David Dreverman

David Dreverman
Executive Director


David Dreverman has been a director since May 2008. David retired as the Executive Director, River Management, Murray-Darling Basin Authority in August 2017. David had joined the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in 2000 as Manager, Assets, and was appointed General Manager, River Murray Water of the Commission in 2003.

David transferred to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in late 2008 when all the functions of the former Commission were transferred to the recently formed Authority.

From 2003 to 2017, David was responsible for the operation of the River Murray System, which shares water for irrigation and communities across the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. During that time he was responsible to four governments for the effective investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a large portfolio of water management assets. Major investment programs included:

  • dam safety upgrades
  • workplace health and safety at locks and weirs and of the Murray Mouth Barrages
  • salt interception
  • river bank stabilisation
  • sea to Hume fishways
  • environmental works and measures

Prior to joining the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, David worked as a consultant in the engineering industry; with SMEC, Hydro Electric Commission, Tasmania and Australian Power and Water.  David has been involved with large dam and hydro power projects, both in Australia and overseas for more than forty years.