Board Members

Energex Limited Board of Directors

Kerryn Newton - Board Chair

Kerryn newton, DirectorLLM, MBA, MA, Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment), FAICD, FAIM, FGIA

Kerryn was appointed as Chair of the Energex Limited Board on 23 April 2015.  Kerryn first joined the Energex Limited Board in October 2008 and since that time has been a member of, and chaired, several of the Board Committees. She is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the People Committee.

Kerryn was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1991 and has over 25 years experience working in various legal, management and commercial roles in the private and public sectors, and as a consultant working across the private, government, publicly-listed, and not-for-profit sectors in an extensive range of industries.

Kerryn has also been a member, and Chair, of a wide range of boards and committees, and was a member of the former Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission. 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.

Major General The Honourable Peter Arnison (Retd)AC, CVO - Director

Peter Arnison, DirectorBEc, D Laws UQ, D Univ QUT, D Univ Griffith, D Letters USQ, D Univ SCU, Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment)

Peter Arnison was first appointed a non-executive Director of the Energex Limited Board in December 2004.  He is Chairman of the Regulatory Committee and a member of the Network and Technical Committee and the People Committee.

Peter served for 37 years in the Australian Army in a variety of Infantry command appointments, retiring as Land Commander, Australia, in June 1996. He was appointed Queensland's 23rd Governor, serving from July 1997 to July 2003.

He held the position of Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology for eight years (until September 2012) and has held a number of company and organisation board memberships. In 2011, Peter chaired the Brisbane City Council Flood Response Review Board.

Ken Clarke - Director

Ken Clarke, DirectorB.Com (Hons) Grad Dip (Mgt - Stanford USA)

Ken Clarke was appointed a non-executive Director of Energex Limited Board in July 2012. He is a member of the Network and Technical Committee and the Regulatory Committee.  Ken has an extensive career in public administration, with particular experience in public finance and governance. 

A former Under Treasurer in the Northern Territory Government, Ken also has experience working in Canberra as well as in the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea. 

Ken has had various Board appointments, including the NT Power and Water Authority, In Motion Technologies Pty Ltd, Northern Territory University, and the Northern Territory Mango Industry Association. 

He works as a consultant and has Board and executive roles in a company developing software and content for the education industry in Australia and overseas.

Mervyn Davies – Director

Mervyn Davies, DirectorBE (Hons), M.Eng.SC, B.Com

Mervyn Davies was appointed a non-executive Director of Energex Limited Board in July 2012. He is Chairman of the Network and Technical Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Regulatory Committee.  

Mervyn is a career engineer, engineering consultant and professional company director.  He has extensive experience in the electricity distribution industry and has served on many state and private energy boards. These companies and boards include EnergyAustralia (now Ausgrid) in NSW, Western Power Corporation (WA) and Northern Territory Power & Water Corporation, Country Energy (now Essential Energy) in NSW and Aurora Energy Pty Ltd (Tasmania).

After more than 30 years in a range of operational and management positions with EnergyAustralia, Mervyn established and operates an engineering consultancy practice specialising in electricity distribution, spending time developing and negotiating long-term capital expenditure plans and performance outcomes affecting the security of electricity supply to Sydney. He also worked for the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in NSW and for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

He holds Honours and Masters degrees in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and has membership or affiliation with the Warren Centre – Energy Committee (University of Sydney), and the Electric Energy Society of Australia.

Sandra Deane - Director

Sandra Deane, DirectorB.Com, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip CSP, GAICD

Sandra Deane was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Energex Limited Board in December 2012.  She is Chairman of the People Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Sandra is an independent energy consultant with extensive private and public sector experience in highly regulated environments, including the energy and infrastructure sectors.  She brings experience from senior positions in the corporate (publicly listed, large private and government-owned corporations) and professional (legal) sectors.

Sandra has almost 20 years in corporate and private legal practice roles and brings professional expertise in contract management and negotiation, dispute resolution and compliance to the Energex Board. She is currently a member of the Southbank Institute of Technology Advisory Council, a sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and a board member of Legal Aid Queensland. Sandra was Energex's Gas Commercial Manager between 2005 to 2007 and worked in that role for AGL until 2009 including the transition period following the sale of the Energex gas business.

John Geldard - Director

John Geldard, DirectorB.Com, BE, CPA FAICD

John Geldard was first appointed a non-executive Director of the Energex Limited Board in July 2005.  He is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Regulatory Committee.

John has extensive experience within the private and public sectors in the manufacturing, mining and energy industries and has been involved with electricity industry reform in Queensland and Western Australia.

Previously, John has held executive positions at Energex, including Chief Executive Officer between March and December 2000, and Chief Financial Officer from July 1997 to April 2001. Prior to this, John served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Queensland Transmission and Supply Corporation. 

John is a Director of Energy Super (formerly ESI Super), and is a previous Deputy Member of the Queensland Treasury Corporation Board.

Gordon Jardine - Director

Gordon JardineB.E ( Hons) , B.Com , M.Sc ( Environmental), FAICD, FAIM, FIEAust, FTSE

Gordon was appointed to the Energex Board in May 2015.  He is a member of the People Committee and the Regulatory Committee.

He is also the independent Chairman of ElectraNet Pty Limited, the private company which owns and operates the high voltage electricity transmission grid in South Australia, a position held since 2011.He has been an ElectraNet director almost continuously since 2000.

From 1995 to 2011, he was CEO of Powerlink Queensland, which owns and operates the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Queensland. During this period, he was seconded to Energex as CEO for 9 months in 2004/05. Gordon spent his early career in the computer software industry, where he held a number of national and international roles, and in the mining industry in Queensland and WA.

Company Secretaries

Michael Russell - Director Corporate Governance and Company Secretary

Michael Russell, Director Corporate Governance and Company SecretaryBE, MBA, Grad Dip AppCorpGov, GAICD, ACIS, MIEAust, CPEng

Michael Russell has been a company secretary for the Energex Group Companies since early 2004.

Initially he held the position of Corporate Affairs Manager (Assistant Company Secretary) and from October 2004, Acting Group Company Secretary.

In October 2007 he was appointed as General Manager Corporate Governance and in 2010 became Director, Corporate Governance.

Michael joined the organisation when it was operating as SEQEB in 1984, and has held various engineering and management positions.

In the last 10 years, his expertise in corporate governance has been developed through responsibilities that included the management of significant Energex investments in a listed telecommunications company and in Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited.

Marnie White - Corporate Governance Manager Marnie White, Corporate Governance Manager and Company Secretaryand Company Secretary

LLB, BA, Grad Dip LP, Grad Dip App Corp Gov,GAICD

Marnie White was admitted as a solicitor in July 2000 and practiced in a national law firm before joining Energex as Legal Counsel Network in 2005.

She was appointed as Secretariat and Governance Manager (Company Secretary) in December 2007 and became Corporate Governance Manager in 2011.

In 2009, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance through Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Our Company Secretaries can be contacted by:

Telephone:  13 12 53

Fax:  (07) 3664 9808


Energex Limited
GPO Box 1461
Brisbane  QLD  4001

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