What is Energy Queensland?

In December 2015, the Queensland Government announced its intention to merge government-owned electricity companies, Ergon Energy and Energex.

In June 2016, the parent company Energy Queensland was created with its headquarters in Townsville. The combined business not only includes the two electricity distributors, but also Ergon Energy Retail, and a new energy services business.

The driving force behind the merger is to make the electricity sector more efficient and to create an energy business ready for the future.

What is our focus?

Electricity prices have risen over the past decade, contributing to rising costs of living and of doing business.

To play our role in addressing electricity affordability for our customers and the community, our focus is on operating safely, efficiently and effectively as we can, creating value through innovation, and strengthening and growing from our core business.

What does the future look like?

Energy Queensland launched its re-branded energy services business - Yurika - in December 2017. Yurika has already made its mark by spearheading a range of high-profile projects across Queensland including the Electric Super Highway from Cairns to Coolangatta and supporting the rollout of digital meters across Australia.

Ownership Model

Our Board

An image of Phil Garling, Chairman of the Board of Energy Queensland

Phil Garling



Phil Garling brings to his role as Chairman almost 40 years of experience in the Australian energy, construction, infrastructure and investment sectors, gained through an extensive board and executive career.

Phil is currently a non-executive director of Downer EDI Limited, Charter Hall Limited and Essential Energy Limited. He has previously been a non-executive director of Network NSW, which was formed when Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy merged in July 2012 and was the inaugural Chairman of the DUET Group for seven years. He is also the president of Water Polo Australia Ltd.

Phil’s understanding of the energy sector and his broad corporate experience are a valuable asset in guiding the future direction of Energy Queensland Limited.

An image of Phil Garling, Chairman of the Board of Energy Queensland

Kerryn Newton


LLM MBA MA GradDip(Applied Finance and Investment) FAICD FAIM FGIA

Kerryn is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and has more than 25 years’ experience in legal, management and commercial roles in the private and public sectors, and as a consultant working in an extensive range of industries.

Currently, Kerryn is Managing Director of a national governance consulting firm and advises a wide range of organisations in the areas of governance, strategy and management.

Over the past decade, Kerryn has chaired the boards of numerous not-for-profit organisations in the child care, aged care and housing sectors. She was a non-executive director of Energex Limited until 2016.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Kathy Hirschfeld



Kathy Hirschfeld has extensive experience on ASX, NYSE, private company and government boards. She also brings her experience leading a manufacturing business and earlier as a chemical engineer with BP in oil refining, logistics and exploration in Australia, the UK and Turkey. Kathy was also a Logistics Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

Kathy is an enthusiastic leader with a commitment to developing people and building teams. She is passionate about improving the representation of women in leadership and engineering, with a keen focus on risk management, safety and corporate governance.

In 2015, Kathy was named one of Australia’s AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence and, in 2014, the ninth woman recognised by Engineers Australia as an Honorary Fellow.

Kathy is currently a board member of UN Women Australia National Committee and Toxfree Solutions Ltd and a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Mark Algie



Mark is a highly experienced human resources executive with over 15 years’ experience across numerous sectors including 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 industrial relations advice. He is also the Director, Events and Custom Media for News Corp Australia.

Previously Mark was the Human Resources Director with APN, Australian Regional Media reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of 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.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Helen Stanton


BEng(Minerals Processing) GAICD

Helen brings strategy, risk and governance expertise to the Board.  Her career includes operational, leadership and commissioning roles in the mining and health industries. More recently Helen has worked as a consultant supporting organisations to formulate strategies for bottom line, sustainable improvements.

Helen is a non-executive director with Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation, where she is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Mater Health Services North Queensland and Northern Australia Primary Health Limited.

She was previously a non-executive director of Ergon Energy Corporation Limited.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Hugh Gleeson


BEng(Civil) FAICD FIE(Aust)

Hugh has over 30 years of experience in energy and utilities, bringing to the directorship significant experience in the areas of energy regulation and policy.

Hugh is a professional engineer and is the former CEO of 12 years of the electricity and gas distribution business United Energy and Multinet Gas. Hugh has served on the boards of the Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Energy Network Association and has also been involved in the water sector.

He is currently a non-executive director of Melbourne Water Corporation, gas distributor GDI (EEI) Pty Ltd (Allgas Energy) and electricity distributor Ausgrid.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Teresa Dyson



Teresa is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising the private sector and governments on complex infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and social infrastructure.

Teresa is currently a Consultant at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, specialising in taxation and governance in the not-for-profit sector. She was formerly a partner of Ashurst Lawyers and Deloitte Australia.

In 2011, Teresa was named Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She is the Deputy Chair of the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Services Board and Chair of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section.

Teresa is also a non-executive director of UN Women National Committee Australia, Opera Queensland Limited and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Lifeline Australia.

Energy Queensland Board Member

Vaughan Busby


B.Pharm, MBA

Vaughan Busby currently serves as a non-executive Director for ASX listed EOL, a company providing specialist software to the energy industry.

Previously, he was a Director of Ergon Energy Queensland, and the Managing Director for HRL Morrison & Co Australia, an infrastructure fund manager responsible for managing the NZX listed fund Infratil.

He has served as the Chairman of Perth Energy, a vertically integrated energy retailer in Western Australia and as a non-executive Director for Lumo Energy, an energy retailer operating in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. He was also a non-executive Director of Infratil Energy Australia, a wholesale energy trading company. Vaughan was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Energy One, an electricity retailer, and a Director of Ferrier Hodgson.

He has extensive experience, not only in the energy industry, but also in turn-around and corporate restructuring.  Vaughan holds an MBA from the IMD Business School in Switzerland.

Our Executive

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David Smales

Chief Executive Officer


David began his career with the Central Electricity Generating Board in the United Kingdom and has more than 30 years’ international experience in the energy industry. His experience covers technical, operational, corporate and senior executive roles, and leading businesses through transformational change.

David is a Director of various subsidiary companies of Energy Queensland, including Chairman of both Energex Limited and Ergon Energy Corporation Limited. David also chairs Energy Queensland’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

He holds a bachelor (honours) degree in mechanical and production engineering from Sheffield Hallam University (UK), a Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School (UK), is a fellow of Engineers Australia and also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David is also a Board Director of Energy Networks Australia (ENA).

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Peter Scott

Chief Financial Officer


Peter Scott was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in November 2016 and is responsible for managing the financial aspects of the Energy Queensland Group of companies, in addition to the company secretariat and general counsel functions.

Peter’s portfolio also includes enterprise level information and reporting, strategic procurement, and the provision of property and corporate shared services. Peter is a Director of various subsidiary companies of the Energy Queensland Group.

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Peter was Energex’s CFO for two years. Throughout his career he has gained extensive experience as a senior executive in both local government and government-owned corporations, including holding various CFO and Chief Executive roles. Peter’s earlier career included a variety of banking and government/semi-government roles across regional Queensland.

Peter holds a Diploma of Business, a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Professional Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Board Director of Energy Super.

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Craig Chambers

Executive General Manager, Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation

BCom MEng DipSustDev GAICD

Craig Chambers was appointed Executive General Manager Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation in December 2016. He is responsible for leading Energy Queensland’s corporate strategy. His role also involves managing the Group’s risk, compliance, regulation and pricing, as well as customer and stakeholder engagement and business innovation functions.

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industry in Australia, Asia and the USA. Most recently he was responsible for leading Australian power consulting practices, as part of their international operations. He has extensive experience in advising governments and industry on navigating change, in addition to delivering prominent utility scale thermal, hybrid, power network, storage, gas and renewable projects. Earlier in his career he co-founded and managed a vertically-integrated start-up distributed energy utility.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Diploma in Sustainable Development and has also completed a Masters of Engineering. Craig is also a Director of the subsidiary companies of the Energy Queensland Group.

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Peter Price

Executive General Manager, Asset Safety & Performance


Peter Price was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive 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 (honours) degree and a masters degree in engineering at the University of Queensland, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is also Chair  of Energy Skills Queensland and Deputy Chair of TAFE Queensland

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Paul Jordon

Executive General Manager, Distribution

Paul Jordon was appointed Executive General Manager, Distribution in December 2017 and is responsible for leading the Group’s electricity distribution networks operations, which includes merging and transforming Energex’s and Ergon Energy’s operations.

Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in the electricity distribution and retail fields, both in Australia and internationally. Most recently, he led the customer service elements of Ergon Energy Network – the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the distribution network, supply to isolated communities, and the commercial delivery of modular infrastructure and generation solutions.

Paul has specialist levels of expertise in disaster preparedness and response, and is passionate about ensuring the safety of employees and the community.

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Barbara-Anne Bensted

Chief Digital Officer

BCom GradDip(Information Systems) MBA

Barbara-Anne Bensted was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Energy Queensland in January 2017 and is responsible for developing and executing the Group’s digital strategy.

Barbara-Anne has had a successful international, multi-industry career in enabling organisations to achieve sustainable business transformations through the adoption of leading technologies, process and organisational behavioural changes.

She has recently supported government departments and large private corporations drive the development of digital transformation strategies for business improvement.

Barbara-Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma  in Information Systems from the University of Canberra and a Master of Business Administration from RMIT University in Melbourne

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Belinda Watton

Chief Transformation Officer

BCom MAppLaw GradCertAppFin GAICD

Belinda Watton was appointed Executive General Manager People, Culture and Safety of Energy Queensland in October 2016 and is responsible for leading Energy Queensland’s safety, leadership and cultural improvement strategies, in addition to managing all human resource related aspects of the Group.

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Belinda was Ergon Energy’s Executive General Manager People and Culture.

Belinda is an experienced human resources executive with a track record of transforming cultures and facilitating the creation of high  performing teams in a range of complex public, private and not for profit organisations. She brings expertise in corporate strategy development, leadership and talent development, employee engagement, safety leadership, industrial relations and remunerations management.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University, Master of Applied Law from University of Queensland, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from KAPLAN. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Cheryl Hopkins

Executive General Manager, Retail

GradCert(Management) MBA

Cheryl Hopkins was appointed Executive General Manager Retail of Energy Queensland in February 2017 and is responsible for leading the Group’s electricity retailing 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.

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Cheryl has accumulated more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, working in senior executive positions in retail, upstream gas and corporate functions within large private businesses operating in highly competitive markets.

Cheryl’s experience includes leading transformational change. Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

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Charles Rattray

Executive General Manager, Energy Services

BComm(Finance) BA(History)

Charles Rattray was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in December 2016 and is responsible for leading the growth of Yurika – Energy Queensland’s unregulated services business.

Prior to joining the Group, Charles has had an international career with periods pursuing new commercial opportunities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the USA, as well as a number of emerging markets. He started his career with the Australian Defence Force before moving into banking with a focus on energy, infrastructure and mining.

Charles has recently supported the development of new businesses that utilise disruptive technologies, including distributed energy assets, solar, wind, batteries and smart meters.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, both from the University of Melbourne.