Mike Scott

Chief Executive Officer

Master of Engineering (Civil)

Mike was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for Waimea Water Limited in February 2019. Mike has a Master of Engineering with Distinction in Civil Engineering from The University of Canterbury, specialising in environmental engineering, and has completed executive international management training at The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.

Mike has 27 years post graduate experience in business and commercial development, strategy, planning, operations and engineering from predominantly the energy sector in Australia, Scotland, The USA and New Zealand. Before joining Waimea Water Limited, Mike held the executive position at Woodside Energy Limited, a top 15 ASX A$30B market cap company, of Vice President North West Shelf Venture, where he also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of one of Australia’s largest economic assets, the A$34B North West Shelf LNG Joint Venture Project. Mike previously held the executive position at Woodside Energy Limited of Vice President for Strategic Business Development and Growth with the responsibility of growing Woodside’s business in Australia and internationally.

As a resident and rate payer of Richmond since 2012, Mike is excited about the instrumental role that the Waimea Community Dam will play to support the growth and prosperity of the Nelson Tasman region.


Dave Ashcroft

Chief Financial Officer

Dave joined Waimea Water Ltd in 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has significant commercial experience over the last three decades, specialising in organisations undergoing significant change.  He has worked in a variety of industry sectors in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Europe. In 2017 he launched his own business advisory company, and recent work has been with Koata Ltd, NZ Artesian Water, and the Aimex Service Group.  Prior to that he had Senior Executive Team roles at the Cawthron Institute, and at a Sealord aquaculture joint venture in Tasmania.

Dave is passionate about the success of the region and supports a small number of local businesses and organisations in both a commercial and volunteer context.  He is married to Victoria, and their two boys will follow their big sister to high school in Richmond in the next few years.


Richard Milsom

Project Services Manager

Richard joins Waimea Water after nearly eight years service with McConnell Dowell Constructors. He has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry including 20 years’ as a project manager, the last 13 years in New Zealand. Originally from the UK, Richard started his career with two regional building and civil engineering companies before building railways for close to 10 years.

He emigrated to New Zealand in January 2006 where he worked on several large earthworks and infrastructure projects including the Mercer to Long-swamp motorway extension and the 1 million m3 earthworks project that created the town of Flatbush and Sir Barry Curtis Park in Manukau, Auckland. He relocated to Christchurch in August 2009, where he managed the delivery of the Ashburton Business Park, containing over 200,000 m3 of earthworks. After, he joined McConnell Dowell at the beginning of SCIRT in 2011 where he recently helped deliver two significant infrastructure projects for Christchurch City Council: the Sumner Road rehabilitation and the Lyttelton Wastewater pipeline.

Outside work, Richard is a moderately competitive cyclist both on and off road. He was instrumental in setting up the ‘Southern Cross Cyclocross Club’ in Christchurch and is the Project Director for the 2019 National Cyclocross Championships. He has two teenage boys and an older daughter that lives in Auckland. His partner Bronwyn and dog Millie live in Tasman and they have family connections in Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.


Daniel Murtagh

Technical Manager and Engineer Representative


Daniel holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical) degree, is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer, an International Professional Engineer and member of the NZ Society of Large Dams. Daniel has significant experience in the development of challenging large-scale capital projects around New Zealand.  Most recently, he successfully managed the ground up development of the $45M Sheffield Water Scheme in mid-Canterbury. This project involved the design, consenting, capital raising and construction of a cooperative irrigation scheme including a High PIC earth ring embankment dam. Daniel has significant experience in infrastructure project management, administration of New Zealand construction contracts, water reticulation design, quality control and plant commissioning.  He has represented New Zealand in the sport of rowing at various international events and lives the Tasman District with his family.


Richard Timpany

Commercial Manager and Company Secretary

Richard graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Otago University. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2004. Richard worked in various capital market roles in Sydney and then London before returning to New Zealand. He has consulted on irrigation projects in Central Otago prior to becoming CEO at Hunter Downs Development Company in Timaru. Immediately prior to joining WWL, Richard was the Commercial Manager for Rooney Group. Richard now lives in Richmond with his young family.