Peter Tinley AM, MLA BA, MDefStud

Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; Youth; Asian Engagement

Peter enlisted in the Army as a soldier in 1980, and in 1990 he graduated first in class and Queens Medallist from the Royal Military College Duntroon.  He has a Bachelors Degree in Professional Studies (Management) from the University of New England and a Master of Arts in Defence Studies with the Canberra University.

Peter served 17 of his 25 years in the Army with the Special Air Service Regiment, commanding at every level from a patrol of six to an SAS Sabre Squadron.

In his final appointment as the SAS Chief Operations Officer from 2001 to 2004, Peter developed and executed plans for operations worldwide including East Timor, Christmas Island (Tampa), Afghanistan and Iraq.

Needless to say, his military career saw him amass a range of unique experiences for planning and managing in dynamic high-risk cross-cultural environments. His principal skills are in the areas of strategy and leadership.

In 2003, Peter’s service was recognised with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

After leaving the SAS, Peter developed a boutique consultation business in leadership and team building servicing a niche demand in corporate Australia using a practical “front of lectern” style.  Concurrently he established a small manufacturing business producing building products for the WA and NSW markets using Western Australian limestone. 

He stepped down from his business interests in 2009 to re-enter public service as a member of WA’s Parliament, following a successful by-election campaign for the seat of Willagee,

While in Oppostion he held positions as WA Labor’s Shadow Minister for Planning, Housing, and Local Jobs as well as Shadow Minister for Asian Engagement, Trade, Science and Lands.

In 2013 he was elected President of the State Labor Caucus and in mid-2014 was elected by a popular vote of members as the President of WA Labor for a two-year term.

Following Labor’s win in the 2017 State Election, Peter was sworn in as the Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; and Youth on 22 March 2017. In a Cabinet reshuffle on 13 December 2018, the Asian Engagement portfolio was added to his ministerial responsibilities.

He is married with four children and enjoys rugby union, NRL, AFL and water polo.


Chris Alexander

Advocacy and Communications

Chris is a public and industry professional specialising in energy and has eight years experience working in Australia and the United Kingdom. Chris has qualifications in Economics, Law, and Government Management.

Before returning to Australia to join ECA, Chris was Head of Energy Regulation with Citizens Advice/Consumer Futures and a member of the senior management team in the energy division. Chris brings to ECA his highly developed communication, analytical and stakeholder management skills.

His proven track record developing innovative solutions to complex commercial and public policy challenges is a great advantage for ECA and consumers within the energy sector.  


Sam Bartholomaeus

Head of Energy (Australia)

BHP is a leading domestic gas supplier and a material consumer of energy in Australia.

Sam Bartholomaeus has been with BHP for over a decade and worked across its Petroleum portfolio in various commercial roles in Australia, Singapore and the US.

Sam leads a team of focussed energy professionals responsible for BHP integrated energy portfolio in Australia which includes domestic gas sales, electricity procurement and carbon management.

Prior to joining BHP, Sam worked for Dampier Bunbury Pipeline and the Office of Energy (Western Australian State Government). Sam holds a Masters of Business Administration.


Taron Brearley

Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Taron’s team is in the policy division of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. It provides advice on the WA Domestic Gas Policy, monitors implementation of LNG exporters’ domestic gas commitments and supports negotiation of new ones. The team also works on infrastructure access issues. Taron has been with JTSI since 2013 and prior to that worked on energy policy issues.


Sarah Browne

Director – Communications

As Director – Communications, Sarah Browne has led the Brighter program since its inception in 2018. Brighter is APPEA’s broader community and stakeholder engagement program and is designed, in part, to improve awareness among Australians of the STEM opportunities in the gas industry. Sarah was previously a senior advisor to a number of Premiers and Ministers in both Western Australia and Victoria, including significant work in strategic policy development and integrated communications planning. Most recently, Sarah was Managing Director of the Strategic Communications group of FTI Consulting, a global consultancy specialising in public affairs campaigns.


David Blower

Director – Retail and Competitive Markets,
Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy

David is currently the Director of Retail and Competitive Markets at the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy. He has been responsible for the implementation of the Government’s Default Market Offer policy and other key recommendations of the ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Government, David was the Energy Fellow at the Grattan Institute.


Juan Carlos Boué

Juan Carlos Boué is counsel in the international corporate and arbitration practice of international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLC, focusing on transactions and disputes.

Prior to entering law, Mr. Boué worked extensively in the oil and gas sector, alternating between roles in industry and academia. He spent nearly a decade with the international trading arm of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Mexican national state oil company, where he became the manager in charge of the commercial aspects of all of Mexico's crude oil exports. In addition, he served as the secretary of the inter-ministerial government committee entrusted with reviewing all oil export pricing and policies. He was also a special advisor to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of Venezuela, and sat on the boards of various oil refining companies in Germany, Sweden, and the United States.

From 2010 to 2018, Mr. Boué was a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He has written widely on the industrial economics of oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining, auction design for oil and gas bidding rounds, and the taxation and political economy of oil in general.

A Mexican and British national, Mr. Boué received his B.A. from El Colegio de México, later obtaining a doctorate in politics and a degree in jurisprudence at Oxford University.


Guy Chalkley

Chief Executive Officer
Western Power

Guy Chalkley commenced at Western Power in December 2011 as Operations Commercial Manager. He was later appointed Head of Business Planning and Reporting before joining the Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.

Guy brings a wealth of international, financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors operating and residing in a number of continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee on the Board of Energy Networks Australia. 

Guy is instrumental in shifting the dial on diversity at Western Power, lifting the percentage of female leaders and increasing the intake of female apprentices in a male dominated blue collar workforce to better reflect the diversity of the community Western Power serves.


Rob Cole


Mr Cole has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and resources industry. He is a former executive director on the board of Woodside Petroleum Limited and former managing director of Beach Energy Limited. He is also a former Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Prior to joining oil and gas industry, he had an extensive legal career with King & Wood Mallesons. He is currently Chairman of Southern Ports Authority and Chairman of GLX Holdings Ltd. In the not for profit sector, he is on the Board of St Bartholemew's House Inc, a charitable organisation dedicated to eliminating homelessness.


Dermot Costello

WA Regional Advisor
Clean Energy Council

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.

They represent and work with over 800 leading businesses operating in the Australian Renewable Energy and Storage industry, along with more than 6000 accredited rooftop and ground mounted solar installers.

The Clean Energy Council is committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner.

They provide a variety of services to our members, but the primary role is to develop and advocate effective policy to accelerate the development and deployment of all clean energy technologies.

As Western Australian Advisor for the CEC, over the past 5years, Dermot represents the organisation in Perth and across the state focused on policy development that enables the emergence of renewable energy.

Previous to working with the CEC, Dermot was CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA).

Dermot, a mechanical engineer, has had an extensive career in the Renewable Energy industry with 15+ years’ experience across 5 continents.  

He has held director, advisory, commercial and technical roles with companies and projects in wind, solar, storage, energy-from-waste and bioenergy throughout these regions.


Nicola Cusworth

Economic Regulation Authority

Nicky took up her position as Chair of the ERA in July 2016.

Before joining the ERA, Nicky was Deputy Director General at the former Department of State Development, and also previously worked for the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.

Nicky has extensive experience in economic policy and analysis, and has participated in projects including the electricity market review and the Mineral Royalty Rate Analysis.

She has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.


Emma Fagan

Energy Policy and Regulatory Manager

Emma Fagan has managed Tesla’s Energy Policy team across the Asia Pacific since December 2016 – with a focus on market reforms for utility scale storage and distributed storage. Emma also chairs the Clean Energy Council (CEC) Distributed Energy Directorate.

Before joining Tesla, Emma spent 8 years working in clean energy and carbon management policy development, in both consulting roles and for the Federal Government.  Emma has Bachelor’s degrees in both Law and International Relations and a Masters in Energy Studies.


Stephen Hall

Vice President Power and New Markets
Woodside Energy

Stephen is currently Vice President Power and New Markets with Woodside Energy Ltd, based in Perth, Western Australia. He is responsible building Woodside’s new LNG-to-power and LNG fuels businesses.

Stephen has 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked at Woodside for 25 years in a variety of technical, commercial and leadership roles.

Previously, Stephen has led Woodside’s corporate strategy development and business planning, led design and implementation of market risk management, been responsible for development planning for the world scale integrated North West Shelf Project, and managed Woodside’s Greater Enfield Area business interests. Earlier roles included exploration, business analysis and commercial positions.

Stephen started his career in the UK and spent 5 years primarily focused on exploration and development in the North Sea.

Stephen is a geologist by training with a Bachelor of Science from Durham University and a Master of Science from Aberdeen University.


Russell James

General Manager Business Development West

Russell is experienced in the delivery of small to large scale energy and utility infrastructure projects as well as managing a large portfolio of projects to the value of approximately $80M p.a. Has previously held roles in Project and portfolio Delivery and Management. Russell has extensive knowledge of Gas and Energy markets, pricing, regulations as well as providing innovative and new technology solutions including the integration of renewable energy, gas and hydrogen projects.


Jonathan Jutsen

Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity

Jon has been a leader in energy and carbon management in Australia for 35 years.  He is the CEO of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, which aims to double Australia's energy productivity by 2030 (2XEP).  He is also CEO of a co-operative research centre bid.

Jon was trained in chemical engineering and has a Masters degree in Energy Technology.  He founded Energetics, a consulting company in energy/carbon in 1984 and ran it for 30 years, and co-founded and has been involved in the Alliance for 9 years, as well as being on the board of other energy and sustainability organisations.  He was selected on the list of ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’ and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. He was an Engineer of the Year, Australian Millenium Medal, WME Leaders list for 'Energy and Carbon'​, and Australia’s Energy Efficiency Champion 2018.  He also served on the Board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. 


Daniel Kalms

Senior Vice President

Daniel Kalms is currently Senior Vice President Scarborough with Woodside Energy Ltd, based in Perth, Western Australia.

Daniel has 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and was previously responsible for front end concept selection activities for Woodside’s global oil and gas portfolio as SVP for Development Planning.

Daniel has a strong focus on delivering world class development opportunities, drawing upon Woodside’s accumulated experience and the relationships with our key contractors. Through technical innovation and collaborative work processes Woodside is accelerating its development decisions and opportunity realization.

Daniel has held a number of roles at Woodside since 2001 across a range of departments including commercial, development, projects, operations and business management. One of Daniel’s previous roles was Pluto Plant Manager based in Karratha from 2011 to 2014 during the start up to establishing steady state of operations.

Daniel graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), Graduate Certificate in Project Management and a Master of Business Administration.


Dr Philip Lewis


Originally at the forefront of energy market liberalisation in Great Britain with what is now EDF Energy during the onset of full-liberalisation, Philip has been a pioneer of market analysis in the global liberalised energy market, a leading authority on competition dynamics, customer behaviour and disruptive change. 22 years experience across 80 markets (every liberalised market since opening) helping governments, regulators, energy companies, large industrial consumers, investors and other stakeholders.

He has led or participated in over two dozen projects for state and national governments, the European Commission and national authorities. Recently a director of the European Commission’s project identifying barriers to entry in all European markets (2019) and a consultant in the ACCC’s review of prices and competition (2018).

He was also editor of the world's first book detailing the global liberalization experience, co-founded ‘Smart Energy Europe’ (formerly the Smart Energy Demand Coalition), was a former member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity and a keynote at major events around the World including the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week.


Murray Meaton AM

Director Economics Consulting Services
WA Branch Committee Australian Institute of Energy

Murray is Manager of Economics Consulting Services – a company he established in Perth 23 years ago.

Murray worked in government for the Department of Agriculture, Treasury, the Commonwealth DPIE, Industries Assistance Commission and CSIRO. He finished as Director, Economic Policy with the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Since moving to the private sector, Murray has completed more than 900 consulting assignments for a wide range of government and private clients. He now focuses on economic impact studies and native title compensation. 

Murray is an experienced facilitator and public speaker and a Churchill Fellow.

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Murray is Manager of Economics Consulting Services – a company he established in Perth 23 years ago.

Murray worked in government for the Department of Agriculture, Treasury, the Commonwealth DPIE, Industries Assistance Commission and CSIRO. He finished as Director, Economic Policy with the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Since moving to the private sector, Murray has completed more than 900 consulting assignments for a wide range of government and private clients. He now focuses on economic impact studies and native title compensation. 

Murray is an experienced facilitator and public speaker and a Churchill Fellow.

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.


Violette Mouchaileh

Executive General Manager,
Emerging Markets and Services, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Violette’s current role of Executive General Manager of Emerging Markets and Services includes the responsibility for strategies relating to AEMO’s Distributed Energy Resources program and data initiatives, including Consumer Data Right in energy. 

Since joining AEMO in February 2009, Violette has held various roles across gas and electricity in market design development, market change implementation, and operational roles.

Violette has more than 17 years’ experience in the Australian energy industry holding various positions in Commonwealth Government departments and regulatory bodies.  

Her experience includes economic regulation, energy policy development, development of regulatory frameworks, market development and design, and market change implementation. This includes the establishment of energy governance framework and national planning arrangements, network and retail pricing reforms, establishment of the gas Short Term Trading Market, implementation of Power of Choice and demand side initiatives, including the AEMO/ARENA DR trial, and the COAG Energy Council’s Gas Market Reform Group gas reforms.

Violette has a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce with Honours.


Bruce Mountain

Ass. Pro and Director
Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University 

Bruce is the inaugural Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre. He is a well-known Australian energy economist whose research and advisory work has focussed on the economic regulation of network monopolies, the analysis of retail energy markets, and the design of emission reduction and renewable energy policies. Bruce has been a long standing advisor to governments, regulators, market participants and interest groups in Australia and internationally. He has a PhD in economics, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and qualified as an accountant.


Robert Pritchard

Executive Director
Energy Policy Institute of Australia

Robert is executive director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia, an independent industry policy body, and Resources Law International Associates Pty Ltd.

He has 50 years’ experience advising on investment in resources and energy projects, spanning oil, gas, LNG, coal, renewables, magnesite, alumina, aluminium, uranium and nuclear energy. He has also been involved in a wide range of privatisation and private infrastructure projects.

Robert presently serves as chairman of the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund and SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd.


Leonard Quong

Head of Australian Research

Leonard Quong the Head of Australian Research at BloombergNEF where he leads a team of experts to examine the future of energy, transport and industry in the Australian market. Leonard joined BloombergNEF in 2013 where he has since published over 50 research papers covering technology, investment, economics and policy. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours in photovoltaic and solar energy engineering from the University of New South Wales.


Kate Ryan

Program Director
Energy Transformation

Kate was appointed Program Director of the newly established Energy Transformation Implementation Unit in May 2019. The Implementation Unit is responsible for supporting the Energy Transformation Taskforce in the delivery of the Energy Transformation Strategy – the Government’s work program to deliver cleaner, more affordable and more reliable electricity to consumers. Kate has also been appointed to the role of Acting Executive Director, Energy Policy WA to lead the newly created Energy Policy WA. To be established in September 2019, Energy Policy WA will be the Western Australian Government’s energy policy agency, combining the functions previously performed by the Public Utilities Office and the Implementation Unit within the Department of Treasury.

Kate is an energy sector professional with extensive experience in energy sector policy, reform, regulation and market design.

Prior to her appointment as Program Director, Kate held the role of Specialist Markets with the Public Utilities Office. She has also held senior executive roles in government and energy market institutions, including the former Independent Market Operator in Western Australia and Queensland Government energy agencies.


Robert Sims

Head of APAC gas and LNG Research

Robert heads Wood Mackenzie's APAC Gas and LNG research team. He joined Wood Mackenzie in 2018 with a focus on developing our Short Term outlook.

With a background in Trading and Analytics, he provides commercial insight into the short term gas and LNG Market, analysing price drivers and short term trends, as well as how market participants compete in the spot traded market. With strong understanding of market dynamics, Robert helps Wood Mackenzie draw relevant insight into how short term trends influence the long term outlook.

Robert joined Wood Mackenzie after 12 years at BP, where he led the Market Analytics team for BP Singapore LNG Trading. During his time at BP he also covered UK and European Gas markets, while on BP’s Gas Marketing Trading Book. Robert is an Chartered Management Accountant and holds a BSc in Mathematics and European Studies from Durham University, UK.


Paul StevensProf Paul Stevens

Distinguished Fellow
Chatham House

Professor Paul Stevens is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House. Educated as an economist and as a specialist on the Middle East at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Between 1973-1979, he was teaching economics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and between 1979-93 at the University of Surrey. Between 1993 and 2008, he was Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, a chair created by BP.  He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee, a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan and until recently a Visiting Professor at University College London (Australia). He has published extensively on energy economics, international petroleum, economic development issues and the political economy of the Gulf.  He also works as a consultant for many companies and governments. In March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research. In May 2018 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders by the Al-Attiyah Foundation.


Dr Mary Stewart BSc (Chem Eng), PhD, GAICD, CEng


Mary is recognised globally and locally as an expert in decision-making for sustainable development, with nearly 20 years’ experience assisting some of Australia’s largest energy users in developing energy management and climate risk strategies. Mary is an international expert on life cycle assessment as it applies to resources and in developing carbon footprints and carbon neutral positions. Mary undertook nearly 100 site audits over the seven years of the EEO program, the majority of which were on mine sites. She has seen more of outback WA than most people. 

Mary represents the Australian business and industry constituency on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Innovation working group, its Standing Committee on Finance and its Adaptation working group.

In 2017, she won the Women’s Agenda Leadership Award for 'Emerging Leader in the Private Sector'. She is on the Board of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) where she chairs the strategy committee and was recently appointed to the International Energy Board of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Mary has served on the Community Advisory Board for FlexCareers and supports her local community by sitting on the Environment Advisory Committee for Inner West Council. 


Stephanie Unwin

Executive Officer
Horizon Power

As Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Power, Stephanie Unwin leads a 500 strong team of energy professionals to deliver power to some of Western Australia’s most remote and regional communities.

Under her leadership Horizon Power is transforming the energy landscape in an increasingly decentralised delivery model to more than 48,000 connections across 32 microgrids through 2.3 million square kilometres of rugged and remote territory.

Stephanie is passionate about inclusion and diversity to build a transparent environment with an engaged workforce.  Her ability to facilitate change on a foundation of safety is delivering Horizon Power’s vision to create customer choice and be a leader in microgrid technology.

Stephanie is a recognised energy industry leader with significant executive and board-level experience with Zenith Energy, Synergy and Verve Energy, following on from a career in corporate and resources law.  She is a Board Member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Stephanie brings a depth of experience in transformation and information technology, as well as a strong focus on regional communities, cultural awareness and safety to Horizon Power, fostered during her upbringing in Western Australia’s remote Pilbara region.

Stephanie joined Horizon Power in March 2019.


Robert Wilson

Head of Western Australia 
Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Robert Wilson is Head of Western Australia at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, working to accelerate the development of clean energy investment opportunities in Western Australia.  Robert has extensive experience throughout the business investment cycle, from concept through to operations, as well as mergers and acquisitions, advisory and commercial experience across the renewables, infrastructure and resources sectors. Robert has held leadership positions in the Macquarie Capital’s African infrastructure business and Atlas Iron, and worked on the establishment of Climate Investor One, a European climate fund focused on emerging markets.  Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and a MBA from the University of Cape Town.  


Tony Wood

Energy Program Director
Grattan Institute

Tony has been Director of the Energy Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.

In January 2018, Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability.


Ms Audrey Zibelman

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Ms Zibelman leads AEMO, the independent gas and electricity system and market operator in Australia, an organisation that has primarily responsibility of managing and maintaining energy system security for all Australians. As Managing Director and CEO, Ms Zibelman also serves on the Energy Security Board.
Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC). During her tenure at the NYPSC, Ms Zibelman led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry.
A recognised national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation, Ms Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc.

Previously, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a regional transmission operator of the power grid and wholesale power market across the eastern United States.

Ms Zibelman also held legal and executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and was Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

During her career, Ms Zibelman has served on numerous industry-related and non-profit boards, and currently serves on the CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency) Energy Advisory Committee and the Melbourne Energy Institute’s Advisory Board. Her former board related appointments include positions as Advisor to Secretary of Energy for the US Department of Energy and Advisory Council, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Planning Board and the New York State Emergency Planning Council.