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The Smart WaterMark team are passionate about water conservation and come from a variety of backgrounds.

 Chris Philpot, CEOChris Philpot, CEO

Chris is a sustainability communications professional with a passion for water efficiency and a proven track record of promoting sustainable water use at a local, national and international level.  He has a detailed knowledge of the global water sector, having worked previously as Communications Director at Waterwise in the UK and Sydney Water.  LinkedIn


Expert Panel 

Jeremy Cape: Chair
A specialist in the adoption and use of new technologies, particularly in the irrigation and water industries, Jeremy has been the Expert Panel Chair since the scheme’s inception in 2004. He established and managed the Australian Irrigation Technology Centre for the testing and evaluation of irrigation products on behalf of the South Australian and Australian governments. Jeremy also represents Australia on the International Standards Organisation subcommittee which develops standards for irrigation equipment, and has conducted many research projects into technology adoption and acceptance.

Gaëtane Suzenet: European Expert Panel representative

Gaëtane Suzenet has 20 years experience in the field of water and wastewater at the European level, as she was successively, Project Manager at the European Commission and independent consultant on both European R&D projects and European public policies. She was also Director of European Affairs at Water UK, the professional federation bringing together the UK operators of the water industry, before being appointed Operations Director at Waterwise, the British organization in charge of promoting water efficiency. She acts as "Independent Reviewer" for the Irish Agency for Environmental Protection, and the European Programme ERA-NET (European Research Area Network) in the field of water.

Louise Barton
Louise is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her field-based research has included developing management practices to decrease nutrient leaching from various land uses, improving turf grass water use efficiency, and investigating the contribution of agricultural production to greenhouse gas emissions.

Peter Brueck
Peter has more than 24 years experience in the irrigation and plumbing industries, including owning and operating retail/wholesale irrigation outlets. He currently works as an irrigation and water reuse consultant, and teaches TAFE courses in irrigation and water management practice.

Jane Edmanson
Having been a presenter with ABC TVs ‘Gardening Australia’ program for the past 19 years, Jane is one of the country’s best known gardening personalities. Jane also co-hosts ‘The Big Backyard’ on Melbourne radio station 3AW, writes for many magazines and has written five books on gardening. In 2004, Jane was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her service to horticulture, particularly through the promotion of environmentally sustainable gardening practices, and the encouragement and education of young gardeners.

Des Horton
Des has worked in the water industry since 1975 and is currently a Water Conservation Specialist with City West Water Limited in Victoria where he is responsible for supporting the development and coordination of the organisation’s water conservation and demand management programs. Des has played a key role in the development and implementation of water use labelling schemes, including the WELS scheme, and in recent years has also been involved in judging the annual GreenPlumber and savewater! awards.

Basant Maheshwari
Basant, from the University of Western Sydney, has 25 years professional experience in water management, irrigation and hydrology. He has been involved in several large projects and secured substantial research funding from different sources during the past five years. He has more than 100 publications, is on the editorial boards of three international journals, and has served on a number of committees and panels in Australia and overseas including the European Commission's EU FP7 Research Program.

Angela Thomas
After completing a degree in Agricultural Science from Sydney University, Angela worked on vegetable cultivation, cereal disease screening and landfill leachate research projects. For the past 10 years she has been the technical manager for Yates (Australia and New Zealand) where she is responsible for new product development and regulatory affairs.


Josh ByrneJosh Byrne

Landscape designer and environmental scientist Josh Byrne, well-known presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and a dedicated supporter of sustainable and waterwise gardening. Josh recently set up Josh's House showcasing the benefits of sustainable housing to the community through demonstration and inspiration.




Joel HurreyJoel Hurrey

Horticulturalist, TV presenter and all-round great guy, Joel fronts the Every Bucket Counts campaign - showing us the link between water savings and energy savings. Joel is probably best known as the resident Landscaper and Design presenter on Channel 9's top rating series Domestic Blitz.


  WhizzyWhizzy the Water Drop, Educational Ambassador

Whizzy has long been an avid campaigner for water saving across Australia and we're pleased she's lent her support to the scheme, helping educate little and big kids alike through community engagement and involvement. 




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