AusNet Services Board members
(from left): Tan Chee Meng, Sally Farrier, Sun Jianxing, Tina McMeckan, Peter Mason, Dr Ralph Craven, Nino Ficca, Robert Milliner, Dr Nora Scheinkestel and Ho Tian Yee
Peter Mason AM, Chairman, Independent Non-executive Director
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 is a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), a Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank, a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust, Chairman of The Centre for Independent Studies, Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation and a Director of The University of New South Wales Foundation.
Mr Mason has been Chairman and a Director of a number of listed companies including Chairman of AMP Limited and Chairman of David Jones Limited. Mr Mason has over 40 years’ experience in investment banking. He was 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
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 the Chair of Energy Networks Association Limited, a Director (and immediate past Chairman) of CIGRE Australia and Chair of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board.
He was formerly Deputy Chairman and Director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia.
Dr Ralph Craven, Non-executive Director
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 served on the boards of listed and unlisted companies for over 10 years. He has broad experience in energy, resources, infrastructure and agribusiness, having worked
in these 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 is the current Chairman of Stanwell Corporation Limited, the largest electricity generation company in Queensland. His prior directorships include being Chair of Invion Limited and Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Mitchell Services Limited and a Director of Windlab Limited. He was formerly Chair of Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, Tully Sugar Limited and Deputy Chair of Arrow Energy Ltd. At the end of 2015 he completed a six year term as Director of the International Electrotechnology 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
Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, NZ
Master of Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington
Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis, Securities Institute of Australia
Ms Farrier is a professional non-executive director and corporate adviser specialising in the utilities and infrastructure sectors. She has extensive experience in the Australian energy industry and has held numerous expert roles in relation to water resources at Australian federal and state levels. Ms Farrier has served as a National Water Commissioner and as a member of the Victorian Water Trust Advisory Council. In addition, she has an active interest in innovation and supporting women entrepreneurs.
Her prior directorships include Meridian Energy Limited, Manidis Roberts Pty Limited, Hydro Tasmania and Western Power. Ms Farrier was also a founding director of Farrier Swier Consulting Pty Limited.
Ho Tian Yee, Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Portsmouth University, UK
Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago, USA
Mr Ho is the MD of Pacific Asset Management (S) Pte Ltd, and an Advisor to Blue Edge Advisors Pte Ltd. His previous employment and board membership includes Bankers Trust Company, Singapore and Singapore Power Limited. He currently serves as a non-executive director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd, DBS Bank Ltd and Mount Alvernia Hospital, and non-executive Chairman of Fullerton Funds Management Company Limited.
He was recently appointed as member of the Urban Renewal Authority of Singapore (URA) Investment Committee. Mr Ho is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nomination Committee.
Tina McMeckan, Independent Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Science, San Diego State University, California, USA
Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne
Ms McMeckan is a Director of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information. She is a former Chair of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and a former Director of Circadian Technologies Ltd, Metlink Victoria Pty Ltd, Viscorp Limited and the National Board of Norton Rose law firm. Ms McMeckan was previously an executive manager with GPU PowerNet and the SECV Energy Traders, and a project manager with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance on gas industry reform.
Ms McMeckan is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Robert Milliner, Independent Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Queensland
Masters of Business Administration, University of Western Australia
Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School, USA
Mr Milliner is a Senior Adviser, International Affairs at Wesfarmers Limited, Senior Adviser at UBS and Senior Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General. He is a Director of the Global Infrastructure Hub Ltd, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians and a Director of the Australian Charities Fund. 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.
Mr Milliner is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Dr Nora Scheinkestel, Independent Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne
PhD, University of Melbourne
Dr Scheinkestel is an experienced Company Director with more than 20 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.
Her executive background is as a senior banking executive in international and project financing. She currently consults to government, corporate and institutional clients in areas such as corporate governance, strategy and finance.
Her prior directorships include AMP Limited and its funds management and banking subsidiaries, Insurance Australia Group Limited, Mayne Pharma Limited, Orica Limited, Newcrest Mining Limited, and Pacific Brands Limited. Dr Scheinkestel is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School at Melbourne University, a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and is a former member of the Takeovers Panel. In 2003, she was awarded a centenary medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.
Dr Scheinkestel is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Nomination Committee.
Sun Jianxing, Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Engineering, Northeast Dianli University, China
Mr Sun is a Non-executive Director of ElectraNet and Co-Chair of International Cooperation Department, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).
His previous roles include Head of SGCC Australia Representative Office, Deputy CEO of State Grid Energy Development Company Ltd, Deputy General of Materials & Equipment Supplying Department, SGCC, and Chief Engineer of State Grid Shenzhen Energy Developments Ltd and Division Chief of International Cooperation Department, SGCC. In his early years, Mr Sun also worked as a Senior Engineer at the China General Institute for Electric Power Planning and Designing.
Tan Chee Meng, Non-executive Director
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 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 The Arts House Ltd, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority and St Gabriel’s Foundation. He is the Chairman of the School Management Committee of Assumption English School.
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.
Mr Tan is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Nomination Committee.