Kurt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Water Utilities Australia on 31 January 2022 and sits on the board of directors as an Executive Director
Kurt is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in water and wastewater infrastructure, with projects ranging in size and complexity for Government and Private Clients. Through these roles, Kurt has developed a deep working knowledge of the fundamental relationship between design, delivery, operation, maintenance and sustained performance.
Over the past 16 years, Kurt has been actively involved in the rapidly growing Australian markets for local water infrastructure and membrane technology. Kurt has led the development and realisation of a number of industry leading / award winning infrastructure solutions to multifaceted water challenges across Australia. He understands the importance of infrastructure which continues to deliver on utility, social, financial and environmental objectives over the long term. Through active participation in global networks, industry associations and Government consultation, Kurt seeks to continuously gain and share knowledge.
Prior to joining WUA, Kurt founded and managed Permeate Partners – a leader service provider involved in all aspects of the water infrastructure lifecycle. WUA acquired Permeate Partners in January 2022.
Kurt holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) from Deakin University. He is a Founding Member of the Local Water Solutions Forum (Sydney Chapter), the Founding Chair of the Membrane Operators Association of Australia and an active supporter of WaterAid through his role as Chair of the WaterAid NSW Fundraising Committee.