Executive Committee

Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins
Melbourne Water

Sarah is the Team Leader, Integrated Networks at Melbourne Water. Her background in Environmental Engineering and Science is put to daily use in progressing novel, integrated water management, waterway management, stormwater and flood projects. Her team is responsible for the implementation and development of business cases for major Melbourne Water investment in stormwater harvesting across the region. Sarah has been heavily involved in the development of drainage strategies, and funding for these important flood mitigations works for state significant renewal precincts in Fishermans Bend and Arden Macaulay. She has been active and passionate member of the SV committee for 7 years.

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Alice Lisitsa
Vice President

Alice is a flooding and hydraulics expert with over 12 years of experience in water engineering and hydrology.I am a Flooding and hydraulics expert with over 12 years of experience in water engineering and hydrology.I am a chartered Engineer with a double degree in Civil Engineering and Science (BE/BSC). I also have apostgraduate Masters of Engineering Science by Research focusing on biofiltration and Water Sensitive UrbanDesign (WSUD) more broadly.Over the past three years I have been working at ARUP as technical flood modelling lead on numerousmajor infrastructure projects for LXRP and MRPV, assessing and mitigating flood impact from road and railupgrades.

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Stephen D'Agata

With over 30 years' experience across public utilities, local government and private consulting, Stephen has great knowledge and insight on water management in Victoria and what needs to be done to make integrated water management work in the real world.  An infrastructure planning and asset management specialist, Stephen uses his skills to assist clients in developing and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions to surface water management problems.

Stephen is currently a Principal Planning Engineer with WSP in Melbourne.  WSP is a multinational consultancy company providing a broad range of environmental and civil engineering services to public and private clients.

Charlotte Beresford

Charlotte Beresford
Melbourne Water


Charlotte is an outcome-focussed professional with over 15 years experience in integrated water management. TheCharlotte is an outcome-focussed professional with over 15 years experience in integrated water management. Themajority of this experience is derived from 10 years with local government working across waterway health,catchment management, flood risk management, water sensitive urban design, urban renewal and open spaceplanning. She has also worked with training organisations to strengthen IWM planning and delivery, in Australiaand internationally.Charlotte is currently the Stormwater Program Lead with Melbourne Water, working to drive storwmater outcomesthrough policy, planning and capital delivery.

Jamie Tainton

Jamie Tainton
Afflux Environmental Consulting
Immediate Past President

Jamie has 14 years experience working as a Civil Engineer.  A great majority of this work has focused on Subdivision and Water Sensitive Urban Design through the land development process. Jamie has worked closely with local governments, developers, water retailers, and authorities like Melbourne Water to find efficient and economical solutions to many projects. Jamie has also worked extensively across the Victorian and New South Wales markets and is well versed in the expectations of Council.

With knowledge of and experience in the application of various planning, legislatures and Best Management Practices, Jamie has strengths in the feasibility, concept design, detailed design and construction/superintending phases of a variety of projects including roads, intersections, sewer, water supply, drainage, and water quality assets.

From this role as a graduate Civil Engineer through to the Management position that Jamie now holds, effective communication is one of her strongest attributes and is what differentiates her from her peers.  Jamie has run workshops, mentored staff, educated clients and negotiated outcomes. She enjoys the challenge of identifying an audiences’ motivations and using that, is able to achieves the best outcome for a project.


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Rachelle Adamowicz
Melbourne Water

Rachelle is an environmental and social scientist. She works at Melbourne Water where she coordinates the Stormwater Incentives program for the South-East and Inner Metro regions of Melbourne. Rachelle aims to accelerate integrated water management outcomes that will protect waterways from urbanisation, a sustainable use of resources and lead to more liveable cities and communities. Through her Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Environment and research with the CRC for WSC, is interested in the connection between engineering solutions, science in decision making and the behaviours that drive us toward environmentally positive outcomes. Rachelle is excited to continue to be part of the Stormwater Victoria committee.

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Aaron Dowling

Aaron is a Civil Engineer with 8 years of experience in Water Sensitive Urban Design, stormwater management and strategy development. Throughout his time spanning across the public and private sector, Aaron has developed keen interest and skills in Integrated Water Management, bringing strong technical capabilities and innovative thinking to address challenges inherent.

Aaron began his career as a development engineer at Melbourne Water where he was responsible for the design and implementation of Development Services Schemes. In this role, he excelled at integrating drainage system designs with the planning process through his involvement in Precinct Structure Plans and Planning Panels.

More recently, Aaron has entered the private consultancy space where he has both contributed to and lead projects involving integrated water management plans, water balance assessments, updating industry guidelines and workshop facilitation. 

He is passionate about the design and implementation of innovative water servicing solutions that deliver beneficial environmental, social and financial outcomes. His broad knowledge of the development industry standards and practices is evident in his practical approach to problem solving and negotiation.

Aaron aspires to become both a technical specialist and a key contributor to policy development in the Australian water industry, advocating for beneficial and progressive change on the path to realising the vision of water sensitive cities.

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Celine Marchenay 
Water Technology

Celine is a resourceful environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in the water industry and a passion for Celine is a resourceful environmental engineer with 15 years’ experience in the water industry and a passion for sustainability and integrated water management. She completed a Master’s degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in France before settling in Australia, where she started her engineering career. During the first five years, Celine focused on delivering a series of potable water and sewer network hydraulic models for water authorities undertaking master planning investigations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. With an understanding of the operations and challenges on the potable water and sewer networks associated with population growth and aging infrastructure, Celine joined the stormwater industry and Water Technology in 2011 where she currently leads a talented team delivering drainage and stormwater quality related projects including flood studies, stormwater management strategies, design of WSUD assets and stormwater harvesting schemes in urban catchments.

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Maria Matamala
Engeny Water Management  

Maria is a senior environmental engineer with 5 years of experience in the stormwater industry. Since graduating from RMIT University, she has been working at Engeny on a diverse range of projects. This has included flood studies, stormwater and integrated water management strategies as well as the concept to detailed design phases of drainage and WSUD infrastructure. She has really enjoyed overcoming the unique challenges associated with each project whilst collaborating and working with a variety of government and developer clients.

She is passionate about how project outcomes can have a positive impact on the wider community and environment. She looks forward to becoming more involved in the industry/ committee by organising opportunities for professional growth and collaboration that inspire knowledge sharing and innovation.


Nausheen Obaid

Nausheen Obaid
City of Casey

Nausheen currently works as Senior Water Planner at the City of Casey.  Nausheen has an Engineering background with more than seven years of experience of working within the stormwater industry. 

As a stormwater champion in Council, Nausheen builds Council capacity in water planning and achieving its Water Management Vision.  She has experience in leading water management strategies and been involved in  designing WSUD, Stormwater Harvesting  and other water quality assets . In her work, she supports Council’s strategic water planning, advocates for better holistic water management initiatives as well as ensures WSUD assets are adequately maintained. Through Council planning processes she focuses on delivering sustainable water management outcomes for community . Nausheen, also closely works with  external partners including DELWP , Melbourne Water , South East Water and other local governments to deliver holistic and collaborative Integrated Water Management outcomes.

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Tracey Pham

Tracey works at Arcadis as a Senior Engineer, based out of Brisbane. She has 10+ years in the industry. 8+ in consulting and 1-2 years in research and development. The work she does varies depending on project and client requirements, however they primarily consist of: understanding complex stormwater problems and providing a solution that benefits all stakeholders; devising stormwater management and flood management plans; drainage, flood and water quality modelling (primarily using 1D and 2D XPSWMM, DRAINS, TUFLOW MUSIC, HecRAS); hydrologic modelling (RORB, XPSTORM, using ARR2019 hydrology); networking with councils, clients, various stakeholders and others committed to the cause; flood mapping (MapInfo, QGIS, ArcGIS, CAD); consequence category assessment and failure modelling for basins with the ANCOLD Guidelines.  I've also been blessed to volunteer with a great bunch of dedicated and passionate stormwater people at Stormwater Vic for the last several years. My goal has been to support other practitioners by connecting them to the right people, or resources and to help guide the stormwater movement towards a future where our rivers thrive.

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Katie Prout
Engeny Water Management

Katie Prout is an Associate Environmental Engineer at Engeny Water Management specialising in water resource management, flood modelling and flood risk assessment. She also has experience in distributed storages, development services schemes and sewerage network planning from her time working at Melbourne Water. Currently, she is working on a variety of rural and urban flood modelling projects for various councils such as Knox City Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta as well as Melbourne Water.

Katie completed a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Environmental) with First Class Honours, along with a Bachelor degree in Science (Environmental) from RMIT University, focusing heavily on water quality in her final years of study. She is excited to be involved in the committee to collaborate more with other industry professionals and promote understanding and appreciation of stormwater management to local communities, and identify ways to better manage stormwater for our future.

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Tania Struzina

Tania coordinates the design and delivery of Clearwater training and events and contributes to a range of stakeholder engagement activities. She has worked for the Clearwater program for over ten years she has extensive experience and knowledge in building capacity for Integrated Water Management. Tania has a background in environmental education and capacity building across a wide range of sectors. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications and Masters in Environment and Planning. Her previous work history includes ECO-Buy Local Government Green Purchasing program at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), MSSI Sustainability Institute at Melbourne University, Campus Planning at RMIT University, and in International Development with Oxfam Australia.

Jessica Ward

Jessica Ward

Jessica is an environmental engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the water fieldJessica is an environmental engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the water fieldproviding services to the public and private sectors. Jessica has lived and worked acrossthe three states of the eastern seaboard, and gained invaluable knowledge within thedifferent policy contexts. Jessica has taken on leading roles in delivering sustainablesolutions to a wide range of projects from IWM and WSUD projects to detailed design ofstormwater harvesting, to flood mitigation and large scale stormwater infrastructure.Jessica also thoroughly enjoys extending her role to include capacity building andmentoring within the company and greater industry. Jessica currently works at Spiire,in the water team, with a passion for driving innovation, protecting waterways and enablinggreen links for healthy communities.





Stormwater Victoria Sub Committee Representatives 2020 - 2021


Jamie Tainton, Sarah Watkins, Rachelle Adamowicz, Colin McLeod

Conference and Awards

Chair:  Rachelle Adamowicz

Committee:  Steve D'Agata (Executive), Jess Ward, Maria Matamala

Advocacy and Strategic Direction

Chair:  Alice Lisitsa

Committee:  Sarah Watkins (Executive), Charlotte Beresford, Michael Mag

Technical Events 

Chair:  Tracey Pham

Sub Committee: Rachelle Adamowicz (Executive), Katie Prout, Maria Matamala, Nausheen Obaid, Tania Struzina

Membership and Engagement

Chair:  Aaron Dowling

Sub Committee:  Colin McLeod (Executive), Celine Marchenay, Jess Ward (Social Media)