Growing Team Helps Address Rising Water Security Challenges

Population growth, economic development and drought are putting increased pressure on water security and the criticality of sustainable water treatment.

Water utilities are faced with meeting community expectations for safe and reliable supplies as well as strict regulatory requirements contributing to tightening operating budgets.


WSP has recently welcomed two new leaders – Stephen Chapman, Section Executive for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Lee Foster, Technical Executive for Water Treatment – to strengthen our water treatment expertise and help our clients with their challenges.


In his national role of Section Executive, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Stephen will be instrumental in furthering the growth of our water and wastewater treatment business and delivering innovative outcomes to our clients. He is a well-respected water industry leader with more than 26 years of experience across various international consulting firms, technology providers and client organisations. He is a recognised water and wastewater expert who has applied innovative global technologies in the Australian market as well as managed the delivery of major projects.


Lee joins our Brisbane office, having worked most recently at Seqwater. Passionate about water, finding innovative solutions and leading teams of talented engineers, Lee has written and published numerous papers on water treatment and holds two Masters degrees, one in membrane treatment and the other in innovation management. She has a wealth of technical knowledge in the design and planning for water related services spanning over 20 years in government and consulting. Her strong technical credentials will boost our water capability to provide smarter solutions for our clients.


“I’m looking forward to helping utilities across the Australia, New Zealand region to challenge conventional thinking about water treatment,” says Lee. “I was attracted to WSP for its progressive management style, innovative culture and because the firm can demonstrate achievements towards diversity and sustainability.”


Dean Toomey, WSP’s Director of Water says, “Stephen and Lee’s depth of experience and varied backgrounds as asset owners and advisors of treatment plants will be instrumental in helping our clients with their challenges. Our team is working on three of the largest wastewater treatment programs currently in Australia – Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance in Queensland, Lower South Creek Treatment Program in Sydney and in partnership with Hunter Water as Project Program Manager for its complex capital works program – delivering sustainable solutions for future generations.”


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