Energy Queensland Limited is a 100% Government Owned Corporation, with a number of operating subsidiary companies, reporting to the Queensland Government.
Our shareholding Ministers are the Treasurer and Minister for Investment and the Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement on behalf of the Queensland community.
Energy Queensland is overseen by a Board of directors. Energy Queensland’s Board Charter sets the framework for long-term success, providing oversight and strategic direction to management alongside sound corporate governance structure and practices.
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Sarah Zeljko joined the Board as Chair in October 2022. As Chair of Energy Queensland, Sarah is at the helm of Australia’s biggest government-owned energy company.
She also holds Chair and Non-Executive Director roles within the utilities, infrastructure, manufacturing, and product development sectors.
Recognised for her commercial acumen, Sarah has a record of delivering revenue growth in large corporations through developing and executing corporate strategy, negotiating commercial agreements, and project management across complex multi-million-dollar transactions.
Sarah has previously served as a Director on the Board of Powerlink, and has held professional non-executive director and governance Board roles over the past 15 years. She is currently on the Board of Stockyard Beef, Unitywater and Intellidesign.
In addition, Sarah is an admitted legal practitioner in the QLD and NSW Supreme Courts, and has held previous roles as General Counsel and Company Secretary for G8 Education, the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and Cement Australia.
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Mark Algie joined the Board in 2016. He is the Chair of the People, Safety and Environment Committee and a member of the Regulatory and Policy Committee.
Mark is a highly experienced human resources executive with over 15 years’ experience across numerous sectors including defence, heavy engineering, construction, utilities, infrastructure and media.
He is currently the Managing Director of Human Outsource which specialises in the provision of human resources and psychology services. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of AEIOU Foundation where he is the Chair of the People and Culture Committee.
Previously Mark has held appointments as Director, Events and Custom Media for News Corp Australia and Human Resources Director with APN, Australian Regional Media. He also spent four years with Tenix Australia in a number of HR appointments including as Manager Human Resources Infrastructure, and two years with Ergon Energy Corporation Limited as a Senior Employee Relations Consultant. He began his career as an Army Officer with the Department of Defence.
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Vaughan Busby joined the Board in 2017. He is the Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Vaughan currently serves as the Chairman for ASX listed SciDev and is a non-executive Director for ASX listed EnergyOne, and is the Chairman of Netlogix Australia.
Previously, he was a Director of Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd, and the Managing Director for HRL Morrison & Co Australia, an infrastructure fund manager responsible for managing the NZX listed fund Infratil.
With extensive experience in the energy industry and infrastructure sectors, Vaughan holds an MBA from the IMD Business School in Switzerland.
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Teresa Dyson joined the Board in 2016. She is the Chair of the Audit Committee.
Teresa is currently a non-executive director of Seven West Media Ltd, Genex Power Ltd, Shine Justice Ltd, Entyr Ltd, Brighter Super and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
She is a member of the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Services Board and the Takeovers Panel and Chair of the Chief Executive Women Qld Policy & Engagement Committee. Teresa was formerly a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, Chair of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and Chair of the Board of Taxation.
Prior to becoming a full-time non-executive director, Teresa had over 20 years legal experience advising the private sector and governments on complex infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and social infrastructure. She was formerly a partner of each of Ashurst Lawyers and Deloitte Australia.
In 2011, Teresa was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.
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Karen Lay-Brew joined the Board in 2021. She is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee, the People, Safety and Environment Committee and chairs the Digital Projects Committee.
Karen brings extensive international experience in Chief Information Officer and Chief Productivity Officer roles in multinational corporations including BHP, Microsoft and Honeywell Asia Pacific with responsibility for implementing systems and technologies, culture change and operational excellence.
She currently serves as a non-executive Director for Multicap, a leading support organisation for people with disabilities, particularly those with high and complex needs and their families.
Karen has served on high-level Australian Government boards for a number of years and was previously a director and President of Australian Business Software Industry Association, now renamed DSPANZ.
She is the Managing Director of 3Pillars.Digital, which supports organisations to apply contemporary and digital technologies to deliver sustained business outcomes. The 3Pillars group provides management consulting services to numerous industries including mining, utilities, defence and public sector.
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The Honourable Paul Lucas joined the Board in 2021. He is a member of the Audit Committee, the People, Safety and Environment Committee, and the Regulatory and Policy Committee.
Paul has extensive experience with regulated utilities in the energy, rail, and aviation sectors at both a State and Federal level. His background provides him with a particular understanding of regional and remote communities together with governance, risk and strategy expertise. Dual qualified as a Solicitor and Urban Planner, he is a consultant to a major Eastern Seaboard law firm.
He is an independent Director on the Board of the PKKP Aboriginal Corporation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of regional airline, Skytrans. He is a Director of the Central Highlands Development Corporation and the State Advisory Council of the National Heart Foundation. He conducts DFAT funded courses internationally in areas including governance, infrastructure, disaster resilience. He is the Queensland President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
He has previously served as Chair of the Cross-River Rail Delivery Authority; and as a Director of Airservices Australia; Powerlink; The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health; & Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation. A former Deputy Premier of Queensland, he served as a Minister for 11 years in a variety of portfolios including Energy, Infrastructure & Planning and Local Government.
Sandra Diethelm joined the Board in October 2023. Sandra has served as the chairperson of Women in Engineering and has made substantial contributions to the energy industry in Australia and overseas. She is an accomplished industry advisor on future grids and holds active membership in CIGRE (the international council on large electrical systems).
Sandra attained her degree in electrical and electronics engineering in Switzerland, and she brings extensive public and private sector experience from Australia, Europe and Asia.
She has supported Australian electricity distribution and transmission businesses over the past two decades in areas including strategy, major program delivery, risk, governance and energy regulation. Her consulting experience also includes advisory services to infrastructure owners and operators in other similarly complex industries such as the water, road, rail and ports sectors.
Beyond her engagement with asset-intensive organisations, Sandra is the former Queensland Trade Commissioner to India.
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Jane joined Energy Queensland in May 2017 as Company Secretary. She has over 15 years’ senior leadership experience in the utilities industry and is admitted as a solicitor in Queensland.
Jane also serves as a director on all EQL’s subsidiary companies.
Our Executive Leadership Team
Our Executive Leadership Team comprises of a Chief Executive Officer and eight Executive Leaders.
Chief Executive Officer
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Peter Scott was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Energy Queensland in September 2023.
Bringing a wealth of leadership and energy industry experience, Peter previously acted as CEO of Energy Queensland from July 2019 to March 2020 and held the role of Executive General Manager Finance from November 2016 to December 2022.
Prior to Energy Queensland, Peter served as Energex’s Chief Financial Officer for two years.
Peter holds a Diploma of Business, a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Peter Price was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive Leadership Team in November 2016 and is responsible for leading the Group’s engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the Group’s electricity distribution networks.
Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Peter was a member of Energex’s Executive Management Team for ten years. His career with Energex included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial businesses.
Peter holds both a bachelor degree (with honours) and a masters degree in engineering from the University of Queensland and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is also Chair of Energy Skills Queensland and is a Director of TAFE Queensland.
Chief Operations Officer
Paul Jordon has been a member of the Executive Leadership Team since December 2017. He leads the operations and maintenance of Energy Queensland’s distribution network across the state. This covers both Ergon Energy and Energex’s operational streams including works programming, field delivery, network operations, system design, substations and emergency planning and response.
Prior to his appointment to the Executive Leadership Team, Paul has had experience leading health and safety, retail and works planning activities at an organisational level.
With more than 30 years’ experience in electricity distribution and retail fields in Australia and internationally, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to his role and continues to work proactively with Energy entities in Australia and worldwide sharing knowledge, learnings and future innovations, ensuring Energy Queensland is a global leader in the energy industry.
Paul has a high level of expertise in disaster preparedness and response and is a passionate advocate for the safety of employees and communities.
Chief Financial Officer
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David Malek commenced as the Chief Financial Officer of Energy Queensland Limited in March 2023. David is responsible for managing the Financial, Procurement & Supply and Corporate Shared Services of Energy Queensland, in addition to the Company Secretariat and General Counsel functions.
Prior to joining Energy Queensland, David held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Brisbane Airport Corporation, in addition to having extensive global experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance advisory within Australian and European energy, infrastructure and property sectors.
As an experienced leader and senior executive, David is passionate about delivering strong financial outcomes through leadership, strategy development and execution, financial and commercial capability, in addition to governance and financial risk management.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, a Master of Business Administration Finance and Economics, and a Master of Applied Finance. He is a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). David is also a member of the Economics and Finance Committee Council of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI) and a Non-Executive Director of Financial Executives Institute (FEI) of Australia.
Acting Executive General Manager, Regulation
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Nicola was appointed Acting Executive General Manager, Regulation for Energy Queensland in June 2023. Through this appointment Nicola leads the regulation, network pricing and forecasting functions which provides focus on the regulatory reform required to deliver on our customers’ needs and enables Queensland’s energy transformation.
Nicola has had 25 years of experience in the electricity supply industry. Her career at Energy Queensland includes General Manager roles in Grid Planning, Strategy and Regulation, and being responsible for corporate and regulatory strategy, network pricing and strategic forecasting. Prior to joining Energy Queensland Nicola held network planning and regulation management roles at Energex and in the United Kingdom.
As a chartered engineer, Nicola holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Honours, a Master’s degree of Science in Electrical Power Engineering, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Acting Chief Information Officer
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Sharyn has over 25 years of leadership experience in the Australian utility sector working in areas of Asset Investment, Operations, Workforce Management, Strategic Program Management, Procurement and Supply and Commercial Partnerships.
Previously General Manager Grid Investment at Energy Queensland managing an annual $2 Bn network investment portfolio, Sharyn is currently Acting Chief Information Officer.
She is Chair of the Dream Big Australia Board, a charity committed to enhancing women’s potential and their ability to succeed in STEAM careers.
Sharyn holds an MBA from the University of South Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds MCIPs with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Her speciality areas are transformational change, strategic thinking, people development and operational excellence.
Chief Customer Officer
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Michael Dart was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive Leadership Team from 1 January 2020. He is responsible for leading customer, community, stakeholder engagement, brand, marketing, media, internal communications, digital communications and investor relations strategies for Energy Queensland.
He also has executive responsibility for the largest 24/7 Network Customer Operations centre in Australia, and oversees the market transaction and customer connections functions for the business.
He has executive management, stakeholder relations, policy development and communications experience reaching more than 20 years. He has worked for state and local governments and as consultant to the private and public sectors.
Michael has spent more than a decade as an Energy Industry leader and is also a Non-Executive Director of Creative Regions, with Director experience in the government, arts and environmental health fields.
Acting Executive General Manager, Corporate Services
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Karen was appointed Acting Executive General Manger, Corporate Services for Energy Queensland in August 2022. This appointment sees Karen take up leadership of human resources, industrial relations, environment, safety and cultural heritage functions, property and facilities management, fleet assets - including aviation safety management, security and business integration functions.
Karen has had 20 years’ experience in the energy industry. Her career at Energy Queensland includes General Manager roles in Procurement and Supply, and Legal, Regulation and Pricing. Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Karen was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Ergon Energy.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is admitted as a solicitor in Queensland.
Executive General Manager, Retail
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Ayesha Razzaq was appointed Executive General Manager, Retail in March 2020.
Ayesha is responsible for leading Energy Queensland’s Retail business, Ergon Energy Retail. This includes delivering a positive customer experience, managing wholesale energy procurement, and the ongoing development of products and service choices for customers.
With over 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles within the energy industry, Ayesha is committed to customer-centricity, operational and transformational excellence, and driving innovative strategies to deliver profitable growth. Her prior experience in navigating a Retail business through significant energy industry change will help continue to move the Retail business forward in its customer-centric approach.
Ayesha holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and has graduated from Harvard Business School where she completed the Advanced Management Program. She was awarded the 2017 ACT Corporate Telstra Business Woman Award.
Executive General Manager, Yurika
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Belinda has been a member of the Executive Leadership Team since 2016 and was appointed as the Executive General Manager of Yurika in January 2023, making her responsible for leading a competitive commercial business that boasts a rapidly growing, national footprint. Offering solutions including the engineering, design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of significant Energy and Infrastructure projects, the Yurika business also offers an integrated suite of energy solutions including Telecoms, Internet of Things, Metering and Energy Material Supplies.
Belinda has a track record of transforming cultures and delivering organisational objectives in public, private and not for profit organisations across a range of different industries.
Having previously served as a Non-Executive Director with the Electrical Safety Board and Executive Director for Ergon Retail and Energex and Ergon Distribution Boards, Belinda is currently a Non-Executive Director at Energy Skills Queensland and HELP Enterprises.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Applied Law, qualifications in finance, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.