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Board of Directors


Mike WilliamsonChairman

Mike brings to ECOllaboration more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of water and sewage management, waste minimisation, resource recovery, engineering and project management. He has held positions as managing director of CH2M Australia and as managing partner of global consulting firm Environmental Resources Management (ERM). From 2001 until 2015 he was Chairman of the Oil Stewardship Advisory Council and he has held Board positions with Keep Australia Beautiful and Special Olympics NSW.

Mike has been a member of the board of Unitywater since 2013.  In this capacity, he chairs the Board’s Capital Works Committee as well as being a member of the Board’s Innovation and Sustainability Committee.  Mike is a qualified marine and mechanical engineer and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Laura NichollsDirector

Laura Nicholls is an admitted lawyer having worked in private practice for 8 years before transitioning into local government.  As a lawyer, she specialised in Insurance Law primarily representing Directors & Officers, Architects, Engineers, Doctors, Dentist and Lawyers. Her move into Local Government has seen her use her skills in the area of Corporate Governance, managing Councils insurance program, right to information and information privacy, complaints and risk management.  Laura is currently the Corporate Services and Risk Manager at Ipswich City Council.


Dale SmartDirector

Dale is a Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience working with listed companies in the private sector on complex projects in water, waste, remediation, power, telecoms, defence, health, toll roads, FM and mining services to Government, private sector and industrial clients alike including prior Executive Directorships of companies in the Middle East and the Defence sector. He currently works for Unitywater in the role of Manager Regional Solutions.

In a voluntary capacity Dale has been a Member of the Australian Water Association for more than 30 years, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was a Member of the Riversymposium Strategic Planning Committee for over 10 years, a Non-Executive Director of the Waste Management Association, Environment Business Australia, International River Foundation, Enviro Conference and a current Ambassador for WaterAid Queensland.

Marc MurrayDirector

Marc Murray is a Chartered Management Accountant and serial entrepreneur. Over the last 25 years, Marc has founded, expanded and successfully disposed of 4 businesses. The most recent was a global manufacturing and distribution business that was sold to a large American competitor. Marc has lived in the Sunshine Coast for the last 9 years and has taken a lifestyle decision to work less and contribute more.