Vanessa O’Keefe joined the eWater Board in September 2020.
Vanessa has been intimately involved in water resource management for 27 years, both as a senior public servant in the NSW government, and as an independent consultant. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Science at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Water, having re-joined the public sector in 2018 after 14 years as a consultant. In this role Vanessa drives the development, implementation and review of water resource management policies and plans based on best practice science, analytics and modelling across the state.
As a consultant she provided results focused advice to Governments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region on water and environmental and disaster risk management regulatory frameworks, governance, policy, planning, and implementation. She also advised the private sector on the water resource management aspects of both large and smaller developments.