ActewAGL joint venture board

The board of ActewAGL is made up of two members appointed by State Grid (China) Singapore Power Australian Assets (SGSPAA), one by AGL and three members appointed by Icon Water.

The board governs the business of the ActewAGL Retail and ActewAGL Distribution partnerships on behalf of the partners. The obligations of members of the board are set out in the Umbrella Agreement, and members must perform their duties in good faith and in the best interests of the partnerships as a whole.

Dr Thomas Parry, Chair – AM, PhD, MEc, BEc (Hons)

Dr Thomas Parry

Dr Parry was appointed to the ActewAGL Board in March 2017.

He was Foundation Chair of the Australian Energy Market Operator (2008-2015), is the former Chair of First State Super Trustee Corporation (2000-2014) and former Chair of the Sydney Water Corporation (2006-2013).

From 2004-2009, Dr Parry had several roles with Macquarie Bank and for the previous 12 years he was the Foundation Executive Chair of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART), and its predecessor Government Pricing Tribunal. He has been the Head of the School of Economics, University of New South Wales and Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Wollongong.

Dr Parry is currently a Foundation Chair of Powering Australian Renewables Fund, a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange), and Director of Powerco New Zealand.

He has extensive experience in corporate governance in the private and government sectors, regulatory and financial experience and substantial exposure to the water and energy industries.

Dr Parry has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Masters of Economics from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of London (London School of Economics).

He was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2008.

Dr Parry has been on the Icon Water Limited Board since November 2015.


Damien Nicks, Deputy Chair - BCOM (Hons), FCA, GAICD

Damien Nicks Mr Nicks joined AGL in 2013 and has held a number of senior executive finance roles in retail energy, merchant energy, group commercial and corporate before being appointed interim CFO in 2018. Mr Nicks has more than 22 years of international and local experience across businesses including Linfox Logistics, Smorgon Steel, and Cantor Fitzgerald, having originally qualified with Deloitte.

He most recently led AGL’s NSW Generation Plan in response to the Government’s request, AGL’s rehabilitation modelling and planning across the asset fleet, and commercial modelling of growth and divestment opportunities. Prior to being appointed to the interim CFO role, Mr Nicks led a team of approximately 80 finance business partners and professionals across AGL in the role of General Manager Group Commercial Finance.

Wendy Caird - MAICD

Ms Caird was appointed to the ActewAGL Board in July 2013. She has held a number of positions with Public Services International (France) including Co-chair Asia Pacific Region (1998-2002), Member of the Executive Board (1997-2002), Global Director of the Quality Public Services campaign (2002 – 2006) and Member of the Global Coordinating Committee of the "Global Call to Action Against Poverty: (Make Poverty History)" campaign (2005-2006).

Ms Caird held a number of executive positions with the Community and Public Sector Union (Australia) from 1983, including as NSW Branch Secretary, until her appointment as National Secretary in 1993. During this period she was Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and an Executive Member of the NSW Labour Council. She represented Australia at International Labour Organisation meetings, including as Co-chair of the Workers Group.

Ms Caird is a small business owner, Vice President of the Kangaroo Valley Community Association, and a member of both the Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association and Kangaroo Valley Environment Group. She is Chair of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Retail Investments Limited and Icon Distribution Investments Limited. Ms Caird is also Chair of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee.


Carol Lilley – Bcom, FCA, CIA, CGAP, GAICD

Carol Lilley Ms Lilley joined the ActewAGL Board in November 2018. She has been a member of the Icon Water Board since April 2013 and is Chair of Icon Water’s Risk and Assurance Committee and a Member of the Remuneration Committee. She was appointed Deputy Chair of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited in March 2017.

Ms Lilley is a full-time independent board director and Audit Committee Member. She was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canberra (2004-2011) and was a financial statement and internal auditor from 1993 to 2011. Her experience is in financial statement audit, internal audit and project and risk management, with a particular focus on government.

Ms Lilley is currently Chair of several ACT Government Directorate Audit Committees (Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development; Education; Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development). She also has various governance roles for Commonwealth Government entities.

Ms Lilley is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, was a registered company auditor and is a certified internal auditor.


Frank Tudor - MBA, AMP, DipEc, PGDipEng (Chem), BEng (Mech), GAICD

Frank Tudor Mr Tudor is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jemena, and Managing Director of State Grid (China) Singapore Power Australian Assets (SGSPAA), which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of energy and water transportation assets across the east coast of Australia.

Recognised as an energy industry leader, he has held various senior executive roles over the past 30 years in the international oil, gas, and power industries. Before joining Jemena in October 2018, Mr Tudor worked at Horizon Power, BP and Woodside. 

He serves on the Expert Advisory Panel with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and is a Board member of Energy Networks Australia (and Chair of its Asset Management Committee). He is also a past Board member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council.  

Mr Tudor holds first-class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (University of NSW). He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and lectured in oil and gas economics and legal frameworks at the University of Western Australia.



Sun Peng – BA Power System and Automation, MA Micro-Processor based Protection

Mr Sun is the Deputy Managing Director at Jemena and was appointed to the ActewAGL Board in July 2016.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in China’s power industry and he has worked in a range of senior engineering and senior management roles as Director and General Manager.

Mr Sun worked at Hubei Electric Power Company for more than 20 years. He was the Deputy Mayor of Shishou City, Hubei Province, responsible for Industry, Science, Technical Development and Safety Management from 2007 to 2010, and was Deputy Director of the Science, Technology and Information Department of Hubei Electric Power Company from 2012 to 2013. Prior to Mr Sun’s appointment to Jemena and SGSPAA, he was General Manager of Suizhou Electric Power Supply Company, Hubei Province, in charge of the whole enterprise from 2013 to 2016.

Mr Sun holds a Bachelor Degree majoring in Power System and Automation from North China Electric Power University and a Masters Degree in Micro-processor based protection from North China Electric Power University.

Mr Sun is also a member of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee.