Tom Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer

Tom was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Peter Cullen Trust in February 2017.

He is an executive and board director with national and international experience in the water sector. Between 2007 and 2013 Tom was CEO of the Australian Water Association, having previously been Deputy Executive Director of the International Water Association in London. His background is in law, first in private legal practice, then as corporate counsel - including Head of Legal at Australian Airlines - before undertaking a series of Executive Management roles at South East Water in Melbourne.


Tom maintains a small number of consulting and non-executive roles: he is a Senior Associate with Aither - an economic and policy consultancy focussing on water, infrastructure and natural resource management - advising in governance, policy and strategy and he serves on several boards as a non-executive director. He has advised government, NGO and private sector clients and was Independent Reviewer for the Australian Government of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme in 2015.


He is President and Chairman of the Board of Life Saving Victoria and also holds Directorships with the International Water Association, Dandenong Market and Surf Life Saving Australia.


Tom is a former Director of Western Water, WaterAid Australia and waterAustralia Solutions Ltd. His other industry roles have included: Member, National Water Commission Reference Group; Chair, Water Industry Skills Taskforce; Chair, Smart Approved Water Mark; Member, NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee.


Kate MacMaster, Director, Programs

Introducing Kate MacMaster

Kate is the Peter Cullen Trust’s  new Director, Programs. In that role she will partner with CEO, Tom Mollenkopf, with specific responsibility for the Trust’s flagship Leadership Development Programs and growing and maintaining engagement with the Fellows network.


Kate describes herself as “a knowledge explorer, enabler, and social change activist,” with expertise in leadership development, design thinking for social innovation, strategic planning, transformative scenario planning, program design and evaluation, process design and evaluation, and soft skills training and group facilitation. She has a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) and Masters of Science (Capacity Building for Sustainable Development).


She has worked cross-culturally over two dozen times in 15 countries across Asia Pacific, designing, implementing and evaluating capacity building and leadership programs for organisations across many sectors. When Kate isn’t playing with her small children Maggie and Archie, or helping partner Phil to build their off-grid, sustainable home on their 300 acre bush block, Kate keeps occupied with a few other projects - Kate is the special projects Coordinator for the Australian Council for International Development; the Founder and Director of Talk About Town: a conversation between climate communicators and rural Australian Communities; the Founding Director of Studio Wild: a fair trade space, a co-work hub and a community workshop space; and Founding Partner of Trader & Co: A Social Change Collective empowering rural Australians to meet, share, create.


Kate has recently returned as an alumnus from the inaugural Homeward Bound Program –  a global leadership development program for women scientists in Antarctica, and as a result, has a new found love for penguins and ice.


Kate started with the small team based in Canberra – Tom and Lindy Stein (Executive Officer) – on 22 February. She will initially be working two days per week.

Lindy Stein, Executive Officer

Lindy joined the Trust in 2014 after returning from many years living overseas in Switzerland, Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Fiji. Her early career was in international development, working for AusAID as a graduate, and then in a number of regional and non-government organisations as well as two federal government departments and an international company. Lindy has a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) degree, majoring in Chinese, and studied in Beijing and Taiwan during her university years.

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