Waimea Water, which manages the construction of the Waimea Dam, has appointed a new board member. Chair of Watercare Services Margaret Devlin has been appointed to the Waimea Water Ltd board.

Margaret’s appointment will fill the vacancy left by former board member and chairwoman Karen Jordan, who stepped down in February, citing family reasons. Council-appointed member David Wright replaced Jordan as chairman.

Margaret will join six others on the board, four of those, including Margaret, are appointed by the TDC, a major stakeholder in Waimea Water Ltd.

A partnership between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, Waimea Water Ltd is a council-controlled organisation in charge of managing the construction and operation of the Waimea Dam.

Margaret Devlin is the chair of Watercare Services, Lyttelton Port Company, the Women in Infrastructure Network, and Hospice Waikato. She also has directorships with Meteorological Services of NZ Limited, Waikato Regional Airport, Titanium Park, IT Partners Group, Aurora Energy, and Infrastructure New Zealand.

She is also the Independent chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Waikato District Council and councillor at Waikato University.

Watercare Services, a council-controlled operation that is responsible for managing water in the Auckland region, has come under fire recently for its handling of the city’s worst-ever drought, with Auckland mayor Phil Goff criticising the organisation’s handling of the drought.

Tasman mayor Tim King says that Margaret brings extensive governance and executive experience in the water and infrastructure sector.

“The Waimea Dam project is not only significant to the district and region but also nationally, as reflected in the quality of applicants for this role,” he says.

“Margaret’s experience complements that of the current board, reinforcing the interest this project has for those widely experienced in major infrastructure investments.”

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