Our executive team

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PICTURED From left to right: Nigel Toms, Rebecca Chenery, Steve Webster, Jon Lamonte, Shayne Cunis, Amanda Singleton, Richie Waiwai.
Not pictured: Marlon Bridge, Shane Morgan

Jon Lamonte

PHD, MA, BSC (HONS), CCMI, CMATH, CDIR, FRICS, FIOD, FIMA, FRIN, FCILT, RAF(RETD)

Chief Executive

Jon Lamonte is a former senior officer in the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, flying operationally before tours in the Ministry of Defence (logistics and procurement). After leaving the service, he became chief executive of Tube Lines, running the engineering and upgrade of London’s busiest underground lines before taking over all modes of transport in the Greater Manchester region as chief executive for TfGM. More recently, he led Sydney Metro through the opening of their first driverless line, while constructing three more lines in Australia’s largest public transport project. He was appointed as Watercare’s chief executive in April 2021.

Marlon Bridge

BCOM, DIP.COM, CA

Deputy Chief Executive

Marlon Bridge is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in senior management roles across both the private and public sectors. Marlon has been the chief financial officer of Manukau Water Limited. Marlon has previously been the general manager of retail and chief financial officer for Watercare. He was appointed to the role of deputy chief executive in June 2020. His responsibilities in his current role include all ‘business as usual’ operational activities outside of the drought response management.

Amanda Singleton

BA COMMUNICATIONS

Chief Customer Officer

A passionate customer advocate, Amanda Singleton is responsible for building a customer-centric culture and overseeing all the customer touch points in the business. She is also responsible for the company’s communication and stakeholder relationship functions. She has extensive experience, nationally and internationally, as a transformational corporate leader.

Nigel Toms

MSC, ACMA, CMIRM

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Nigel Toms is a chartered management accountant and certified member of the Institute of Risk Management with over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and utility roles both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was previously the head of risk and resilience for Watercare and is also a senior incident controller. Nigel is the technical author of PAS 60518 titled “Developing and implementing enterprise risk and resilience management (ERRM) in utilities”, recently published by the British Standards Institution. As acting chief financial officer, he holds responsibility for financial control, supply chain, property, legal, internal audit, risk and resilience functions. Nigel was also recognised as ‘Risk Professional of the Year’ in 2021 by RiskNZ.

Shane Morgan

ME (CIVIL AND RESOURCE ENGINEERING), BE (ENGINEERING SCIENCE)

Chief Operations Officer (until August 2021)

Shane Morgan is an executive leader and water industry professional leading a team of over 300 in the delivery of water and wastewater services. His role encompasses everything from strategy, planning, design and construction, through to commissioning and operations and a commitment to embedding a customercentric environment that is responsive, agile and operationally excellent. He has worked with some of the largest and most progressive Australian and New Zealand entities, leading change in diverse workplaces and developing high-performing teams and systems that are groundbreaking, sustainable and will deliver inter-generational value.

 

Steve Webster

DIP.CM, BE (HONS), NZCE (CIVIL)

Chief Infrastructure Officer

Steve Webster is a civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, predominantly in the infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and Australia, delivering projects and maintenance services to government, local authority and private asset owners. Steve is responsible for Watercare’s delivery of infrastructure projects from servicing strategies through to planning and construction and for supporting external developer services to enable growth in Auckland. In addition, he is the executive climate change sponsor for the business.

Rebecca Chenery

BBUS, DIP.MGMT

Chief Digital Officer

Rebecca Chenery has many years of experience in programme management and business transformation projects across the information services, telecommunications and water industries in New Zealand and overseas. She is responsible for leading all technology aspects of the business along with Watercare’s business transformation programme.

Richard Waiwai

BBUS, DIP.MGMT

Poutiaki Tikanga Māori (Principal Advisor)

Dedicated to bringing a greater understanding of the Māori world view to a corporate environment, Richie Waiwai is responsible for ensuring Watercare has the structures and resources to meet its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. An advocate for te reo and tikanga Māori, he has extensive experience working with iwi and mana whenua across the private and public sectors.

Shayne Cunis

BE CIVIL (HONS), FENGNZ, CMENGNZ

Executive Programme Director – Central Interceptor

Shayne Cunis is a chartered professional engineer and Fellow of Engineering NZ with more than 20 years’ experience in the Auckland water supply industry. He was appointed the executive programme director for the Central Interceptor in January 2018 and reports to the chief executive.

Shayne has previously held senior operational management and executive roles at Watercare and has served on the board of Water New Zealand.

He is an international board member of the Water Research Foundation, which is the leading not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment.

David Hawkins*

MPP, TTC, JP

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

David Hawkins’ responsibilities include government, community relations and communications. He has a background in sales and marketing management for New Zealand and global brands, and has a strong commitment to local government and community engagement. David has previously served as an Auckland regional councillor and is a former mayor of the Papakura District.

Jason Glennon*

Chief People Officer

Jason Glennon has worked across a range of industries, including construction and fast-moving consumer goods. He has held a number of senior roles in human resources at Fonterra, Fletcher and Carter Holt Harvey.

Jason was appointed Watercare’s chief people officer in January 2018. He has oversight of all people-related activities in the business and is responsible for creating a high-performing company culture. 

* These positions were disestablished in May 2021.