Paula Conboy was appointed as the full time state/territory member and Australian Energy Regulator Chair in October 21014.
Paula has extensive experience in developing and implementing energy market reform and utility regulation. Prior to her appointment to the Australian Energy Regulator, she served as a full time board member of the Ontario Energy Board. Before that Paula was the Vice-President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at PowerStream.
Paula holds a MSc (Agr) from Guelph University in Canada. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kerryn Graham heads up the Planning & Reporting Function at EnergyAustralia, and is a director of EnergyAustralia Finance Pty Ltd. Kerryn joined the company in 2006 and has held a number of senior leadership roles within Finance over this time. Prior to EnergyAustralia, she spent 5 years at Enertrade, an energy company in Queensland, where she worked in a range of market analysis and risk roles. At EnergyAustralia, Kerryn leads the women’s network, which was established in 2014, and aims to support women at all levels across the organisation and contribute to building an inclusive culture where we can bring our whole selves to work and have a sense of belonging. The network has grown substantially under Kerryn’s leadership, and currently has around 150 active members.
Kate Vidgen is a Executive Director of Macquarie Group and Global Head of Principal Investments for Macquarie Capital’s Resources Group. Kate is also the Chair of Quadrant Energy Pty Ltd, the largest producer of domestic gas in the Western Australian market. Before joining Macquarie in June 1998, Kate was a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques specialising in the banking, finance and energy sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons), and a Bachelor of Arts (Law, International Relations, Japanese Language) from Bond University, Queensland. She is a graduate (with merit) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kate is a Non-Executive Director of Aurizon Holdings Ltd and a member of Chief Executive Women. Kate is an active mentor of young women, particularly those working in industries which have traditionally been more restrictive or difficult for women. Kate has an ambition to assist in transitioning Australia to a low carbon environment. This is a focus for her in her current roles and to achieve this on a sustainable basis.
Cecile is a senior executive with 20 years international experience in LNG, oil and gas project development & operations and high-value M&A transactions in the oil, gas and mining sectors. In her current role, Cecile is the Vice-President Commercial Australia at Shell Australia where she is the head of commercial and economics and a member of the Shell Australia country leadership team. She has accountability for all of the commercial arrangements that underpin Shell’s oil & gas investments in Australia. Cecile joined Shell in 2016 following the combination with BG Group. Prior to the combination, Cecile was the Growth Director at QGC with direct accountability for Commercial, Business Development and Contracts & Procurement and indirect accountability for Exploration and Supply & Optimisation. Prior to assuming commercial leadership roles at BG Group and Shell, Cecile was a corporate partner at leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehill’s in and her Corporate Energy practice focused on complex cross-border oil, gas and LNG project development, high-value M&A transactions in the oil, gas and mining sectors and long-term sales arrangements for oil, gas and LNG. Cecile is a director of Shell Energy Australia (a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell) and also serves on the boards of UQ Sport Ltd and St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls School. Cecile earned a B.Econ and LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland in 1991 and 1995 respectively. She represented Australia at seven World Championships and multiple World Cups in the sport of Modern Pentathlon between1995 – 2001. Cecile and her husband, Alex, have two children and live in Brisbane, Australia.
Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) where she was responsible for overseeing the regulation and safety of New York’s electric, gas, telephone, cable, water and steam utilities. During her tenure at the NYPSC, Ms Zibelman led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry under New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ plan. A recognised national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation, Ms Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GO15 member organisation, PJM, a regional transmission organisation responsible for operating the power grid and wholesale power market which serves 14 states across the eastern United States. Ms Zibelman also held legal and executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and was Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. During her career, Ms Zibelman has served on numerous industry-related and non-profit boards, including, but not limited to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Reliability Councils. Ms Zibelman’s board experience also includes Advisor to Secretary of Energy for the US Department of Energy and Advisory Council, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Planning Board and the New York State Emergency Planning Council.