WBW taps into Peter's skills
FORMER Hervey Bay boy and Maryborough City Council employee Peter Scott is returning to the Fraser Coast to become the chief executive officer of Wide Bay Water.
Speaking from Fiji, where he is taking a break before launching into his new role on October 4, Mr Scott said he clearly had a lot of work to do in a hurry to get up to speed with the business but he already knew the area well.
“I'll be well and truly briefed before I walk in the door,” he said.
“I think I can bring a lot of experience to the place.
“It's just a matter of settling in and seeing what's going on.”
He said the water business was his passion and his first priorities were customers and their wellbeing, the services the corporation supplied and the safety of staff.
“I'm really looking forward to it, bringing my skill set into the business and adding value to the shareholders and the customers – that's really what I'm all about.”
Asked if he planned to establish a harmonious relationship with the council, Mr Scott said relationship development was one of his fortes and he had always worked co-operatively.
“Certainly if there's not a harmonious relationship, it'll be front and centre for me,” he said.
Mr Scott grew up in the Bay and worked for more than 10 years at the then Maryborough City Council.
WBWC chair Leith Boully said he was chosen from a strong field of candidates, and that WBW was lucky to have him.
“He's a thoroughly decent person with the very highest ethical standards. We're very impressed with him.”
Ms Boully said his first task would be having “a good look at how the organisation operates with a fresh pair of eyes and making sure that we're as efficient and as effective as we can be in delivering water and wastewater services”.
“Peter brings extensive experience in the water industry together with a reputation for delivering exceptional outcomes in a very cost-effective manner,” she said.
“The board believes that he will add significant value to the operation and culture of the organisation.”
Mr Scott was previously the deputy chief executive and chief financial officer at Unitywater which operates in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast region.
Ms Boully said he was experienced in local government and water entities, having worked at Moreton Bay Regional Council, SEQwater and CabWater.
Outgoing CEO Tim Waldron announced his retirement in May this year and Mr Scott will take the reins from acting CEO Peter Care.