Speakers

  • Paul Adams
    Managing Director, Jemena

    Paul is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jemena, and Managing Director of State Grid (China) Singapore Power Australian Assets (SGSPAA).

    Paul has more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector. Appointed Jemena Managing Director in 2008, Paul has led the expansion of the Jemena Gas and Electricity Network and is establishing Jemena as a world leader in electricity distribution and pipeline infrastructure, technology, ownership and management. He has qualifications in engineering and finance, and completed management studies at Harvard.

    Paul is a Director of the Energy Networks Association of Australia (ENA), Chair of Zinfra Group, Chair of ActewAGL (a retail and network gas and electricity company that supplies Australia’s Capital Territory), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has experience in the US and Asia; was director of Singapore Power & Gas, and a senior executive with TXU.

  • Colin Barnett
    Former Premier, 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.

  • Tim Bradley
    General 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).

  • Chantelle Bramley
    Executive General Manager of Strategy and Economics , AEMC

    Chantelle leads the AEMC’s Strategy and Economic Analysis team. She has extensive experience in international energy markets and was previously Vice President Strategy and Chief Of Staff at Direct Energy, one of the largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas and related services in North America.

    Chantelle has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney; a Masters of Science in Economics from University College London; and a Master of Business Law from the University of York.

  • Simon Camroux
    Head 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 MP
    Minister for Resources and Northern Australia , Australian Government

    Parliamentary service
    Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2013 (term began 1.7.2014) and 2016.

    Ministerial appointments
    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.

    Committee service
    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 Collette
    Head 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 Cottee
    Managing 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 Davies
    Managing 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.

  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipeline and Gas Association

    Steve Davies was appointed Chief Executive Officer of APGA in 2017 after nine years as the National Policy Manager managing APGA’s policy program covering pipeline regulation, gas market development, pipeline corridor protection and the changing issues of the day. Prior to working at APGA, Steve held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in national industry associations and the Federal Government. Steve has qualifications in engineering, public policy and project management.

  • Phaedra Deckart
    General 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 Dobney
    General 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 Eade
    Executive 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 France
    Director 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.

  • Peter Geers
    Executive General Manager, Markets, AEMO

    Peter is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Markets, a department that looks at the financial operation of, and transactions across, Australia’s gas and electricity markets. Peter joined the ELT following his work as Group Manager of AEMO's Markets and Business Strategy divisions, and has a wealth of experience in the energy industry. Peter is passionate about ensuring AEMO adapts to changes in the energy industry, and is keen to use his experience in people management to progress work that helps AEMO remain agile and responsive.

  • Kylie Hargreaves
    Deputy Secretary, Resources and Goescience , NSW Department of Planning and Environment

    From 1 April 2017, Kylie joined the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in the position of Deputy Secretary, Resources and Geoscience.  Her division has a variety of roles related to the effective, sustainable development and management of the State’s resources and mining sector.

    In October 2013, Kylie was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Resources and Energy within the NSW Department of Industry and also held a dual portfolio of Deputy Secretary, Lands, a responsibility which she took on from 1 July 2016.  Her Lands division developed strategies, programs and policies for the management of the Crown land estate.

    Within NSW Department of Industry, Kylie has previously held the roles of Acting Deputy Director General for Industry, Innovation Hospitality and the Arts, Executive Director for Investment and Export Services and Executive Director for International Markets and Trade.  

    Prior to joining NSW Department of Industry in July 2009, Kylie spent 10 years overseas as Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner for the UK, Ireland and Israel; Senior Trade Commissioner for West USA and Senior Trade Commissioner for Spain and Portugal.

    Kylie was a NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

  • The Hon. Don Harwin MLC
    Minister for Resources and Minister for Energy and Utilities, NSW Government

    Political Party Activity - Life Member, Young Liberal Movement of Australia (NSW Division); Life Member, Sydney University Liberal Club; Chairman of Convention Committee, 1993 - 94; Young Liberal State President, 1988 - 90; Member, State Executive, NSW Division, 1988 - 1990, 1994 - 2000

    Community Activity - Member, Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government History Project Committee 2002-06; Board Member, NSW State Records Authority 2006-present; Committee member, Australasian Study of Parliament Group (NSW Branch)
    Qualifications, Occupations and Interests - Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Sydney University 1985. Tutor (p/time) St Pauls College, University of Sydney 1987. Electorate Assistant to the Member for Miranda 1987 - 1988. Ministerial Advisor, various Ministers, State Government of NSW 1988 - 1990, 1991 - 1995. Assistant Campaign

    Director Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) 1990 - 1991. Public Affairs Consultant 1995 - 1999.

    Mr Harwin contributed two chapters to the book Social Justice: Fraud or Fair Go? edited by Dr Marlene Goldsmith. He also contributed "1971 State General Election" to The People's Choice (Volume III), edited by Hogan and Clune, "Sir Joseph Carruthers" to The Premiers of NSW (Volume II), edited by Clune and Turner, and "Women in the NSW Coalition Parties" (with Jenny Gardiner MLC) to No Fit Place for Women, edited by Brennan and Chappel.
    Special interests include Political History, Psephology, Film and Rugby League.

  • Nicole Hinton
    Manager, Onshore Gas Section
    Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Bruce Hockman
    Chief 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-Smith
    Managing 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 Johannessen
    Principal 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 Kay
    Chief 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.

  • Warwick King
    Chief 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 Knol
    Chief 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 Lambie
    Policy 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 Lowe
    Head 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 MP
    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland Government

    Dr Anthony Lynham is the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.

    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 Macfarlane
    Chief 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 Maxwell
    Chief 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.

  • Mick McCormack
    Managing Director, APA Group

    Mick has been APA's Chief Executive Officer since 2005 and Managing Director since 2006. Under his leadership, APA's asset portfolio (under management and operations) has grown from $1.3 billion to over $20 billion.

    Mick has led APA through a series of successful mergers and acquisitions, organic expansions, developments and strategic divestments to where APA is today: the largest gas infrastructure business in Australia; an ASX Top 50 listed company; and an industry leader in energy infrastructure management, operations and development.
    Mick’s career in Australia’s energy infrastructure sector spans over 30 years. Starting as a pipeline patroller along the Moonie-to-Brisbane oil pipeline in the early 1980s, Mick’s expertise has been developed through a number of operational roles. His extensive industry experience includes commercial development, design, construction, operation and management of most of Australia's natural gas transmission pipelines.

    In recent years, his industry knowledge has been extended to gas distribution, renewable energy and power generation as APA has broadened its business into these segments of the energy delivery chain.

    Mick has tertiary qualifications in science, engineering and management, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a former Director of Envestra Limited (now Australian Gas Networks), the Australian Pipeline Industry Association and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

    Away from his corporate roles, Mick is a farmer, a musician (drummer) and avid ice hockey fan.

  • Craig Memery
    Energy and Water Policy Lead
    Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  • Tom Plant
    Senior 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 Rich
    Principal 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 Richards
    Chief Executive Officer
    Energy Users Association of Australia
  • Malcolm Roberts
    Chief 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.

  • Mark Samter
    Director, 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.

  • Rod Sims
    Chair , Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.

    Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.

    Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.

    Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

  • Jim Snow
    Executive 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 Summers
    Vice 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.

  • Jeff Thong
    Principal 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 Vertigan
    Chair , COAG Gas Market Reform

    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 Warren
    Chief 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.

  • Innes Willox
    Chief 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 Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Networks

    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 Networks Limited in March 2015.

  • Gordon Wymer
    Chief 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.