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Each year, the Trust and our sponsors contribute over $300,000 towards developing leaders who improve Australia’s water and environment management. We are an apolitical, non-lobbying entity which does not advocate for any singular position.

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The Peter Cullen Trust appoints Tom Mollenkopf as CEO

The Board of the Peter Cullen Trust, one of Australia’s leading not for profit organisations in the water sector, today announced the appointment of Mr Tom Mollenkopf as its Chief Executive Officer.  Mr Mollenkopf will take over from Ms Suzy Nethercott-Watson, Interim CEO and Board Director, and will commence in the role on 6 February 2017.

Chair of the Peter Cullen Trust, the Hon John Thwaites, said “We are fortunate to have been able to attract someone of Tom's stature and standing in the water sector.  Not only does Tom understand the challenges facing the sector in Australia, but he personally knew Peter Cullen.”

Mr Thwaites continued, “Tom is one of Australia’s leading influencers in the water space.  We believe that he brings the exact skills and experience that are required to take the Peter Cullen Trust forward as it expands its offerings and extends its influence in Australia.”

Mr Mollenkopf has held senior executive roles in the water industry for over twenty years and was CEO of  the Australian Water Association for six years before joining Aither as a Senior Associate. He holds several non-executive Board roles, including Vice President of the International Water Association.

Mr Mollenkopf said, “I am honoured to lead such a dynamic and effective organisation as the Peter Cullen Trust and to work alongside our passionate sponsors, volunteers, staff and most importantly, our network of Fellows and Friends of the Peter Cullen Trust.  I look forward to growing the scale and impact of the Trust’s programs and activities and to supporting sound water policy through widening access to – and understanding of – good science. We continue to face challenging times in achieving sustainable water practices, which makes the role of water professionals all the more exciting.”

The Peter Cullen Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that works to bridge the gap between science and policy in the water sector through a special focus on delivering highly effective and regarded leadership programs for people working in the sector from around Australia.


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