Our Board

Our Board

A board of directors manages the direction and monitors the performance of SA Water, meeting at least 10 times per year.

Board Directors

Allan Holmes
Chair SA Water Board of Directors
Appointed: July 2022

Allan is a career public servant, an experienced company director and chair, and a former Chief Executive in the South Australian government. He led the state Department of Water and Environment for more than 15 years and has continued to work for state and commonwealth agencies in numerous roles. His contribution to public service was recognised by his appointment as a fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration.

Allan has a wealth of experience in a range of environmental and scientific disciplines, including biochemistry, agriculture, forestry, land and water management, conservation and environmental protection. He has been a thoughtful and generous contributor to public discourse on natural resource matters.He recently completed his five year term as a member of the SA State Planning Commission and as chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Independent Assurance Committee. He has been chair of the Coast Protection Board, Zero Waste SA (now Green Industries), SA EPA, and NaturePlay SA.

He has also been a member of numerous government and philanthropic boards and currently chairs the conservation research organisation, Arid Recovery. His knowledge of governance is comprehensive, rooted in a deep understanding of general management and government practice.

Janet Finlay
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: August 2018

Janet Finlay

Janet is a chartered accountant and experienced company director. A former partner of Big 4 accounting firm EY, she is an experienced business adviser accustomed to working in a highly regulated and complex legislative environment, providing business, tax and accounting advice to clients across a range of industries.

She is also:

  • Council member of the University of Adelaide
  • Commissioner of the South Australian Football Commission
  • Non-executive director of Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority Ltd
  • Non-executive director of Helping Hand Aged Care Inc
  • Member and deputy chair of the Libraries Board of South Australia

Janet’s previous roles include:

  • Member and deputy chair of the State Planning Commission of South Australia
  • Director of St John Ambulance Australia SA Inc
  • Partner and business unit director, EY

Chris Ford
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: August 2019

Chris Ford

Chris is a Chartered Engineer with 23 years’ experience in utilities and local government, of which 14 years have been in the water industry in Australia and the UK.

He has extensive experience as a leader of digital transformation, technology and cyber security and is currently General Manager Innovation and Technology at SA Power Networks.

Chris is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has previously held executive and non-executive director roles in the UK.

Fiona Hele
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: August 2018

Fiona Hale

Fiona is a non-executive Director with ASX300 public company experience and an experienced audit and risk chair. She is a Chartered Accountant and business advisor with over 25 years of experience, advising organisations on finance and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and people and culture across a diverse range of industries. Fiona has a strong commercial and finance background with a practical understanding of both the public and private sectors.

Current Board positions include:

  • Non-executive director Kelsian (ASX200, KLS)
  • Non-executive director Adelaide Venue Management Corporation
  • Non-executive director Argo Global Listed Infrastructure (ASX300, ALI)

Fiona’s previous roles include:

  • Director, Perks & Associates Pty Ltd
  • Board member, South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Board member and Treasurer, Adelaide Fringe

Sue Filby
Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 2013

Sue Filby

Sue has particular expertise in customer service, funding strategies and proposals, performance standards, and stakeholder engagement. Her expertise has been recognised by major awards.

She is also:

  • Facilitator of Behind Closed Doors.

Sue's previous roles have included:

  • Member of the Energy and Water Industry Ombudsman Board
  • Member of SA Financing Authority Advisory Board, History Trust of SA Board
  • Member of Flinders Medical Research Institute Advisory Board
  • Member of the Urban and Regional Development Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Hills Transit Board
  • Member of the Rural Solutions SA Board (Primary Industry and Resources SA)
  • Member of the Real Estate Institute Professional Standards Committee.
  • General Manager Customer Relations, SA Power Networks.

The awards that Sue has won include:

  • SA and National Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for the private and corporate sector (2007)
  • Executive of the Year Service Excellence Award (SA), Customer Service Institute of Australia (2012).

David Ryan
Director and Chief Executive of SA Water
Appointed: November 2019

David Ryan SA Water Board

David joined SA Water in late 2019 as our Chief Executive, leading one of Australia’s largest integrated water utilities, serving more than 1.7 million customers across urban, regional and remote areas.

David is a dynamic water industry leader, known for shaping contemporary organisational culture to deliver water services oriented around the continual improvement of customer experience.

By championing key values fostered through his background in regional Australia, such as sustainability, diversity and customer-centricity, David works to ensure water services help build and enhance communities and enable economic development.

Prior to joining SA Water, David was Managing Director of Melbourne’s City West Water, and held executive roles at bulk water company Melbourne Water in operations and capital delivery, waterway management and customer solutions.

  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Polkinghorns Rd
  • Arthurton
  • 18/06/2020
  • Water Supply On
  • 18/06/2020 03:05 PM - We are attending to an incident in Arthurton with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 07505663.
  • See all major faults

  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Spruance Rd
  • Elizabeth East
  • 11/06/2021
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 15/06/2021 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 15/06/2021 04:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Elizabeth East. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.


  • See all scheduled works