The Hon. Mark Bailey MPMinister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Queensland Government
Mark Bailey is the State Member for Yeerongpilly and a former Councillor for Moorooka Ward on the Brisbane City Council.
He was sworn in as Queensland’s first ever Minister for Road Safety and is committed to maintaining the safety of all road users on Queensland’s vast, state-controlled road network. He recognises the importance of a robust and reliable road network for all Queenslanders.
As Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Mark is focused on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity and water supplies to Queensland households and businesses.
He is a strong advocate for renewable energy and is focussed on a cleaner, greener energy future for Queensland.
Mark recognises the important role Queensland’s ports play in supporting the state’s economy and creating stronger regional economies.
The Minister acknowledges the significance of his portfolio as a jobs generator and the importance of roads, water and energy to business, industry and everyday Queenslanders.
Barbara-Anne BenstedChief Digital Officer , Energy Queensland
Barbara-Anne has responsibility for Energy Queensland’s Information & Technology business unit, which previously operated as SPARQ Solutions.
She has a strong track record of enabling organisations across a wide range of industries and countries to achieve world class, high quality, and sustainable business transformations.
Barbara-Anne was previously an Executive Consultant at Queensland Treasury where she was a driving force behind the development of digital transformation strategies for business improvement. She also spent a number of years as a Program Director and Advisor at Origin Energy, establishing and managing key strategic programs such as the Carbon program and the Privacy and Credit Reform program.
John BradleyChief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Australia
John Bradley is the Chief Executive of Energy Networks Australia, the peak national body representing electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution businesses in Australia. Previously he has been a consultant to the IMF on State Owned Enterprise reform and served as the Director General of Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet until 2012.
He was the Director General of the Department of Environment and Resource Management from 2009 to 2012 and the CEO of the Queensland Water Commission during the Millennium drought. John led the restructure and economic regulation of the Western Australian electricity industry in 2006 and the South East Queensland water industry in 2010. Earlier in his career, he undertook regulatory reforms in Queensland’s gas industry and led significant power and gas infrastructure projects.
John holds an MBA from QUT and BA from the University of Queensland.
Michael BrearDirector, Melbourne Energy Institute
Professor Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. Much of his own research is collaborative with industry and government on:
- The technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems;
- Systems featuring reciprocating engines and gas turbines;
- Combustion of conventional and alternative fuels
Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and he previously established the University’s Master of Energy Systems. Prior to commencing at the University, he undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Paul BroadChief Executive Officer, Snowy Hydro
Paul has been extensively involved with some of Australia’s largest electricity and water organisations throughout his career and has a deep understanding of the value of water and importance of a reliable energy system for communities and the economy.
Paul’s first CEO role was with Hunter Water in his hometown of Newcastle from 1989-1993. Under his leadership, Hunter Water was the first government business to be corporatised. Paul also introduced a ‘user-pays’ system of water usage, successfully changing the way people respect water. This same success was also achieved during his time as CEO of Sydney Water from 1993-1997, introducing a user-pays system, corporatising the business and successfully increasing productivity by 60%.
Paul ‘switched’ to electricity in 1997, taking over as CEO of Energy Australia until 2004. In his time as CEO he expanded the business into new energy retail and also established a small telco, PowerTel. In 2004, Paul left Energy Australia to head up PowerTel. Paul’s next role was as CEO of AAPT, from 2007-2011.
Paul was also the inaugural CEO of Infrastructure NSW. During his time as CEO of Infrastructure NSW, Paul was responsible for delivering the first Infrastructure Plan in NSW, a 20-year horizon strategy underpinning productivity growth in the State.
In June 2013, Paul joined Snowy Hydro as CEO.
Ben BurgeExecutive Director Energy, Telstra
Ben has been at the helm of epic and humiliating failures across six industries and three continents, in the midst of which he picked fights with bullies, lost (and then rediscovered) his faith in democracy, and occasionally got lucky in the all-consuming religion that is start up.
Prior to joining Telstra to explore opportunities arising from energy transformation, Ben was the Chief Executive of Meridian Energy Australia, establishing the innovative retailer Powershop. He was also the CEO of boutique investment bank JT Campbell & Co, the founding CEO of ASX listed media company emitch, and a Partner in IBM’s Mathematics Division
The Hon. Mark Butler MPShadow Minister for Climate and Energy, Federal Opposition
Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the federal parliament since 2007 and in July 2016 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.
Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.
In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia.
He was elected as National President to the ALP in 2015.
Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015.
Guy ChalkleyChief Executive Officer, Western Power
Guy commenced at Western Power in December 2011 as Operations Commercial Manager. He was later appointed Head of Business Planning and Reporting before joining the Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.
Guy brings a wealth of international, financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors operating and residing in a number of continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Craig ChambersExecutive General Manager, Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation, Energy Queensland
Craig has responsibility for Energy Queensland's Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation. In this role, he is accountable to the CEO and Board for business strategy, innovation, risk and compliance, regulation and pricing, as well as customer and stakeholder engagement across the portfolio.
Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industry in Australia, Asia and the USA. Before joining Energy Queensland, Craig held a number of senior management roles in the energy sector. Most recently he was responsible for AECOM’s power business line in Australia which included providing business strategy, group leadership and support to its key transmission & distribution, power generation, industrial and government energy sector clients. This involved providing companies with advice on strategy, policy, regulatory compliance, due diligence, project development, technical design and construction delivery.
His diverse background spans pioneering innovation in the distributed energy industry in Australia, founding and managing a vertically integrated start-up utility, advising Governments and industry on navigating change, as well as major asset sales and delivering prominent utility scale thermal, hybrid, power network, storage, gas and renewable projects from concept to execution.
Kim ClarkeChief Customer OfficerEnergyAustralia
Mark ColletteExecutive – Energy, EnergyAustralia
Mark Collette is Executive – Energy at EnergyAustralia. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s commodity trading and wholesale operations, including a 4500-megawatt portfolio of coal, gas and wind generation assets.
Over the past decade-and-a-half Mark has helped build EnergyAustralia into one of the country’s leading energy businesses. In 2010 alone he oversaw the $2 billion acquisition and integration of 1.5 million customer accounts and 2400 megawatts of generation, doubling the size of the business.
Prior to his appointment as Executive – Energy in 2015, Mark held a variety of roles in which he had responsibility for strategy, business development and retail, policy and government affairs.
As Head of Sustainability, Mark led development of EnergyAustralia’s Climate Change Strategy. Launched in 2007, the strategy was the first commitment to decarbonise by an energy company in Australia.
Mark has represented EnergyAustralia and the energy industry in government and industry forums on issues ranging from carbon policy to gas markets and energy policy. He is a member of the Reliability Panel and a former director of the Australian Financial Markets Association.
Prior to joining EnergyAustralia, Mark worked at LEK Consulting in Melbourne, Bangkok and London on a variety of engagements focused on helping private and government clients answer key strategic questions.
Mark holds degrees in engineering (aerospace), business and economics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paula ConboyChair, Australian Energy Regulator
On 21 July 2014, Ms Paula Conboy was appointed as the full time state/territory member and AER Chair for a five year period from 1 October 2014.
Paula has over 20 years’ experience in public utility regulation in Australia and Canada. Most recently she was a full time member of the Ontario Energy Board in Canada from March 2010.
Paula holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph and conducted her thesis research at LaTrobe University.
Simon CorbellRenewable Energy Advocate, Victorian Government
Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets.
Simon’s role is to act as a voice for the development of renewable energy in the state, listening to both communities and industry and feeding that information back to policy makers and the Government in the form of independent and informed advice.
“My role is about helping to inform and lead opinion and thought on the transition to a low carbon future through renewable energy, to engage with and support communities and industry as they make that transition,” Simon says.
“It’s also about making sure that renewable energy developers are delivering the outcomes that the Government and the community are asking for from the new Victorian Renewable Energy Target and other related renewable energy policies.”
Simon took up his role in January 2017 after serving nearly 20 years as a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, including eight years as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
In these roles he led the policy and program development which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.
Simon won the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.
He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra in recognition of his work on climate change and sustainability in 2016.
His key responsibilities as VREA include assisting in the implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) scheme, leading efforts to attract further investment in renewable energy and providing independent advice to the Government.
In June 2016, the Victorian Government committed to renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025, supported by a competitive reverse auction scheme.
The scheme aims to deliver up to 1500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity by 2020 and up to 5400MW by 2025, support capital expenditure of around $9 billion in renewable energy projects and create up to 11,000 two-year construction jobs over the life of the scheme.
Richard CotteeChief Executive Officer, Central Petroleum
Mr Cottee began his career in the resources sector in 1980 when as a Business Development Manager for Itochu Australia; he was involved in the Tarong Power Station construction and the development of the Newlands-Collinsville-Abbot Point projects.
As a lawyer he was part of the legal team behind one of Australia's first non-recourse project financing concerning Oaky Creek. Whilst acting for Crusader Ltd, he was involved in the negotiations of the Cooper Basin Liquids Scheme. He joined Santos Ltd in 1982 as the Senior Marketing Officer for LPG & Condensates before being relocated to Queensland (QLD) after the Jackson Oilfield discovery responsible for all commercial aspects of its development and the construction of the Jackson-Moonie Pipeline.
He has been a Senior Associate of both Allens and Mallesons. In 1992 he joined Cyprus Amax Minerals Group in Sydney where he was a Director of Oakbridge Pty Ltd and Cyprus Australia Coal functionally responsible for coal marketing and sales and other matters. In 1998, he joined CS Energy Ltd, a recently corporatized Government owned corporation, during which time over 3 years of his leadership CS Energy doubled its profits and tripled its asset base. Importantly, whilst at CS Energy, the construction of the large combined cycle gas-fired power station at Swanbank E was approved. CS Energy entered into what is thought to be Australia’s first pure CSG purchase contract for Scotia gas from Santos. CS Energy also entered into letters of Intent with QGC and Arrow thus facilitating their public listings.
In 2001 he was named Managing Director of NRG Ltd for the UK & Scandinavian regions. He joined QGC as Managing Director in 2002 when it had a market capitalisation of $30 million. He took QGC from an early stage explorer to a major non-conventional gas supplier sold to the BG Group for $5.7 billion in 2008. Mr Cottee is also currently Non-Executive Chairman of Austin Exploration Ltd and is a principal in Freestone.
The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MPMinister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victorian Government
Lily D’Ambrosio is the Member for Mill Park. She is also the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
Lily grew up in Fawkner in what was then an outer northern suburb and knows first-hand how challenging it can be for families to make ends meet and the role governments can play in helping families along the way.
She was educated at Fawkner North Primary School, Mercy College, Coburg and St Aloysius College, North Melbourne before going on to study English, Philosophy and Politics at the University of Melbourne. Lily also completed a Diploma in Public Policy.
Lily joined the ALP in 1983 and became involved in many community campaigns including support for local jobs for the northern suburbs, fair pay and conditions for women in work, better public transport, decent schools and well paid skilled jobs for our kids.
In 2002, Lily was elected to Parliament representing the Lower House seat of Mill Park.
Following the re-election of the Bracks Government in 2002, Lily was appointed Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of the Victorian Parliament. In 2006, she was promoted by Premier Bracks to the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Communities (from 2007, Community Development), and was promoted to Cabinet in January 2010 becoming Minister for Community Development.
With the defeat of the Brumby Government at the 2010 election, Lily was appointed Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection, Shadow Minister for Energy, Shadow Minister for Cost of Living and Shadow Minister for the Suburbs.
In November 2014 with the election of the Andrews Labor Government, Lily was appointed as Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
Lily lives in Thomastown and enjoys reading, thinking about exercising, doing odd jobs around the house and spending time with her husband, Andrew and two teenage daughters, Eleanor and Madeleine, and their dog, Sugar Sweet.
Ian DaviesManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer, Senex
Ian is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Senex Energy Limited (ASX: SXY), an S&P/ASX 200 energy company that delivered record production, record reserves and record profits in 2012/13. He manages a team of 170 with the majority of staff located in the company’s head office in Brisbane’s CBD. The remainder of his team works in South Australia, where Senex operates a thriving oil business and is seeking to develop a world-class gas business. Ian works closely with his fellow Directors to set the strategic direction of the business and has responsibility for delivering on the agreed performance objectives.
Under Ian’s leadership, Senex has articulated a clear growth strategy, based on aggressive exploration, appraisal and development of the company’s oil and gas assets in the South Australian Cooper-Eromanga Basin and Queensland’s Surat Basin.
Steve DaviesNational Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
Steve Davies is the National Policy Manager at the Australian Pipeline Industry Association, with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. Policy issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, economic regulation of transmission pipelines, binding arbitration, Limited Merits Review, information disclosure, gas market reform, capacity trading and auctions, the treatment of pipelines in planning legislation.
Steve has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government.
Stephen DavyChief Executive Officer, Hydro Tasmania
Steve is Chief Executive Officer at Hydro Tasmania and has been with the business since 2005.
Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s largest hydro company with over 30 hydro power stations and a hydro consulting business, Entura, operating internationally.
Steve is currently Chairman of Hydro Tasmania’s mainland retail business, Momentum Energy, selling electricity and gas on mainland Australia and on the Bass Strait Islands.
Steve is currently a Director on the Board of the Australian Energy Council.
Joe DongHead Clean Intelligent Energy Networks, University of Sydney
Professor Joe Dong obtained Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1999. He is Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Director of Sydney Energy Systems Research Institute, the University of Sydney. He is also director of Faculty of Engineering and IT research cluster on Clean Intelligent Energy Networks, and Academic Director of Tsinghua University - Sydney University Research Alliance on Energy Networks at the University of Sydney.
His immediate role was Ausgrid Chair and Director of Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN), the University of Newcastle, Australia. He also worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as Manager for system planning with Transend Networks (now TASNetworks), Australia.
His research interest includes smart grid, power system planning and stability, load modeling, renewable energy grid connection, micro-grid, electricity market, and computational methods.
Kieran DonoghueGeneral Manager Policy, Australian Energy Council
Kieran manages the Australian Energy Council policy, research and analysis functions. Prior to this he was General Manager Policy at the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa). Before joining esaa in February 2010, Kieran spent three and a half years at Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, most recently as Head of Networks Financial Issues. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in London and spent several years in a variety of finance roles at international companies.
Kieran holds Masters degrees from Oxford University and the University of London.
Damian DwyerDirector, Economics, APPEA
Damian Dwyer is the Director – Economics; he has been with APPEA since February 2006.
Damian’s key responsibilities include a range of economic and trade issues within the upstream oil and gas industry, including climate change, energy policy and international trade issues.
Damian commenced his career as an economist in the Australian Public Service and positions within agencies, including the Productivity Commission.
Damian has a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Public Economic Policy from the Australian National University, where he won the Prize in Public Economic Policy in 1996. He is a non-Executive Director of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network Ltd and a member of the Economic Society of Australia.
Paul EdwardsBoard Director, Mirvac Energy
Paul recently started a new role in Mirvac to lead Workplace Experiences. In this role Paul will focus on Partnerships, Relationships and Knowledge creation across all attributes relating to great experiences such as Place, Sustainability, Health and wellbeing, Technology, Culture, Community, Brand and Retail. He is also responsible for ensuring end to end delivery throughout our Office Industrial business and coordination and collaboration with our other business units such as Retail and Residential. Paul retains the role of Board Director, Mirvac Energy and his position as Place Director, ATP. Previously Paul served as Group GM Sustainability and HSE, responsible for setting and delivering the award winning This Changes Everything sustainability strategy. He recently completed a new HSE strategy which is due for release towards the end of 2016.
In his previous role he is responsible for all environmental, social challenges and opportunities across the whole business. The diversity of the Mirvac portfolio means that he is responsible for both development and existing assets and projects ranging from new towns to commercial buildings. In his first six months based on benchmarking, internal and external stakeholder engagement and a materiality study he launched 'This Changes Everything' Mirvac's plan for a sustainable future. Paul has delivered several leading sustainability projects including the first ever 5 star Green star project at The Bond. Paul has worked in the UK, USA and Australia and is familiar with Green Star, BREEAM, LEED, NABERS and EPC’s.
Paul is the current Co- Chair of the Better Building Partnership Sydney, having previously been Chairman of the UK BBP. He is the ex-chairman of the British Council of Offices sustainability committee and participated in various working groups including EPRA sustainability committee, BCSC, NSA, UKGBC and GBCA. Paul has been involved with Australian Green Building Council from the start including Chairman of the Green Star Interiors tool. He previously worked at Arup and Lend Lease, responsible for delivering leading edge green buildings including The Bond and RAAF Richmond in Sydney as well as involvement in ANZ and The Gauge at Docklands. He led Hammerson to be top in sector for FTSE4Good, CDP and GRESB. Paul was named 28th most influential person in sustainability by Building Magazine, UK. Paul started life as a mechanical engineer working for a contractor then in design for Arup. He is also regarded as the person responsible for bringing chilled beams to Australia.
Renate EganCo-founder and Director, Solar Analytics
Renate's 25 year career spans industry, university and not for profits. She has managed technology development in Australia, Germany and China.
Renate is a Co-Founder at Solar Analytics, where she works in the commercialisation of a new Australian solar monitoring technology, Renate is also Chair of the Australian PV Institute and represents Australia on the International Energy Agency in the Solar Power Program (PVPS).
Alan FinkelChief Scientist, Australian Government
Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.
Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.
Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the eighth Chancellor of Monash University and the eighth President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
Dr Finkel was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.
In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company.
In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities including co-founding Cosmos Magazine. During his time at ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science.
Anthony FowlerChief Executive Officer, Lochard Energy
Anthony has 20 years of experience in the Australian and US energy markets and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Lochard Energy - a leading Australian midstream energy business. Lochard Energy is an independent provider of natural gas processing and the largest supplier of storage services to the East Coast gas market.
Prior to joining Lochard Energy, Anthony was the Group General of Merchant Energy at AGL where he was responsible for managing Australia’s largest and most diverse generation fleet; as well as wholesale trading and management of the commercial and industrial retail business.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science (hons) from Monash University and a Masters in Applied Finance. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard.
Rick FrancisChief Executive Officer, Spark Infrastructure
Rick Francis commenced as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Infrastructure in 2012. He originally joined Spark Infrastructure in 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer and served in that role for three and a half years prior to his appointment as Managing Director.
Rick has 20 years' experience in the Australian energy and energy infrastructure industries. Prior to Spark Infrastructure he was employed by the ASX listed gas transmission and energy infrastructure business APA Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer for four years and by Origin Energy Limited for over eight years in a number of senior management roles in the corporate and operational areas. Rick is also a Chartered Accountant.
Rick has been a Non-Executive Director of SA Power Networks and Victoria Power Networks since 2009. He was appointed as Chairman of NSW Electricity Networks Operations (TransGrid) in December 2015 and has served as Deputy Chair since June 2016. He also sits on a number of Board Sub-Committees for Spark’s investments, including Audit, Risk Management, Regulatory, HS&E and Remuneration committees.
The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MPMinister for Environment and Energy, Australian Government
Josh Frydenberg is the Federal Member for Kooyong and the Minister for the Environment and Energy. He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 2010 federal election and re-elected in 2013. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.
Josh has a keen interest in public policy debates having been interviewed on radio and television as well as writing a number of opinion editorials for publications including The Age, The Herald Sun, The Australian and The Australian Financial Review.
During his first term in parliament, Josh was appointed a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform. He was a co-deputy chair of the Coalition’s Productivity Priorities Working Group, and a member of a committee established by Tony Abbott to advise him on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). In September 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott appointed Josh to the government’s front bench as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, with specific responsibility for implementing the Coalition’s deregulation agenda.
In December 2014, Josh was appointed to the ministry as Assistant Treasurer. In September 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Josh to the Ministry as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. In July 2016 Josh was appointed as Minister for the Environment and Energy.
Away from politics Josh remains an avid tennis player, and has developed an interest in photography having held his first exhibition in 2008 at a gallery in Richmond.
Josh is honoured to represent the Kooyong community and be member of the Turnbull government. He will continue to be a strong voice on key local, national and international issues in the Federal Parliament.
Niall GallacherGlobal Director Market Development, Communications, Energy & Utilities, Qlik
Niall joined Qlik in 2014 as the Director of Global Market Development for the communications and energy & utilities sectors. Niall’s job focuses on deriving value and delivering measurable benefits from Business Intelligence for clients across these sectors. His experience in managing highly complex, large scale projects proves invaluable in handling business transformation and change initiatives for his clients at Qlik.
In addition to over 25 years of experience in the BI industry, Niall has spent over 15 years in telecommunications and 10 years working in the energy and utilities sector. During this time Niall led a significant BI and managed service solution project for a large mobile operator and executed a number of complex implementations to time and budget for companies in the energy market.
Over the past 15 years he has managed a variety of departments that have focused on delivering everything from IT to BI to CRM, Customer Intelligence, Business Transformation and Project Management.
Niall holds a MBA from Strathclyde Graduate School of Business.
Hugh GleesonNon-Executive Director, Energy Queensland
Hugh Gleeson has been CEO of United Energy (UE) and Multinet Gas (MG) since 2003.
UE and Multinet are both unlisted Victorian energy distribution companies. UE distributes electricity to approximately 640,000 customers and is owned by Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET) and SGSP (Australia) Assets. MG distributes gas to approximately 660,000 customers and is wholly owned by DUET.
Hugh has over 25 years experience in the utility sector and prior to his current role held various general management positions including regulation, distribution and utility operations.
Since its formation in 2003 Hugh has been a member on the Board of the Energy Network Association, previously holding the positions of Deputy Chairman and Chairman.
David GreenFounding Partner, Lyon Group
David has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors across the Australasian region. He is on a number of Boards and has held a number of non executive Directorships for Federal or State Government and private sector entities with responsibilities for multibillion dollar infrastructure portfolios.
David developed, acquired or advised on renewable projects in wind, solar, biomass and hydro in Australian and a number of international jurisdictions and advised the Australian Government on the financing of energy in Australia under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the ability to achieve renewable energy outcomes.
He advised the Australian National Generator Forum on the implications for energy generation under an Emission Trading Scheme and renewable energy investment options to meet their obligations.
David was principal financial advisor to the Government on the restructure of the $18 billion Queensland electricity supply industry and undertook a similar role in the restructure of the Western Australian electricity supply industry. He has also advised on a number privatisations and acquisition of privatised assets and Governments such as Indonesia, India and Philippines on their industries.
He has been responsible for the rollout and management of major infrastructure portfolio including an on time and on budget rollout of A$9 billion in water infrastructure.
David’s has held the following relevant roles:
- Founder, Lyon Group
- Director, Water Utilities Australia, representing an Australian sovereign wealth fund
- Director, Federal Government Authority
- Commissioner, Queensland Government Commission
- Director, South East Queensland Water Grid Manager
- Australia wide Team leader at a large investment bank
- Leader of Ernst & Young’s National Energy and Utilities Advisory Group
- Leader of Ernst & Young’s National Water Practice
- Director, Infrastructure Association of Queensland.
- Bachelor of Business (Economics and Administration)
- Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia
Piers GroveCo-Founder and General Manager, EnergyLab
Piers is an entrepreneur, activist and producer.
Piers is the co-founder and Executive Director of EnergyLab and sits on the investment committee of the Early Stage Clean Energy Fund. He serves as a founding director of Climate KIC Australia, a Governor of WWF-Australia and is a co-founder of FutureSuper.
He is a Logie-nominated TV producer who works on documentary and comedy projects. He has produced 80+ hours of original content for ABC, Nine, Foxtel and SBS. He also publishes the deadly serious regional newspaper, The Betoota Advocate.
His current commercial work includes roles with Pangea Collective, Three Rivers, Matilda Films and Power Collective.
Other roles include Deputy Chair of the Australian Republic Movement; Chair of the Bernie Banton Foundation; and director of Gun Control Australia.
Kylie HargreavesDeputy Secretary Energy and Resources, NSW Department of Industry
In October 2013, Kylie was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Resources and Energy, a specialist division within the NSW Department of Industry (formerly known as NSW Trade and Investment). Her division has a variety of roles related to the effective, sustainable exploitation and management of the State’s Resources and Energy sectors.
Within NSW Department of Industry, Kylie has previously held the roles of Acting Deputy Director General for Industry, Innovation Hospitality and the Arts, Executive Director for Investment and Export Services and Executive Director for International Markets and Trade.
Prior to joining NSW Department of Industry in July 2009, Kylie spent 10 years overseas as Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner for the UK, Ireland and Israel; Senior Trade Commissioner for West USA and Senior Trade Commissioner for Spain and Portugal.
Rob HeferenDeputy Secretary Energy, Department of the Environment and Energy
Rob Heferen joined the Department of the Environment and Energy on 1 August 2016 with responsibility for Energy and the Office of Energy Security. He leads on national energy policy advice – including energy efficiency, electricity and gas markets, and energy security – as well as Australia’s engagement with key international energy bodies.
Prior to this, Rob was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science with responsibilities for Energy, Resources and the Office of Northern Australia.
Before joining the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Rob was the Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group with The Treasury from March 2011 – April 2016. Rob’s other roles in the Australian Public Service have been in Customs, the ATO, Treasury and in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Samantha HepburnDirector, Centre for Energy and Natural Resources, Deakin University
Dr Samantha Hepburn is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Deakin University. Previously, she was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Australian National University. Samantha teaches and publishes in the area of property and land law as well as mining, energy and environmental law. Samantha has a strong research interest in coal seam gas regulation in Australia and is currently involved in a detailed research project examining how the regulatory frameworks for CSG should be developed to respond to the particular needs of the Australian landscape.
Emma HerdChief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change
Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development.
Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.
Lance HochExecutive Director, Oakley Greenwood
Lance has over 25 years of experience in policy, regulation and business strategy as it applies to electricity and gas distribution and retail businesses. He most recently served as Vice President with CRA International. In Australia he has advised policy makers, regulatory authorities and deregulated electricity and gas businesses in a number of areas including regulatory strategy, tariff design, improving the commercial basis on which internal utility operations are undertaken, demand management and energy efficiency for improved financial and technical operation, business strategy development and implementation, and customer interactions.
Lance also advises corporate clients on asset acquisition investment decisions involving the electricity and natural gas markets in the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he has developed considerable expertise in conducting energy retail asset valuations, feasibility studies, competition analyses, and customer segmentation studies.
Lance has significant experience in the wider Asia Pacific region, having led major project assignments in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
Most of his work in these countries has focused on energy efficiency and integrated resource planning as means for ensuring the reliability and adequacy of supply, and reducing customer's costs for electricity while also reducing costs for the utility company. He has also been part of major assignments in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates focused on the reorganisation of those countries' national utilities and improving their commercial operations.
Emlyn KeaneChief Executive Officer, EverGen
Emlyn oversees the Evergen business operations, from installations and customer experience through to governance, risk and compliance.
A qualified Building Services Engineer, Emlyn has been specialising in property design, construction and management for over 20 years.
Past roles include Head of Property Management and Sustainability at AMP Capital where Emlyn was responsible for delivering best practice customer experience to over 500 tenants and ensuring efficient, effective and safe building operations, while also evolving the environmental performance of a $19B commercial property portfolio. Prior to this, his experience includes a role as Senior Mechanical Engineer at Arup Consulting, where he managed an ‘Arup Facilities’ group offering a range of engineering services tailored to the property industry.
Emlyn has also held the role of Head of Business Operations at AMP Capital, essentially responsible for ensuring effective and efficient operation of the Property business and held multiple director positions on subsidiary business Boards.
With a passion for Sustainability in the built environment, Emlyn chaired the Better Buildings Partnership for the City of Sydney and held many industry committee roles including the National Risk Roundtable and National Sustainability Roundtable for the Property Council of Australia.
Andrew KingsmillManager Network Planning, TransGrid
Andrew Kingsmill is the Manager/Network Planning at TransGrid, the transmission network service provider and operator in New South Wales. Andrew has 20 years’ experience in the energy industry in planning, operations, asset management and regulatory roles. Throughout his career, he has pioneered the introduction of new technologies for smart network monitoring and control and seen many operational benefits come from their use.
Bobbi LambrightManaging Director and Chief Operating Officer, ATCO Australia
Ms. Lambright has overall accountability for ATCO Australia’s operations, including ATCO Gas Australia’s natural gas business in Western Australia and ATCO Power’s generation stations.
Based in Perth, she is responsible for identifying and leading strategic growth initiatives in all segments of ATCO’s businesses across the country and overseeing the development of competitive, cost-effective products and services for ATCO’s customers.
Previously, Ms. Lambright was President, Operations Division of ATCO Electric in Alberta, Canada, where she was responsible for all aspects of ATCO Electric’s distribution business, as well as the operation and maintenance of the company’s extensive transmission and technology assets during a period of tremendous industry change and growth. In addition, she held overall accountability for delivering operational excellence, financial results and managing regulatory and customer relations. She was appointed to the position in May 2010.
Ms. Lambright also served as President of ATCO I-Tek, a leading information technology and customer services organisation with a diverse client group across multiple industries. In this role, she led the start-up of this non-regulated venture, managed the creation of a robust customer care and billing company and oversaw the development and execution of growth strategies.
Ms. Lambright has been with the ATCO Group since 1986 when she started at Alberta Power Limited. In more than 30 years with ATCO she has worked in a wide variety of progressively senior roles in the organisation and holds an extensive amount of regulatory and operations experience.
Karen LawsonChief Executive Officer, Slingshot
Karen Lawson is an award winning business executive and leader in the digital industry. She has held executive positions within both global companies, as well as joint ventures. With experience leading teams through change; motivating and developing cross functional teams to peak performance, Karen is extremely passionate about delivering great results and helping others achieve their true potential.
Karen is a prolific networker, an experienced media commentator and guest speaker, with appearances on TV, radio in print and digital, as well as industry forums.
In 2016, Karen took the reins of Slingshot, a corporate Startup accelerator focused on driving collaboration between Startups, Scaleups and corporates to lead the next wave of innovation.
More than 50 Startups have participated in Slingshot’s programs, achieving a combined market capitalisation in excess of $60m and creating nearly 100 full time jobs.
Karen is leading the business through its next stage of growth, using her proven experience in driving reinvention and transformation to help Australia’s biggest businesses stay ahead of disruption.
Dylan McConnellResearch fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute
Dylan McConnell is PhD Researcher at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College and worked for the Melbourne Energy Institute from 2011-2016.
Dylan has a detailed understanding of the Australian National Electricity Market and the cost structure of energy technologies. He has developed analytical and modelling capability to understand the effect of distributed solar photovoltaic, centralised renewable and storage technologies on the electricity system and electricity prices.
Ed McManusChief Executive Officer, Powershop
Ed became the Chief Executive Officer of Powershop Australia in January 2016.
Beginning his career as a medical research scientist, Ed followed a commercial path and spent several years working for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, where he headed up its respiratory business. This was followed by a move into the media industry, working for realestate.com.au in roles across sales and marketing, operations, and pricing strategy.
In 2014, Ed made the decision to do something that would positively impact the future of his children’s lives and sought out an opportunity in the renewable energy space. This led to his leap to Powershop, ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest energy company (2014 & 2015), where he joined as General Manager.
In his role as Powershop CEO, Ed is driving a unique service that gives customers transparency and control like they’ve never had before over a key part of their household budget – their energy bill. With a strong and growing customer base, Powershop powers more than 70,000 households and businesses from across Victoria and New South Wales.
Ed is excited by the challenge of trying to make a connection with customers in an industry where trust is currently low. But it’s also the idea of being a part of a business that strives to have a positive impact on the future of the planet that pushes him daily.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Ed now calls Australia home and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters.
Luke MenzelChief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
Luke provides strategic leadership for the Energy Efficiency Council, guiding the Council’s initiatives to build the market for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia.
In his time at the EEC, Luke has specialised in developing projects and policies that facilitate the steady increase of capacity in the energy efficiency sector. Most recently, Luke led the development and launched a new Australian certification scheme for the professionals that manage complex energy efficiency retrofits.
Luke has a background in management and his postgraduate research in energy policy focused on financing options for energy efficiency investments.
Elysse MorganPresenter, The Business
Elysse Morgan is an ABC business and finance reporter. She is presenter of The Business on ABC Radio, ABC1 & News24.
Tim NelsonChief Economist and General Manager Sustainability, AGL Energy
Tim is the Chief Economist and General Manager, Sustainability at AGL Energy Ltd. At AGL, Tim leads the company's public policy advocacy and AGL’s sustainability strategy. In 2015/16, Tim has led the development AGL's Affordability Initiative, AGL's revised Greenhouse Gas Policy and Strategy and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) concept. He is a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and the Grattan Institute Energy Reference Group.
Tim is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University and has had around thirty papers published in Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at conferences in Australia and throughout Asia and Europe. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first class honours degree in economics. Tim is also a qualified Chartered Secretary (AGIA and ACIS).
Lara OlsenRegional Manager Business Development & Policy, Tesla
Lara Olsen is an experienced energy executive with a proven international track record. She is currently Regional Manager- Business Development for Tesla Energy, responsible for developing and extending Tesla Energy’s residential and grid scale storage business in Australia, New Zealand and the neighboring regional markets. Prior to this, Lara was Head of Strategy at CitiPower Powercor and Head of Strategy at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). She also spent more than 5 years founding and leading energy start ups - including being the CEO of Cool nrg and co-founding Billcap, and energy software as a service company. Lara has an MBA from INSEAD, a B.Eng/Arts from Melbourne University and Tokyo Institute of Technology and is a John Monash Scholar.
Keith OrchisonDirector, Coolibah Pty Ltd
Keith has been involved in Australian resources and industry policy issues management and communications for 37 years. He has been a communicator for 58 years, starting as a journalist in South Africa in 1959 and emigrating to Australia in 1970.
He served for four years in the 1970s as public affairs manager of Associated Pulp & Paper Mills Limited and for three years as head of public relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
He was chief executive of what is now APPEA for 11 years and of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia for 12 years.
From 2003 to 2007 he chaired the energy committee of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Howard government.
He has also been chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and of the CSIRO Energy Technology Advisory Committee.
Today he runs his own energy advisory business as Coolibah Pty Ltd and is publisher of the blog “This is Power” and of the Coolibah monthly newsletter.
Keith is also engaged in the organisation and chairing of a series of energy outlook conferences.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2012 was recipient of AusIMM’s Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal for outstanding communication about the mining and resources sectors.
Luke OsborneChief Operations Officer, Reposit Power
Luke Osborne joined Reposit Power in an executive capacity in 2013. Luke has had a long career building wind turbines all over the world, but he also comes from a long line of energy experts. In fact, he can trace his family all the way back to the the industrial revolution where his ancestors (rather ironically) carted coal into London on the world’s first commercial railway. Luckily, Luke is committed to making sure we do everything we can to keep the lights on in a more renewable way.
Hugh OuthredProfessorial Visiting Fellow, UNSW
Hugh Outhred has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales having retired in 2007 from the positions of Presiding Director, Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets and Associate Professor and Head, Energy Systems Research Group in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications following a 35 year career at UNSW. He is also Managing Director of Ipen Pty Ltd, a small private company that provides educational and advisory services on energy and its relationship to society and the environment. Hugh has provided advisory and educational services for governments, non-government organisations, the electricity supply industry and private industry in Australia, Canada, China Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.
Finn PeacockFounder and Chief Executive Officer, SolarQuotes
Finn Peacock is first and foremost an environmentalist. He is also an entrepreneur, an explorer and a pioneer in his field. He founded SolarQuotes to ensure the solar industry had a go-to resource that ensured accurate, objective, easily accessible information and realistic pricing for high quality solar.
Finn’s engineering qualifications underpin his authority. He has an innate ability to translate important technical details from industry jargon to plain English that anyone can understand. He is motivated by energy efficiency, clean energy, environmental protection and mountain bikes.
With his humour and charismatic nature, Finn is able to connect and educate people by turning the boring important bits into the fun bits.
A thought-leader and change-maker, particularly around solar power, Finn provides expert media commentary, appears as a guest speaker, and has consulted to leading government ministers on clean energy. His energy and commitment are infectious and he is genuinely committed to empowering people to reduce costs and environmental damage.
SolarQuotes has helped almost 300,000 Australians get quotes for solar, safe in the knowledge that they are using an honest and reputable provider. Beyond this, Finn has a first-class degree in Mechatronic Engineering and professional and international industry experience. His business is based on providing the most reliable information and referring the best possible providers.
Brendan PearsonManaging Director, Minerals Council of Australia
Brendan has been the Chief Executive Officer at Minerals Council of Australia since January 2014. Previously Mr. Pearson served as Vice President of Public Policy for Australia at Peabody Energy and as the Deputy CEO at the MCA. He has also worked as a diplomat, serving in Washington, and as a journalist for the Australian Financial Review, based in Tokyo. He holds degrees in international politics and history from the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University.
Anne PearsonChief Executive, Australian Energy Market Commission
Anne Pearson was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission in February 2016. Until then she served as AEMC Senior Director, Market Development. In that role she was responsible for delivering multiple reviews and rule determinations to facilitate the energy sector’s adjustment to technological change and emerging concerns about energy security and consumer responses in a carbon-sensitive world. Before joining the Commission in 2007 she was Executive Manager of Retail Regulation at EnergyAustralia. Anne’s prior appointments include corporate mergers and acquisitions at Freehills and Deacons, where she worked on the introduction of retail competition in the New South Wales retail gas market and corporatisation of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. She holds a Degree in Arts and an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Sydney.
Glenn PlattResearch Director, Energy, CSIRO
Dr Glenn Platt is driving CSIRO’s research on energy efficiency and smart energy systems, improving how energy is delivered to and used by consumers, and developing cost effective technologies to cut greenhouse gas emission in Australia. He leads the Energy Transformed Flagship's research in energy efficiency, demand management and smart grids as Theme leader for Local Energy Systems. In this role, he directs the research of a diverse team of energy experts delivering world leading science; finding ways to use energy more efficiently, and developing new technologies for improving how energy is used in buildings and delivered by the electricity network. His team is developing techniques to integrate more renewable energy sources into Australia’s electricity system and innovating technologies and strategies to modernise the national grid, to manage demand peaks and meet future electricity needs.
David PrinsMemberAER Consumer Challenge Panel
Gerard ReiterExecutive General Manager, Asset Management, TransGrid
Gerard is the Executive Manager, Network Planning & Operations at TransGrid, NSW’s transmission network service provider. He is responsible for determining TransGrid’s strategic asset management decisions, investment strategies in addition to asset performance, environmental approvals and non-network solutions.
With more than 24 years of experience in the Australian electricity supply industry, Gerard has worked in a number of areas including design, project management as well as procurement and contractor engagement. His continued professional interest is focused on the development of technology in the energy industry.
Gerard is Chairman of the Australian Power Institute, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering power engineering education.
Karl RodriguesActing Energy Business Unit Director, CSIRO
Karl is the Deputy Director for the CSIRO Energy Business Unit. Karl works closely with the Business Unit Director and the Energy Leadership team to define and support the strategic direction and investment scenarios for Energy Research in CSIRO, broaden collaboration, increase business development and commercial outcomes and deliver impact for our customers and the nation.
Before being appointed Deputy Director, Karl was the Project Director for the National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) where he was responsible for the successful delivery of a $50M National Research Facility. The National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) is a world-class research facility to support demonstration sites focussed on geological storage of carbon dioxide, delivering facilities for Carbon Capture and Storage research.
Clare SavageExecutive Director Policy, Energy and Climate Change, Business Council of Australia
Clare Savage joined the Business Council of Australia in August 2015 with the ambition of developing a suite of integrated energy and climate change policies. Clare has spent over a decade in the energy sector and has worked extensively on a range of issues including governance; climate change and renewables policy; electricity and gas market design; network pricing; and retail market regulation.
Prior to joining the Business Council, Clare held executive positions within EnergyAustralia spanning corporate strategy; business development; policy & government affairs; and public affairs. Clare also held a number of roles at the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa) including Chief Executive Officer.
From 2001 to 2004 Clare was a Senior Policy Adviser on Energy and Commonwealth–State Relations with the Federal Department of the Treasury.
Clare has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and History) from The University of Melbourne.
Anthony SeipoltTechnical Adviser, Australian Energy Regulator
Anthony is an expert advisor and strategic thinker with a passion for improving outcomes at the interface between technical, commercial and regulatory spheres.
- Proven and effective skillset in assessing productivity and performance across the energy and utility sectors.
- Expert in the identification, analysis, and resolution of diverse business and regulatory challenges.
- Skilled presenter, communicator, and trainer with success across industry and government bodies.
- 30+ years' experience in the utility industry having worked widely across US, Europe, the UK and Asia.
He has a Master of Business Administration and is a former National Manager and Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Associates. Anthony has delivered benchmarking and performance reviews for over 200 electricity and water companies across the world. Anthony has also held several Board positions for community not-for-profit organisations.
Rosemary SinclairChief Executive Officer, Energy Consumers Australia
Rosemary Sinclair is the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, established by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council to enhance consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance and material consequence for energy consumers, in particular household and small business consumers. ECA focuses on the long-term interests of consumers of energy with respect to the price, quality, safety, reliability and security of supply of energy services.
Rosemary is a Member (part-time) of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and a Director of the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Previously Rosemary was CEO of Immediate Solutions, a boutique consultancy practice focused on strategy development, digital technology transformation, stakeholder engagement, governance and government relations; Director, External Relations at the Australian School of Business (ASB), University of New South Wales (UNSW); Managing Director, Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG).
Rosemary has many years of senior large-scale operations, communications and strategy experience in business and government across telecommunications, media and education.
Rosemary was Chair of the Federal Government’s Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Review Committee from July 2011-2013.
Rosemary has held a number of Directorships on unlisted company and not-for-profit Boards.
Rosemary has degrees in Arts, Law and Business and a Masters of Commerce from UNSW. Rosemary is a qualified CPA and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David SmalesChief Executive Officer, Energy Queensland
David is a senior industry leader with over 30 years’ experience in technical, operational, asset management, corporate and senior executive roles, with a track record of value delivery in large blue chip energy companies. Prior to joining Energy Queensland, David was General Manager Generation at Origin Energy, responsible for all aspects of a portfolio of energy assets. David has significant international experience, working as the Head of Biomass Co-firing for Drax Power and Portfolio Projects Manager at Centrica Power Generation in the United Kingdom. David has extensive experience operating at a strategic level in leading and executing business development programs, including integration and transformational change, within the energy industry. David is committed to bringing the former Energex and Ergon Energy businesses together to create a bright new future for the state’s energy system. David is based in Townsville at the Energy Queensland head office.
Karen StennerDirector and Behavioural Economist, concentric.energy
Dr Karen Stenner specialises in designing and testing real-world behavioural interventions intended to shift consumer behaviour in the public interest.
Across the past five years she brought her unique expertise and experience to bear as Senior Research Scientist and leader of CSIRO’s Behavioural Economics Team, including serving as principal author of the CSIRO’s highly acclaimed report on “Australian Consumers’ Likely Response to Cost-Reflective Electricity Pricing”. Under Dr Stenner’s leadership these past years, the CSIRO Behavioural Economics Team designed, conducted and evaluated the relative impact of dozens of alternative behaviour change interventions, intended to secure improvements in both consumer energy behaviour (including facilitating energy efficiency, peak demand management, and uptake and usage of cost-reflective pricing) as well as efficient and effective government service delivery (especially by promoting citizen compliance, digital uptake and channel optimisation).
David StephensManager Capacity Management Services, Horizon Power
David Stephens is the Engineering Lead of Grid Automation at Horizon Power in Western Australia. He is an electrical engineer with around 18 years’ experience in the industry, in leadership roles in Generation, Transmission and HV Distribution planning. More recently David has been seconded into the Grid Automation area to facilitate the incorporation of new technology to support Horizon Power’s microgrids. Prior to joining Horizon Power, David worked at Verve Energy and Western Power.
David holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering Science in Electrical Utility Engineering and Grad Cert. Agribusiness from Curtin University of Technology.
Jon StretchChief Executive Officer, ERM Power
Jon joined ERM Power as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 2 February 2015. He is an experienced chief executive with broad international experience in the information technology (IT), telecommunications and industrial sectors.
Jon’s background in systems and process engineering, and business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales and marketing has enabled him to lead business transformation and growth in Australia and internationally.
Prior to joining ERM Power, Jon was the Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Landis+Gyr, the leading provider of smart metering and energy management solutions globally. Jon joined Landis+Gyr as Executive Vice President Asia Pacific in January 2008 and in April 2010 moved to Switzerland to take up the EMEA position.
Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Jon was CEO of AAPT, an Australian based telecommunications company, wholly owned by Telecom New Zealand and was based in Sydney. He has had extensive experience in Asia and Europe in IT and telecommunications, starting his career with IBM in Australia in 1986. He spent six years in Hong Kong with IBM and AT&T running substantial cross regional telecommunications services businesses, and several years running AT&T’s business across Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Paris.
Mike SwanstonPrincipal, the Customer Advocate, and Member, AER Customer Challenge Panel
Mike has over thirty years of experience in the electricity industry, crossing the boundaries of technical design, field operations and, for the past ten years, into the realm of Advocacy for energy customers.
Mike’s passion is to encourage and coerce the energy supply industry into understanding and delivering on the changing needs of energy consumers – whether it be the development of simple and engaging policies to effectively adopt to new technology, intelligent and empowering tariffs and energy prices, or just plain old sensible and efficient customer service.
Until his recent departure from Energex, Mike has been a member of the Queensland Energy Ombudsman Advisory Council since the inception of the scheme, and has presented a number of discussion papers on consumer-oriented subjects such as the empowerment of the energy consumer and the effective commercial, technical and social integration of renewable energy.
With a background (way back !) as a broadcaster with the ABC, enjoys the opportunity to present his views, hopefully to enlist more customer advocates !
Michael ThomsonChief Executive Officer, Power and Water
Michael Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Power and Water Corporation, a multi-utility in Australia’s Northern Territory. As well as managing the purchasing and sale of gas, Power and Water manage electricity transmission and distribution, and water and sewerage services across the Northern Territory.
Michael commenced this role in November 2015, bringing with him a wealth of domestic and international experience in various senior roles. Prior to taking up the position with the Power and Water Corporation, Michael was Acting Chief Executive of United Energy and Multinet Gas, in Victoria, previously holding the positions of General Manager Service Delivery, General Manager Commercial and Legal, General Counsel and Company Secretary. Michael is engaged with a number of industry associations, including the International Association for Contract and Commercial Managers and actively participates in Power and Water’s partnership and community development programs.
Frank TudorManaging Director, Horizon Power
Frank Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 25 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries with BP, Woodside and most recently Horizon Power.
Frank is currently Managing Director of Horizon Power which is the vertically integrated regional energy provider to the natural resource rich regional part of WA. In this capacity Frank is directly and indirectly involved with Chinese companies and interests that are seeking to buy, invest or otherwise promote resource developments and associated infrastructure in WA.
Frank is the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCI) Energy and Resources Forum, a Board member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council and a member of the ANU China in the World Advisory Board.
Frank holds first class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (University of NSW). Frank also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in September and October 2008.
Stephanie UnwinGeneral Manager Commercial , Synergy
Stephanie has served as Synergy’s executive general manager commercial for more than two years.
She leads the commercial business unit: a diverse team of specialists in strategy and innovation, corporate development, policy, corporate affairs, modelling and analytics, continuous improvement and principal engineering. Together, the team is responsible for creating and accelerating some of the most commercially attractive projects to secure Synergy’s competitive future.
Stephanie has a deep understanding of the energy sector engaging closely with her fellow executives, Synergy’s board and the State Government to shape the future of energy in Western Australia. Her skills span across business transformation, strategy, complex commercial transactions, change management, stakeholder management and innovation.
During her tenure, Stephanie was the chief transformation officer, responsible for the business efficiency program - the single biggest transformation Synergy has undertaken since its inception. The program achieved a targeted $300 million annual reduction in operating costs, realigned culture, drove strategy, and motivated and engaged employees across every aspect of Synergy’s business.
Stephanie was previously general manager of strategy and business development at Verve Energy which saw the completion of the Mumbida Wind Farm and the Greenough River Solar Farm, and also held the position of general counsel and company secretary at Verve Energy.
Through her career, she has worked with ASIC, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pullinger Readhead Stewart and Maxim Litigation Consultants and sat on the boards of Alacer Gold Corp and Integra Mining. She currently serves as the non-executive chair at Phylogica Limited, director of Vinalco Energy Pty Ltd, Greenough River Solar Farm Pty Ltd and Mumbida Wind Farm Pty Ltd.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) a Bachelor of Economics (BEcon) from Murdoch University and in 2016 graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP 191).
Andy VeseyManaging Director, AGL Energy
Andy has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry including strategic and commercial leadership of large energy organisations, and working in complex regulatory and political environments.
His experience extends across the energy supply chain, including power development, generation, distribution and retail businesses.
Andy commenced with AGL in January 2015, officially taking over as MD on 12 February 2015.
Tom WalkerSenior Economist, Australian Energy Market Commission
Tom is a senior economist in the AEMC’s strategy and economics team. Tom led the AEMC’s recent east coast wholesale gas market and pipeline frameworks review and leads its ongoing review of the Victorian declared wholesale gas market. Tom was formally an economic consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia) and Indepen (UK) with experience in regulatory economics and market design across a range of sectors including electricity, gas, water and transport. He holds Masters degrees in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and in science policy from the University of Sussex.
Matthew WarrenChief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Council
Matthew Warren was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council in December 2015. Prior to this he led the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa) from 2012 to pursue the deregulation of energy markets, the development of comprehensive, efficient and durable national climate and energy policy, and to manage the aggressive transformation facing the sector.
Prior to joining the esaa, Matthew held the position of Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, where he made a significant contribution to Australian policy debate on the role of renewable energy in meeting the challenges of reducing emissions.
Matthew has also worked as an advocate for the mining and food industries, and has advised both governments and industry on environmental policy. In addition, over the years he has worked as a journalist, most recently as the environment writer for The Australian newspaper. Matthew was a trainee in the Environment Directorate of the European Commission.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Adelaide.
Craig WhalenExecutive Director, Infrastructure Capital
Craig has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure across a variety of sectors, including energy, ports, rail, roads, airports and Public Private Partnerships. Over his career, he has undertaken numerous financial advisory and debt arranger roles. He played a leading role in the acquisition of ICG’s equity funds’ interests in Flinders Ports and Hallett 4 wind farm. He led the successful US Private Placement for Hallett Hill 2 Wind Farm in 2015 as well as the refinancing of Wattle Point in late 2014. Craig maintains deep relationships within the project finance market in Australia, having previously held roles at ANZ, Macquarie Bank, Bankers Trust and Mallesons. Craig joined ICG in 2008.
Martijn WilderPartner, Chair, and Director, Baker & Mackenzie, ARENA, CEFC
Martijn is head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice. Martijn's practice focuses on climate change law, international carbon and broader environmental markets, climate and conservation finance and conservation projects. He is also Chair of the Baker McKenzie Law for Development Initiative.
Martijn is regarded as a legal pioneer in the development of climate change law. He advises on legal matters relating to climate change, environmental markets, sustainable development and conservation finance. He is ranked as a Star Individual (the highest ranking available) by Chambers Global, is listed among the best lawyers in Environment and Climate Change by Best Lawyers Australia 2009-2016 and in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009-2016. He is also listed for Australia, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Best Lawyers International 2013. In 2013, he was warded the Lawyers Weekly "Law Firm Partner of the Year."
Martijn is an Adjunct Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University. His other roles include formal roles as Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), WWF (Australia) and the Climate Council. and an Affiliate. He holds advisory roles as Chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, a Governing Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan. Martijn recently Chaired the Independent Review Committee of the Victorian Climate Change Act. He was formerly Chairman of Low Carbon Australia and for many years chaired TRAFFIC (Oceania).
Martijn has written widely especially on climate change law, environmental law and Antarctica. In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for "service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community."
Ryan Willemsen-BellGeneral Manager, Business Energy and SolarOrigin Energy
Mark WilliamsonExecutive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator
Mark Williamson has been the Executive General Manager of the Renewables and Carbon Farming Division of the Clean Energy Regulator since February 2014. Mark joined the agency in August 2012 and led the operational preparation for, and delivery of, the first year of the carbon tax which achieved a 99.6% on time acquittal. With the commencement of the Emissions Reduction Fund, Mark is responsible for the agency’s market entry function and the crediting aspect of ERF in addition to the Renewable Energy Target.
Prior to joining the agency, Mark held a range of senior executive roles in the private sector, State and local government. This included a National Technical and Commercial role in a waste sector ASX 200 company and Executive Director at the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leading all the EPA’s regulatory operations across industrial, mining (including petroleum and gas), coastal protection and conservation legislation.
Mark has undergraduate qualifications in Applied Science and a number of post graduate management qualifications. He has a passion for excellent client service, transparency and business improvement with a strong focus on outcomes.
Innes WilloxChief Executive Officer, Ai Group
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.
His current appointments include:
• Director of Australian Super
• Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
• Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
• Board Member of National Industry Capability Network
• Board Member of Migration Council of Australia
• Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board
Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.
He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.
Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).
Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is on the Board of Windermere – Victoria’s oldest family and child services agency. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.
Ben WilsonChief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Networks
Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Networks, one of Australia’s largest gas distribution businesses with 1.2 million customers across Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Ben joined AGN in 2015.
Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers. At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program. Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.
Ben is a Director of the Energy Networks Association and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.
Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.
Merryn YorkChief Executive, Powerlink
Merryn has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland electricity industry. Her career encompasses experience in strategic business development and asset management to optimise the long-term return on investment, network planning, regulatory affairs, customer management and strategic development of the transmission network. Merryn attends the Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee and the Harold Street Holdings and Powerlink Transmission Services meetings.
Audrey ZibelmanChief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator
Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC). During her tenure at the NYPSC, Ms Zibelman led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry.
A recognised national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation, Ms Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc.
Previously, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a regional transmission operator of the power grid and wholesale power market across the eastern United States.
Ms Zibelman also held legal and executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and was Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.