• View our line-up of industry experts


    First round speakers have now been announced, with many more to follow.


    All our speakers have been carefully selected by the Utility magazine editorial team, who have an in-depth knowledge of the most pressing issues in the utility industry.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Matthew Grantham

Sales and Business Development Executive, Power Ledger

Matt holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He also worked on one of Australia’s longest clean energy podcasts bringing with him both an extensive network and a passion for distributed energy. His research focused particularly on understanding how asset values can be maximised by both incumbents and new entrants to the energy…

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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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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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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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