Board Directors and nominating

The Aqwest Board ensures the organisation achieves excellence in the provision of water services to its customers and meets regulatory and statutory compliance.

The Board is made up of highly skilled and experienced directors who reflect the diversity of the local Bunbury community.

In 2020, the Board is embarking on the implementation of a Reconciliation Action Plan which will include practical steps to guide Aqwest's contribution to reconciliation in the workplace and in the local community.

Aqwest advertises for Board vacancies via an expression of interest process in local newspapers. Directors are nominated by the Minister for Water and appointed by the Governor of Western Australia for three year terms with two positions becoming vacant each year on a rotational basis.


Bunbury businessman Stan Liaros is the Chief Executive Officer of the Apprentice and Traineeship Company and the former Chairman of Aqwest, the South West Development Commission and the South West Academy of Sport. He was also the Senior Vice President of the South West Football League.


Neville Eastman is a former Chartered Accountant and partner of Eastman & Co Accountants, which was formed in 1969. He is a third generation resident of Bunbury and has a passionate interest in the wellbeing of the city and its residents. Neville was previously a member of the Bunbury Port Authority for 10 years.


Patricia Scaffidi is a retired Certified Practicing Accountant and has worked in a farming and property development business in Donnybrook and as the Financial Lead on business development and acquisition teams for Cristal Inorganic Chemicals and as the Chief Financial Officer for Bemax Mining Group. She is the Company Secretary for GP Down South.


Rhonda Norman has had a long and distinguished career in the Australian Public Service. She has advanced skills and experience in the areas of human resource management, training, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and policy development. She hopes to use these skills and experience in the strategic planning processes and development of contemporary water policy at Aqwest. As an Indigenous woman, she has held responsibility for the delivery of a range of cultural awareness and mentor training programs Australia wide.


Tresslyn Smith is a City of Bunbury Councillor who has a particular interest in the consumer affairs aspects of water supply and delivering public services. She is a strong supporter of water conservation initiatives and has a strong interest in the long term security of supply in terms of the Yarragadee aquifer. She gives a high priority to the awareness of environmental factors such as the effect of climate change and its impact on rainfall and rising sea levels.


Wendy Giles is a Bunbury City Councillor and the former Associate Dean of Edith Cowan University in Bunbury. She is a part time tutor at the Bunbury Regional Prison and an online lecturer in science for Charles Darwin University.