New chief executive brings depth of experience to MDBA

1 April 2022

Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, today announced a new leader for the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) – Mr Andrew McConville.

“Mr McConville is used to working with communities and industry to deliver positive outcomes throughout his distinguished career working in agriculture, agri-business and resources sectors both abroad and at home in Australia,” Minister Pitt said.

“He has led large-scale organisations to improve accountability across a range of sectors including agriculture, not-for-profit and banking.

“He has 3 decades of experience in resource economics and financial management, and brings extensive strategic, commercial, economic, and business expertise to the position. 

“Most recently Mr McConville has provided leadership role as the current head of the Australian Petroleum and Exploration Association.

“He is an experienced Chief Executive officer who will bring private sector thinking to the government context.

“With a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Oxford Mr McConville is no stranger to the agriculture sector or to natural resource management issues.

“I am looking forward to Mr McConville employing his considerable strengths in stakeholder engagement and negotiation to help Murray–Darling Basin communities work through the impacts of Basin Plan implementation and to make sure river operations meet current and future demands.

“Mr McConville’s appointment is all about assisting the Government in delivering a Plan that keeps our communities at the heart of the Basin Plan. 

“I want to acknowledge acting Chief Executive Andrew Reynolds for his work keeping the MDBA on track until Mr McConville joins on 19 June, 2022.”

Mr McConville said he was looking forward to working with the MDBA’s chair Sir Angus Houston, the Authority’s board, Basin states, communities and MDBA staff on constructive solutions to water management issues.

“The Murray–Darling Basin is a critically important region to Australia,” Mr McConville said.

“It is an honour to lead an organisation that works with the Basin states to manage this important water resource on behalf of all Australians.

“To be successful we must continue to work collaboratively with Basin governments and Basin communities so we can understand the issues and the real-world impacts of Basin Plan implementation and river management.

“I look forward to getting to know the issues and stakeholders so we can work together to achieve a healthy working Basin for future Australians.”

Chair of the MDBA, Sir Angus Houston has welcomed Mr Conville’s appointment. 

“Mr McConville will bring new energy and a fresh viewpoint as we continue overseeing water management in the national interest, with the wellbeing and resilience of the Basin river system and all who rely upon it, at our heart.”