Board of Directors

Gordon Dickinson Rubicon Water Chairman

Gordon Dickinson


Gordon has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. His experience includes 10 years at UBS, where he held the position of CEO and Chairman of UBS in Australia and New Zealand. Gordon was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Federal Government in 2001 for services to the financial services industry. He currently runs a family farming business and is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Wool Testing Authority. Gordon has been a shareholder and director of Rubicon since 2003. Gordon holds an Advanced Diploma in Farm Management.

Bruce Rodgerson Rubicon Water Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Rodgerson

Chief Executive Officer

Bruce is a founding director and current CEO of Rubicon. Previously, as Operations Manager Bruce was responsible for the establishment of Rubicon’s manufacturing and project delivery business units. He also had a significant role as part of Rubicon’s marketing and business development team and managed Rubicon’s R&D programs.

In 2010, Bruce took over from founding Chief Executive, David Aughton, to lead Rubicon through its next stage of growth. Prior to the establishment of Rubicon in 1995, Bruce spent six years with the Victorian Rural Water Corporation. Bruce has a degree in Civil Engineering from RMIT.

David Aughton Executive Director

David Aughton

Executive Director

David has more than 30 years’ experience in water irrigation and has been instrumental in bringing reform to the industry, particularly in the area of operations. He was Rubicon’s Managing Director from when it was founded in 1995 until 2010.

Prior to this, David held senior executive roles with the Rural Water Corporation in Victoria. David is currently an executive director with Rubicon with responsibilities for business development, strategy and R&D. David has a degree in Agricultural Engineering (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Lynda-OGrady-Rubicon Water Independent Non Executive Director

Lynda O’Grady

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lynda has 30 years’ experience in IT, telecommunications and media. Her executive career included roles at Telstra at the Executive/Managing Director level including as Chief of Product; Commercial Director of Australian Consolidated Press, the publishing subsidiary of PBL and General Manager of Alcatel Australia. Lynda served as the inaugural Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority and on the board of National Electronic Health Authority.

Currently, Lynda is a non-executive director of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, Wagners Holding Ltd and is a director of Avant Mutual Group and its subsidiaries. Lynda has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Iven Mareels Rubicon Water Independent Non Executive Director

Iven Mareels

Independent Non-Executive Director

Iven is the Executive Dean, Institute for Innovation, Science and Sustainability at Federation University Australia, and an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was director of IBM Research, Australia and Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (EngExec, NER, CPEng), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, USA), the Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC, Austria) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering – which he also serves as Director/Vice-President Audit & Risk, and a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB, Belgium).

Iven has published widely, he has co-authored over 500 refereed publications, and is a co-inventor on some of the key patents that underpin Rubicon’s unique water management technology.

Iven obtained the IR (equivalent to BEME) in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Gent, Gent Belgium in 1982 and the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987.

Tony Morganti Independent Non-Executive Director

Tony Morganti

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tony has 30 years’ experience as a professional advisor in tax and M&A transactions and was previously a corporate tax partner at KPMG for 20 years, specialising in the agribusiness, telecommunications, media and mining industries.

Tony is currently the Chief Financial Officer of GS1 Australia Pty Ltd. Tony is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Chartered tax advisor and admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Tony has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree, Victoria University and a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor), Monash University.

Andrew Bendall Rubicon Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Bendall

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in finance functions within Corporate Australia. He has held both Group CFO roles in midcap ASX listed entities and large Divisional CFO roles in a number of ASX200 companies. These companies have involved business operations including manufacturing, supply chain, trading and distribution, and engineering services across industry segments such as Packaging, Forestry, Fertilizers, Chemicals, Consumer Goods and Infrastructure. As well as managing end-to-end finance functions, he has also had direct responsibility for Strategy, IT, HR, Legal and Customer Service functions in different roles. Andrew has particular expertise in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury and Business Growth Strategies.

Andrew is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Caroline Sabolek Rubicon Water General Manager Human Resources

Caroline Sabolek

General Manager - Human Resources

Caroline has more than 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing human resource strategies to build rigorous processes and high-performing workplace cultures. She has extensive experience in working with blue and white-collar workforces within Australia and across Asia Pacific, having previously worked for ConvaTec, Future Fund and Becton Property Group. Caroline has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Business (Human Resource Management).

Steve Street General Manager Sales

Steve Street

General Manager – Sales

As General Manager of Sales, Steve is responsible for leading Rubicon’s global teams in the functions of sales, marketing, project delivery, and overseeing operations in emerging markets. Steve has an expansive career covering multiple disciplines – commencing in dewatering and finance, with the past 10 years spent within the process automation industry.  Prior to joining Rubicon, Steve held a significant tenure at Endress+Hauser, leading consultative, solution-based sales teams across industries such as water & wastewater, oil & gas, food & beverage, and biotechnology. 

Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Finance from the University of Guelph in Canada.

Paul Spooner Rubicon Water General Manager Design and Production

Dr Paul Spooner

General Manager – Design and Production

As General Manager of Design and Production, Paul leads Rubicon’s Engineering and R&D teams, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing and Supply Chain functions. Paul is an experienced and strategically driven senior manager, with a history of delivering sustained measurable value in start-up and mature businesses across multiple industries.

Paul has an extensive background in both commercial and technical disciplines, having previously worked with Bosch, Frontline Australasia and Solar Systems in general management, technical and operational leadership roles. He has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and attended Harvard Business School Boston in their Program for Leadership Development.

Jason Grant Rubicon Water General Manager Software

Dr Jason Grant

General Manager – Software and IT

Jason leads Software and IT at Rubicon, and is busy transforming people, process, & technology. Previously, as Chief Architect at Agentis, he commercialised technology from the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute towards packaging and logistics. The AI used to coordinate booster rockets on the space shuttle was also sold to DHL. As CTO at Utiba, Jason developed a payment platform that processed 38 billion global transactions p/a. As Head of Engineering at Amdocs, Jason led a 230-person team who pioneered cloud-based SaaS solutions and DevOps.

Jason holds a PhD in physics and has written software used at supercollider facilities and nuclear reactors. He has studied CIO management at Carnegie Mellon (Washington DC), with awards and publications detailed on his LinkedIn page. Jason is proud to still be an active, hands-on software engineer.

Matt Ryan General Manager Technical Services

Matt Ryan

General Manager – Technical Services

Matt is a founding Rubicon staff member and has 29 years’ experience in the water industry in both the urban and rural sectors. As General Manager of the Technical Services group, Matt leads a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide technical support in the areas of solution development and design, control engineering, wireless data communications engineering and project management to the entire Rubicon business. Matt has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from RMIT