Our Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer, Julie McLellan

Julie has over 25 years of experience in senior positions within the water industry and an extensive and diverse background in water management. She has a passion for continuing to evolve the water industry through productive partnerships, and believes ongoing investment and action are crucial to support the environment, economy and essentially our way of life.

Julie’s demonstrated leadership and communication skills have seen her re-shape and further strengthen Healthy Waterways’ governance structure and partnerships. Her strategic initiative, stakeholder relations and foresight across the water cycle enhance Healthy Waterways’ unique ability to unite key stakeholders on waterway issues and required actions.  

Julie’s expertise in strategic planning and partnerships is evident through her involvement in the development and delivery of several local and state government water strategies, NRM Plans, and more currently, leading Healthy Waterways’ involvement in the Council of Mayor’s Resilient Rivers Initiative.

Julie’s expertise expands across the areas of flood management, waterway health, stormwater management, water and sewerage infrastructure, capacity building and strategic leadership.

Through her experience delivering innovative total water cycle solutions for sustainable water supply, Julie understands the value and intrinsic links between the condition of our waterways, and the level of social and economic benefits they provide to local communities.  It is this insight that helps drive Healthy Waterways’ holistic, inclusive and whole-of-catchment approach to waterway management.

Education & Qualifications

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Harvard Business School – Harvard Club of Australian Non-profit Leadership Program 2015
  • Associate Degree of Applied Science (Chemistry), Queensland University of Technology, With Distinction
  • Certificate IV in Training and Development, Certificate III in Assessment, South Bank Institute of TAFE
  • Diploma – Electrolytic finishing, Sydney Technical College
  • Mt Eliza Business School, Executive Leadership Development, Melbourne 2011

Current Board & Committee Membership

  • Managing Director, Waterways Plus Pty Ltd
  • Container Deposit Scheme Advisory Committee
  • Coastal Adaption Steering Committee
  • CRC Water Sensitive Cities
  • Brisbane River Working Group
  • Resilient Rivers Strategy Working Group
  • QUT CEO Forum, Science and Engineering Faculty
  • Women on Boards 


Business Development Manager, Dr Craig Miller

Craig is trained as an ecologist and has a passion for identifying and developing systemic answers to persistent problems, and recognising new opportunities to improve environmental outcomes.

Craig’s expertise further enhances the delivery of Healthy Waterways’ suite of science tools, products and services. Leveraging his extensive networks and understanding of people and their role in solutions, Craig connects groups and organisations to create opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Craig has worked as a scientist with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation and Australia’s CSIRO. He was the inaugural Project Manager of the Upper Hunter River Rehabilitation Initiative. He worked on climate adaptation with the Australian dairy industry, and on climate adaptation, water security, and sustainable livelihoods in South East Asia, while with the CSIRO. He is currently the Climate Adaptation Specialist for Line 2 of the Ho Chi Minh City mass rapid transit development, focussing particularly on flood risk assessment and mitigation.

Education & Qualifications

  • PhD Forestry (university of Canterbury) – Conservation ecology of riparian forest in agricultural landscapes
  • Master of Science (University of Auckland) 1st Class Honours in Zoology – Island restoration ecology
  • Bachelor of Science (Massey University) Zoology


  • Editorial Board member – Ecological Management and Restoration
  • Independent Monitoring Panel member – Lake Cowal Gold Mine, NSW


Chief Financial Officer, Faye Lee

Faye Lee has over 20 years of experience in senior financial positions at both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Previous roles include Financial Controller at C&K, Finance Manager at Queensland Teachers Union Health and Financial Controller at Del Monte Fresh (NZ). She is an innovative and outcomes driven leader with a focus on service and delivery for Healthy Waterways’ members and stakeholders.

Faye has intricate working knowledge of Healthy Waterways and is an expert in finance and accounting issues, including financial regulation, accounting, and capital structure. Faye engages heavily in business operations, bringing strong industry and competitive insights that identify opportunities for growth and provide additional value to our members and stakeholders. Her strong finance-function knowledge across a broad spectrum of activities ensures effective compliance and standardisation of processes.

Faye’s sharp commercial acumen and creative problem solving and negotiation skills have been the driving force behind the development of Healthy Waterways’ innovative subsidiary business – Waterways Plus.

Education & Qualifications

  • Harvard Business School – Harvard Club of Australian Non-profit Leadership Program 2015
  • Master of Business Administration, Business/Commerce; Australian Institute of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting, Finance and Commercial law – University of Auckland


  • Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Institute of Management 


Principal Scientist, Dr Paul Maxwell 

Dr Paul Maxwell leads the Healthy Waterways Science Team in the delivery of our renowned Monitoring Program and Report Card, Healthy Waterplay Program, research initiatives and suite of innovative decision support tools. He also facilitates the Healthy Waterway Executive Science Advisory Committee which ensures all of our work is underpinned by rigorous and independent science.  

Paul has expertise in the resilience of socio-ecological systems and over 15 years experience in aquatic monitoring and research, particularly the ecological response of South East Queensland’s waterways to changing stress. Through this expertise, Paul ensures Healthy Waterways’ Monitoring Program and science remain robust and relevant, supporting our members and key decision-makers in the delivery of initiatives that enhance the environment, economy and community health and wellbeing.

Alongside his current role as Principle Scientist at Healthy Waterways, Paul maintains an active research portfolio as associate supervisor for two Ph.D. students at The University of Queensland and existing collaborations with colleagues at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Western Australia, Raboud University (Netherlands)and Wageningen University (Netherlands).

Education & Qualifications

  • PhD (Griffith University) on the application of social-ecological resilience theory to coastal ecosystem management.
  • Bachelor of Science Hons (University of Queensland) Marine Science, Ecology and Evolution.


Principal Scientist, Dr Andrew O'Neill 

Through his role as Principal Scientist for Healthy Waterways’ Water by Design Program, Andrew supports the uptake of sustainable urban water management practices by providing best practice guidance, award winning training and expert advice to government and industry. He is passionate about a sustainable future for our cities, and supporting our government and industry to fulfil this vision.

After completing his thesis on the biogeochemistry of constructed wetlands treating acid mine drainage, Andrew conducted research into the disposal of high level nuclear waste in Sweden, Indonesia, Canada and the USA. Andrew has been responsible for the design and delivery of high profile integrated water policy and water sensitive urban design projects in both the public and private realm, and supports uptake of sustainable urban water management with both Australian and international professionals and students.

Andrew specialises in sustainable urban water management, water sensitive urban design, hydrologic modelling, research, microbiology, water quality, biochemistry, nutrient and metal cycling as well as constructed wetlands.

Education & Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Queensland) on the biogeochemistry of constructed wetlands treating acid mine drainage.
  • Bachelor of Science Hons (University of Queensland) Microbiology and Biochemistry



Our Priorities 

Ongoing investment in maintaining and improving our waterways will benefit the environment, economy and essentially our quality of life.

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Our Initiatives 

Healthy Waterways delivers a suite of programs and initiatives to address the key pressures impacting our waterways, and to support and inform our members in the delivery of waterway actions and investment.

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Our Members 

Healthy Waterways acts as the hub in a network of member organisations and individuals who are collectively referred to as the Healthy Waterways Network.

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