Brown Hill and Keswick Creeks Stormwater Board

The Brown Hill and Keswick Creeks Stormwater Board was established on 28 February 2018 as a regional subsidiary pursuant to section 43 of and Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 1999. Section 43 allows two or more councils to form a separately incorporated entity (‘regional subsidiary’) to provide specified services and/or activities.

A charter approved by the Minister for Local Government governs the affairs of the board by setting out its purpose, functions and powers, including governance provisions of Schedule 2 of the Act. It also provides the constituent councils with a legally enforceable agreement specifying their rights and obligations in achieving common interests.

The principal purpose of the board is to have the SMP works designed, constructed and maintained, subject to the councils’ approval of any material changes in the design or cost of any works.

The board is comprised of five members, appointed for a three-year term, excepting that the first appointments are made on a differential basis – two members for three years, two members for two years and one member for one year. Elected members and officers of the constituent councils are precluded from board membership.

Board members were selected through the process of a Nominations Committee (as defined in the charter) comprising one representative of each constituent council. The selected persons were then approved by each council. The Chairperson is determined by the board members.

Board of management

Judy Choate (Chair)
Rachel Barratt
Paul Bowler
Paul Gelston
Geoff Vogt

Judy Choate (Chair)

Ms Choate is a lawyer with 28 years of experience in corporate governance, risk management, project management and stakeholder issues, particularly in the property and infrastructure sectors. She currently works as a Director at KPMG Law, as well as being a Non-Executive Director on the National Board of Governors for the College of Law.

Rachel Barratt

Ms Barratt has worked in South Australian water and natural resource management for over 20 years, in both public and private enterprise. With a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide, she is currently the Chief Executive of the Water Industry Alliance and has extensive expertise with stormwater management issues and stakeholder management.

Paul Bowler

Mr Bowler has 30 years of experience in leadership roles in construction and infrastructure development across Australia. His experience includes the successful development, procurement and delivery of many major projects, including several projects valued between $200 million and $1 billion.

Paul Gelston

Mr Gelston is a civil engineer who recently retired as Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in SA. He has over 40 years of experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects at both State Government and Local Government level at the City of Prospect.

Geoff Vogt

Mr Vogt has extensive experience in the financial services and insurance industries and is currently CEO of Industry Leaders Fund Inc. He is also Chairman of Centennial Park Cemetery Authority, a member of the Eastern Region Alliance Water Board, and a Director of KeyInvest. He was also previously CEO of the Motor Accident Commission in SA.

To read board meeting agendas and minutes, click here
To read the annual report and financial statements, click here