Mr Stephen Hains

Presiding Member

Stephen is a Life Fellow of the Australian Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has served as the Presiding Member of the SMA Board since 2012. Previously Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Salisbury, a role he held for twenty-years between 1991 and 2011, during which time Salisbury established world-leading processes for the recycling and reuse of stormwater. Currently a Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University, he serves as Chair or member on a number of government and not-for profit boards. Stephen brings significant experience in land-use planning and planning reform to the SMA Board

Mr Wally Iasiello

Deputy Presiding Member, Northern Metropolitan Councils

Wally served the City of Port Adelaide Enfield for over 25 years as its Director Technical Services (and 2 years as Acting Chief Executive Officer). He has extensive experience in stormwater planning and engineering. Previously Wally has served as a member of the South Australian Flood Warning Consultative Committee, a Board member of the South Australian Coast Protection Board, and member of the previous Catchment Management Subsidy Scheme Committee, which was the predecessor to the SMA. For many years Wally was also a member of the Engineering Functional Services Committee that provides support response and recovery activities during (and after) an emergency as part of the State Emergency Management Plan.

Mr Trevor Daniell


Trevor is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and an Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide. He has held senior technical and management positions in Federal, State and Territory government water resource organisations. Trevor maintains a keen interest in hydrology as the Chair or member of a number of international associations and technical committees, such as the UNESCO International Hydrological Program, and brings to the SMA extensive experience in hydrology, catchment and floodplain management. He has performed research in both water quality and quantity of urban stormwater and has been a Visiting Professor at Institutes in both France and Germany. Trevor has received many awards in Australia and internationally for his work.

Ms Fiona Gill


Fiona has worked in the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) in state government for the past 20 years. As Director, Fire and Flood she leads coordination and delivery of DEW’s Flood Hazard Leader role under state emergency management arrangements. Fiona’s work in DEW has included time as a regional director, leading a regional water allocation planning team, and working on a suite of natural resource management and conservation policies and programs. She started her career as a Ranger looking after parks on the west end of Kangaroo Island. Fiona brings significant operational and strategic experience in public administration and natural resource management to the SMA Board.

Dr Helen Macdonald

Member, Regional Councils

Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and has worked in the mining industry in Ghana and the United States of America. Helen currently serves on the Board of the South Australia Environment Protection Authority. She brings experience to the SMA Board in strategic change management and community engagement.

Ms Katharine Ward


Katharine is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Well regarded as a leader in the South Australian water sector, Katharine is a specialist in water and the environment who is passionate about integrated water management. In her career she has developed and delivered numerous stormwater and watercourse management projects. Katharine is the Manager Water Projects in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region of the Department for Environment and Water and a committee member for the South Australian Branch Committee of the Australian Water Association.