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IWC Water Leadership Program 2014/15: Insights and learnings

The 4th round of the International WaterCentre's (IWC) award-winning 9-month Water Leadership Program 2014/15 has just concluded, equipping 24 emerging water leaders from the private and public sector with vital skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to tackle integrated water management challenges.

Designed for emerging water leaders at the project to middle management level, this program is customised for the water sector through sound research and collaboration with experienced industry practitioners. The program focuses on helping leaders to build the leadership abilities (e.g. skills, knowledge and networks) to manage complex challenges, as well as collaborate and exert influence across organisational boundaries.

Two participants shared their learnings and insights from the 2014/15 program in case studies demonstrating the wide range of organisational contexts and professional backgrounds of water leaders who can benefit from this award-winning capacity building program:

Dr Timothy Storer - Principal Scientist and Manager River Science at the Western Australian Department of Water Tim Storer

"So far, I have used a range of the tools and techniques presented throughout IWC's Water Leadership Program to drive a number of new initiatives within my organisation.
I have managed to present my slightly ambitious project to our corporate executives and to the external science review panel that was established by the state government to review new projects. I am ridiculously pleased to say that the project has been recognised in core business and I have secured considerable support and funding over coming years to implement a river health monitoring program", Timothy Storer said.

"One thing the Water Leadership Program showed me was that understanding my own personal and professional goals is often interconnected with effective team leadership. By taking the time to clearly examine what I wanted to achieve in my career, I was able to prioritise work and development activities I am committed to."

Read more about Timothy's experience in the program.

Simon Hermans - General Manager Assets at Wannon Water, Victoria Simon Hermans

Wannon Water is Victoria's second largest regional urban water corporation by service area supplying water and sewerage services to more than 82,000 people.

"Since completing the Water Leadership Program I have been successful in gaining a more senior role within my organisation. I consider my participation in the program as a contributing factor in being successful for this role. In my application and interview I concentrated on leadership aspects, and thanks to the program I was much better able to articulate these thoughts and concepts and it really helped with my confidence", said Simon Hermans.

Read more about Simon's experience in the program.


Water Leadership Program applications 2015/16 

Note, applications for the next intake of the IWC Water Leadership Program (December 2015 - August 2016) close on 15 November.

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