Leigh Smith

Leigh joined the Water Technology team in 2022. He is an Environmental Scientist and offers a breadth of expertise in waterway (rivers, wetlands, and estuaries), stormwater, and natural asset management; gained over 20 years working in the Victorian water industry. He has complementary skills in leadership, program development and implementation, project management, mentoring and coaching, stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

Leigh has a good understanding of client needs in the public sector having worked at Melbourne Water for 17 years and prior to that, for Glenelg Hopkins CMA. At Melbourne Water, Leigh was instrumental in the development and application of a novel approach for embedding asset management principles and practice into waterway management. This cross-business model now forms the foundation of Melbourne Water’s investment planning and prioritisation of capital projects and maintenance works addressing multiple aspects of waterway condition and value.

Leigh has most recently been studying a Grad Cert in Spatial Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, focusing on coastal remote sensing, sea level rise impact assessment, and coastal wetland vegetation cover mapping and time series change. Leigh enjoys finding new and interesting ways to turn remote sensing imagery into information.


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