In addition to my academic experience I have significant industry experience in the energy industry.

2004 to 2008

Consultant (mix of part and full time) with Allen Consulting Group and McLennan Magasanik Associates commenced and contract as the AO8 Manager level with the Department of Mines and Energy (DME)
Assisted with reports on:
  • the productivity of the generation, transmission and distribution companies in the National Electricity Market (for Energy Reform Implementation Group).
  • Forecast wholesale electricity costs for AGL as part of the regulatory determination of retail electricity prices in South Australia (for the South Australian Regulator).
  • water consumption in Brisbane (for the Brisbane City Council)

  • My primary role at DME was to review the current structure and scope of the Community Service Obligation payments to electricity customers in Queensland and recommend changes which reduced the size of the payments and risk to the Queensland Government.

    February 2003 – Dec 2003

    Channel Manager Move-Ins, New Homes, Energy Shops and E to G (electricity to gas) AGL

    My role as Channel Manager involved managing the delivery of products to the market. I was first given the responsibility of managing the move-in channel (customers ringing the AGL contact centre and either connecting or disconnecting a premise), then in June 1 was given responsibility for managing the three additional channels of New Homes, Energy Shops and E to G. As part of the role I was involved in the product development, direct marketing and market intelligence for my channels (particularly for the Move-In channel where I was the primary manager). I also prepared a high level vision and strategy for the marketing and sales of energy contracts in NSW to address some technical and sales/marketing issues. It had in principle support from management and was in the process of being implemented when I left AGL.

    March 2000– February 2003

    Manager, Retail Electricity Regulation AGL

    My role as Manager, Retail Electricity is in two parts, manage (through, formal and informal networks) AGL’s relationship with the Regulator and Government Departments, and manage the relationship between Retail Regulation and AGL’s retail business units. The management of regulatory issues involves:

  • understanding the key drivers of the Victorian Government and Regulator as well as AGL’s business units;
  • dissemination of regulatory information to the business units within AGL and co-ordinate an AGL position;
  • provide advice to the business on the likely position that governments and regulators may take on AGL processes or policies;
  • influence to AGL’s benefit the market structure of the retail environment; and
  • representing AGL at industry forums.
  • Sept 1999 - March 2000

    Senior Regulatory Analyst AGL

    My responsibilities as Senior Regulatory Analyst was to influence to AGL’s benefit the market structure of the trading environment by:

  • managing AGL’s relationship with market operators and regulators such as NEMMCO, NECA and the ACCC.
  • representing AGL at the National Retailers Forum (a working group of retailers with a national focus).
  • preparation of responses to discussion and option papers released by AGL.
  • April 1998 – Sept 1999

    Analyst Queensland Competition Authority

    My role as Analyst with the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) included aspects related to the regulation of third party access to electricity and natural gas distribution networks in Queensland. My primary responsibility whilst at the QCA was to undertake the asset valuation exercise (including the financial modelling and optimisation process) as well as other technical and financial aspects relating to the tariff setting process for natural gas distribution networks. This included the development of issues papers on asset valuation and depreciation.

    August 1995 – April 1998

    Senior Policy Officer, Energy Planning Division Qld Department of Mines and Energy

    My role as Senior Policy Officer within the Energy Planning Division included research and policy development pertaining to structural and regulatory arrangements within the Queensland and National Electricity and Gas Markets. My primary achievement was the development of a threshold reduction strategy for the introduction of competition to the Queensland natural gas market. I also had a key involvment in the establishment of the National Electricity Market from a Queensland Government perspective

    August 1994 - August 1995

    Research Officer AO3, Portfolio Management Unit, Qld Administrative Services Department

    Management of the State Government owned buildings. This involved project evaluation and financial analysis (from a commercial and whole of Government perspective), a financial analysis of leasing arrangements and property market analysis. The position also entailed a degree of building management including approval of building budgets and capital expenditure budgets, maintenance of a data base and energy management.

    February 1994 - August 1994

    Research Analyst, Property Division; Suncorp Investments

    Undertaking tasks associated with the project feasibility study of a major shopping center investment. My primary responsibility was the development of a statistical and economic analysis of the tourism industry in Cairns as well as an analysis of other local industries such as agriculture, fishing and mining.