MEET THE ICID AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE

The Irrigation Australia Board are committed to the important relationship it has with the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and have approved an Australian National Committee and Charter.

Momir Vranes
Chairman, ICID Australian National Committee
Momir is the Chief Technical Adviser and Team Leader at Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. He has over 30 years of expertise in Water Resources Planning and Development, Sustainable Water Resources Development, Dam Design and Irrigation Development.
Kathleen Murray
Deputy Chair, ICID Australian National Committee
Kathleen is a Project Manager for Growcom based in Brisbane and she is a Coordinator of the ICID Young Persons Forum and Deputy Chair of the ICID Committee on Strategy.
Karlene Maywald
Australian Politician
Until recently Karlene was the Chair of the National Water Commission. Karlene was the representative for the seat of Chaffey in the SA House of Assembly from 1997 until 2010. From 2004 until 2010, she was South Australia’s Minister for Water Security and the River Murray. Karlene is also the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd.
Peter Hayes
Member, ICID Australian National Committee
Peter has 30+ years of experience in the wine industry serving many Executive, Managerial, Educational and Research roles across the public and private sector. Peter is currently an Independent for the wine sector strategy, R&D, Innovation and advisor for projects in Australia, India, and the UK.
Geoff Harvey
National Training, Certification & Marketing Manager, Irrigation Australia Limited
Geoff joined Irrigation Australia in 2016 after spending 22 years in the water industry. Before his role with IAL, Geoff had a long career with Davey Water Products in which he has held many senior management positions across sales and marketing.
Carl Walters
Manager Sustainable Irrigation, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Carl has had active involvement with IAL and its predecessor organisations for over 20 years, including working groups and overseas representation through ICID, with several Australia sessions.
Peter Durand
Business Development Manager, Netafim
Peter has held a variety of roles throughout his 19 year career in the irrigation industry. These roles include research work on irrigation channels in the Ord Irrigation Area, working for an irrigation dealership, and a series of roles in Netafim Australia encompassing sales, technical and management.
Eddie Parr
Principal, Ammerdown Environmental Services
Eddie was the Leader, Irrigation Industry Development with New South Wales DPI at Orange. He has worked in irrigation extension and water policy for many years before retiring. Eddie was instrumental in establishing the Waterwise on the Farm program in New South Wales.
Bryan Ward
CEO, Irrigation Australia
Bryan joined Irrigation Australia in 2016 as CEO after spending nine years as General Manager of Think Water. Before this Bryan had senior roles at organisations in the meat and dairy industry in Australia & New Zealand and was a Board member of the Australian Dairy Corporation for five years.
Chris Delphin
Business Administration Manager & Company Secretary, Irrigation Australia
Chris has 25 years plus experience in business administration and corporate governance. She has held senior secretarial and administrative roles in the private sector and has experience in business banking and accounting practice administration.
Erik Schmidt
Deputy Director National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland
Erik Schmidt is the Deputy Director for the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture.
Steve Whan
CEO, National Irrigators Council
Steve is the CEO of the National Irrigators Council. Steve comes to the NIC with a wealth of experience in government and public policy.
Ian Atkinson
CEO - Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland
Ian is a highly experienced and qualified professional who has successfully performed in a wide range of leadership roles across a variety of industry sectors for over 30 years. A deep understanding of the water sector, in its many facets, comes from working in water for government, industry, and even the environmental NFP sector. His knowledge is of course not just about water and its use to grow plants but also the associated areas of water treatment, soils and nutrition.