Emily Buncombe

Senior Production Officer, Sydney Water

Emily Buncombe, Senior Production Officer, Sydney Water When Emily first started with Sydney Water, she was the youngest production officer and the only female at her designated plant. Today she works at the Bondi Wastewater Treatment Plant with a diverse team of men and women at the frontline to ensure treatment operations run effectively and efficiently.

Emily has always been interested in renewable and sustainable energy and is a ‘big picture’ thinker. She completed a degree in mechatronics engineering and arts, majoring in employment relations.

Emily enjoys working at Sydney Water, helping to meet the challenges of our growing population and city.

‘I quite often see the bigger picture instead of focusing on a single task. Sometimes a simple change appears to fix the immediate problem but may cause issues elsewhere. I use my perspective to show my team how choices have consequences, and by having a holistic view, you can come to a better solution.’

Having worked in what is typically considered a male-dominant industry and position, Emily often looks for inspiration to women in the water industry who have been successful in senior leadership positions.

This International Women’s Day, Emily will ‘Choose to Challenge’ by having the confidence and knowledge to stand up and contribute ideas and opinions, even if they go against the grain.

‘I believe multiple and diverse perspectives provide a broader view on any problem or task and can assist in finding an ‘outside the box’ or creative way to solve problems.’