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Judging Panel

Simon Sherriff

Simon Sherriff

Manager - Strategic Projects, Light Regional Council

Simon Sherriff is a long-term advocate for sustainable economic development in South Australia – a Civil and Environmental Engineer and a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Simon brings extensive and diverse experience in the water industry, climate change policy, working in and with all three tiers of government, and private sector consulting experience across Australia and in the UK. Simon is currently the Manager Strategic Projects at Light Regional Council, an economic development role that seeks to leverage his diverse expertise and background.


Some of Simon’s water management career highlights include: Playing a central role in the establishment of SA’s Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) practitioner’s network, which has evolved into Water Sensitive SA; Leading the State Government’s Surface Water Science Team during a period that included negotiations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the first Water Industry Act determinations by ESCOSA; Working across the SA Murray-Darling Basin during the Millennium Drought to partner with Councils in securing Federal Government funding to implement water use efficiency, water recycling and water-savvy development planning projects across the Region; seeking to embed the principles of best practice water management into the 30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide; and collaborating with researchers on a number of projects by the Goyder Institute for Water Research.

Stéphanie Rinck-Pfeiffer

Managing Director, Global Water Research Coalition
Ben Bruce

Ben Bruce

Group Executive Director, Water. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), a Master of Science (Ecological Management) and a Graduate Certificate in Management.

After short stints on the family farm, CSIRO Division of Soils, KESAB (Clean Waters) and SARDI Aquatic Sciences, Ben moved to the South East to take on the role of regional Landcare Officer, then Regional NRM Coordinator.

He was then recruited to Adelaide to run PIRSA’s Regional Strategies program, which included working across the State to support regional Integrated NRM Groups, establish devolved grant programs and support the development of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Bill and the SA component of the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.

Stints as the Ministerial Liaison Officer for the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) and as the Principal Adviser in the Office of the CE, DWLBC then followed.

In 2006 Ben accepted a Director role in PIRSA with responsibility for leading the Department’s NRM, climate change, water, regional training and rural communities (including PIRSA’s rural women initiatives) programs. This also included establishing and leading the State’s whole of Government Drought response program during the worst drought in recorded history.

Following the creation of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Ben was appointed to the role of Group Executive Director, Customer, Commercial and Corporate. This diverse role included responsibilities for overseeing the Department’s iconic tourism sites, such as Cleland and Seal Bay, the Botanic Gardens, crown lands, water licensing, commercial interactions with the private sector and the delivery of the Department’s corporate service functions.

In his current role as Group Executive Director, Water, Ben has responsibility for ensuring that South Australia continues its reputation for excellence in managing water and driving the delivery of the Basin Plan in full and on time. He is also the Basin Officials Committee member for South Australia.