Project team

Robert Speed

General manager

Robert has 20 years experience in water planning, policy and management, managing various international projects in China, South America, Europe, and across Asia. He has held senior positions with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water and worked as an advisor on the merger of the water distribution businesses for South East Queensland Councils. Robert is a principal of Badu Advisory and has undertaken consultancies for the World Bank, the OECD, UNESCO, and AusAid. He grew up on an irrigation farm on the Darling Downs.


John Orange

Commercial advisor

John is a Company Director with experience on more than 12 different Boards, including roles as Board Chair and as Chair of several Audit and Risk Committees. John provides consultancy services for a range of organisations, predominately in the water sector. He specialises in executive consulting, business strategy, organisational reform, service delivery improvement, mergers and asset transfers. Before becoming a consultant, John held various treasury, accounting and governance positions in private and public sector organisations in Australia and overseas. John provided advice to the eight interim boards in preparing their local management business proposals to Government.


Cedric Robillot

Engineering Advisor

Cedric Robillot is an engineer and researcher with more than 15 years experience in the water and biotechnology industries, with particular expertise in asset management and operations and project delivery. Cedric studied and worked in France prior to moving to Townsville in 2001.  He has held senior executive positions in the Queensland water industry, retaining responsibility for technical matters. Cedric’s consulting business provides program management and strategic advisory services in operations and asset management, business sustainability and innovation. After leading the LMA Stage 2 Engineering Due Diligence, Cedric will provide advice on and project manage engineering due diligence as part of Stage 3.


Supriya Karve

Senior business support officer

Supriya has almost 10 years experience in administration and joined the Queensland public service in 2009. She brings to the team procurement expertise and knowledge of the government’s procurement policies and procedures. Supriya will be a key contact point for the project and will have responsibility for scheduling project team meetings and organising travel and accommodation, in addition to managing project documentation. Born in the city of Pune, India, Supriya has lived in Australia since 2005, and in Brisbane, with her husband and daughter, for more than 10 years. She is looking forward to meeting irrigators from regional Queensland and learning about their contribution to State’s economy.