Executive team

Our core business activities are divided into two streams – Operations and Business Services – both headed by a General Manager reporting directly to the Managing Director.

The Managing Director is appointed by the Board of Directors which has the legislative authority to perform the functions of the organisation and is ultimately responsible for legal compliance, corporate governance and risk management.

Chris Elliott MBA, GDip Bus, BE (Hons), MIE Aust, CPEng
Managing Director

Chris Elliott has over 40 years’ experience in management and professional engineering roles in the water and construction industries in both public and private sectors. Joining Busselton Water in 2013, his depth of water industry experience and passion for business excellence have combined to provide Busselton Water with the strong strategic leadership required to underpin its ongoing success. Chris is also a member of the Busselton Water Board.

In 2020 Chris was recognised as the Australian Water Associations (AWA) West Australian Water Professional of the Year and nominated in the 2021 AWA National Awards – watch video submission

Tracie Bishop, BBA, CPA
General Manager Corporate and Finance

Tracie Bishop joined Busselton Water in April 2020, bringing more than two decades’ experience in local government and the private sector, predominantly in roles with a strong focus on finance and management. She is a Chartered Practicing Accountant and has particular strengths in strategy and integrated planning, finance, governance, human resources, occupational health and safety, and environmental compliance. A proven leader, Tracie most recently held a senior management role for a regional shire, overseeing its corporate and community services division and acting as CEO when required. Outside of work, Tracie revels in her love for fitness and the outdoors, and also enjoys spending time with her family.

Murray Johnsen, BE (Civil), MIE Aust, CPEng, NER, GAICD
General Manager Operations

Murray Johnsen joined Busselton Water in 2018 bringing over forty years of state-wide engineering management and operational experience in the water industry. This includes metropolitan, regional and remote areas of WA. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with senior leadership skills in the delivery of water, wastewater, irrigation and drainage services. His focus has included optimising operational performance and building and maintaining high calibre, motivated and effective teams.