Paul is the Manager of Development Infrastructure and Portfolio Services, which supports Sydney Water’s infrastructure investment portfolio and drives the development partnerships that contribute to Sydney’s liveability and growth.
Prior to this he was Manager, Product & Service Strategy responsible for translating customer needs into strategies for water infrastructure for our growing city, and later, acting General Manager, Liveable City Solutions. As acting General Manager, Paul had end to end accountability for planning and enabling the delivery of products and services to Sydney Water’s customers.
Before joining Sydney Water in 2010, Paul worked in the UK water sector and was the Head of Environment & Asset Services at United Utilities Operational Services.
Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in regulated and non-regulated businesses across the whole asset value chain including: strategy and planning, asset acquisition, operations management, and maintenance delivery.
Paul has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology from Liverpool University, a Master of Science in Environmental Analysis and Health from the University of Wales and a Diploma in Business Administration from Manchester Business School.
In this presentation, Paul Higham will focus on the considerations Sydney Water takes into account when it comes to planning their asset management program. For the organisation, a key priority is ensuring that its asset management achieves customer outcomes. In his presentation, Paul will focus on the development of new assets, with particular emphasis on the organisation’s recently announced $2.2 billion growth planning projects.
These include a $300 million program in Lower South Creek that will provide new and upgraded wastewater infrastructure; a new biological nutrient removal plant at the Quakers Hill Water Recycling Plant; investment of $800 million in catering for growth across greater Sydney; investment of more than $130 million to provide water and wastewater services for around 20,000 new dwellings in western precincts of the North West Priority Growth Area; construction of a $27 million wastewater pumping station and the installation of around 8km of wastewater pipelines at Oran Park; as well as major upgrades to existing infrastructure to ensure the continued reliability of the water and wastewater system.