The Smart Approved WaterMark Technical Expert Panel has been set up to independently assess the applications of products and services wanting to receive Smart WaterMark accreditation. It comprises seven members and an independent chair representing expertise from across Australia and Europe.

The panel meets three times a year to consider applications from product manufacturers and service providers.

The Expert Panel has a wide range of expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • nursery/horticultural industry
  • irrigation/landscape industry
  • plumbing industry
  • related education industry, and
  • other water industry experience (e.g. water engineer).

The Expert Panel consists of:

JEREMY CAPE

A specialist in the adoption and use of new technologies, particularly in the irrigation and water industries, Jeremy has been the Expert Panel Chair since the scheme’s inception in 2004. He established and managed the Australian Irrigation Technology Centre for the testing and evaluation of irrigation products on behalf of the South Australian and Australian governments. Jeremy also represents Australia on the International Standards Organisation subcommittee which develops standards for irrigation equipment, and has conducted many research projects into technology adoption and acceptance.

Angie Thomas

After completing a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney, specialising in soil science and horticulture, Angie worked for several years with the Uni on various vegetable and cereal crop and landfill site reclamation research projects. Since 1998, Angie has worked for Yates, firstly in product research and development and regulatory affairs and more recently in the horticultural communications manager role. Angie is passionate about horticulture and inspiring more people to garden.

Basant Maheshwari

Professor Basant Maheshwari has significant professional experience in urban water management, water recycling, river health, landscape and agricultural irrigation, environmental management, regional water resources planning and sustainability. During the last ten years, his work has involved trans-disciplinary approach to water management and focussed on understanding how water, landscape and people interact and influence the environment, sustainability and water security. He has worked on modelling and analysing aspects of the water cycle for long-term planning at the metropolitan and regional levels. Also, he has been involved in research into peri-urban water issues and balancing urban growth around cities and regional centres so that future urban areas are liveable, sustainable, affordable and resilient. He has over 200 publications, including over 80 articles in peer reviewed international journals.

DES HORTON

Des has worked in the water industry since 1975 and is currently a Water Conservation Specialist with City West Water Limited in Victoria where he is responsible for supporting the development and coordination of the organisation’s water conservation and demand management programs. Des has played a key role in the development and implementation of water use labelling schemes, including the WELS scheme, and in recent years has also been involved in judging the annual GreenPlumber and savewater! awards.

GAËTANE SUZENET

Gaëtane is the European representative for the Expert Panel. She has recently been appointed Steering Group Member of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. She has 20 years experience in the field of water and wastewater at the European level, as she was successively, Project Manager at the European Commission and independent consultant on both European R&D projects and European public policies. She was also Director of European Affairs at Water UK, the professional federation bringing together the UK operators of the water industry, before being appointed Operations Director at Waterwise, the British organisation in charge of promoting water efficiency.

JANE EDMANSON

Having been a presenter with ABC TVs ‘Gardening Australia’ program for the past 19 years, Jane is one of the country’s best known gardening personalities. Jane also co-hosts ‘The Big Backyard’ on Melbourne radio station 3AW, writes for many magazines and has written five books on gardening. In 2004, Jane was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her service to horticulture, particularly through the promotion of environmentally sustainable gardening practices, and the encouragement and education of young gardeners.

LOUISE BARTON

Louise is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her field-based research has included developing management practices to decrease nutrient leaching from various land uses, improving turf grass water use efficiency, and investigating the contribution of agricultural production to greenhouse gas emissions.

Peter Brueck

Peter has more than 24 years experience in the irrigation and plumbing industries, including owning and operating retail/wholesale irrigation outlets. He currently works as an irrigation and water reuse consultant, and teaches TAFE courses in irrigation and water management practice.

The Board The Team