Speakers:

  • Evonne Bennett
    Commercial Director, Squadron Energy

    Session: Australia’s first LNG import terminal

    Evonne is an energy markets and infrastructure manager with extensive experience in project development and delivery, acquisitions and divestments and asset management.

    Prior to joining Squadron in November 2021, she was Project Director with Transgrid for EnergyConnect and held roles at AGL, Shell and Transurban.

  • David Berman
    Commercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia

    Session: Opportunities for the Gippsland Basin in Australia’s energy transition

    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 Brakey
    Commissioner, Chair East Coast Gas Market Board, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Session: Update from the ACCC - Gas inquiry 2017-2025

    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.

  • Mark Busuttil
    Executive Director - Energy & Utilities Analyst, J.P. Morgan

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Mark Busuttil is Head of J.P. Morgan's Australian Energy, Utilities & Telco Research team. In the latest Peter Lee survey, Mark was rated #1 in Energy. Mark has been a research analyst for 17 years covering a number of sectors including Aerospace, Retail, Steel, Building Materials, and Metals & Mining. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA)

    Session: Opportunities and risks arising from an aging infrastructure system

    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 as sociations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.

  • Ian Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Senex Energy

    Session: Meeting the challenge of reducing emissions in the gas industry

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Ian has led Senex as Managing Director and Chief Executive since 2010, navigating the business through significant growth and transformation. Under Ian’s leadership, the Company is pursuing a long - held strategy to capture emerging opportunities in Australia’s dynamic energy sector. In 2017, Ian was elected to the Board of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and in November 2019 was appointed Vice Chairman.

    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.

    Ian is also Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director of the APPEA.

  • Phaedra Deckart
    Chief Executive Officer, Tas Gas

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    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.

  • Morné Engelbrecht
    Acting Chief Executive Officer, Beach Energy

    Session: Bringing gas into the domestic market from the Otway Basin

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Mr Engelbrecht joined Beach in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury, IT, contracts & procurement, insurance, internal audit and investor relations functions. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience including in the oil & gas and resource sectors across various jurisdictions including Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and China.Prior to this he held various financial, commercial and advisory senior management positions at InterOil, Lihir Gold (Merged with Newcrest), Harmony Gold and PwC. Mr Engelbrecht also has extensive experience in strategy and planning, capital management, debt and equity markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and joint venture management and operations. 

  • Paul Evans
    Vice President Corporate Affairs, Orica

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    With 25 years working directly with the most senior ranks of business, industry and government, Paul’s career has seen him provide close counsel to Boards, CEOs and Federal Ministers on navigating successfully through difficult decision making and risk management.

    Paul’s current role at Orica is expansive and fluid. He advises the Orica Board and Management on strategic risks, macro-economic policy and geo-political trends. He leads on material policy, regulatory and reputational issues and the company’s engagement with parliamentarians, officials, the diplomatic corps and intelligence agencies across the globe.

    Paul’s responsibilities also include Sustainability, Environmental Remediation and Property & Facilities.

    Prior to moving into the private sector in 2004, Paul held several senior Departmental and Ministerial roles with the Federal Government including Chief of Staff and Principal Advisor to successive Ministers for Defence. Since then, he has held positions on the executive leadership teams of FMCG businesses. Immediately prior to joining Orica, Paul successfully led the Australian wine sector through a period of unprecedented policy and taxation reform as Chief Executive of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.

  • Tim Gould
    Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Session: INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Examining LNG and global trends in the gas sector

    Tim Gould was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. As Chief Energy Economist, he provides strategic advice on energy economics across a wide range of IEA activities and analysis. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he coleads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report.

    Mr Gould joined the IEA in 2008, initially as a specialist on Russian and Caspian energy, and in recent years has designed and directed the World Energy Outlook together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller while contributing to the Outlook as a principal author. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr Gould worked on European and Eurasian energy issues in Brussels and has ten years of experience in Eastern Europe, primarily in Ukraine. He graduated from Oxford University and has a post - graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

  • Ralph Griffiths
    Executive Director, Energy Strategy, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

    Session: Implications of the Victorian gas substitution roadmap

    Ralph has been with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for 2 and a half years. He previously spent 7 years with Energy Australia, where his last role was Head of Grid Transformation.

  • The Hon. Bill Johnston
    Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services, Western Australian Government

    Session: Ministerial update on the Western Australian domestic gas market

    The Hon. Bill Johnston is Western Australia's Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services.

    He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, and has previously been Minister for Commerce, Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement.

    So far, his achievements include cutting red-tape for the mining industry, introducing the Work Health and Safety Bill (industrial manslaughter provisions) and assisting in revolutionising Western Australia’s energy system.

    In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.

    He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.

    Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.

  • Saul Kavonic
    Head of Equities Research, Oil and Gas, Credit Suisse

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Saul is a 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. Hefrequently 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 previously worked across the energy sector in commercial, project, research and government policy roles. He was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and renewable research in Australasiafor Wood Mackenzie, the world’s leading energy consultancy, and has delivered strategic consulting projects across the oil and gas, renewables and logistics sectors. He has also worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest oil and gas company, at M.H.Carnegie & Co, one of Australia's largest Venture Capital funds, and has advised on resource and energy policy for the United Nations and African Union Commission. Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia OceansGraduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • Leigh Kennedy
    General Manager – Hydrogen, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Leigh Kennedy is NERA’s General Manager-Hydrogen with a focus on working collaboratively across Australia to develop regional hydrogen technology clusters and build a national hydrogen technology cluster that can be promoted around the world.

    Before joining NERA, for almost the last decade, Leigh worked with Austrade’s international network and government partners to drive Austrade's global resources and energy foreign direct investment attraction and facilitation strategy and assist clients (developers, capital and technology companies) deliver on their Australian expansion plans. Aligned to many global companies transition to becoming green and announcing net zero emission targets, the focus honed-in on renewable energy and hydrogen investment opportunities. Working collaboratively with all state and territory governments along with key Australian Government agencies and clients, Leigh built relationships with strategic investors across the world. He also has significant experience in energy security policy when based in Canberra.

  • David Maxwell
    Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Energy

    Session: South-eastern Australia Gas – challenges and opportunities

    Mr Maxwell is a leading oil and gas industry executive with more than 25 years in senior executive roleswith companies such as BG Group, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Santos Limited. Mr Maxwell has very successfully led many large commercial, marketing and business development projects.

    Prior to joining Cooper Energy Mr Maxwell worked with the BG Group, where he was responsible for all commercial, exploration, business development, strategy and marketing activities in Australia and led BG Group’s entry into Australia and Asia including a number of material acquisitions.

    Mr Maxwell has served on a number of industry association boards, government advisory groups and public company boards.

  • Andrew McConville
    Chief Executive, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Andrew has more than 25 years international experience across a range of industries and with government in advocacy, policy, corporate affairs and commercial operations. Before joining APPEA in April 2019 he spent a decade with global agribusiness Syngenta, in external affairs and communications.

  • Kevin Morrison
    Australia and Pacific Correspondent, Argus Media

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Journalist for more than 30 years, with Reuters, Sydney Moring Herald, Financial Times and Argus Media. Focus on energy and resources for the past 18 years. Graduated with a Master of Sustainable Futures (Research) from UTS in 2018 with a thesis on Australian resource taxation; author of Living in a Material World – The Commodity Connection in 2008.

  • Thomas Nador
    Group Executive Development, Beach Energy

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Mr Nador joined Beach in July 2019 as General Manager, WA Development, representing Beach in the Waitsia Joint Venture. He has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector at senior management and executive levels.

    He has held previous roles as Executive Vice President and Country Manager for InterOil in Papua New Guinea, as well as Development Manager, Project Interface Manager and Project Integration Manager for LNG projects at Woodside Energy.

    Mr Nador holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science from Curtin University of Technology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Stuart Nicholls
    Chief Executive Officer, Strike Energy

    Session: Exploring the Perth Basin and defining the capacity of the Permian gas fairway

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Mr. Nicholls is an energy industry professional having worked across Commercial, Strategy and Exploration primarily within Royal Dutch Shell’s gas businesses. He has a deep knowledge of the global energy system and previous experience also includes six years with the Australian Army in senior command positions. He has worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Myanmar and Malaysia in both a corporate and operational capacity. Mr. Nicholls joined Strike as Chief Executive Officer in April 2017 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in August 2017.

  • Julian Peck
    Group Executive Strategy & Commercial, APA Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Julian is responsible for delivering APA’s customer experience, all business development and commercial contracting activities, co-ordination of corporate strategy development, as well as undertaking corporate development and merger and acquisition activities.

    Prior to joining APA, Julian held senior leadership positions in investment banking, with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the infrastructure, utility and power sectors.

  • Melissa Perrow
    General Manager Energy, Brickworks

    Session: Ensuring a long-term sustainable future for brick making through decarbonisation

    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.

  • Kristin Raman
    Acting Executive General Manager People and Strategy, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Session: Integrating renewable gas (hydrogen and bio gases) into the existing network

    Krissy is responsible for leading business strategy and implementing the long - term vision for gas, with a particular focus on decarbonisation through renewable gas such as hydrogen and biomethane.

    Krissy has played a key role in the development and delivery of several renewable gas projects such as Hydrogen Park South Australia, Hydrogen Park Gladstone and Hydrogen Park Murray Valley, including through the related stakeholder and community engagement programs.

    Krissy also holds responsibility for in ternal communications across Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

  • Angus Rich
    Principal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood

    Session: Detailed gas market analysis: Price trends, electrification, supply demand balance, decarbonisation and LNG imports

    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.

  • Joel Riddle
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tamboran Resources

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Mr Riddle joined Tamboran Resources as Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

    He has more than 17 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry and was previously with Cobalt International Energy, where he worked closely with executive management in the initial evaluation and implementation of the exploration growth strategy in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, playing an instrumental role in Cobalt’s $1 billion initial public offering in 2009 and subsequent capital raising efforts in 2010 and 2011.

    Mr Riddle also served various technical and leadership roles at ExxonMobil, Unocal and Murphy Oil. Mr Riddle holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

  • Elise Ring
    General Manager, Future Fuels, Origin Energy

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Elise is a chemical engineer with over 18 years in energy industry, joining Origin in 2014. With a background in asset management and performance and operations, Elise brings deep experience in the successful design and implementation of strategies including operations, optimisation of assets across their lifecycle, digital and innovation. As a founding member of Origin’s future fuels team, Elise is passionate about building a world class Hydrogen Industry for Australia.
     

  • Shelley Robertson
    Executive General Manager - Energy, Mineral Resources (MRL)

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Shelley Robertson joined Mineral Resources in 2019 to lead the company's entire energy portfolio, including oil & gas.

    Shelley has over 25 years' experience across numerous industries including oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, renewable energy and agriculture. Prior to joining Mineral Resources, Shelley held the roles of Asset Manager, CEO and Managing Director with Norwest Energy NL. Throughout her career, Shelley has also worked with Woodside Petroleum, BHP Petroleum, Geothermal Power Pry Ltd, Rio Tinto and ABM Resources. Shelley brings to the role a breadth of experience in ASX compliance, corporate governance, management, commercial negotiations, government and regulatory liaison, stakeholder engagement, fund-raising, project delivery, budget management, joint venture management and general operations. Shelley has a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA in Oil & Gas. Shelley also earned an Order of Merit on the Australia Institute of Company Directors course in 2018.

  • Bruce Robertson
    Energy Finance Analyst Gas/LNG, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Bruce Robertson has been a fund manager and professional investor for over 35 years. He has worked with Perpetual Trustees, UBS, Nippon Life Insurance and BT and is an active participant in the national debate on energy issues in Australia.

  • Clyde Russell
    Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

    Session: Opening remarks from the chair

    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.

  • Mark Samter
    Senior Research Analyst, MST Marquee

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Mark Samter has been covering the Energy sector globally since 2006, having covered the sector in London before moving to Australia in 2009. Mark has been the top ranked Energy analyst in the Peter Lee Survey across all 3 categories (Top 15 Investors, Priority Clients and All Investors) since 2015.

    Prior to joining MST Marquee in 2018 Mark has worked for Credit Suisse, CIMB, CLSA and Citigroup. In addition, Mark worked as an Economist at an economic consultancy in London prior to joining the stockbroking industry. Mark holds a BSc in Economics from The University of Southampton.

  • Ayten Saridas
    former Group Chief Financial Officer, Coronado Global Resources

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Ayten Saridas is an experienced finance executive. She has worked in the gas and energy sector. Recent roles have included Chief Financial Officer for AEW, Coronado and Oil Search.

  • Jim Snow
    Executive Director , Oakley Greenwood

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Session: Detailed gas market analysis: Price trends, electrification, supply demand balance, decarbonisation and LNG imports

    Jim spent 12 years in the Natural Gas Industry (AGL) holding several senior executive positions.

    Jim has worked across the energy and water industry. This has included water and energy pricing and economic regulation, demand side management, greenhouse gas mitigation and emission trading, extensive and complex commercial modelling and price/volume forecasting work for electricity and gas; as well as building generation plants, gas pipelines and electricity grid systems, CNG and LNG facilities, managing energy retail operations and has consulted widely to the demand side, particularly energy intensive industry.

    Jim has specific expertise in the development of embedded generation assets and embedded networks, energy storage and other demand side management activities for use in the deferral of network investments.

    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 advised on the restructure of the Malaysian electricity supply industry and associated incentives based regulation of the key monopoly assets of the country.

  • The Hon. Scott Stewart
    Minister for Resources, Queensland Government

    Session: Ministerial update on the Queensland domestic gas market

    Scott Stewart is the Queensland Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville.

    Before entering Parliament as the Member for Townsville in 2015, Mr Stewart worked in education for 28 years; serving as a principal and teacher in several high schools. Upon his election in October 2015, he served as the Chair of the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee and as deputy speaker.

    Mr Stewart is also passionate about the resource sector, with his great grandfather Walter John Davidson being one of the original Mount Isa mine workers in the 1920s.

    He holds a Bachelor of Education and a master's degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

  • The Hon. Angus Taylor
    Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Federal Government

    Session: Federal Ministerial update on the domestic gas market

    Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in New South Wales.

    Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

    Angus was promoted to Cabinet as the Minister for Energy in August 2018, and reappointed as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction in May 2019. In October 2021 he became the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction.

    Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

  • Andrew Thornton
    General Manager, Integrated Gas, Origin Energy

    Session: Green and lean - the importance of continued investment in low cost, low emissions gas to ensure the energy transition is not put at risk

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Andrew joined Origin in 2012 and was appointed as Acting Executive General Manager–Integrated Gas in June 2021.

    Andrew is responsible for Australia Pacific LNG’s upstream operations and gas marketing, Origin’s upstream assets in the Beetaloo, Cooper and Canning Basins, and business development and investment activity in renewable fuels and carbon.

    Prior to joining Origin, Andrew held commercial, investing and investment banking roles including as an Executive Director in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs, and a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Restructuring group of Morgan Stanley.

  • Frank Tudor
    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Jemena

    Session: Future of the domestic gas industry through the transition to a low carbon energy system

    Frank is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jemena, a business that owns and operates a diverse portfolio of energy transportation assets across the east coast of Australia.

    Frank has held various senior executive roles over the last 30 plus years in the international oil, gas, and power industries. Before joining Jemena as Managing Director on 15 October 2018, Frank worked at Horizon Power, BP and Woodside. Frank is excited to continue the excellent work that has led to the expansion of the Jemena Gas and Electricity Network and in establishing Jemena as a world leader in electricity distribution and pipeline infrastructure, technology, ownership and management.

    Frank serves on the Council of Australian Governments Energy Security Board Advisory Panel, the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030 CRC), the Asia Society Advisory Panel, and is a Director of ActewAGL, Deputy Chair of Energy Networks Australia (and is Chair of its Gas Committee). He is also a member of the Business Council Australia Energy and Climate Change Committee, and Chair of the Energy Charter CEO Council.

    Frank holds first class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (University of NSW). He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and lectured in oil and gas economics and legal framework s at the University of Western Australia.

  • Alex Underwood
    Managing Director, Empire Energy Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Mr Underwood joined Empire Energy in 2018 as CEO with nearly 15 years of specialist upstream oil and gas investing and financing experience. Previously he spent 2 years with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as Director in the Natural Resources Division and 9 years with Macquarie Bank as Associate Director in the Energy Markets Division. Mr Underwood commenced his career at BHP Billiton Petroleum as a financial analyst.

  • Dennis Van Puyvelde
    Head of Renewable Gas, Energy Networks Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Session: Panel Discussion: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Dennis Van Puyvelde is Energy Networks Australia’s Head of Gas. In this role he manages work programs and strategic projects for the Gas Committee and it’s related technical, marketing and carbon policy reference groups. He leads the development and implementation of advocacy strategies for gas distribution businesses.

    Dennis led the development of Gas Vision 2050– an industry-wide future vision for the gas industry. This vision describes a pathway for gas involving the adoption of hydrogen, biogas and carbon capture and storage. He has also secured support from Australia’s gas networks businesses for the Future Fuels CRC.

    Dennis has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on low emission technologies, including gasification, biogas, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

    Dennis has a PhD and Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership.

  • Clayton Warner
    Director and General Manager Queensland, FYFE

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    With a strong reputation in Australia for his expertise in gas and energy, Fyfe’s Director and General Manager - Queensland, Clayton Warner, has over 17 years of industry experience.

    Leading a team of project managers and engineers across a diverse range of projects for mid to large scale gas producers and pipeline operators, Clayton is known for his strong client relationship skills, business acumen, and exemplary dedication he brings to running his business unit.

    A chartered professional process engineer by trade, Clayton has developed specialist skills in overseeing the design of pipelines, facilities, and upstream gathering systems. He has also undertaken several seconded roles within upstream producer organisations, where he has gained a broad range of experience across construction, commissioning, and operations.

    Clayton and the engineering division work closely with Fyfe’s environment, planning, and geospatial divisions to provide integrated, value-add services for clients.

    With energy strategies changing in Australia and worldwide, Clayton is passionate about adapting solutions to meet the shifting energy needs of his clients.

    Clayton is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In September 2020, he was successfully nominated for and conferred the status of Young Pipeliners International Fellow for his ongoing contribution and support of young people in the pipeline industry.

  • Matthew Warren
    Principal, Boardroom Energy

    Session: Opening remarks from the chair

    Matthew Warren is a leading commentator on climate and energy in Australia. Matthew has spent the past 25 years inside Australia’s energy and environmental policy debates. He has represented coal, renewables and major energy companies, running the Australian Energy Council and the Clean Energy Council. He is author of the Walkley nominated book Blackout, and is a regular contributor on energy and climate for the Australian Financial Review. He is a Principal at Boardroom Energy, a business advisory on energy and climate.

  • Rob Wheals
    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, APA Group

    Session: Supporting a robust and financially secure gas sector with strategic infrastructure

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 6 July 2019.

    Rob has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia and internationally in energy infrastructure and telecommunications, across roles in operations, finance, commercial, strategy, infrastructure investments and mergers and acquisition, as well as regulatory.

    Rob joined APA in 2008 as General Manager Commercial to manage the commercial function of APA's transmission business, which includes over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines, storage and processing facilities.

    In 2012, Rob was appointed Group Executive Transmission; responsible for approximately 85% of APA's earnings before interest, tax and depreciation. In this role, Rob was responsible for the commercial, operational and safety performance of APA Group's transmission and gas storage assets.

    Rob has a deep understanding of the Australian energy market and the challenges facing Australia today and into the future, in particular the challenge of balancing sustainable lower emissions energy with reliable and affordable energy for end users.

    Prior to joining APA, Rob was General Manager of Strategy at AAPT in Sydney.

    Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Bill Williams
    Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood

    Session: Detailed gas market analysis: Price trends, electrification, supply demand balance, decarbonisation and LNG imports

    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.