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2016 - 2017 Committee Members

Executive Committee

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Chris Beardshaw

Chris has over ten years of experience in a wide range of water related and civil construction projects, providing project management experience and specialist technical skills. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) a Master of Engineering Science (Project Management) at UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in River Health Management. Previous projects include the design and construction of lakes, dams and wetlands, and experience in project cost estimation and construction budgets.

Chris is experienced with a number of design and modelling software packages combined with on ground construction experience. Chris’s civil design and construction experience combined with hydraulic modelling expertise is particularly orientated towards Urban design and flood modelling issues.

Chris has been on the Committee of Stormwater Victoria since 2011.


Celeste Morgan
Vice President

Celeste is a recognised and highly skilled sustainability professional, with proven experience in leading the sustainability agenda international. She has extensive experience in working at all design stages from policy to delivery, across a range of sustainability issues and from building scale to city-wide strategies. Celeste relocated in 2013 from the UK, where she was instrumental in the development of the sustainability strategies for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Parks. Celeste is personally recognised in the UK as a leader in the development of water sensitive urban design and integrated water management. Her recent work in Melbourne has led to the development of integrated water strategies to future-proof major growth and redevelopment areas.

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Philip Joyce

Philip is a Principal Civil Engineer and the leader of the Integrated Stormwater Management Team at GHD based within their Melbourne Office. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and has over 16-years working experience, with 9 of these years gained working in the UK.

His work focusses on sustainable engineering covering areas including WSUD, stormwater treatment, stormwater and rain water harvesting, waterway engineering, stormwater drainage and floodplain management.

In the UK, Philip began his career with Jeremy Benn Associates, after completing an MSc in Hydraulic Engineering, before then joining Black & Veatch.

Emma Hendy

Emma Hendy
Wallbridge & Gilbert

Emma has 10 years of experience as a Civil and Environmental Engineer in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Emma is currently a Senior Engineer at Wallbridge & Gilbert Consulting Engineers (W&G), who has been working with W&G for over 6 years, with significant experience in South Australia before relocating to the Melbourne office.

Emma has undertaken numerous stormwater management plans of a local and regional scale, including policy review and working with local government to investigate sustainable water strategies. Emma has particular interest in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), stormwater harvesting and sustainable water management and has recently worked on a number of large scale stormwater harvesting and reuse concepts for South Australia including, the State Government 'Urban Stormwater Harvesting Options Study' and Eastern Region Alliance 'Waterproofing the East' project. Emma hopes to share the learning from working in South Australia and be a part of the future of stormwater management in Victoria.


Committee Members


Lindsey Beck

 Lindsey works at the interface of water and people. She has experience from three continents brokering relationships between government, businesses and community to improve policy, planning and industry effectiveness. Lindsey holds an Honours degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management and a Masters degree in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, specializing in water regulation. She currently works as an independent consultant. When not working in water, you can find her on watercourses across Victoria pursuing her passion for rowing.


Andrew Clifton

Following completion of a Civil Engineering degree, Andrew began his career at the Dandenong Valley Authority (DVA), later to become part of the merger of all smaller water authorities in becoming Melbourne Water.  The DVA pioneered many of the current Melb Water policies and Andrew gained valuable experience in design, construction, maintenance and even public relations.  This lead to a career digression where he gained employment at TABCorp in customer relations, providing a conduit with high value customers and communicating news of the day with rank-and-file customers.

Andrew then re-entered the water industry, briefly with Industrial Pipe Systems in a sales role, later joining Vinidex as Market Development Engineer, communicating with engineers and specifiers on new product innovations being released to the market.  Andrew has spent the last 10 years at Rocla in a similar role, assisting and educating consultants on technical issues relating to precast concrete products such as pipes, bridges, retaining walls and latterly, environmental and water quality products.  Andrew has been on the SV committee for 6 years.

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Jamie Comley

Jamie is an Environmental Engineer, Urban Planner and Geographer who has worked in sustainable water management for over 11 years. His experience encompasses a broad range of strategic, technical, policy and research areas associated with implementation of integrated water management and water sensitive urban design. Jamie holds specialist expertise in capacity building, project/program design and integrating sustainable water management into land use planning. He is passionate about improving sustainability and liveability outcomes for our community and enjoys taking a big picture view and collaborative approach in addressing these issues.

Jamie's career experience includes working with various water authorities (including Melbourne Water), local government and private consulting firms, both in Australia and overseas. These days, Jamie runs his own consulting business in sustainable water management. 


Geoff Connellan
G&M Connellan Consulting

Geoff has 30 years experience in urban horticulture water management, research and education and outreach. He held a range of positions at the Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, including Senior Lecturer in Plant Science and Engineering and Principal Lecturer. He currently provides consultancy services in urban water management through G & M Connellan Consultants.

His expertise includes strategies for sustainable irrigated open space, water demand management, evaluation of water use and water technologies. Geoff has presented and published widely, both internationally and in Australia, on urban water management and irrigation topics, and is the recipient of various industry awards. He is an Honorary Fellow, School of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne.

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Cintia Dotto
Water Technology

Cintia works as senior engineer in the stormwater team at Water Technology since May 2014 and have previously worked for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities for 3 years. Prior to this, she completed her PhD in Civil Engineering at Monash University. She has experience with a range of WSUD investigations. Her day-today work focus on stormwater quantity and quality management in urban environments, and she is often exploring WSUD opportunities and designing WSUD assets in both large and small scale urban applications.


Michael Godfrey
Melbourne Water

For the last three years Michael's role at Melbourne Water as a Stormwater Regional coordinator has seen him working closely with local government partners to help build capacity in sustainable stormwater management. This has included providing support for design and construction of WSUD assets, assisting Council's in strategic plans and the development of wider industry tools and guidelines. He previously worked with Clearwater coordinating development of the quarterly Hot Topics Seminars and ongoing training initiatives. Prior to joining the water industry Michael was as teacher for ten years. He has a background in Environmental Science and holds a Masters in Environmental Education.


Sam Innes

Sam has been involved in the stormwater industry for nine years, woking with local government in NSW and Victoria. 

He has key skills in the application of water sensitive urban design, playing a key role as a change agent and building organisational capacity. Sam is at home in both the technical and strategic aspects of stormwater and loves everything from planning the next big multi-stakeholder scheme to kicking the dirt in a raingarden. With a background in Environmental Science Sam is passionate about the environment and also has a history of waterway restoration.

Sam is currently on secondment from the City of Port Phillip to DELWP.

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Micah Pendergast
City of Port Phillip

 Micah has worked since 2013 coordinating Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers Program for 12 councils in the western and northern areas of Melbourne. He administers the Living Rivers grant projects, and assists councils in his region with sustainable stormwater management improvements. He is also involved with improvements to the stormwater management section of Melbourne Water’s website and updates to their MUSIC guidelines.

Micah has worked at Melbourne Water since 2008 in a range of roles covering the whole water cycle. With a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Queensland, he was first involved in sewage treatment operations. Positions in water supply minor capital works and integrated water strategy teams added to his experience at different stages of planning and delivery of projects.

Micah is currently on secondment to the City of Port Phillip.


Ann Pugh

 Having worked with many water authorities, both domestically and overseas, to implement advanced software tools that provide efficiencies in the planning and operational activities Ann has broad experience in the engineering and IT industries. This has exposure extends beyond the water supply and wastewater networks to include all facets of the water cycle. She has held roles in hydraulic modelling, strategic planning, water quality, operations and marketing teams, and currently manages the sales, support and training activities for Innovyze across southern Australia and NZ. Ann is currently working on real time operational modelling systems for both potable water and stormwater systems at various sites around Australia.

She is passionate about diversity, collaboration and communication, and is the President of the Vermont Primary School Council, and an elected member of the Australian Water Association Victorian Branch Committee. 

Ralf Pfleiderer

Ralf Pfleiderer
City of Melbourne

Ralf has been with the City of Melbourne for 6 years as their Water Sensitive Urban Design Coordinator. During this time he has contributed to the revision of several of their key strategies and the delivery of four major stormwater harvesting schemes located in Fitzroy Gardens, Birrarung Marr, Alexandra Gardens and Darling St East Melbourne.

Ralf works as a change agent across council helping to position the City of Melbourne as a leader in the field of WSUD implementation and innovation. He also engages frequently and actively with key external stakeholders in the water sphere across Melbourne and beyond.

Ralf participated in the 2012 Water Sensitive Cities Study tour to Singapore and Europe and established the Inner Melbourne Local Government WUSD practitioner's network, both of which have expanded his network and knowledge greatly. Ralf has over 15 years experience in the landscaping and sustainably industry with a formal qualification as an Environmental Engineer.

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Elizabeth Smolinska

Liz is a Water Engineer with 6+ years of experience in the consulting sector and currently works for Jacobs (formerly SKM) within the Surface Water team. Throughout her career she has worked on a range of stormwater, infrastructure and transport projects. Liz specialises in hydrological and hydraulic modelling, stormwater drainage design, WSUD and water quality modelling/monitoring. She has completed a Master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Management at Imperial College London and worked internationally in the UK. She has also been involved in committee work at Engineers Australia through the Water Panel and Young Engineers Australia Victoria.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas
The Unviersity of Melbourne

Andrew is currently a PhD student with the Waterway Ecology Research Group (WERG.org), attached to the University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus). His current qualifications include a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science (research – performance of stormwater control ponds). His time in the stormwater industry is approximately 11 years, and has included stormwater quality measure (SCM) performance research, modelling, strategic planning, catchment management, urban stream rehabilitation and policy development. He has performed these various functions in local council (Wollongong City Council and Kiama Municipal Council), Universities (Wollongong and Melbourne) and consultancy (Aurecon Australasia). His current research role with the University of Melbourne involves investigating the operation and maintenance of SCM and implications for long-term performance, focusing on barriers faced by professionals in local councils managing these assets.


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Ari Triskelidis
City of Monash

 Ari is the Principal Design Engineer leading the Design Management Team at the City of Monash. During his seven years in this position he has been instrumental in building a unified team that delivers a high standard of in-house and external design. His hands on approach, has demonstrated an ability to adapt throughout the many areas of Councils capital works program. With over 20 years experience as a Civil Engineer working both in local government and as a consultant in the private sector, he has been involved in the delivery of a wide range of projects.

Ari is determined to make a difference and has been a strong advocate for WSUD implementation and collaborating towards a water sensitive city. His most recent achievement has been the development of the Monash kerb inlet.

Ari is currently on the Stormwater Victoria committee and successfully chaired the 2014 and 2015 Stormwater Victoria Conference.



Stormwater Victoria Sub Committee Representatives 2016 - 2017

State Conference

Chair:  Ann Pugh

Executive Representative – Philip Joyce (Treasurer), Ari Triskedilis and Andrew Thomas

Awards for Excellence

Chair:  Andrew Clifton

Executive Representative – Emma Hendy (Secretary), Geoff Connellan, Michael Godfrey

Networking and Membership

Chair:  Micah Pendergast

Executive Representative – Celeste Morgan (Vice President), Cintia Dotto


Chair:  Sam Innes 

Executive Representative – Chris Beardshaw (President), Lindsey Beck, Sarah Watkins

Technical Events

Chair:  Jamie Comley

Executive Representative – Ralf Pfleiderer (Immediate Past President), Liz Smolinska

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