Non Executive Director

  Key Areas of Achievement

David P. Nixon has been helping successful business owners overcome growth plateaus and achieve their next level of growth for decades. David helps business principals who have seen a leveling-off in their businesses recognise common roadblocks to further growth within their organizations, analyze the real issues and help develop a path to greater success.


  • Board Member of a $1.3B water pipeline alliance that was delivered early under budget, in a heavily stakeholder charged environment.
  • Developing strategic business planning for Seqwater, Queensland Urban Utilities and several other utilities.
  • As a Board Member and Consultant to several start-up organisations, applying highly developed business acumen and risk management expertise to ensure their continuing success.
  • Successfully working as the State General Manager of KBR during the post mining boom downturn, with responsibility for downsizing the business to ensure its sustainability.
  • As Chairman the NSW Liberal Party’s Audit & Governance Committee, ensuring compliance in the highly regulated and sensitive sector.
  • Providing astute and deft financial and business leadership within multinationals, government authorities, local government, small business and not-for-profits.
  • As Chair of the Australian Water Association Policy & Strategy Committee, developing the 2016 election national water strategy, statement of claims and undertaking advocacy of political parties.
  • Holding owner responsibility for the water cycle for Brisbane, bringing the city through the millennium drought and restructuring to a new industry model.
  • Providing board level advice to several organisations on future trends, strategic planning and organisational alignment including the recent governance and probity review on the NSW Rice Marketing Board.


Passion and Value


David is passionate about all that he does. He commits the time required to undertake the job and will always be first to offer to take on a new task.

David is well connected, spending a considerable amount of time networking across industry, governments, and clients.

David works well within a team and is an experienced change agent, working at his best when lifting a business to a new level.

Industry Skills

and Experience

Engineering and Asset

Extensive Engineering & Construction Management and Asset Management Experience. Board, Alliance and Executive Experience at KBR Ltd, AbiGroup, McDonnell Dowell etc.

Water Management and Environment

Extensive Water Management, Water Utilities, Renewables, Environment Protection and Sustainability Experience. Experience including Brisbane City Council, QUU, Seqwater, ICON Water, Solo Water, MidCoast Water etc.

Industry Skills

and Experience

Business Transformation

and Change

Extensive Business Transformation, Mergers and Acquisitions, downsizing/upsizing and organisational change experience. Experience including Utilities, Councils, NYSE listed companies and numerous SME’s.

Capital Works Oversight

Extensive Experience delivering major capital programs and Private Public Partnerships. Projects including billion-dollar pipeline alliances, industrial facilities & public infrastructure. Operation & Maintenance contacts across civil, mechanical, electrical and ICT disciplines.

Board Skills

Governance, Risk and Audit

Current Chair of Audit committee, prequalified as Audit Committee member by NSW Government. Extensive experience in non-financial audit.

Strategic Planning

Lead strategic deveplopment for several boards, advisors in Strategic and Operational Planning for numerous clients, including established, start-uo and scale-up.

Recruitment and Remuneration

Have recruited thousands of staff, managerm executive and boards members over 30 years. In-depth understanding of remuneration systems, KPI setting and performance review.

Stakeholeder Management

Extensive experience in industry, member, community and government agencies.

Operational ans Project Oversight

Have provided oversight over numerous operatoinal and project commencements, management and transformations.

   Board History


   Current Positions

June 2015
Australian Water Association NSW Branch
Non-Executive Director

November 2016
Nixon Tourism Pty Ltd
Non-Executive Director

February 2018
OSD Australia Pty Ltd

February 2018
Coalition for Conservation Inc
Non-Executive Director
March 2017
Liberal Party of NSW Chairman Audit & Governance

March 2018
Committee Member


June 2017
International Water Association
Australian Govering Committe Member

   Previous Position

2006-2014 2008-2014
Australian Water Association Australian Water Association – QLD Branch
Chair National Sustainability Ctm Board Member
2011-2012 2010-2012 2010-2012
Unitywater Program & Project Services Program Northern Link Project Alliance Commbabah & Staplyton Program Alliance
Alliance Board Alliance Board Alliance Board
2010-2011 1989-1993 1987-1994
Pimpama Water Futures Package D Program SLS Lower North Coast Branch Cape Hawke SLSC Inc
Alliance Board Director Chair and Director