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WATER Corporation chairman Tim Ungar (pictured) leads a board of directors that would be the envy of many ASX-listed companies.

A surprising feature of the board is the shortage of engineers. However, this makes perfect sense to Mr Ungar.

“The Water Corporation is not just an engineering business. It’s a service company,” he said.

Mr Ungar believes the diverse backgrounds of the directors has created a good mix on the board.

His appointment as chairman last month coincided with the appointment of three new non-executive directors.

The new appointees include two well-known faces on St Georges Terrace.

Patrick O’Connor is an executive director of corporate finance firm Churchill Capital and has previous operational experience in the mining industry with Macraes Mining.

Tracey Horton is a director of corporate advisory firm Poynton & Partners and its sister company, management consulting firm GEM Consulting.

The third new appointee is Penny Flett, the chief executive of Osborne Park-based aged care group Brightwater and winner of the 1998 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year award.

The Water Corporation’s deputy chairman is Ian Kuba, who has broad business experience. His other roles include that of chairman at Bristile.

The engineering experience is provided by Peter Hopwood, a principal of engineering and project management firm HBH Consultants, and Water Corporation managing director Jim Gill.

Mr Kuba, Dr Hopwood and Dr Gill are all water industry veterans, having joined the Water Corporation’s predecessor organisation, the Water Authority of Western Australia, in 1995.

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