Board of Directors - Network (EECL)

There are two sides to Ergon Energy – Network and Retail. Network builds and maintains the electricity distribution network, while Retail sells electricity to residential and business customers.

The Network business is known as Ergon Energy Corporation Limited (EECL) and following is the Board of Directors.

Clive Skarott AM

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AM FAICD FAMI

Chairman
Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in September 2015

  • Audit & Financial Risk Management - Member
  • Regulatory Committee - Member
  • Establishment & People Committee - Member
  • Operational Risk Committee - Member

Clive Skarott has had extensive experience developing and managing regional businesses in a variety of industries. Born in Atherton, North Queensland, he gave 35 years of service to the Electricity Credit Union (ECU), serving as CEO and Company Secretary before retiring in 2008. Clive was named Cairns’ Citizen of the Year in 2011 and in 2012 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to export, tourism, banking, sport and education.  Clive is the Patron of Advance Cairns and has undertaken board and related roles at James Cook University. He is currently Chairman of JCU Dental and President of the Cairns Historical Society and the Cairns Museum.


Gary Humphrys

Director Gary Humphrys

CA GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2009

  • Audit & Financial Risk Management - Chair
  • Regulatory Committee - Member
  • Establishment & People Committee - Member

Gary Humphrys brings more than 35 years of experience in the energy and mining industries to the Ergon Energy's Board. A chartered accountant, he has held senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors across a range of disciplines, including finance and accounting, treasury, taxation, information and technology, procurement, risk management and audit. In recent years, Gary has undertaken board and related committee roles in the water, energy, mining and health industries. He is currently a director of St Vincent's Health Australia Ltd and and H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd.


Gary Stanford

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MAppFin DipAppFin BCom GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in December 2014

  • Regulatory Committee - Chair
  • Audit & Financial Risk Management - Member
  • Operational Risk Committee - Member

Gary Stanford has had a wealth of management experience in the energy industry gained through numerous senior and executive level roles in Boral Ltd and Origin Energy Ltd  and, more recently, Alinta Energy Retail Sales Pty Ltd.  Over his career he has held responsibilities in wholesale energy trading, gas and electricity contracts, retail pricing, risk management, acquisitions, government relations and stakeholder communications.  He has also previously been on the board of a number of energy companies, including Retail Energy Market Company Pty Ltd (REMco) and South East Australia Gas Pty Ltd (Seagas).


Dr Lorraine Stephenson FTSE

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BSc (Hons) MBA PhD GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2015

  • Establishment & People Committee - Chair
  • Audit & Financial Risk Committee - Member
  • Operational Risk Committee - Member

Lorraine Stephenson has over 30 years industry experience in clean energy, agribusiness and R&D. She brings to the Ergon board extensive business experience and success in identifying and exploiting new opportunities for low emission technologies whilst minimising strategic and operational risks. She was the first Chief Clean Energy Advisor to the Queensland Government, formerly a Partner at EY and held senior executive roles at Origin Energy, Boral and Caltex.  As the principal consultant of Lightning Consulting Services, Lorraine advises major local and international energy, resource and capital intensive industries on energy, climate change and sustainability strategic issues. She has been an active participant in UNFCCC meetings since 2000. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia, a member of the NSW Climate Change Council and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Adam Aspinall

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BE GAICD CPEng

Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2015

  • Operational Risk Committee - Chair
  • Establishment & People Committee - Member
  • Regulatory Committee - Member

Adam Aspinall is a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in electricity generation, transmission, remote supply networks, distribution, retailing and market trading in Australia and overseas. As the power sector lead with global consulting firm Advisian, Adam also brings expertise with regulatory authorities, infrastructure owners, fuel supply companies and major contractors to the Ergon Energy Board.  Adam’s broad experience in the electricity industry has recently led to him being engaged as an expert on international contract arbitrations.  He previously led production and business development functions at CS Energy, and worked in the UK with the National Grid’s interconnections division. Adam is the Chairman of SPARQ Solutions Pty Ltd.


Board of Directors' skills matrix

The following is a list of the skills of our Board of Directors.

Skills Knowledge and Experience Director

Executive Leadership

Sustainable success in business at a very senior executive level in a successful career
Three Directors

Governance

Commitment to the highest standards of governance, including experience with a major organisation that is subject to rigorous governance standards and an ability to assess the effectiveness of senior management

Two Directors

Strategy/Risk

Track record of developing and implementing a successful strategy, including appropriately probing and challenging management on the delivery of agreed strategic planning objectives.  Track record in developing an asset or business portfolio over the long term that remains resilient to systemic risk.

Two Directors

Finance

Senior executive or equivalent experience in financial accounting and reporting, corporate finance and internal financial controls, including an ability to probe the adequacies of financial and risk controls.

Three Directors

Capital projects

Experience working in an industry with projects involving large-scale capital outlays and long-term investment horizons.

Two Directors

Health, Safety and Environment

Experience related to workplace health and safety, environmental and social responsibility, and community.

Two Directors

Human Resources

Board Remuneration Committee membership or management experience in relation to remuneration, including incentive programs and pensions/superannuation and the legislation and contractual framework governing remuneration.

Four Directors

Energy

Senior executive experience in the energy sector, including in-depth knowledge of the Group’s strategy, markets, competitors, operational issues, technology and regulatory concerns.

Four Directors

Marketing

Senior executive experience in marketing and a detailed understanding of the Group’s corporate purpose to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources.

One Director

Public policy

Experience in public and regulatory policy, including how it affects corporations.

Two Directors
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