Alan Rowan – Councillor
Alan has spent the best part of 50 years in the Pump Industry with just a few short breaks. He arrived in Australia from Scotland via New Zealand in 1976 to work nearly 10years at Ingersoll-Rand, this was followed by over 10 years at Kelair Pumps then a short stint at Southern Cross with final 5 years at Link Pumps before going into semi retirement at the end of 2005. He still does part time work in the industry. In the late 70’s to early 80’s Alan served on the Technical Committee until 1987. He also joined Council in 1981 and served until around 1992 including 3 years as President. In 2003 he rejoined Council and over an almost 2 year period from mid 2006 produced the latest editions of the Technical and Friction Handbooks.
John Inkster – President
Brown Brothers Engineers
John Inkster is the Managing Director of Brown Brothers Engineers Ltd New Zealand, Brown Brothers Engineers Australia Pty Ltd and Kelair Pumps Australia Pty Ltd. John joined Brown Brothers Engineers Ltd in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1986 and moved to Australia in January 2000. Prior to joining Brown Brothers Engineers, John worked for a firm of engineering consultants in Christchurch for 12 years and was involved in the design and construction of rural water supply schemes, and feasibility studies for large irrigation schemes. During this time, John spent two years in Western Samoa as part of New Zealand’s bilateral aid agreement with the Western Samoan government designing and constructing small village based water supply schemes on the islands of Upolu and Savaii. Brown Brothers Engineers was formed in 1908 and is one of New Zealand’s oldest pump companies. Brown Brothers Engineers and Kelair Pumps are a member of the AxFlow Group, the Fluids Handling Solutions business group within Axel Johnson International
David Alexander – Councillor
Working for KSB Australia for 21 years.
During this period, Dave has been a Sales Engineer, Queensland Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and during the past 9 years, he held the position of Managing Director for KSB Australia, reporting to the North America region within the KSB Group.
Prior to his career with KSB Australia, he spent five years with John Crane Seals and completed an apprenticeship at the Newcastle Steel works.
He has studied Marine Engineering and Management.
Outside of his working life, Dave enjoys proving resilience and spirit in long distance events. He enjoys running; he normally runs the Gold Coast and Sydney Marathons each year, along with several half marathons.
This year he has also taken up trail running and is a member of the Brisbane Trail Runners group. Recently, he’s taken up obstacle course racing.
In 2015 he completed the Spartan Beast Elite, a 24km race with 36 obstacles, and recently the True Grit 24hr endurance race held the June long week near Lower Portland, 1.5hrs drive north west of Sydney.
Andrew Black – Councillor
Envirotech Water Solutions
Mike Bauer – Councillor
DynaPumps Pty Ltd
Jim Athanas – Councillor
Xylem Water Solutions Pty Ltd
Jim Athanas leads Xylem’s commercial operations across the Oceania region, encompassing Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. In this role, he is responsible for all sales, service, marketing, engineering and supply chain strategy and execution with continued emphasis on operational improvement, growth and profitability. He was named Managing Director of Xylem’s Oceania Commercial Team in July 2015.
Prior to joining Xylem, Mr Athanas served as Managing Director at Nilfisk, before that, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions at Ecolab, including Vice President & General Manager of the Water Care division Pacific. Earlier in his career, he held various sales and marketing positions in the water industry servicing the oil, power, steel, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.
Mr Athanas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a Master of Management from Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
James Blannin – Vice President
Stevco Pumps & Seals (Victoria) Pty Ltd
Hem Prakash – Councillor
Davey Water Products
Anant Yuvarajah – Councillor
ASC Water Tanks
Anant Yuvarajah is the Managing Director of ASC Water Tanks and Anant Corp Pty Ltd. Anant Corp is the parent company to Kerrimuir Water Products, 4 Pumps and Buildmat. Anant is a board member of the Australian Roto Moulders Association (ARMA). This role sees him drive change in the roto-moulding industry and particularly in rain water tank roto-moulding. He sits on the Australian Standards sub-committee for Rotationally Moulded buried and non-buried storage for water and chemical tanks. He has been in the water industry for 11 years coming from an engineering background. Through a continued drive within his roles, Anant heads sales and marketing, logistics, and handles all aspect of procurement both domestically and internationally. As a PIA council member, Anant will be looking to drive the PIA membership numbers and shift the focus of the PIA away from a manufacturer-centric organization to a central body for all in the pump industry.