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 by Icon Water in March 2017.

He has been on the Icon Water Board since 2015, is currently a Foundation Chair of Powering Australian Renewables Fund and Director of Powerco New Zealand.

Dr Parry 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). He was a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange), a Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.

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.

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.


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

Damien Nicks Mr Nicks was appointed to the ActewAGL Board by AGL Energy in August 2013 and is a member of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Nicks joined AGL in 2013 and was appointed interim CFO in 2018 and CFO in 2019. 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. He has held a number of senior executive finance roles at AGL in Retail Energy, Merchant Energy, Group Commercial and Corporate.

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.

Mr Nicks has more than 24 years of international and local experience across businesses including Linfox Logistics, Smorgon Steel, and Cantor Fitzgerald, having originally qualified with Deloitte.

Wendy Caird – MAICD

Ms Caird was appointed to the ActewAGL Board by Icon Water in July 2013 and is Chair of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee. She is also Chair of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Retail Investments Limited and Icon Distribution Investments Limited.

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 active in the community as a member of both the Kangaroo Valley Community Association and the Kangaroo Valley Environment Group.

Ray Hezkial – MBA, DipPM, B. Eng (Civil)

Ray Hezkial Mr Hezkial was appointed to the ActewAGL Board by Icon Water in April 2019. He is also a member of the Board of ActewAGL Retail Investments Pty Ltd and ActewAGL Distribution Investments Pty Ltd, and a member of the Boards of Icon Water Limited, Icon Distribution Investments Limited and Icon Retail Investments Limited.

Mr Hezkial joined Icon Water in 2003 and commenced as Managing Director in November 2018. In his previous role as General Manager, Infrastructure Services, Mr Hezkial was responsible for managing Icon Water’s capital works program, provision of network operations and all aspects of day-to-day maintenance relating to the ACT’s water and sewer reticulation systems. Prior to this, Mr Hezkial was the Project Manager for the Enlarged Cotter Dam.

Mr Hezkial has a Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Project Management and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

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

Frank Tudor Mr Tudor was appointed to the ActewAGL Board by State Grid (China) Singapore Power (Australia) Assets (SGSPAA) in December 2018.

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 is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jemena, and Managing Director of State Grid (China) Singapore Power (Australia) Assets (SGSPAA), which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of energy and water transportation assets across the east coast of Australia. Before joining Jemena in October 2018, Mr Tudor worked at Horizon Power, BP and Woodside.

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.

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 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 was appointed to the ActewAGL Board by State Grid (China) Singapore Power (Australia) Assets (SGSPAA) in July 2016 and is a member of the ActewAGL Safety, Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Sun has been the Deputy Managing Director at Jemena since August 2016 and was appointed as a Director of SGSPAA in May 2017, and is Chair of the Risk, Health, Safety and Environment Committee of SGSPAA.

Mr Sun has more than 25 years’ experience in China’s power industry and has worked in a range of senior engineering and senior management roles as Director and General Manager. 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. He worked at Hubei Electric Power Company for more than 20 years, 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.

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.