studs 

Helen Creed

A social worker by background, Helen brings a wealth of experience to the Water Corporation from her senior roles in state government, the non-government sector and in the union movement. As well, Helen has held various Board and Committee positions across these sectors and currently chairs REED (Regional Early Education and Development) and is a Board member of the Gaming and Wagering Commission.

Helen's current roles also include being a Senior Sessional Member at the State Administrative Tribunal, as well as various work across the community sector. Helen is a recipient of several awards and in 2018 was inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame. 

Appointed 7 April 2021, term expires 31 December 2025.
Member: People & Safety Committee

Mr Pat Donovan 

Chief Executive Officer
Bachelor of Engineering (BA BAI) Mechanical Engineering (Trinity College, Dublin), FIEAust, GAICD, AICD 

Pat Donovan

With more than 25 years' experience in the gas utility sector in Australia and Ireland, Pat brought a strong utility background to the role at Water Corporation. He previously served as President of ATCO Gas Australia where he led the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable energy to over 750,000 customers across the South West of Western Australia. In addition, Pay has previously held senior executive roles at ATCO and Alinta.

Pat's qualifications in engineering and finance are complemented by his completion of the Ivey Business Executive Program at Western University in Canada. He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serves on the board of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), where he chairs the Liveable Communities Committee. 

Throughout his career, Pat has demonstrated a proven track record of leading customer focussed business strategies and achieving sustained commercial success and business growth. Pat is a passionate proponent of delivering service and operational excellence at a sustainable cost to customers and the community. 

Appointed 1 January 2019, term expires December 2028. 

Mrs Gningala Yarran-Mark

MBL LLB Bsc (Hon) 

Gningala Yarran-Mark

Gningala is an experienced Board Director. Following an early legal career, Gningala moved into commercial roles with BHP and large contracting firms, where she managed Aboriginal engagement. Her remit was inclusive of Employment outcomes, Diversity in the Supply Chain, Internal and External Stakeholder partnerships and commitments under company Reconciliation Action Plan's. 

After 15 years of building and growing Aboriginal Engagement across a number of Industry Players, Gningala is now undertaking a Phd with a focus on social procurement and Aboriginal contracting entities. Gningala has in-depth working knowledge of the execution and implementation of Reconciliation Action Plan's and is adept to the intricacies of Native Title and Traditional owner negotiations.

Gningala has a deep understanding of diversity, cultural intelligence, change management, stakeholder relations and currently holds a Director position on the Edith Cowan University Council, is a Member of Council Executive and other Committees of the Edith Cowan University. Gningala's recent appointment has been to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy Board as a Non-Executive Director. 

Appointed 12 November 2019, term expires 30 September 2025.
Chair: People & Safety Committee

Ms Janine Freeman

Ec, GradDip OH&S, Cert IV FinServices GAICD 

Janine Freeman

Janine is a social equity advocate and former Member of WA Parliament who proudly served her diverse community for 13 years as the Member for Mirrabooka. Janine has spent her career representing working people and their families including the role of Assistant State Secretary of UnionsWA. Janine has extensive board and committee experience. Since joining her first board in 1993,she has filled roles such as Chair of the WA Legislative Assembly Education and Health Committee, has been a Member of the WA WorkCover Board, and Deputy Chair of the industry superannuation fund, HESTA.

She is currently the independent Chair of Fair Food WA (auspiced by WACOSS). Janine is also a Board member of Anglicare WA, a Member Director of the Government Employees Superannuation Board and an advisory member UWA School of Population and Global Health.

Appointed 9 March 2022, term expires 31 December 2024.
Member: Audit and Risk Committee

Mr David Smith 

BComm(Melb), FCA 

David Smith

David has over 33 years' experience working for PricewaterhouseCoopers including as Assurance Lead Partner in Perth. 

David is a chartered accountant with significant experience in audit and assurance, corporate governance and boards and committees. David brings broad business acumen, having worked with clients across mining and resources, media, agriculture and property among others, 

David is currently a Member of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club Inc. David was previously a Board Member of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, St Bartholomew's House Inc, St Bartholomew's Foundation and Fremantle Port Authority. His board and committee experience has encompassed financial governance, strategy and risk management assessment. 

Appointed 1 January 2024, term expires 31 December 2026.
Chair: Audit and Risk Committee