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Caroline BeattieGeneral Manager, Future Energy, APA Group
Caroline is the General Manager of Future Energy at APA and is responsible for leading and delivering APA’s Future Energy strategy to deliver an organisational response to the growing hydrogen and clean molecules industry for the benefit of APA’s future growth platform. She is spearheading the APA Pathfinder Program which will help APA unlock the innovation, technology and new energy opportunities that will make APA truly world class in energy solutions, with an initial focus on clean molecules, off-grid renewables and storage.
Prior to APA, Caroline is a seasoned energy industry leader spanning more than 25 years with in-depth experience in hydrogen, renewables, strategy and commercial and has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.
Caroline has built expertise, knowledge and global relationships across the hydrogen industry over the past 5 years.
David BermanCommercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia
David Berman is the Commercial Director for ExxonMobil Australia and Esso Australia with responsibility for marketing, analytics, strategy and commercial operations. He has over 20 years of international experience with ExxonMobil in exploration, development, production, research and business development.
David holds degrees in Science (Hons) and Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Anna BrakeyCommissioner, Chair East Coast Gas Market Board, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Anna Brakey was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in December 2020. She is also an Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Anna Brakey has extensive experience in regulatory economics and public policy with over 25 years of experience working with regulators, government and within the private sector. She has had broad exposure to a wide range of infrastructure industries, including energy, water and transport. Additionally, she has worked on economic reform to social policy.
Prior to starting at ACCC, Anna worked as an economist at Frontier Economics and held a number of roles at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), including being a deputy Tribunal Member, the Executive Director of Strategy and Economic Analysis and the Chief Operating Officer. Anna’s expertise includes the Parliamentary Committee process, the New South Wales Department of Transport, the Australian Productivity Commission, the Bureau of Industry Economics and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, Anna has worked for the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) on reforms to economic regulation and with the New South Wales Treasury on the sale of assets.
Anna chairs the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee, Communications Committee, Electricity Markets Inquiry Board and East Coast Gas Market Board, and is a member of the ACCC’s Competition Exemptions Committee and Agriculture Board.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Securities Institute of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicholas Brischetto is passionate about increasing clients’ ability to anticipate and respond to risk through data-driven insights, seeing such an ability as essential to navigating a world of increasing change and uncertainty. He has nearly 20 years of experience delivering data-driven risk insights in the financial services industry in Australia and the UK.
Until recently, Nicholas was a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business, where he co-authored several papers on truthfulness and transparency in the transition to a sustainable and decarbonised future, including contributing to the AICD’s “A director’s guide to mandatory climate reporting”.
He has expertise in monitoring extra-financial risks such as conduct issues across customer value chains and sustainability (ESG) risks across the broader extended enterprise, including supply chains and investment portfolios.
He holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems), and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
Paul Broadformer MD of Snowy and EnergyAustralia, currently Managing Director, McCloy Group
Paul is a respected executive with over 30 years’ experience in some of Australia’s largest electricity, telecommunications and water organisations. He has championed the power of the market and successfully led major strategic reforms and restructures of the water and energy industries. He has a reputation for innovation and macroeconomic reforms, and has been pivotal in shaping Australia’s energy future.
Paul was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Snowy Hydro Limited in July 2013. He led the company through a period of sustained growth and strategic acquisitions which have strengthened its portfolio and doubled the size of its retail business. In 2017, Paul launched Snowy 2.0 - an ambitious expansion of the Snowy Scheme which will underpin the Australian economy’s transition to renewables. As the owner of many of the “peaking” plants (pumped hydro, peaking gas and diesel) Snowy Hydro is one of the major price setters in the National Electricity Market.
Paul left Snowy Hydro in 2021 is currently a Special Advisor to NSW state premier Dominic Perrottet.
Paul was the inaugural CEO of Infrastructure NSW, and CEO of AAPT, PowerTel, EnergyAustralia Sydney Water and Hunter Water. He is a former Chairman of the Hunter Development Corporation and Mandoe Media Ltd, and a Non-Executive Director of iiNet Ltd.
Scott BrownlawStrategic Initiatives Manager, Standards Australia
Scott Brownlaw is the founder and Director of BedRock Consulting, specialising in advisory roles in the oil and gas industry. His clients include exploration and production companies focused on Australia, Southeast Asia, and North America. He is now devoted to promoting clean energy. Recognising the importance of solar, wind, and batteries in the energy transition, he also believes the emergence of hydrogen as a vital medium for energy storage and transportation will play a significant role.
Having worked in highly regulated pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries, Scott possesses a deep understanding of compliance and regulatory frameworks, which inform his work for Standards Australia.
James ByrneHead of Energy, Citi
James Byrne covers energy and utilities at Citi. James is an experienced analyst, rejoining Citi following a period as the CFO of a start-up. Prior to joining Citi, James was a petroleum engineer at Oil Search Ltd, with responsibility for production from an oilfield in Papua New Guinea. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
Jim CoxDeputy Chair, Australian Energy Regulator (AER)
Jim has been involved with the AER since 2013. In 2017 he was reappointed as a full-time state and territory member of the AER Board for a further three-years.
Jim Cox was appointed Deputy Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator on 1 June 2020 with his appointment commencing on 26 June 2020. In 2022 Jim was reappointed to the role of full-time AER Deputy Chair for a further two years.
Jim has held positions with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Social Welfare Policy Secretariat of the Department of Social Security. He was a principal economist at the Office of the Economic Planning Advisory Council between 1986 and 1989. Between 1989 and 1992 he was a consultant to the New South Wales Cabinet Office. Jim was Principal Adviser to the Government Pricing Tribunal of New South Wales from 1992 and was a member of IPART from January 1996 to September 2013. He was Acting Chairman of IPART in 2004, 2009–10 and 2011 and a visiting fellow at Monash University in 1985.
Matt CurriePrincipal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood
Matt has over 25 years’ experience within the electricity generation sector. His experience includes both the NEM and the WA, NT and North Queensland remote energy sector.
Matt’s has a deep understanding of the economics of power generation and fuel supply and has a strong commercial focus. This has been demonstrated through his ability to provide off-takers with innovative power supply solutions taking advantage of emerging technologies particularly renewables and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).
Steve DaviesChief Executive Officer, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA)
Steve Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association. September 2017. Issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, competition and economic regulation of transmission pipelines, stakeholder engagement and pipeline safety.
Prior to being CEO, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. After training as an engineer, Steve took a different path and has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. Having spent the majority of his career in industry associations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.
Ian DaviesChief Executive Officer, Senex Energy
Ian has led Senex as CEO since 2010, navigating the business through significant growth and transformation. Under Ian’s leadership, Senex has transformed into a leading east coast natural gas supplier, committed to securing Australia’s energy future.
Ian was formerly Chair of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and served as a Director on the Board for five years.
Before joining Senex, Ian was influential in the growth of the CSG-to-LNG industry in Queensland as Chief Financial Officer of Queensland Gas Company Limited (QGC). Ian led the negotiation of the LNG joint venture transaction with BG Group and the takeover offer for QGC by BG Group – the largest on-market takeover in Australian corporate history at that time. He also served as General Manager Business Development and General Manager Ports and Infrastructure, under BG Group ownership.
Ian spent the early part of his career in corporate tax advisory within mining and energy with PwC in Brisbane and as an investment banker with Barclays Capital in London.
Brent DavisSenior Business Development Manager Renewable Gas, Jemena
Brent is an accomplished commercial professional with a diverse range of domestic and international experience across the energy and utilities sectors. Brent is experienced in business development, market analysis, commercial strategy, financial modelling, impairment and balance sheet analysis.
As a senior member of Jemena’s Renewable Gas team, Brent has been instrumental in the development and operation of the Western Sydney Green Hydrogen Hub, and the Malabar Biomethane Demonstration Project – Australia’s first biomethane to gas network injection project.
Phaedra DeckartChief Executive Officer, Tas Gas
Phaedra Deckart has led Tas Gas as Chief Executive Officer since 2020. Tas Gas is the network distributor and the largest retailer of gas in Tasmania and operates a virtual gas distribution network servicing ten regional towns in Victoria and operates a transmission pipeline in Western Victoria. It is currently examining the role hydrogen could play in the Victoria and Tasmania.
Before joining Tas Gas, Phaedra previously served as a senior executive at AGL and Santos. With more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and global markets, Phaedra is one of Australia’s strongest advocates for the role gas plays in the energy transition.
At AGL, Phaedra managed the sourcing and origination of gas, power and coal deals while navigating the transition to firmed renewables. During her years at Santos, she held commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions.
Phaedra is a vocal advocate for women in leadership and a board member of the Australian Gas Industry Trust.
Cameron DorseActing Executive General Manager, Gas Markets, Jemena
Cameron joined Jemena in 2006, and Executive General Manager, Gas Markets, he is currently responsible for the commercial and operational performance of Jemena’s billion-dollar gas transmission portfolio, gas processing assets, in addition to the company’s major gas projects.
Prior to commencing as Executive General Manager, Gas Markets, Cameron was Chief Digital Officer at Jemena. He has more than 20 years experience in the energy industry, having held CIO positions and senior business operational roles within Alinta, TRUEnergy and TXU. He also has significant international experience rolling out new IT systems and processes for Mars Inc. across Asia and China.
Cameron holds a Masters of Science degree in Biometry and a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Mathematics and Statistics from Edinburgh University. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David FallonGeneral Manager of Energy Transition, Chevron
David Fallon is the General Manager of Energy Transition for Chevron Australia. David and his team manage efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of Chevron Australia’s assets, and work collaboratively with Chevron’s New Energies organisation to evaluate and progress new lower carbon business opportunities in Australia.
David joined Chevron in 2010 and has worked across all of Chevron’s Australian LNG assets, including the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects, in a variety of engineering/ technical and operational roles before taking on his current role in October 2021.
Hon Joel FitzgibbonSpecial Counsel, CMAX Advisory
Hon Joel brings over 25 years of experience as a former federal Member of Parliament for the New South Wales seat of Hunter. Throughout his extensive career in politics, Hon Joel served in Cabinet and held the ministerial portfolios of Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Minister for Defence, and Chief Government Whip.
He also held several shadow portfolios throughout his time in Opposition, including Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Shadow Minister for Resources, Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia, Shadow Minister for Small Business and Tourism, and Shadow Assistant Treasurer.
Hon Joel has served on a number of parliamentary committees, covering diverse issues including regional affairs; agriculture and resources; economics and finance; employment and workplace relations; foreign affairs, defence and trade; and public administration.
Prior to his time in federal parliament, Joel was a local Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Cessnock City Council, and a small business owner.
Hon Joel provides CMAX Advisory’s clients with corporate strategy and policy advice, assisting international and Australian businesses navigate the unique Australian business landscape. He also provides advice for Australian companies looking to expand their business overseas.
Andrew GarnettChair, Australian Gas Industry Trust
Until 2023, Professor Andrew (Alf) Garnett led UQ’s Centre for Natural Gas, a large multi-disciplinary research programs contributing to future energy transitions through natural gas and through carbon abatement.
He is a former Shell and Schlumberger executive and has deep industry experience, having worked widely on oil and gas developments across the globe for the past 30 years, most notably, those with high greenhouse gas emission footprints.
Alf’s research focusses on the energy trilemma (energy security, energy affordability, environmental sustainability). Alf is also charged with leading research into the potential development of large-scale carbon capture and storage in Queensland.
Patrick GibbonsPartner, Orizontas
Patrick is a former diplomat, policy advisor and business consultant with specialist expertise in climate change, energy, resources, environmental, investment and public policy issues. He understands the connections between these real-world commercial issues and politics.
For almost 20 years he has been at the forefront of Australian climate policy development, advising both sides of politics as a senior member of staff in Federal and State ministerial offices, working for major international energy and resource firms, and the financial sector.
He helped establish key parts of Australia’s current climate policy framework including the Emissions Reduction Fund and Safeguards mechanism. Patrick commenced his career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and represented Australia in the Middle East and at international climate change negotiations. He has a MBA in Energy Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA International Relations and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University.
Scott GriersonChief Executive Officer; Managing Director, Valorify
Dr Scott Grierson is in charge of business development, management, technology and research commercialisation at Valorify, using his scientific background in the thermochemical conversion of biomass and waste.
Scott is a former member of the ARENA Advisory Panel and has extensive experience in infrastructure and engineering consulting.
Varun GujralChief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific GEMS, ENGIE
Varun has an in-depth knowledge of the gas and oil industries and rich experience in marketing and energy risk management. He has been with ENGIE Singapore since 2012. Previous roles include Manager - Crude Marketing and International Trade for Cairn India and DFM-Risk Management for Indian Oil Corporation.
Stephen HartyChief Executive Officer, GLNG Operations, Santos GLNG
Stephen joined GLNG as Chief Executive Officer in 2019 and has responsibility for the overall management, safety and operation of the GLNG project. With over 25 years of oil and gas experience, Stephen has worked in a variety of operations, project development and marketing roles across Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America and Australia.
With this global perspective Stephen has a keen interest in the growth of the Australian east coast gas market, and has been heavily involved in the development of the ADGSM since 2017 and each of the HOA’s negotiated in that time.
Stephen is also a non-executive director of CS Energy Limited, a Queensland owned energy company that generates and sells electricity, an energy retailer to commercial and industrial businesses, and is investing in new energy assets including renewable hydrogen, solar and wind farms, and battery storage.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Ballarat Australia, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University Australia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark HatfieldManaging Director, Australia, Chevron Australia
Mark Hatfield is the managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit located in Perth, Western Australia. Mark is responsible for Chevron's upstream interests and activities in Australia. This includes leading the development and operations of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; participating interests in the North West Shelf Venture; oil production operation on Barrow Island; and exploration and appraisal activities offshore Australia. Mark joined Chevron in 1982 as a production engineer in New Orleans after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. In 1992, he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Orleans.
Russell JamesGeneral Manager Hydrogen & Future Fuels, ATCO Australia
Russell James has two decades experience in the energy industry, and has significant experience in the delivery of small to large scale energy and utility infrastructure projects. He has extensive knowledge of gas and energy markets, pricing, and regulations. Over the last five years Russell has led or played a key role in all ATCO's hydrogen related activities, including development of the world class Clean Energy Innovation Hub at ATCO’s Jandakot operations, a demonstration of solar, battery and renewable hydrogen production through electrolysis. As part of this, Russell conceptualised and sourced funding from the WA Government Renewable Hydrogen Fund for the Hydrogen Vehicle Refuelling station, which is successfully being used to fuel a fleet of Toyota Mirai’s. The successful development and operation of ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub is informing the development of solutions in industrial processes, heavy haulage transport, and large scale domestic and export opportunities.
Russell works closely with Government and industry to identify opportunities to develop green hydrogen development opportunities and was part of ATCO’s team to secure $800,000 from the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to support the development of a renewable hydrogen export value chain from New South Wales (NSW) to Germany. In addition, Russell is exploring other opportunities to develop commercial hydrogen production facilities to service and supply heavy industry.
Saul KavonicEnergy, Resources and Carbon Analyst,
Saul Kavonic is respected gas industry analyst. He frequently presents at leading industry conferences in the region, is the top ranked energy equity analyst in Australia according to industry surveys, and is a regular gas and energy commentator in print and broadcast media.
Saul has worked across the energy sector in commercial, project, research and government policy roles. Most recently, he was Director APAC Markets and the Head of Integrated Energy, Resources and Carbon Research at Credit Suisse, covering the oil, gas, mining, new energy, and carbon markets sectors. He was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and renewable research in Australasia for Wood Mackenzie, and has delivered strategic consulting projects across the oil and gas, renewables and logistics sectors.
Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia Oceans Graduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Dale KoendersEnergy & Utilities Research, Barrenjoey
Dale joined Barrenjoey in June 2021 as the Head of Energy & Utilities Research. Prior to Barrenjoey, Dale held roles as the Head of Investor Relations at Ampol and as a top-rated analyst at Citi and JP Morgan, while also having spent time in various Project Manager and Engineering roles for Sydney Gas and AGL. Dale holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School (2010) as well as a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering from UNSW (2004). Dale is consistently recognised as one of the leading equity analysts in the industry.
Mendo KundevskiDirector, Energy Transition, S&P Global Commodity Insights
Mendo Kundevski is an energy transition director for S&P Global Commodity Insights based in Melbourne. He complements S&P's global teams with nearly two decades' experience leading climate change and energy transition projects, especially on new opportunities such as hydrogen, renewables and bioenergy.
As a trusted advisor to governments and industry, some of his prominent achievements include:
• Advising the International Hydrogen Council
• Advising Japanese, South Korean and Australian companies and governments on hydrogen
• Leading supervisor and author of Australia's first Bioenergy Roadmap
• Contributing author of Future Grid for Distributed Energy report
• Lead author of Biogas Opportunities for Australia report
• Contributing to the Victorian Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy
• Leading the Connecting Embedded Energy reforms of Australia's electricity sector
• Leading Darebin Council's first comprehensive climate change action plan.
Mendo has held several executive roles as a strategy consultant as well as policy and research positions. He was also a senior energy advisor to the Victorian State Government. From 2004 - 2008, he served as a councillor for the Melbourne municipality, City of Darebin, leading the sustainability, climate change, finance and economic portfolios.
Sam Lee MohanManaging Director, Frontier Energy
Mr Lee Mohan is an accomplished energy executive with over 20 years’ experience in the energy and utilities industry. Mr Lee Mohan’s experience spans many facets of the industry, from design and construction through to strategic asset management, regulation, policy, commercial and innovation. His previous senior management positions include Global Head of Hydrogen of Xodus Group, a subsidiary of Subsea 7, where he developed and led the Company’s overall hydrogen strategy. In this role, he also conceptualised the company’s largest hydrogen project, Project MercurHy.
Prior to Xodus Group, Mr Lee Mohan spent six years at ATCO, where he was instrumental in developing the company’s hydrogen strategy, including the conceptualisation, design and construction of Australia’s first, green hydrogen Microgrid, the Clean Energy Innovation Hub. Mr Lee Mohan earned his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Ying LuoChief Adviser and General Manager of Strategy, Cooper Energy
Ying has almost 15 years of experience working in the energy sector in onshore gas, LNG and hydrogen.
She began her career as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer with Santos. She progressed through several roles over the following decade including Production Engineer, and Operations Engineer where she implemented solutions to design and operability issues identified during the commissioning and start-up of the GLNG Project upstream wells and facilities.
Ying also worked in the Corporate Strategy and Planning team, providing oil, LNG and domestic gas market analysis, supporting the development of Santos’ 10-year strategic plan. Her last four years with Santos were as the Project and Strategy Lead for the Energy Solutions division. Ying developed, implemented, and maintained the Energy Solutions strategy and led a portfolio of emissions reduction, renewable integration and hydrogen projects.
Most recently she worked as the Senior Adviser, Hydrogen Development for the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group where she led the development of Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen production and blending project in Albury-Wodonga, Victoria.
Rochelle MacdonaldExecutive General Manager, Operations, Squadron Energy
Dr Rochelle Macdonald has over two decades of experience in the ports and marine industries across regional Australia; and has held roles in operations, engineering, development, strategy, and project delivery. She is committed to the optimisation, efficiency and reliability of Squadron’s operating assets, to enable a successful transition to a green energy future.
Jordan McCollumNational Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines & Gas Association (APGA)
Jordan is a career gas industry professional, experienced in the commercial, operational and innovation management and optimisation of technically complex energy value chains. Jordan seeks to now utilise this experience to drive policy change which enables the Australian transition towards a net zero emission future.
Previous roles include Business Development Manager – Energy for the CSIRO; Commercial Advisor for Jemena; and over 8 years with Origin Energy.
Samantha McCullochChief Executive, Australian Energy Producers
Samantha McCulloch is the Chief Executive of Australian Energy Producers (AEP), the peak national body representing Australia's upstream oil and gas industry.
An internationally recognised carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) expert, Ms McCulloch has a highly informed view of the critical role the oil and gas industry continues to play in meeting global energy and climate goals.
Before joining AEP in 2022, she spent seven years at the International Energy Agency including four years as head of the CCUS Unit.
Ms McCulloch has more than 20 years of policy, industry and technical expertise from previous roles within government, industry associations and the private sector in Australia and internationally.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of Wollongong, as well as a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University.
Shahana McKenzieChief Executive Officer, Bioenergy Australia
Since joining Bioenergy Australia in 2017 Shahana has led the creation of important industry alliances including the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Alliance of Australia and New Zealand, the Renewable Gas Alliance and the Cleaner Fuels Alliance. She has successfully advocated for Australia’s first Bioenergy Roadmap released by the former Energy and Climate Change Minister Angus Taylor and more recently the creation of a Jet Zero Council for Australia announced by Minister King. Shahana is the creator of the Renewable Gas Challenge charged with replacing 20% of Australia’s domestic gas with renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy Australia has increased membership by 400% under her tenure and now includes leading domestic and global brands.
Shahana has a reputation for building strong collaborative relationships within industry and government. She previously sat on the ASBEC Cities and Infrastructure taskforces, was a co-convener of the Living Cities Alliance, a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, and was invited to sit on the Federal Government’s Cities Reference Group Chaired by the Minister for Cities, Angus Taylor. Listed in The Australian – Black Book of Green People, Shahana founded public campaigns including the Living Cities Alliance, The International Festival of Landscape Architecture, My Park Rules, Parks Changing Australia and KIDSCAPE.
Stuart NichollsChief Executive Officer, Strike Energy
Mr Nicholls joined Strike as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in early 2017. Mr Nicholls has led the transformation of Strike from its exploration roots into one of Australia’s first integrated developers of gas, renewable energy and fertilisers. Mr Nicholls has a broad ranging background across the energy landscape that included time in the up and downstreams at Royal Dutch Shell across most disciplines primarily from within Royal Dutch Shell’s gas businesses. He has a key focus on the transition of our energy system and his commitment to lead Strike to be carbon neutral by 2030. Mr Nicholls previous experience also includes six years with the Australian Army in senior leadership positions and he has worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Myanmar and Malaysia in corporate and operational capacities and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA.
Jane NormanManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Energy
Jane has worked and studied in Australia and the UK and brings 30 years of industry experience in the energy markets. She began her career with Shell International Exploration & Production as a Process Engineer in operations and then as a Commercial Advisor in The Hague, Aberdeen and London.
Subsequently, in London, Jane held corporate finance and equity capital markets roles with Cazenove & Co (now JP Morgan Cazenove) and Goldman Sachs.
Jane returned to Australia to join Santos where she held senior commercial, corporate strategy and Executive Committee roles. She led major strategic initiatives at Santos and played a key role in Santos’ growth strategy, in particular the merger with Oil Search.
During her time at Santos Jane helped drive the transformation of company performance - helping to establish the growth strategy focused on cash generation and shareholder returns and, more recently, the company’s energy transition strategy. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics and Chemistry) and Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Management and Economics of Natural Gas (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melissa PerrowGeneral Manager Energy, Brickworks Building Products
Melissa Perrow is the General Manager Energy at Brickworks Limited and is responsible for managing the energy needs as a large user of electricity and gas. Melissa has transformed Brickwork’s east coast gas strategy, transitioning from a retail customer to a wholesale gas participant in all of the Short Term Trading Markets and the Victorian gas market. The transition to wholesale gas markets has provided Brickworks with cost and flexibility benefits. Melissa has 20 years of wholesale energy trading experience gained across electricity, gas, carbon and green markets and holds a Bachelor in Applied Science, a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Technology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. She is currently studying a Global Masters of Business Administration.
Amy PhilbrookNon Executive Director | Hydrogen Technical Lead for Australasia, Our Atmosphere | Arup
As the Australasia Hydrogen Technical Leader, Amy Philbrook leads projects related to the development and implementation of hydrogen solutions for our clients. With her specialised engineering and technical expertise, she develops strong links between hydrogen and the rail, aviation, water, and maritime sectors to help our clients transition to net zero.
Amy has a depth of experience in hydrogen and clean energy sector previously serving as Head of Strategy for Clean Fuels at ATCO, where she led the development of projects for clean fuels, including hydrogen, carbon capture, and biogas.
Prior to that, as the Hydrogen and Bioenergy Technical Lead at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), she led the organisation’s hydrogen research and development round, developed and managed its entire bioenergy portfolio, and led the energy from waste Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII).
Kaushal RameshLNG and Power Markets Research, Rystad Energy
Kaushal is the Head of Rystad Energy’s Gas and LNG Analytics and manages their published LNG research, focusing on LNG trading, shipping, and investments. His past advisory work includes project economics, regulatory impact studies, market entry strategies and LNG contract negotiations. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Kaushal worked multiple roles at ExxonMobil LNG, managing commercial operations of LNG and condensate cargoes from the Gorgon project, and gas and power sales contracts in the Asia-Pacific, including domestic gas sales into Western Australia. He has also advised spot cargo trades and LNG contracting and investment decisions.
Angus RichPrincipal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood
Angus offers a wealth of technical expertise balanced with commercial experience drawing on 25 years focusing on the gas and power sectors in the resources and energy industry. His expertise spans across engineering to business development disciplines.
Angus’ work at Oakley Greenwood has encompassed electricity wholesale market modelling as part of policy development for Infrastructure NSW and due diligence as part of IFM and QIC’s bid for NSW Government’s Transgrid sale process. He has also conducted technical and commercial due diligence advising Clayton Utz on contract negotiations for a central thermal plant offtake and Macquarie Bank on potential investment into a CNG project in the Pilbara region. He has been engaged by mining companies, such as South32 and Rio Tinto, on remote power solutions and strategies covering conceptual studies to final Power Purchase Agreement formulation and negotiations. He has a practical and technical understanding of integration of renewable solutions and the challenges these present for integration into remote and grid based systems.
Andrew RichardsChief Executive Officer, Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA)
Andrew has over 30 years of energy industry and infrastructure development experience having held a variety of senior management roles in the areas of sales and marketing, public and stakeholder relations, media and communications, strategic planning, policy development, stakeholder engagement and political advocacy.
For the last 6 years Andrew has been Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA). The EUAA is the peak national body representing Australian commercial and industrial electricity and gas users. EUAA membership covers a broad cross-section of the Australian economy including significant retail, manufacturing, mining, materials and food processing industries.
Under his leadership the EUAA has positioned itself as a highly respected thought leader and advisor to energy industry players, regulators and governments and is recognised by these stakeholders as a strong advocate for energy users.
Andrew continues to play a key role in a range of energy market reform processes being undertaken by AEMO, AEMC and the ESB where he has recently joined the Post 2025 Market Design Advisory Group. Andrew is also involved in the Federal Government Energy Industry Roundtable, ACCC Infrastructure Consultative Committee and a number of State Government key stakeholder roundtables.
Andrew is a strong advocate for cross industry collaboration and is involved with numerous energy industry customer councils and advisory groups. Andrew has also been central to the formation of The Energy Charter, an industry led collaboration designed to improve energy user outcomes. Andrew is a member of the Independent Accountability Panel that reports annually on industry progress towards this objective.
Clyde RussellAsia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters
Clyde analyses a cross-section of commodities produced and consumed in Asia with a view to identifying market trends and anomalies. He specialises in crude oil, natural gas, coal, iron ore and copper, but also writes on gold and increasingly on the intersection between climate change and energy policies.
Bronwyn SeeNational Strategy & Growth Manager, CDS, Cleanaway Waste Management
Bronwyn is an internationally recognised business developer who converts partnerships into market leading opportunities. With over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, she has commercialised numerous innovative industry projects in Australia and within the Asian region.
She was recently a finalist in the 2022 Global Gas Awards for her work on renewable energy to renewable gas. Bronwyn has originated several green hydrogen and ammonia projects in Australia and has been responsible for forming consortiums involving leading Australian businesses and international energy players. She currently works as a business development executive at a leading Australian energy retailer.
Passionate about the energy transition and access to opportunities for all communities, Bronwyn is an awarded conference speaker on topics relating to energy transition within the Asian region. She regularly briefs international delegations visiting Australia to upskill on energy transition. Bronwyn has been appointed to a number of industry consultation committees, acts as a contributor at the Grattan Institute and a Fellow at the University of Melbourne focusing on energy transition and the green economy.
David ShankeyDeputy Director-General, Energy, Queensland Department of Energy and Public Works (EPW)
David Shankey was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Energy Division in the Department of Energy and Public Works in August 2021.
David led the division as it delivered Queensland’s 15-year Energy and Jobs Plan, the most significant and challenging energy reform agenda in the State’s history.
The plan provides the strategy for Queensland to move from coal fired to renewable generation within ten years while reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector by 90%. It also sets out the initiatives needed to manage the social impacts of the changes associated with the transition.
Queensland is the first State to articulate an infrastructure pathway out of coal and positions the State as a global leader in this field.
Prior to his current role, David was Executive Director in the Energy Division for four years in multiple roles including Strategic Policy and Renewables. Prior to working for the Queensland Government, David worked in both the resources sector and in the media.
The history of working on specialised energy topics and media means he can distil complex thinking around policy reform into understandable and deliverable steps. A history of working in Queensland means he can forge relationships across industry sectors and bring participants together to achieve outcomes by collaborating on strategies to achieve common goals.
David holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Commerce.
Jim SnowAdjunct Professor, Energy Initiative | Executive Director, University of Queensland | Oakley Greenwood
Jim is the Executive Director of expert consulting firm Oakley Greenwood and is an Adjunct Professor with the UQ Energy Initiative.
Jim is a Chemical Engineer and has spent over 35 years in the energy sector working in all facets of the industry and has not only built assets in gas and electricity but is also recognised as a regulatory economics and market design expert, and regularly delivers public talks and workshops on industry issues.
He has also held senior executive positions with Energy Developments Ltd running their 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.
Tina Soliman HunterProfessor, Macquarie Law School, Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Innovation and Transformation (CENRIT)
Professor Tina Soliman Hunter is a Professor of Energy and Resources Law at Macquarie University, and the Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resrouces Innovation and Transformation (CENRIT) at Macquarie University. She was also the former Director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL).
She teaches and researches in the area of petroleum law (offshore), Arctic resources law, enrgy law, and fluvial sediments in Siberia. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments and geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her PhD at the University of Bergen in Norway. Much of her research is multidisciplinary in nature, and includes working with engineers, geologists and political scientists.
Josh StablerManaging Director, Energy Edge
Joshua Stabler has extensive experience in supply-side market operations for the electricity and gas sectors, and as an advisor and system developer in the Australian energy industry.
Joshua is the architect of the Gas Market Analysis Tool (GMAT), which is utilised by gas producers, LNG participants, gas generators, end users, financial intermediaries and banks. Joshua is also the author of The Edge – Gas Market Update report.
Tim StockDirector, Hydrogen and Clean Energy, NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change
Tim Stock has over 15 years of commercial and government experience in the clean energy industry in Australia and abroad. Currently, he is the Director of Hydrogen and Clean Energy programs at the Office of Energy and Climate Change within NSW Treasury, where he is leading the development and implementation of the $3 billion NSW Hydrogen Strategy. Tim also leads several other government-led sustainable and renewable energy initiatives and is also the chair of the National GreenPower Accreditation program.
Kathryn Sydney SmithGeneral Manager - Gas Marketing Australia, Chevron Australia
Engaging, impactful and innovative corporate executive with a strong background in transformative leadership and ‘teaming’. Kathryn's expertise is built from hands on experience in corporate, government and NGO environments, that span Australian, International and US based jurisdictions. She is known for:
Aligning and inspiring teams to deliver high impact results.
A relentless commitment to perpetual improvement.
The ability to engage and connect with stakeholders from all corners of the world.
Anticipating and de-risking work challenges early to create value.
Acting as a trusted advisor and coach to those around her.
Elly ThorneCommercial Manager, ExxonMobil Australia
Elly began her career with ExxonMobil as an Engineering Intern in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Monash University, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry from Monash University.
Alex UnderwoodManaging Director, Empire Energy Group
Alex Underwood has served as Managing Director of Empire Energy Group since 2018 and has led the recapitalisation of Empire and its strategic repositioning to one of the leading players in the world class Beetaloo shale gas basin. Empire acquired Pangaea Resources in 2021 to add to its substantial Beetaloo position, has carried out 2 seismic programmes and drilled four wells in the Beetaloo, including Carpentaria-3H, the longest horizontal section of any shale gas well onshore Australia. Following encouraging flow testing results, Empire is now on the verge of sanctioning its Carpentaria Pilot Project which would represent the first gas produced from the Beetaloo. Alex’s 20 years of oil and gas investing, financing and management experience also includes most recently 2 years with CBA as Director in the Natural Resources Division and 10 years with Macquarie Bank as Associate Director in the Energy Markets Division in Sydney and Singapore.
Adam WatsonChief Executive Officer and Managing Director, APA Group
Adam Watson was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in December 2022. He joined APA Group in November 2020 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
In his role as CFO, Adam was responsible for APA’s technology, finance, taxation, treasury and capital markets, risk, cyber and physical security, procurement, real estate and shared services activities.
Adam has deep local and international experience in the industrial and manufacturing sectors and in the development, delivery and operations of critical infrastructure. He previously held senior executive roles at Transurban, Australia’s largest infrastructure business, along with Melbourne Airport and BlueScope Steel. Adam has deep experience in public private partnerships and his senior leadership roles have spanned finance, commercial, strategy, corporate development and operations.
Rick WilkinsonChief Executive Officer, EnergyQuest
Rick Wilkinson is the CEO of EnergyQuest, which he joined 8 years ago. He has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held senior positions in the areas of commercial negotiations, LNG contracting, gas wholesaling and retailing, as well as technical field engineering.
Rick held various roles with Santos over 13 years, including President GLNG and Queensland where he oversaw the initiation, and definition for final investment of the CSG to LNG project, and Vice-President Commercial of Santos.
He has been an Associate with management consultants, McKinsey & Co., and held managerial and engineering positions with Schlumberger (now SLB) in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and the USA.
Rick is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland – Centre for Natural Gas.
Bill WilliamsPrincipal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood
Bill has worked for or consulted to a range of large international energy and resource sector majors as well as Australian energy sector participants including start-ups. A qualified Engineer with MBA Bill brings the capability to engage collaboratively with all project functions and insure an integrated approach to project development and execution.
Bill is recognised for his detailed and robust approach, insightful analysis and ability to close difficult transactions.
Mark WisemanCo-Head of Asia Pacific Energy Research, Macquarie Group
Mark Wiseman joined Macquarie Equities in 2020, from Goldman Sachs where he was an executive director and looked after the energy and utilities sectors in Australia and New Zealand for a decade, followed by three years covering Asian upstream and integrated energy names from Hong Kong.
Prior to Goldman, Wiseman was at oil giant ExxonMobil as a financial analyst for three years. He also had a stint at Grant Thornton.
Kathy WittPrincipal Research Fellow, UQ Centre for Natural Gas
Dr Kathy Witt is an internationally-recognised senior social science researcher and currently an Advance Queensland Fellow at the UQ Centre for Natural Gas. Previously working in the areas of environmental and community change for the Queensland Government, Kathy went on to receive her PhD in 2013 before joining UQ-CNG’s Social Performance research team in 2014. Kathy specialises in the social dimensions of land use, natural resource management and energy technologies and transition, particularly in relation to sustainable regional development.
Leading the UQ-CNG Social Performance team, Kathy currently studies the cumulative social and economic effects of energy development for local communities, and non-technical risks. Her recent work focusses on social acceptance and ‘social licence’ across a range of industries and technologies, including the cattle industries, future fuels, hydrogen, carbon capture, use & storage and utility-scale renewable energy. Through her work Kathy has fostered mutually trusting and enduring relationships with different stakeholders including in the agricultural and energy sectors. She has collated and analysed longitudinal data on town and regional social and economic indicators alongside community members’ own interpretations of lived experience.
While currently in a research-focussed position, Kathy has previously lectured in Effective Stakeholder Engagement, Environment and Community, Global Challenges in Agriculture, Non-Technical Risks and Sustainable Energy.
Neil YoungChief Executive Officer, Elixir Energy
Neil Young is the Managing Director of ASX listed junior energy company Elixir Energy, a role he has held for more than five years. Under Mr Young, Elixir pioneered the emerging CSG and green hydrogen industries in Mongolia, and in the last few years has added the Grandis Gas Project in Queensland.
Mr Young has more than twenty five years experience in senior management positions in the upstream and downstream parts of the energy sector, focusing on business development, new ventures, gas marketing and general commercial functions.
Misha ZelinskyJournalist; Director, AustralianSuper
Misha Zelinsky was appointed as a Director of AustralianSuper in October 2023. Misha is a leading public policy specialist, a Fulbright Scholar, war correspondent, economist, lawyer, unionist, and author. He is currently Expert Associate with the ANU National Security College and a columnist with The Australian Financial Review and Foreign Policy Magazine. Current directorships include Chair of the NSW Labor Foreign Policy Committee and Director with The McKell Institute. He was formerly Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union serving for six years. Previous directorships include Cbus Super and the Manufacturing Industry Skills Council. Misha holds a Fullbright Scholar Certificate and completed a Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Econ and Marketing), and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong.