The CLP Group has appointed Jane McAloon as Chair EnergyAustralia, effective 28 April 2022, following Mr Graham Bradley AM’s decision to retire after 10 years at the helm.
Under Mr Bradley’s chairmanship EnergyAustralia built its position as one of Australia’s leading energy generators and retailers following TRUenergy’s acquisition of the EnergyAustralia retail customer base from the New South Wales Government in 2012.
EnergyAustralia’s Board has been credited with taking a progressive, but planned approach towards accelerating the clean energy transition as part of its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
This includes significant investments in flexible and dispatchable capacity such as the Wooreen Battery in Victoria and the Tallawarra B peaking power plant in New South Wales, which will be Australia’s first net zero emissions hydrogen and gas capable power plant.
EnergyAustralia’s 2021 decision to close the Yallourn Power Station by mid-2028 also provided its people and the community seven years’ advance notice, supported by a $10 million workforce transition package.
EnergyAustralia Chairman, Mr Graham Bradley AM, said he was delighted that Jane had been appointed following his decision to step down.
“After a decade as Chair and having overseen the smooth transition of the CEO last year, I have great confidence in the strength of both the Board and leadership team to meet the complex challenges of the evolving clean energy transition,” said Graham.
“Jane is a long-standing member of the Board, and she has been instrumental in the execution of our well-planned approach towards decarbonisation,” he said.
“It has been wonderful to work with her throughout the years and I wish her the very best.”
EnergyAustralia Deputy Chairman and CEO CLP Group, Mr Richard Lancaster, thanked Mr Bradley for his visionary leadership and welcomed Jane as Chair.
“It has been an absolute privilege to have had Graham chair EnergyAustralia’s Board for the past 10 years,” said Mr Lancaster. “He is one of the most distinguished directors within our region and has been recognised as such on numerous occasions,” he said.
“He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts, and he was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow for 2012 in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.”
“On behalf of EnergyAustralia and CLP we thank Graham for his enormous contribution to our business and wish him well.”
“At the same time, we are pleased to welcome Jane as our new Chair. Her substantial experience as a Non-Executive Director across multiple Boards, coupled with her global perspective, ensures she is well poised to chair EnergyAustralia as it continues to accelerate the clean energy transition. “
Jane has deep experience across a range of sectors experiencing rapid change, as well as a genuine desire to engage key stakeholders as we continue to navigate the complex transition before us.”
Jane has been a Director of EnergyAustralia since 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience in the resources and energy industries. She is a Non-executive Director of Newcrest Mining, Allianz Australia, United Malt Group and Home Consortium, and on the advisory board of Allens.
Jane was President, Governance and Group Company Secretary at BHP. She was with BHP for nine years in senior leadership roles and worked on key strategic issues, corporate transactions, as well as market, regulatory and reputational matters.
Prior to this, she was Group Manager, Regulatory & Public Affairs and Company Secretary at AGL and held various government positions, including Director General of the NSW Ministry of Energy and Utilities and Deputy Director General for the NSW Cabinet Office.
EnergyAustralia is a leading energy retailer and generator with 2.4 million customer accounts across eastern Australia. It recently updated its Climate Change Statement, which includes a commitment to be net zero (scope one, two and three) by 2050, to be out of coal by 2040, and to reduce direct emissions by 60 per cent by 2028/29 (relative to 2019-20)