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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.


Julia CallaghanDirector

Growing up in South East Queensland Julia has always actively enjoyed the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland. Fortunately, she is better at ecological and business management than she is at surfing.

Her Environmental Science degree (with honours) involved studying the ecosystems of the Sunshine Coast region in detail. Subsequently, she gained fifteen years of experience in natural resource management, corporate governance, business management, organisational change and social responsibility. This included working on the iterations of the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan. She has had success working at all levels of Australian government, in an international consulting firm and a non-profit. Over time she also completed a Diploma of Government and Certificate in Business Research

She is an accredited assessor with the Global Reporting Initiative and a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Her current memberships include:

  • Women on Boards
  • Environmental Social Governance Professionals
  • Shared Value Initiative
  • Environment Institute of Australian and New Zealand

When not camping, bushwalking or trying to surf, Julia spends part of her time amongst teaching business and environmental science subjects at QUT. The rest of the time she advises businesses and social enterprises on managing sustainability issues for their competitive advantage. She is keen to contribute to maintaining the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast, especially the ecological systems that support its communities and local businesses.


Marghanita JohnstonDirector

Marghanita has almost 20 years’ experience working in environmental, manufacturing and mining sectors.

She is currently running her own stakeholder, communications and public policy business – based on the background in government relations, regulatory affairs, corporate relations, employee communications, crisis management and media in Australia and New Zealand.  Marghanita has a strong technical background in energy, climate change and environmental policy.

She brings to the Board an understanding of the importance of the use of the natural resources and regional economies to the State and Federal Governments.  As a resident of Brisbane with strong ties to the Sunshine Coast, she has a personal interest in the protection and enhancement of the regions natural values.

Marghanita holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Environmental Hons I) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia.  She is also experienced director and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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.


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.


Heather SaynerDirector

Heather is a specialist in Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Workforce Planning and Workplace Investigations.

Heather previously held executive positions with large state and federal government departments in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as private organisations.

Her qualifications include an MBA in Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, Certified member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources and is a Member Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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.