Board of Directors - Retail (EEQ)

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

The Retail business is known as Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd (EEQ) and following is the Board of Directors.

Gary Stanford

Photo of Ergon Energy Director Gary Stanford

MAppFin DipAppFin BCom GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2015

  • Regulatory Committee - Chair
  • Audit & Financial Risk Management - Member
  • Operational Risk Committee - Member
  • Ergon Energy Queensland Risk Management 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 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).

Gary Humphrys

Director Gary Humphrys


Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2015

  • Audit & Financial Risk Management - Chair
  • Regulatory Committee - Member
  • Establishment & People Committee - Member
  • Ergon Energy Queensland Risk Management 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 Electricity Supply Industry Superannuation (Qld) Ltd and HESTA Superannuation.

Rod Wilkes

Photo of EEQ Bord member Rod Wilkes


Independent Non-Executive Director

First Appointed in October 2015

  • Ergon Energy Queensland Risk Management Committee - Member

Rod Wilkes has over 40 years' experience in the energy industry. He spent 30 years in various roles including information technology, project management and executive management, prior to undertaking a lead role in the sale and transfer of Country Energy’s retail business to Origin Energy. In recent years, Rod worked in Tasmania preparing the Aurora retail business for sale and subsequent restructure leading up to full retail contestability. He was also involved in separating retail from the Power and Water Corporation in the Northern Territory and establishing Jacana Energy as a standalone energy retailer. During Rod’s career he has held a number of positions involving regulatory compliance, operations management, company mergers, vendor due diligence, transitional services and business transformation.

Board of Directors' skills matrix

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

Skills and ExperienceBoard

Executive leadership

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

3 Directors


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.

3 Directors


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.

2 Directors


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.

2 Directors

Capital projects

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

2 Directors

Health, Safety and Environment

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

1 Director

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.

3 Directors


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

3 Directors


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.

2 Directors

Public Policy

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

2 Directors
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