Matt with Camille

Young Water Professional of the year 2018 – Matt Robertson

November 16, 2018 2:02 am

The winner of the Australian Water Association’s 2018 Tasmanian Young Water Professional of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by Stornoway, has been announced.
Matthew Robertson, Process Engineer at TasWater was announced as this year’s Tasmanian Young Water Professional of the Year at the annual Tasmanian Galah Dinner on 15 November.
The award recognises young water professionals who have had outstanding career achievements to date, promoted careers in the water sector and raised awareness of water issues in the community.

Matthew is pictured here with TasWater CEO, Mike Brewster.

YWP Award 2018
“Matthew has been a strong advocate for positioning the water sector as an attractive career for young graduates and undergraduates, and his career highlights to date rival the achievements of many experienced water industry professionals,” Australian Water Association Chief Executive Jonathan McKeown said.
“From his earlier undergraduate and cadetship days at TasWater, Matthew has grown into an emerging leader who is now guiding and mentoring the next generation of students and graduates into water sector careers.”
“Matthew is extremely deserving of the Tasmanian Young Water Professional of the Year Award. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Matthew in the years to come.”
In Tasmania, the Young Water Professional of the Year Award is named in memory of long-serving Tasmanian Branch Committee member Gary Ingram, to recognise his contribution and commitment to the water sector.
Stornoway has been a proud partner of the Award since it was first presented in 2012.
This year’s Tasmanian Young Water Professional of the Year will automatically enter the equivalent National Australian Water Awards category, which will be presented at Ozwater’19 in Melbourne next year.

A bit about Matt….

Matt is a deserving recipient of the Young Water Professional of the year award

He has demonstrated long term commitment to the water industry for over six years both before and after graduation. By telling his story and advocating for TasWater within the university and through his outdoor pursuits, he has helped lift our public perception and raised awareness of our industry and the good things that we are doing. He has also used his experiences to help guide and mentor the next cohort of students and graduates and to enhance their experience with TasWater.

The fact that Matt has achieved a lot in a very short space of time demonstrates he is a quick learner and a good listener. His natural intelligence and critical thinking has enabled him to work outside his area of technical expertise. More importantly, Matt brings new thinking to TasWater, in that he is not afraid to say he doesn’t know something, but can find out. He also questions long held beliefs and assumptions and applies a concept akin to “beginners mind” to his projects and initiatives. In the mind of the expert possibilities are few, but in the mind of the beginner possibilities are endless. This is critical open-mindedness that Matt brings to the table is probably the key factor that has led to his many innovations and initiatives.
Matt is dedicated and determined and bases his decisions firmly in fact. He has a demonstrated ability to determine the real and key issues affecting our customers and to quickly apply solutions to reduce risk, even in the face of doubt and opposition. He also knows how to turn his ideas into reality and has displayed considerable cunning and ingenuity to find ways to get things done quickly, safely and cost effectively.

He is not afraid to get out in the field, out in the street and out of the office to find out the truth, deal with unpleasant situations, and do the right thing regardless of public holidays, rain, scary dogs or angry customers.

Matt is an excellent communicator and able to build rapport with a range of stakeholders from customers to operators to management and boards. He has presented his innovations and programs to varied audiences and on the national stage.

Based on his outstanding contribution, Matt is now recognised as an emerging leader within TasWater and also the wider water industry. Ever since 2012, when awarding him the scholarship, we have thought he was one to watch. We are excited by his achievements to date and his future potential.

Stornoway congratulates Matt on his award and will watch his career development with interest.

For more information about the awards please see: AWA Tas Awards

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