AusNet Services Board members
(from left): Dr Ralph Craven, Tan Chee Meng, Dr Nora Scheinkestel, Peter Mason, Nino Ficca, Sally Farrier, Li Lequan, Robert Milliner, and Alan Chan Heng Loon
Peter Mason AM, Chairman and Independent Non-executive Director
(appointed March 2016)
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
Mr Mason has over 40 years’ experience in investment banking, including with 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 Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), a Senior Advisor to UBS, 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.
Nino Ficca, Managing Director
(appointed September 2005)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical - Honours), Deakin University
Graduate Diploma in Management, Deakin University
Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School, USA
Mr Ficca has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, including numerous senior management roles with AusNet Transmission Group Pty Ltd (formerly SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd) including as Managing Director since 2003.
Mr Ficca is a member of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board. Mr Ficca is also a non-executive director of Transurban Queensland and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
He is the immediate past Chairman of the Energy Networks Association, and a past Chairman of CIGRE Australia.
Dr Ralph Craven, Non-executive Director
(appointed January 2014)
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
Dr Craven has significant experience across a range of industries having worked in the energy, resources, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors for more than 35 years. His professional background encompasses electricity and gas businesses, mining, commodities trading, and the management of large scale system operations at the national level and the delivery of major infrastructure projects. 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 the current Chairman of Stanwell Corporation Limited, the largest electricity generation company in Queensland. Dr Craven is currently a non-executive director and Chairman of Genex Power Limited and a non-executive director of Senex Energy Limited and Multicom Resources Limited.
His prior directorships include being non-executive director and Chairman of Invion Limited, Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, Tully Sugar Limited and non-executive Deputy Chairman 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.
Sally Farrier, Independent Non-executive Director
(appointed January 2014)
Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Master of Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis, Securities Institute of Australia
Ms Farrier is a professional non-executive director with over 15 years’ experience serving as a director on private, public and government boards. For much of her career, Ms Farrier’s worked in and alongside the water, electricity, gas, transport. and infrastructure sectors, and as part of government, regulatory institutions and commercial businesses. She has specialist skills in policy, regulation and strategy and in significant reform and restructuring programs. Further to her non-executive director career, she continues to be engaged in an expert capacity including in relation to water management at Australian federal and state levels having served as a National Water Commissioner, a member of the Victorian Water Trust Advisory Council and numerous planning and regulatory bodies. She has a keen interest in effective governance, risk management and technology. Ms Farrier is also an active supporter of women entrepreneurs and innovation and is an active member of Scale Investors.
Ms Farrier is currently a director and Deputy Chairman of Kidney Health Australia. Her prior directorships include Meridian Energy Limited, Manidis Roberts Pty Limited, Hydro Tasmania and Western Power.
Alan Chan Heng Loon, Non-executive Director
(appointed May 2018)
Master of Business Administration (INSEAD)
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) and was responsible for managing the SPH group’s portfolio of businesses. 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 Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Singapore) and was Chairman of the Corporate Governance Council that reviewed the Singapore Code of Corporate Governance in 2012.
Mr Chan is currently Chairman of the Land Transport Authority (Singapore), Chairman of the Singapore-China Foundation and a member of the Public Service Commission (Singapore). He is also Deputy Chairman of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd.
Mr Chan holds a Diplome d’Ingenieur from the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile, France and MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD, France. 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.
Robert Milliner, Independent Non-executive Director
(appointed July 2015)
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
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. He is a Senior Adviser at UBS and Senior Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General. He is Chairman of the Australian Payments Council, a director of the Global Infrastructure Hub Ltd, a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council and a director of the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians. In 2013 and 2014 he was the B20 Australia Sherpa and coordinated the international business community’s recommendations to the 2014 G20.
From 2004 to 2011 he 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.
Dr Nora Scheinkestel, Independent Non-executive Director
(appointed November 2016)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Melbourne University
Doctor of Philosophy, Melbourne University
Dr Scheinkestel is an experienced Company Director with more than 25 years’ experience as a non-executive Chairman 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 both chairman and director of a number of gas, water and electricity companies as well as other highly regulated sectors such as telecommunications 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 a number of listed companies. She is currently Chairman of Atlas Arteria Limited and a non-executive director of Atlas Arteria International Limited, Telstra Corporation Limited and OceanaGold Corporation. She is also a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
She is a published author of Rethinking Project Finance – Allocating and Mitigating Risk in Australasian Projects. Dr Scheinkestel is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Business School at Melbourne University, a former member of the Takeovers Panel and was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.
Li Lequan, Non-executive Director
(appointed October 2018)
Bachelor of Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment, Nanjing University
Master of Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment, Research Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Master of Business Administration, City University, Washington USA
Mr Li is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of State Grid International Development Corporation Limited (SGID). He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A. in Portugal. He was previously a Director of ElectraNet Pty Ltd.
Mr Li began his career with the China Electricity Council in 1988 and has been in the power industry for approximately 30 years. Since 2009, Mr Li has worked in SGID and been in charge of the mergers and acquisitions of overseas power transmission and distribution assets.
Tan Chee Meng, Non-executive Director
(appointed May 2016)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), National University of Singapore
Master of Laws (First Class), University of Cambridge, UK
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 is a Director of Singapore Power Limited and Chairman of that company's Nominating Committee and a member of its Executive and Audit Committees. He also sits on the boards of Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority and St Gabriel's Foundation. He is the Chairman of the School Management Committee of Assumption English School and a member of the Singapore Land Transport Authority's Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Advisory Board.
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 Chairman of WongPartnership LLP.