19/04/2021 - 15:45

Creed a new voice at Water Corp

19/04/2021 - 15:45


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Former union state secretary Helen Creed has been appointed to the board of Water Corporation, the third new director in a year.

Creed a new voice at Water Corp

Former union state secretary Helen Creed has been appointed to the board of Water Corporation, the third new director in a year.

Water Minister Dave Kelly announced the move on Friday.

Ms Creed was state secretary of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union, (later known as United Voice, and now United Workers Union) from 1990 to 2002.

She went on to become national president of the union and also served as vice-president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Mr Kelly was WA secretary for the LHMU for 10 years prior to his election to parliament in the Bassendean District in 2013.

Ms Creed sought preselection for the Victoria Park District in 2006, but lost the bid to Ben Wyatt.

Her next role was as executive director of the Office of Women’s Policy for 10 months.

Other roles included as executive director at Children & Family Services in the Department of Communities, as a policy officer for the  WA Council of Social Services and then executive director of Community Legal Centres Association (WA).

Ms Creed is now a board member of Regional Early Education and Development, a not for profit servicing the Wheatbelt.

"Ms Creed brings extensive board and professional experience in the public and private sectors to the role,” Mr Kelly said in a statement.

"Her wealth of experience in the community and social services sectors will also complement and extend the board's existing skillset, and help ensure informed decisions continue to be made in the interests of all Water Corporation stakeholders. 

"Ms Creed's appointment represents another important step towards increasing the representation of women on government boards, which is an important focus of the McGowan government."

It follows the Christmas Eve announcement of Carla Boehl joining the board of Water Corporation and David Lock becoming deputy chair.

Dr Boehl was an associate at Curtin University's WA School of Mines and worked at Fortescue Metals Group.

Mr Lock is a director of CBH Group and chair of Sea Harvest.

Jemma Green and Nicole Lockwood departed in the Christmas Eve announcement.

In September, Fremantle Ports chair and Western Australian Regional Development Trust director Ross Love was appointed chair of Water Corporation.

Water Corporation has undertaken a significant insourcing of work in recent years.

That includes the Perth Regional Alliance maintenance contract, a business previously controlled by Programmed.

In August 2019, Water Corp brought the contract and 250 workers in house, with the government arguing it would save up to $3 million. 


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