Non-Executive Director

Key Areas of Achievement

David 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 levelling-off in their businesses recognise common roadblocks to further growth within their organisations, analyse the real issues and help develop a path to greater success.

  • Providing board level advice to several organisations on future trends, strategic planning and organisational alignment including the recent governance reviews and processes to the NSW Government.
  • As Chair of the Australian Water Association Policy & Strategy Committee, developed the 2016 election national water strategy, statement of claims, and undertaking advocacy of political parties.
  • 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.
  • Board Member of a $1.3B water pipeline alliance that was delivered early under budget, in a heavily stakeholder charged environment
  • As Chairman of the NSW Liberal Party’s Audit & Governance Committee, ensuring compliance in the highly regulated and sensitive sector.
  • 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
  • Providing visionary and astute business and financial leadership within multinationals, government authorities, local government, small business and not-for-profits.
  • Holding responsibility for the water cycle for Brisbane, bringing the city through the millennium drought and restructuring to a new industry model.
  • Developing strategic business planning for Seqwater, Queensland Urban Utilities and several other utilities.

Passion and Values

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

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 Management

Extensive engineering & construction leadership 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.

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 and Experience

Governance, Risk and
Audit

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

Strategic
Planning

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

Recruitment and
Remuneration

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

Stakeholder
Management

Extensive experience in industry, member, community and government agencies with a key focus on organising, monitoring and improving stakeholder relationships.

Operational and Project
Oversight

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

Board History

Current Positions

Nixon Tourism Pty Ltd
Non-Executive Director
November 2016

Coalition for Conservation Inc
Non-Executive Director
February 2018

OSD Australia Pty Ltd
Director
February 2017

Gerald and Rose Pty Ltd
Chairman
July 2021

Liberal Party of NSW
Chairman Audit Committee
March 2017

Previous Positions

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association
Advisory Member
2018-2020

Australian Water Association
Chair National Sustainability Ctm
2008-2014

Unity water Program & Project Services Program
Alliance Board
2011-2012

Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club
Chair and Director
1987-1994

Australian Water Association NSW Branch
Non-Executive Director
2015 – 2019

Commbabah & Staplyton Program Alliance
Alliance Board
2010-2012

Pimpama Water Futures Package D Program
Non-Executive Director
2010-2011

SLS Lower North Coast Branch
Director
1989-1993

International Water Association
Australian Governing Committee Member
2017- 2019

Northern Link Project Alliance
Alliance Board
2010-2012

Australian Water Association QLD Branch
Board Member
1987-1994