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 CEO.

The CEO 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
Chief Executive Officer

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.


Monica Birkner, BSc, GAICD
General Manager Business Services

Monica Birkner joined Busselton Water in May 2018, bringing 15 years’ senior level public sector experience, predominantly with agencies responsible for government buildings and public assets. She has particular strengths in governance, change management, human resources and strategic planning, backed by a strong understanding of policy and legislation. Most recently, Monica has focused on audit and compliance, and infrastructure program management at a state government level. She also has a passion for workforce safety and building strong and positive workplaces.


Chris Vigus, BEng, CPEng, PMP
General Manager Operations

Chris brings over 40 years’ experience as a water industry specialist. His 30 year employment with WA water utilities covers the operations, maintenance, construction, project management and infrastructure planning. Chris, before joining Busselton Water in 2018, also spent 14 years as an engineering consultant focusing on hydraulic analysis and development of associated software.