APPOINTED by the Governor of South Australia, Robyn McLeod has started in her role as Independent Commissioner for Water Security, taking over from acting commissioner Rob Lewis.
The independent commissioner heads up the Office for Water Security, which was established by Premier Mike Rann in February last year to provide a single focal point for water security planning across SA government.
As a commissioner, Ms McLeod's responsibilities include the leadership of South Australia's water security plans, the $610 million Murray Futures Program, South Australia's contribution to the National Water Initiative and working with the Stormwater Management Authority to drive improved stormwater outcomes.
Formerly KPMG National Water Group's Climate Change, Water and Sustainability Practice director, Ms McLeod has a wealth of experience and knowledge in water issues throughout Australia and overseas and the challenges the State faces in a future of reduced water availability.
She began her career as a secondary school teacher, followed by an appointment with the Victorian government in the Conservation and Environment portfolio, which marked the beginning of her career in water.
Ms McLeod quickly built a reputation for delivery, demonstrated in one of the most public water projects in Australia to date, including the corporatisation of the Snowy Hydro Scheme, which saw restoration of environmental flows in the Snowy and Murray Rivers.