• 2019 Speakers


    All our speakers were carefully selected by the Utility magazine editorial team, with a strong emphasis on providing useful information and creating genuine discussion around topical issues.


Nigel Watson (UK)

Group Information Services Director, Northumbrian Water

Nigel has worked in business and IT roles across a range of competitive industries for more than 30 years. His work experience includes leadership of transformation programmes for leading organisations including GE Capital, Microsoft, Travelport and Vodafone, often across the globe. He has been with Northumbrian Water Group since 2015, joining as Transformation Programme Director….

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Wayne Pales

General Manager Technology Strategy, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Wayne is a utility expert passionate about helping the electricity industry embrace an active and engaged energy consumer. Wayne is the author of the bestseller, The Digital Utility, a lecturer at the Asian Institute of Technology, an award-winning green technology blogger and sought-after speaker. In both 2018 and 2015, Wayne was recognised as a ‘Global…

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Terri Benson

Managing Director, South East Water

Terri is Managing Director of South East Water, leading an organisation of 500+ employees passionate about delivering healthy water for life. Terri has held a range of both executive and non-executive director roles in the government utility and private infrastructure sectors. She was CEO of SEQWater, Managing Director of Essential Energy and Chair of the…

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Mark Paterson

General Manager Consumer Energy, Horizon Power

Mark Paterson joined Horizon Power as General Manager of the Consumer Energy division in November 2016. He spent the previous six years at CSIRO, where he led the electricity grids and renewable energy research program. During this time he chaired the national Future Grid Forum and was Program Director for the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap….

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Fiona Bishop

Executive Manager Change and Innovation, Western Power

Fiona is a dynamic leader with over thirteen years in the Energy and Resources sector, spanning engineering, economic regulation, customer-facing and management roles. Fiona played a key role in the delivery of Western Power’s Business Transformation Program and commenced the Change and Innovation Business Unit in June 2017. Fiona brings together her passion for innovation,…

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Geoff Purcell

Chief Technology Officer, Melbourne Water

Geoff is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Victorian Government-owned Melbourne Water. In his 25 year career as an accomplished Senior Executive, he has delivered tangible contributions to organisations through technology transformation to support business strategy and growth. Core to his success has been his ability to create a shared technology vision, delivered through…

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Maree Mamo

Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG

Maree is a Partner in KPMG’s Transformation Program Management practice. She is a senior customer, digital and data executive, with proven success leading large-scale transformations across the entire value chain, driving change to people, processes and technology. Maree’s experience spans multiple industries including retail energy, financial services, retail, travel and tourism, sport and entertainment. Maree…

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Amanda Finnis

Chief Information Officer, Coliban Water

Amanda Finnis is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Coliban Water in Bendigo. She is a technology enthusiast and actively seeks business performance improvements via smart use of technology and good information management. Prior to working at Coliban Water, Amanda developed the online strategy for the Victorian State Government. Amanda made the career change into information…

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Eva Hanly

Executive Manager of Strategy, Innovation and Technology, TransGrid

Eva has 18 years’ experience in the infrastructure industry having worked for tier one contractors, investors, owners and operators of major infrastructure in the energy, transport and mining sectors. She has a strong background in the procurement and delivery of infrastructure and in establishing new businesses, driving growth and leading transformational change. Prior to joining…

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Graham Rix

Chief Information Officer, SA Water

Graham joined the Information Technology team as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2017 to lead the team responsible for delivering a $126 million technology investment program and sustaining the digital capability SA Water needs to deliver world class water services to 1.7 million South Australians. Originally from the finance sector, Graham joined SA Water in…

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Ian McKenzie

General Manager IT Operations and Service Management, Jemena

For the last 25 years Ian has worked with various utilities in the area of IT Infrastructure and Operations management. During this time, he has worked through various major hardware refresh programs, the smart meter roll-out, data centre relocations, company acquisitions, large business and IT transformations, an Office 365 roll-out and, in recent years, the…

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Georgina Crundell

Partner, Cyber Security, EY

Georgina is the EY Queensland Cyber Partner, with over 20 years’ experience in cyber security – leading and implementing strategic responses to enterprise technology risk issues. Based in Brisbane, Georgina has experience of large financial organisations, government, and power and utilities. Georgina is the Oceania Power and Utilities Cyber Leader for EY, helping clients understand…

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Colin Chapman

Innovation, Research & Development Manager, Queensland Urban Utilities

Colin has over 25 years’ experience in the water and infrastructure industry, undertaking a variety of roles across strategic, tactical and operational areas which incorporate strategic planning, innovation, research and development, economic flood recovery, business resilience as well as various assurance and compliance functions. He has also undertaken many varied roles including project management, construction…

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Toby Evans

Senior Manager Digital Transformation, SA Water

Toby joined SA Water as part of the graduate program in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and is currently working towards a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He has a proven track record in IT project and program management, and as part of SA Water’s senior leadership team, is responsible for leading…

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Eddie Thanavelil

Demand Side Innovation Engineer, Customer Connections, Evoenergy

Eddie Thanavelil is a renewable energy engineer with seven years’ experience in a variety of energy policy and program administration roles in the public sector. Eddie’s current role as a Demand Side Innovation Engineer with Evoenergy involves assessing the feasibility for non-network solutions in the augmentation of the network, including Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and…

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Cate Hilliard

Manager, IT Capital Portfolio, SA Power Networks

Cate is a dynamic, inspirational leader with a focus on building and leading high-performing teams. She is a highly motivated ICT professional with a demonstrated record of achievement in shaping and delivering transformation to deliver business and customer benefits, and support strategic goals. She has managed ICT delivery programs/portfolios and program management offices in Australia…

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Dave Worthington

Cyber Security Manager, CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy

Dave is the Cyber Security Manager at CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy with a focus on OT systems security, IT-OT integration, as well as the human and cultural aspects of cyber security. Since joining CitiPower and Powercor in 2014, he has led a program to address cyber security risks to the electricity network and the…

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Rita McPhail

Manager Customer Engagement and Programs, SA Power Networks

Rita joined SA Power Networks just over 12 months ago in the newly created role of Manager Customer Engagement and Programs. Creation of the role signals SA Power Networks commitment to customer-focused transformation of services. The former Head of Digital Citizen Services for the South Australian Government, Rita has over 15 years’ experience in developing…

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Pablo Ledezma

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Chair, Digital Water Initiative at the University of Queensland

Pablo has over 15 years’ experience in the monitoring, remediation and management of natural and engineered water and wastewater environments across three continents. In recent years, he has particularly focused on the development of digitally-native decentralised technologies for potable water supply, wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and sanitation, delivering flagship projects to utilities, NGOs and government…

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Paul Banfield

Segment Director - Water and Wastewater, AVEVA

Paul is the Water and Wastewater Segment Director for AVEVA in Australia and New Zealand. With more than 30 years’ experience around the use of technology and innovation in the water industry, Paul is focused on enabling water utilities to unlock the maximum value from their digital transformation journey. Before joining AVEVA, Paul held a…

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Adam Bumpus

Dr Adam Bumpus

Senior Researcher, Energy Transition Hub

Adam is a Senior Researcher at the Energy Transition Hub, a collaborative venture supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs of Trade and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that brings together researchers, industry experts, government and communities to address energy transition challenges across a range of disciplines. Adam is also the CEO…

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Caroline Hussey

Team Leader Business Enablement, Service Delivery, Melbourne Water

Caroline is an experienced water industry professional with Melbourne Water. She has over 25 years’ of direct involvement in the operation and design of large drinking water and sewerage treatment facilities and their associated transfer networks. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Melbourne. In her current role as Team Leader…

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Michelle Grigg

Marketing Manager, Powershop Australia

As the Marketing Manager for energy retailer Powershop Australia, Michelle Grigg is an integrated marketing communications specialist with over a decade of experience on both client and agency side in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to her appointment to Powershop, Michelle worked in the advertising space for brands such as National Australia Bank and The…

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Kate Fuelling

Digital Excellence Consultant, Author and Optimist

Kate Fuelling is one of Australia’s key thought leaders in digital excellence. Her work involves helping organisations sort and declutter their information, processes and technology so they become more productive and inspiring places to work. Straightforward, decisive, and able to quickly identify illogical and inefficient ways of working, Kate has spent decades developing and implementing…

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Anthony Caruana

Journalist and Presenter

Anthony Caruana has worked for almost every major masthead in the Australian IT press. As an experienced IT professional – having worked as the lead IT executive in several businesses, he brings a unique insight to his reporting of enterprise IT. He was the foundation editor of Technology Decisions and currently is a freelance writer,…

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