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Board of Directors

 AusNet Services Board members

(from left): Dr Ralph Craven, Tan Chee Meng, Dr Nora Scheinkestel, Peter Mason, Sally Farrier, Li Lequan, Robert Milliner, and Alan Chan Heng Loon.

Tony Narvaez (not pictured). 

  • Peter Mason AM - Independent Chairman

    Peter Mason

    AM – Independent Chair
    (appointed March 2016)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours), University of New South Wales
    • Master of Business Administration, University of New South Wales
    • Honorary Doctorate, University of New South Wales

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Mason has over 40 years’ experience in investment banking, including with UBS, JP Morgan and Schroders, and brings to the Board a wealth of business experience. In addition to his investment banking career, Mr Mason has extensive experience as both a Chairman and a Non-executive Director of listed companies including Chairman of AMP Limited and Chairman of David Jones Limited.

    Mr Mason is currently a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies and Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation.

    Mr Mason was a trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust for six years and a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales for 13 years. For 12 years he was a Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund for eight years. Mr Mason was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Children’s Hospital.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    Director Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (2010–2019) (SGX-ST listed company)


    Special responsibilities

    • Chair of the Board
    • Chair of the Nomination Committee

  • Tony Narvaez - Managing Director

    Tony Narvaez

    Managing Director
    (Appointed November 2019)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce and Economics, Murdoch University
    • Diploma of Financial Services (Energy Trading)
    • General Management Programme, Harvard Business School, USA

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Narvaez commenced at AusNet as Managing Director in November 2019.

    He has extensive experience in the energy sector, including prior roles as CEO of Endeavour Energy, and CEO of United Energy and Multinet Gas.

    Mr Narvaez has also held senior executive roles at General Electric, ATCO Group and Verve Energy, spanning strategy, business development, commercial, operations, major projects and joint ventures in Australia and internationally.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    Managing Director

  • Dr Ralph Craven - Non-executive Director

    Ralph Craven

    Non-executive Director
    (appointed January 2014)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical – First Class Honours), University of Queensland
    • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Deakin University
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Processing, University of Queensland

    Experience and expertise

    Dr Craven has broad experience across the energy sector including electricity, gas and mining. He has worked in electricity transmission and generation businesses at senior executive level and been responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure projects and oversight of large-scale business operations at a national level. Dr Craven has been a full-time non-executive director since 2007 and served on many boards in the public and private sector.

    Dr Craven is currently a Non-executive Director and Chair of Genex Power Ltd, a listed renewables energy company focused on the integration of renewables including pumped storage into the National Energy Market. He is also a Non-executive Director of Senex Energy Ltd and Multicom Resources Ltd.

    Dr Craven is the former Chair of Stanwell Corporation Limited, the largest electricity generation company in Queensland. His other prior directorships include being Non-executive Director and Chair of Invion Limited, Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, Tully Sugar Limited and Non-executive Deputy Chair of Arrow Energy Limited. He has also been a Non-executive Director of Windlab Limited and Mitchell Services Limited.

    At the end of 2015, Dr Craven completed a six-year term as Director of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Chair of the IEC National Committee of Australia. Dr Craven was CEO of Transpower New Zealand Limited and also held senior executive positions in Shell Coal Pty Ltd and NRG Asia Pacific Limited.


    Other current listed company directorships

    • Senex Energy Limited (from 2011)
    • Genex Power Limited (from 2015)


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee

  • Sally Farrier - Independent Non-executive Director

    Sally Farrier

    Independent Non-executive Director
    (appointed January 2014)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Master of Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis, Securities Institute of Australia

    Experience and expertise

    Ms Farrier has more than 20 years’ experience as a Non-executive director with specialist expertise in public policy, economic regulation and institutional design, particularly in the energy, water and infrastructure sectors.

    She continues to be engaged in an expert capacity in relation to energy and water management, and planning at Australian federal and state levels. She is a member of the Melbourne Energy Institute Advisory Board and served as a National Water Commissioner. She has chaired and been a member of numerous independent advisory panels.

    Ms Farrier has a keen interest in contemporary governance and in deliberative democracy and tools that support meaningful stakeholder engagement. She has been involved in start-ups and seed funding since 2002, including as a member of the founding team of Patientrack, and through Scale Investors. Ms Farrier is currently a Non-executive Director of Orion New Zealand Limited. Her prior directorships include Kidney Health Australia, Meridian Energy Limited, Manidis Roberts Pty Limited, Hydro Tasmania and Western Power.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    • Chair of the Remuneration Committee
    • Member of Audit and Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee

  • Alan Chan Heng Loon - Non-executive Director

    Alan Chan Heng Loon

    Non-executive Director
    (appointed May 2018)


    Qualifications

    • Diplome d’Ingenieur, Ecole Nationale de L’Avation Civile France
    • Masters of Business Administration (with Distinction) (INSEAD)

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Chan has significant experience in both the government and corporate sectors. From 2002 to 2017 he was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH). His other prior directorships include Singapore Power Limited and The Development Bank of Singapore Ltd.

    Before joining SPH, Mr Chan had a career in government spanning 25 years. Some of his government appointments included Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Director of Manpower, Ministry of Defence.

    Mr Chan has also served as Chair of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Singapore) and was Chair of the Corporate Governance Council that reviewed the Singapore Code of Corporate Governance in 2012.

    Mr Chan is currently Chair of the Land Transport Authority (Singapore), Chair of the Singapore-China Foundation and a member of the Public Service Commission (Singapore). He is also Deputy Chair of Pavilion Energy Group of companies.

    He is a President’s Scholar and was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold and Silver) and Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to public service.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee

  • Robert Milliner - Independent Non-executive Director

    Robert Milliner

    Independent Non-executive Director
    (appointed July 2015)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland
    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Queensland
    • Master of Business Administration, University of Western Australia
    • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School, USA

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Milliner has extensive experience in the legal and corporate sectors and during his time in legal practice specialised in commercial law in major energy sector reforms, mergers and acquisitions, privatisation and infrastructure transactions. More recently, he has specialised in financial services and public-private policy engagement with major multi-lateral for a particularly in relation to financial system regulation, infrastructure, energy and climate change, and digitalisation as well as international stakeholder relations. Mr Milliner is Chair of the Australian Payments Council, a Director of the Global Infrastructure Hub Ltd and a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (and Chair of Economic Working Group). He is also a Senior Adviser at UBS and Senior Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General.

    In 2013 and 2014 Mr Milliner was the B20 Australia Sherpa and coordinated the international business community’s recommendations to the 2014 G20. Mr Milliner was also a Senior Director B20 Saudi Arabia 2020. He is an honorary member of the Business Council of Australia where he participates in working groups on economics, energy & climate change and global engagement. From 2004 to 2011 Mr Milliner was Chief Executive Partner of law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and retired from Mallesons in January 2012 after 28 years as a partner.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    • Lead Independent Director
    • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee

  • Dr Nora Scheinkestel - Independent Non-executive Director

    Nora Scheinkestel

    Independent Non-executive Director
    (appointed November 2016)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Melbourne University
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Melbourne University

    Experience and expertise

    Dr Scheinkestel is an experienced company director with more than 25 years’ experience as a Non-executive Chair and director of companies in a wide range of industry sectors including the public, government and private sectors. Dr Scheinkestel has a long track record in the infrastructure sector. She has served as a Chair and as a Director of several toll road, gas, water and electricity companies, as well as others in highly regulated sectors, such as telecommunications and financial services, and in industries facing significant disruption from technology and market changes.

    Dr Scheinkestel is a former banking executive and has significant experience in international and project financing. She has extensive financial and risk management expertise, which includes having chaired the audit and risk committees of several listed companies.

    She is a published author of Rethinking Project Finance – Allocating and Mitigating Risk in Australasian Projects. Dr Scheinkestel was an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Business School at University of Melbourne, a former member of the Takeovers Panel and was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.


    Other current listed company directorships

    • Brambles Limited (from 2020)
    • Westpac Banking Corporation (from 2021)
    • Telstra Corporation Limited (from 2010)

    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    • Atlas Arteria International Limited (2015–2020)
    • Atlas Arteria Limited (2014–2020)

       

    • Oceana Gold Corporation (2018–2019)

       

    • Stockland Corporation Limited (2015–2019)

       


    Special responsibilities

    Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Nomination Committee

  • Li Lequan - Non-executive Director

    Li Lequan

    Non-executive Director
    (appointed October 2018)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University
    • Master of Atmospheric Physics, Research Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • Master of Business Administration, City University, Bellevue, Washington, USA

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Li is Senior Executive Vice President of State Grid International Development Corporation Limited (SGID). He serves as a Non-executive director of Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN), SGPS, S.A. in Portugal, a member of Corporate Governance Committee and Nominations & Appraisals committee of REN Board. He also serves as a Director of Chilquinta Energía S.A. in Chile since 2020. He was previously a director of ElectraNet Pty Ltd (from 2012 to 2018).

    Mr Li began his career with the China Electricity Council in 1988 accumulating rich expertise in the atmospheric environmental impacts of thermal power plants and technical means to control atmospheric pollution in thermal power plants. Mr Li then held senior roles at China Electric Power Technology Import and Export Corporation including as Project Manager, Head of Second Business Department, and Chief Economist.

    Mr Li has worked at SGID and has overseen the mergers and acquisitions of overseas power transmission and distribution assets since 2009. From July 2015 to December 2019, his responsibilities were extended to include the management of the company’s legal affairs, as General Counsel of SGID. Over the last 13 years, he has led the business development team to complete 13 overseas M&A projects with total investment exceeding USD 26 billion. Mr Li has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance, asset valuation, due diligence, risk management and control, corporate governance, and energy transformation.


    Other current listed company directorships

    Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A. (since 2018) (Euronext Lisbon listed company)


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee

  • Tan Chee Meng - Non-executive Director

    Tan Chee Meng

    Non-executive Director
    (appointed May 2016)


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Master of Laws (First Class), University of Cambridge, UK

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Tan has dual qualifications in engineering and law and has over 30 years’ experience in the legal industry, practising in the areas of general civil litigation, construction and engineering dispute resolution, criminal law, insurance, professional indemnity and disciplinary proceedings.

    Mr Tan’s prior board positions include serving as a Director of Singapore Power Limited and as a board member of Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.

    Mr Tan spent his earlier career as a civil engineer before becoming a qualified legal practitioner holding offices of Deputy Senior State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in both the civil and criminal divisions of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and Deputy Director of the Commercial Affairs Department in Singapore. Mr Tan joined private practice in 1993 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2006. He is currently the Deputy Chair of WongPartnership LLP.


    Other current listed company directorships

    None


    Former listed company directorships in last three years

    None


    Special responsibilities

    Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination Committee