The Hon. Colin BarnettFormer Premier of Western Australia,
Since being sworn in as Western Australia’s 29th Premier on 23rd September 2008, following the 6th September election, Colin Barnett has built a reputation as a decisive leader who has promoted the economic and social development of the State and in his Cottesloe Electorate.
Mr Barnett was State Development Minister from 2008 until early 2016 and currently holds the Tourism and Science portfolios. He is committed to broadening Western Australia’s economy based around the State’s comparative advantages in mining, oil and gas, agriculture, tourism and science. Western Australia’s natural resources, unique environment, enviable lifestyle and reputation for high quality education and research, have, and will continue to be, central to the Barnett-led Liberal National Government’s plans to continue to strengthen the economy and create jobs.
James BaulderstoneChief Executive OfficerAustralian Industrial Energy
Tim BradleyGeneral Manager Economic Advice Service, Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Tim is the General Manager of the department’s Economic Advice Service that sits within the Office of the Chief Economist. His branch supports the department navigate through a range of issues relating to structural change, productivity and competitiveness, regulation and the resources sector. Prior to joining the department, Tim worked as an economic consultant. He began his career as a graduate economist with the Productivity Commission.
Tim has Masters degrees in Commercial Law (Melbourne) and Political Economy (Sydney) as well as a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) (ANU).
Simon CamrouxHead of Regulation, Ausgrid
Since commencing work as an energy market regulatory analyst at Macquarie Generation almost 15 years ago, Simon has worked across the energy supply chain, from generation to retail and across a range of issues, from economic regulation to environmental sustainability.
In 2002, Simon was a member of the Parer Energy Market Review Secretariat where he led the development of the Review’s recommendation to implement an emissions trading scheme domestically.
More recently, Simon wrote the Energy Sections of the Victorian Government Climate Change Green and White Paper’s and was the Victorian Government representative on the Commonwealth Government’s National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Target Working Groups.
Simon also attended the COP15 Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan MPMinister for Resources and Northern Australia , Australian Government
Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013 (term began 1.7.2014) and 2016.
Minister for Northern Australia from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 19.7.16 to 25.7.17 and from 27.10.17.
Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.14 to 23.2.16; Environment and Communications: Legislation Committee from 1.7.14 to 3.3.15.
Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; Public Works from 1.7.14 to 2.3.15 and from 4.3.15 to 4.2.16.
Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 1.7.14 to 4.2.16; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 1.7.14 to 15.6.15.
Joint Select: Northern Australia from 1.7.14 to 23.2.15.
Senate Select: Wind Turbines from 27.11.14 to 3.8.15; Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 25.6.15 to 23.2.15; Abbott Government's Budget Cuts from 17.7.14 to 9.5.16 (renamed Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures on 11.8.15); Unconventional Gas Mining from 12.11.15 to 23.2.16.
Parliamentary party positions
The Nationals Party Whip in the Senate from 10.9.15 to 9.5.16.
Mark ColletteHead of 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.
Richard CotteeManaging Director , 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.
Ian DaviesManaging Director, Senex Energy
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.
Phaedra DeckartGeneral Manager, Energy Supply & Origination, AGL Energy
Phaedra is a senior executive experienced in leading marketing and trading activities in the wholesale energy sector. Her experience spans over 20 years in domestic and global energy markets, having held a variety of commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions.
Phaedra joined AGL in 2015 as Head of Wholesale Gas leading AGL’s wholesale gas supply portfolio. She has recently been appointed to the role of General Manager, Energy Supply and Origination and will lead the transformation of AGL’s energy supply portfolio through this dynamic time in the energy market. She is responsible for all electricity, coal, gas, LNG, and renewables energy supply and origination and continues to lead the LNG import terminal project in Australia to bring a new source of supply to the market.
She has broad ranging energy and legal experience, having started her career with one of Australia’s top tier legal firms. Phaedra is passionate about growing and developing people and building diverse, highly engaged and collaborative teams.
Peter DobneyGeneral Manager Resources and Energy, Orora Group
Peter is responsible for:
- Energy Procurement (annual spend> $100M/yr across Orora’s 50+ manufacturing plants in Australia and New Zealand).
- Energy management/energy efficiency program.
- Connection agreements (gas and electricity, transmission and distribution).
- Project Management of 18 Clean Technology Investment Program CO2 abatement projects valued at $8M with annual savings of over $2M/yr.
Ben EadeExecutive Director, Manufacturing Australia
Ben Eade has worked with Manufacturing Australia since its inception in 2011, helping the organisation to become a strong champion for Australia’s large manufacturing base.
Prior to joining Manufacturing Australia as its Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr Eade consulted extensively to corporate, not-for-profit and public organisations, focusing on Australia’s manufacturing, energy, environment and education and training sectors.
Lisa FranceDirector of Natural Gas Resources, Australia-Asia, Hatch
Currently the Energy Regional Director in Australia and Asia, Lisa is an environmental scientist who has advised on significant, complex resources and infrastructure projects in Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Hatch in 2015, Lisa was elected to the Queensland Parliament as the State Member for Pumicestone, during which time she also served as Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Assistant Minister for Finance, Administration and Regulatory Reform.
Lisa has a mind for science and a passion for change. Her political acumen, pragmatism and passion for problem-solving allow her to identify opportunities and influence outcomes to benefit her clients, the environment and the wider economy.
As Australia debates its energy future, Lisa has emerged as a trusted advisor and vocal advocate for the nation’s transition to the right energy mix to ensure the next generation inherits a sustainable energy supply.
Nicole HintonManager, Onshore Gas SectionDepartment of Industry, Innovation and Science
Bruce HockmanChief Economist, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Bruce Hockman is the Chief Economist for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Executive Sponsor to the ABS-Badan Pusat Statistik Partnership to Build Statistical Capacity.
Bruce has an economics degree from Adelaide University and he also did post-graduate studies at Macquarie University. He joined the ABS in 2005 as Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys and Prices in Sydney, the team provides around 60% of the data used for the quarterly national accounts. Bruce was appointed as Branch Head of National Accounts in 2010 and served as Division Head for Industry Statistics and Macroeconomic Statistics since 2012. Prior to joining the ABS Bruce worked at the RBA, Deutsche Bank and as CEO of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
With a long career in macro-economics Bruce uses his knowledge to apply international statistical frameworks to produce a coherent and reliable picture of the Australian Economy and Environment.
Reg Howard-SmithManaging Executive , Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
Reg Howard-Smith is the Chief Executive of The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME).
Reg was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in 2007. CME is the preeminent resource sector (Mining, Oil and Gas) industry association in Western Australia. Members of the CME account for 95% of the production of Minerals and Energy produced in West Australia. Resource sector exports from West Australia account for 90% of the states merchandise exports.
CME focuses on representing members in a broad range of policy issues including Safety & Health, Economics, Infrastructure, Taxation, Environment, Land Access, and People Strategies. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive, Reg was a Director of CME from 2002 to 2007.
Reg has worked in Oil and Gas, Mining, state and national advocacy positions in employee relations.
He is a member of the Curtin University Graduate School of Management Advisory Board and the Australian Super (Westscheme Division) Advisory Board, a Trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), member of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors, the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia and a member of the Australia India Business Council and the Australian China Business Council. Reg is a graduate of The University of Western Australia, majoring in Economics.
Rod JohannessenPrincipal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood
Rod Johannessen is a seasoned energy sector professional with 18 years of experience across commercial negotiation, business development, strategy, commercial operations and risk oversight roles. Rod’s career in the energy sector includes roles with APA Group, Phillips Petroleum, Ergon Energy and the QLD Transmission and Supply Corporation. Rod has been with Oakley Greenwood for two years assisting clients in the gas and water sectors. Rod authored the Transmission Spotlight chapter of the 2017 Gas Price Trends Review.
Matt KayChief Executive Officer, Beach Energy
Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for the last two years. In that role he was a member of the executive team and lead the strategy, commercial, supply chain, economics, marketing, M&A and legal functions. Prior to Oil Search, Mr Kay was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Woodside Petroleum Limited, holding several leadership roles across corporate and business units, developing extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures and developments both internationally and within Australia.
He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wendy KingPresident – Australia East, ConocoPhillips
Wendy began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco Inc. and has held various technical and leadership positions in the Exploration and Production business in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa.
Prior to starting with Australia Pacific LNG in July 2011, Wendy fulfilled a variety of leadership roles for ConocoPhillips Alaska serving as the vice president, External Affairs and as manager, Alaska North Slope Gas Development. In 2011, Wendy was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as vice president, Commercial. Wendy assumed her current role in 2017.
In 1990 Wendy received a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Colorado School of Mines in the United States. She lives with her husband and two children in Brisbane.
Wendy also serves as a director of the board for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham). She has previously served on the University of Alaska board of trustees, the Resource Development Council of Alaska board of directors and the board of United Way of Anchorage.
Warwick KingChief Executive Officer, Australia Pacific LNG
Warwick King is Chief Executive Officer of Australia Pacific LNG, a joint venture between Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec based in Brisbane.
Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) has developed an integrated, two train, coal seam gas to LNG project in Queensland. As well as supplying around 20% of the east coast domestic gas requirements, APLNG will supply 9 million tonnes of LNG to its foundation Chinese and Japanese customers for decades to come. APLNG loaded its first LNG cargo from Train 1 in early 2016 and Train 2 in October 2016.
Warwick has been with APLNG on secondment from ConocoPhillips and commenced in this role in February 2017. King began his career with the company in 1983 as a project engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland. Following several engineering and project management roles in the North Sea, Houston and Russia, he became Production Manager for Conoco Energy Nigeria in 1997. In 1999, he moved to Houston as the development supervisor of the Central Lobo Asset before becoming Upstream Project Manager of the Zuata III heavy oil project in Venezuela in 2001.
With the merger of Conoco and Phillips in 2002, he was transferred to Strategy and Portfolio Management in Alaska. Following this King became the North Slope Development Manager responsible for the reservoir management and development of ConocoPhillips’ North Slope operated assets. In 2011, King relocated to Brisbane, Queensland to assume the position of President of the Eastern Australian Business Unit.
King received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.
Rebecca KnolChief Executive Officer, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy
Rebecca Knol is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, the leading industry body representing the resources sector in South Australia.
SACOME members generate 34 per cent of South Australia’s exports, and $6.4 billion of its gross state product.
Rebecca brings significant national and international experience in the mining and oil & gas sectors to her role. In her first year at SACOME, Rebecca has contributed to significant change by introducing Australia’s first cross-sectoral electricity purchasing group, potentially saving the industry millions of dollars in energy costs.
Her previous roles include senior positions at Origin Energy in Australia and AngloGold Ashanti in Africa.
Today, Rebecca continues to refresh SACOME’s strategic focus and creation of member value through policy and advocacy leadership.
Ross LambiePolicy Analysis and Implementation, Economics, Department of Environment and Energy
Dr Ross Lambie is Assistant Secretary of the Economics Branch in the Department of the Environment and Energy. Prior to this position, Ross was General Manager of the Resources and Energy Economics Branch in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Ross began his career as a trader in the New Zealand Financial Markets and for most of the following 10 years he attained positions as manager of trading teams. Before joining the Australian Government in 2013 as Manager, Gas Markets in the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, he spent two years managing the economics team at the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission.
Ross holds Bachelor degrees in both Accounting and Resource Studies, an Honours degree in Economics (First Class) and a Master’s degree in Commerce and Management (Distinction). He has a PhD in Public Policy and Economics from the Australian National University.
Jamie LoweHead of Regulation, ENGIE
Jamie Lowe is an experienced energy market professional currently employed as Head of Regulation for ENGIE in Australia.
Jamie has over 15 years of experience in economic and policy roles for State and Commonwealth governments, and in the energy sector, formerly with Alinta Energy and Loy Yang Power (LYMMCo).
In his current role, Jamie is responsible for managing company positioning on government policy and regulatory risk, influencing and responding to market developments, and representing the company in industry forums. Current key projects include developing the Willogoleche wind farm in South Australia and the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project in Victoria.
Jamie has bachelors’ degrees in Arts (Hons 1) and Industrial Relations from the University of Adelaide; a Bachelor of Management (Commerce) from the University of South Australia; a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia (SIA); and, an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne.
The Hon. Anthony Lynham MPMinister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Government
Dr Anthony Lynham is the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Before entering Parliament as the Member for the Brisbane seat of Stafford in 2014, Dr Lynham worked as a maxillofacial surgeon. Dr Lynham is an Adjunct Professor at QUT and an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine. Upon his election in July 2014, he served as the Shadow Minister for Education, Innovation, Science and Information Technology, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, and shadow spokesman for the public service assisting the Leader.
Dr Lynham graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle and completed his maxillofacial surgery training in Queensland. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He worked most of his medical career at the Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital and is part of a research team at Prince Charles Hospital. Dr Lynham also served in the Australian Army.
As a surgeon who continuously dealt with the aftermath of violence, including domestic violence, Dr Lynham is a passionate opponent of all forms of violence. Before entering Parliament, Dr Lynham was a prominent advocate of policies to minimise alcohol-fuelled violence. He is also a White Ribbon ambassador.
The Hon. Ian MacfarlaneChief Executive Officer , Queensland Resources Council
Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors.
Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016.
Before entering federal politics, Mr Macfarlane was one of the country's most active agripoliticians. Mr Macfarlane previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region. He was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers' Federations.
Mr Macfarlane is married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.
David MaxwellChief Executive Officer, Cooper Energy
Mr Maxwell is a leading oil and gas industry executive with more than 25 years in senior executive roles with companies such as BG Group, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Santos Limited.
As Senior Vice President at QGC - a BG Group business – Mr Maxwell was responsible for all commercial, exploration, business development, strategy and marketing activities. He led BG Group’s entry into Australia, its involvement in the alliance with Queensland Gas Company Limited and its subsequent takeover by BG Group.
Mr Maxwell was previously director of gas and marketing with Woodside in Perth and a member of Woodside’s executive committee.
Mr Maxwell has served on a number of industry association boards, government advisory groups and public company boards and is a recipient of the Australian Gas Association Silver Flame Award for his contribution to the gas industry.
Craig MemeryEnergy and Water Policy LeadPublic Interest Advocacy Centre
Richard OwensExecutive General ManagerAustralian Energy Market Commission
The Hon. Tim Pallas MPTreasurer and Minister for Resources, Victorian Government
Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the state member for Werribee. Following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in November 2014, he was sworn in as Victoria’s 50th Treasurer.
In October 2017, Tim was appointed the Minister for Resources.
His first budget in May 2015 delivered the biggest education budget and investment in public transport in the State’s history. His second budget in April 2016 included the single biggest school capital investment in Victoria’s history as well as fully funding the construction of Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel. His third budget in May 2017 included an unprecedented $1.9 billion investment to tackle family violence.
As Treasurer, we have seen a significant improvement in Victoria economically, with strong growth and the fastest growth in full-time jobs in the nation.
Tim previously served in the Bracks and Brumby Governments as Minister for Roads and Ports, and later added Major Projects to his responsibilities.
As Minister for Roads, he oversaw the M1 Upgrade, the construction of the Deer Park Bypass and Geelong Ring Road, completed the upgrade of the Calder Freeway to improve links to Bendigo, and was responsible for commencing the Peninsula Link project on the Mornington Peninsula.
In the Major Projects portfolio, he was responsible for big ticket items like the development of AAMI Stadium, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company’s auditorium.
Tim studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University prior to taking up roles with the Federal Firefighters Union and the Storemen and Packers Union. Tim still holds a legal practising certificate and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He later served as Assistant Secretary of the ACTU before taking up a position as Chief of Staff to Premier Steve Bracks.
He is married with two children and is a passionate supporter of the Werribee Tigers, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Vixens. In his spare time, Tim works towards fulfilling a dream of being an accomplished chilli farmer.
Tom PlantSenior Policy Advisor , Centre for the New Energy Economy, Colorado USA
Tom served for eight years (1999-2007) in the Colorado state legislature. During this time, he spent two years as Chairman of the House Appropriations committee and one year as Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. He was named Legislator of the Year by organizations such as the University of Colorado and the Sierra Club of Colorado, was the recipient of Colorado Conservation Voters’ “Green Sense Award for Environmental Leadership.”, and received the “Champion of the Family Farmer” award from the Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union.
In 2007, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed Tom to his Cabinet directing the Governor’s Energy Office as Energy Secretary for the State. During his tenure directing the energy office, fifty-seven bills were passed to usher in a new era of clean energy.
Angus RichPrincipal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood
Angus Rich is a principal consultant with Oakley Greenwood for four years. He specialises in technical and commercial analysis within the electricity and gas sectors. Assignments and projects that he has worked on include: undertaking due diligence into gas supply and transmission projects for Macquarie Bank and Prostar Capital, conducting equivalent monetary value analysis for prospective CSG areas for the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and gas commercialisation feasibility of coal mine methane projects for Rio Tinto and South 32.
Angus was also a co-author of the landmark 2015 Gas Price Trends research paper for the Department of Industry Innovation and Science.
Prior to joining Oakley Greenwood, Angus held numerous technical and commercial roles with clean energy developer, Energy Developments and engineering roles with Parsons Brinckerhoff. He holds a first class honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from QUT.
Andrew RichardsChief Executive OfficerEnergy Users Association of Australia
Malcolm RobertsChief Executive Officer, APPEA
Before joining APPEA in June 2015, Malcolm Roberts was Chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority.
He has considerable experience in industry associations, having held leadership roles with the Energy Networks Association, The National Generators’ Forum, the Australian National Retailers Association and the Housing Industry Association.
Dr Roberts has also worked in government as a policy adviser to ministers and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was an adviser and then chief of staff to Ian Macfarlane in 2001-04 and 2006-07.
Andrew RobertsonNational Policy Manager , Australian Pipelines & Gas Association
Andrew was appointed National Policy Manager in late 2017. His primary focus is on policy and regulatory issues related to natural gas transmission and energy market reform. He has more than 10 years’ senior experience in the energy industry, having led policy development, managed international energy relations and developed expertise in gas, oil and power system security analysis.
Before joining APGA Andrew spent six years as an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, working with Member country governments (including Australia) along with energy companies and other stakeholders in the field of energy security and emergency response policy. He has also worked at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he managed the New Zealand government’s international energy relationships. Andrew has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science.
Nicole RossA/g General Manager, Gas Inquiry Unit, ACCC
Nicole Ross heads up the ACCC’s current inquiry to improve transparency and monitor gas supply in Australia.
Nicole has bachelor degrees in economics and law from the University of Queensland.
Nicole started as a graduate with the Department of Transport and Regional Development, moving quickly to work as an economist with the Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics.
Nicole has over 20 years’ experience as an economist, lawyer, regulator and policy analyst for government. In 2006 she was a member of an Australian delegation to China for the Australia-China Policy Dialogue that led to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Nicole has spent the last 14 years specialising in economic regulation with the ACCC.
Mark SamterDirector, Credit Suisse
Mark Samter is a Director of Credit Suisse in the Equity Research Division, based in Sydney. He covers the Australian Oil & Gas sector. Mark has worked in oil & gas research for over 8 years, with time in both London and Australia for Citigroup, CLSA and CIMB. Prior to joining the industry Mark worked as an economist in the UK. Mark holds a Bsc Economics from The University of Southampton.
Jim SnowExecutive Director Oakley Greenwood and , Adjunct Professor, University Of Queensland
After graduation as a Chemical Engineer (Fellow IChemE) - Jim spent 12 years in the Natural Gas Industry (AGL) holding several senior executive positions.
He has since then held senior executive positions with leading green generation business Energy Developments Ltd running their Business Development and Construction Group, was CEO of Hunter Electricity, CEO of Consulting for Energetics Pty Ltd and was a founding Vice President in Australia of the Boston based consulting firm Charles River Associates which evolved to become Oakley Greenwood in Australia.
Jim has worked across the energy (and water) sector. This has included price setting and forecasting, extensive economic regulatory submission work, demand side management, renewable energy generation (solar, tidal, wind, bio fuels), greenhouse gas mitigation and emission trading, extensive and complex modelling work as well as building generation plants, gas pipelines and electricity grid systems, CNG and LNG facilities, and managing energy retail operations.
Jim has also undertaken large assignments internationally including spending more than two years restructuring the entire electricity industry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and advising on the restructure of the Malaysian electricity supply industry and associated incentives based regulation of the key monopoly assets of the country.
Jim has also over the last decade been actively engaged in negotiating major gas supply agreements for power stations across Australia with notable success – contracts typically exceed A$1 billion.
Tom SummersVice President, Shell Energy Australia
Tom is responsible for Shell’s gas and power marketing and trading across Australia - comprising equity domestic gas and power purchases and sales on both the East and West coasts of Australia. He is also responsible for the management of supply and demand optimisation across the unique CSG to LNG gas chain in Queensland (within the Shell operated QGC asset) and LNG/liquids offtake management on behalf of QGC and equity volumes from North West Shelf, Gorgon and Prelude. The Shell Energy team are located in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
Tom has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry having joined BG Group in 2010 where he held a variety of roles within the BG LNG Trading team, most recently as Director of Global Supply & Commercial Operations where he was responsible for the management of supply and sales contracts under the global LNG portfolio. Tom studied at Bristol University in the UK, after which he joined Exxonmobil as a graduate and worked in a variety of positions over 9 years across various segments of the company and various global locations.
Gabrielle SycamoreGeneral Manager – Gas Markets , Jemena
Gabrielle Sycamore is General Manager - Gas Markets at Jemena, where she sets the commercial direction and growth strategy for Jemena’s NSW gas and water network assets. Gabrielle is accountable for key product sales, marketing, account management and customer commercial arrangements.
Gabrielle also leads Jemena’s ‘Natural Gas’ (www.gonaturalgas.com.au) marketing and advertising activities, which are a key plank in growing Jemena’s gas distribution network.
With more than 13 years’ experience in the energy sector, Gabrielle also has expertise in finance and business development. Prior to joining Jemena (as its predecessor business Alinta), Gabrielle worked as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. Gabrielle has a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.
Jeff ThongPrincipal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood
Jeff delivers bespoke advice to clients on gas and power energy infrastructure, energy delivery options and business case development, energy market design, energy markets research and analysis, business development, strategy and energy project feasibility.
Clients include major mining houses Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, South32, Anglogold and Glencore, energy utilities, Ratch Australia, Energy Developments Limited. state and federal governments. He has held corporate, strategic, technical and business development roles. Jeff was posted in Singapore and Brunei between 1992 and 2003 and now resides in Australia.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Queensland in 1992 and was awarded an Executive MBA in 2011. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Energy (MAIE), Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) and a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ).
Dr Michael VertiganChair , Gas Market Reform Group
Dr Vertigan is currently Independent Chair of the Gas Market Reform Group established by the COAG Energy Council and is a Director of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.
He has served on a wide range of boards and panels encompassing energy, infrastructure, finance and education. He has been a director of electricity companies located in NSW, WA, NT and Tasmania, and was Chair of the Basslink Development Board, the Energy Security Council, the Solar Flagships Council and the Review of Governance of Australian Energy Markets. He has held senior public sector appointments in Tasmania and Victoria and academic appointments in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Dr Vertigan holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Tasmania and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Rob WhealsGroup Executive Transmission, APA Group
Rob is responsible for the management of the commercial and operational performance of APA Group's transmission and gas storage assets. Rob joined APA Group in September 2008 and is responsible for managing APA's customers and revenue contracts, as well as growing APA's gas transmission revenues.
This has included the organic expansion of APA Groups transmission and gas storage portfolio, totalling in excess of $2 billion of capital projects. Rob is also responsible for managing all operational aspects of APA's 15,000 kilometres of owned and operated gas transmission pipelines and gas storage facilities.
Prior to joining APA, Rob had over 15 years of experience in telecommunications in Australia and internationally, including roles in finance, commercial, strategy, infrastructure investments and M&A, as well as regulatory.
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 Infrastructure Group
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, and also owned by the CK Group. Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.
Ben commenced with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group in March 2015.
Gordon WymerChief Financial Officer, SnowyHydro
Gordon's 20 involvement in the energy industry started with 10 years of energy industry advisory, mergers and acquisition roles at Fay, Richwhite and UBS. From advising the shareholders of Snowy Hydro from 1995 up to the corporatisation of the company in 2002, Gordon joined Snowy Hydro in 2003.
He has been CFO since July 2006 and has played a leading role in the development of Snowy Hydro’s risk management framework and the company’s evolution from generator to its position as the fourth pillar in the National Electricity Market.
Dr Chris YeatsExecutive Director, Geological Survey of NSW
Chris Yeats joined the Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) as Executive Director in 2015, following 17 years as a research scientist and manager with CSIRO.
As head of GSNSW, Chris Yeats leads a multidisciplinary team of approximately 100 geoscientists who collect, synthesise, manage and deliver geological, geophysical, geochemical and geospatial data to inform the government, resource industry and the community about the state's geology, and mineral, coal, petroleum and renewable energy resources.
GSNSW plays a key role in the state’s recently implemented Strategic Release Framework for Coal and Petroleum Exploration, providing geological and resource assessments of potential release areas for the consideration of the independently-chaired Advisory Body for Strategic Release, the interdepartmental committee that oversees the implementation of the Framework.