Executives

Dave Chambers Interim chief executive of Watercare

Dave Chambers

Chief Executive

Dave is a highly experienced business leader with a background in large-scale customer-centric organisations. He was managing director of Progressive Enterprises NZ Limited and has held various other leadership roles. Previously he was a board member of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia; Paper Plus New Zealand Limited; Turners and Growers Fresh Limited; and the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.

Dave joined Watercare as a board member in November 2019. In February 2023, the Watercare board appointed Dave as interim chief executive. In April 2024, the Watercare board confirmed that Dave will stay on as chief executive under a fixed-term contract through to June 2025.

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Jamie Sinclair BMS (Hons), PGDipSci, CA

Chief Corporate Services Officer

Jamie is a chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the UK and Aotearoa, New Zealand, working across multiple sectors at executive and board level. Prior to joining Watercare, Jamie spent six years working for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and was the inaugural chief executive for the post-settlement governance entity. Jamie leads our corporate services team and is responsible for the sustainability, supply chain, digital, finance, legal and governance, health and safety, risk and resilience departments.

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Mark Bourne, Dip Business and NZCE (Civil)

Chief Operations Officer

Mark is a New Zealand water industry professional with more than 30 years’ experience. He’s also worked in Australia and England in the infrastructure and gas sectors. He has held a very wide variety of roles including infrastructure planning, trade waste, and operations management since he first joined us in 1992. His most recent role was head of servicing and consents. He was appointed as chief operations officer in August 2021. Mark is responsible for the operation of our water and wastewater assets, networks and treatment facilities, along with asset integrity functions, and operations control centre.

Richie Waiwai - Chief, Māori Strategy and Relationships

Richard Waiwai

Tumuaki Rautaki ā-Iwi me ngā Hononga – Chief, Māori Strategy and Relationships

Dedicated to bringing a greater understanding of the Māori world view to a corporate environment, Richie is responsible for ensuring we have the structures and resources to meet our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. An advocate for te reo and tikanga Māori, he has extensive experience working with iwi and mana whenua across the private and public sectors.

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Shayne Cunis BE CIVIL (HONS), FENGNZ, CMENGNZ

Chief Programme Delivery Officer

Shayne is a chartered professional engineer and Fellow of Engineering NZ with more than 20 years’ experience in the Auckland water supply industry. He was appointed the executive programme director for the Central Interceptor in January 2018, and chief programme delivery officer in April 2024. Shayne has previously held senior operational management and executive roles and has served on the board of Water New Zealand.

Sarah Phillips our general manager of people and capability

Sarah Phillips GradDipBusStuds (HRM)

Chief People Officer

Sarah is originally from the north east of England. Throughout her career, she has worked in human resources roles covering the public and private sectors. Her experience is vast and spans the justice, manufacturing and utilities industries. In 2018, she began her career with us, and in 2023 was promoted from General Manager People and Capability to her current role. Sarah is responsible for various areas across the business including driving company culture, talent acquisition, plus learning and development. She is passionate about creating a workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves and thrive.