The Oakley Greenwood Team

Directors


Lance Hoch (Executive Director and Chairman)

Lance has over 25 years of experience in policy, regulation and business strategy as it applies to electricity and gas distribution and retail businesses. He most recently served as Vice President with CRA International. In Australia he has advised policy makers, regulatory authorities and deregulated electricity and gas businesses in a number of areas including regulatory strategy, tariff design, improving the commercial basis on which internal utility operations are undertaken, demand management and energy efficiency for improved financial and technical operation, business strategy development and implementation, and customer interactions.

Lance also advises corporate clients on asset acquisition investment decisions involving the electricity and natural gas markets in the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he has developed considerable expertise in conducting energy retail asset valuations, feasibility studies, competition analyses, and customer segmentation studies.
Lance has significant experience in the wider Asia Pacific region, having led major project assignments in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
Most of his work in these countries has focused on energy efficiency and integrated resource planning as means for ensuring the reliability and adequacy of supply, and reducing customer's costs for electricity while also reducing costs for the utility company. He has also been part of major assignments in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates focused on the reorganisation of those countries' national utilities and improving their commercial operations.

Lance can be reached at Contact Us and by phone on +61 (0) 411 721 386.

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Jim Snow (Executive Director)

Jim spent 12 years in the Natural Gas Industry (AGL) holding several senior executive positions involved with the technical end use of energy, regulations and tariffs, contract pricing, analysis of energy projects investment, strategy, mergers and acquisitions and the promotion and marketing of energy.

Jim has senior executive experience running a major Development and Construction business for listed entity Energy Developments Ltd. This encompassed power station developments and CNG and LNG facility developments in Australia. Jim has also been the CEO of a major electrical power systems contracting company specialising in the design and construction of overhead power lines and electrical contracting.

Jim also has some 20 years experience in consulting to the energy industry, industrial energy consumers and the water industry in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. This has involved him in the development of consulting businesses including the founding of two leading practices (Energetics and CRA International) and several smaller undertakings in that time.

Areas of expertise cover full senior management and leadership capability, advising on and implementing utility strategy and restructuring internationally, corporate management and governance, detailed economic regulation, greenhouse gas mitigation and policy, modeling of complex matters, regulatory undertakings and regulatory affairs and pricing, detailed contractual matters, market development, gas supply and pricing, and JV development and management.

Jim can be reached at Contact Us and by phone on +61 (0) 417 775 893

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Greg Thorpe (Executive Director)

Greg has 35 years experience in the electricity sector and also in gas.

He has worked with businesses and market authorities operating under a range of different industry structures and market designs used in Australia and internationally. He is trained in engineering, business and Arbitration & Mediation and has led multi disciplinary teams providing expert advice on a wide range economic, technical and governance questions the utility energy sector.

He has particular expertise in wholesale energy market and transmission design and analysis, asset valuations, governance and dispute resolution in electricity and gas. He has provided expert statements and sat on Panels hearing disputes under market rules in electricity and gas.

He was previously head of CRA International's energy practice in Australia and New Zealand. He has also worked in industry and regulatory positions. He was an Associate Director at the previous National Electricity Code Administrator and also Manager Codes and Rules for the Victorian state electricity market prior to launch of the national market: his responsibilities have included as executive officer to the Reliability Panel for the Australian electricity market, establishing the initial monitoring and surveillance regime for the electricity market and managing and developing rule amendments and he continues to provide consulting advice on these and other areas. He came to market and sector reform with 15 years experience as a power system engineer working in system operations, generation and fuel management, interstate energy transactions and transmission network design and regularly applies the experience learnt there in advising clients.

Greg can be reached at Contact Us and by phone on +61 (0) 419 347 955

Link to detailed CV

 

Key Team Members

Rohan_Harris    Don Anderson    Andrew_Shelley     Susan Taylor    John_Wallace Alex_Cruickskank Rod Johannessen

 Jeff_Thong  Angus_Rich  Ed Smith Tim_Ryan  Francis Chin


 Rohan Harris (Senior Principal Consultant)

Rohan Harris is an economist who has worked in the water, electricity and consulting industries for more than 12 years. Rohan has experience in the areas of: regulatory strategy and analysis; tariff design; cost benefit analysis; risk management identification and quantification; and water and energy demand forecasting.

Prior to working at Oakley Greenwood, Rohan worked at SP AusNet, a large electricity and gas business. There, Rohan's primary role was to lead the development of a  number of key aspects of SP AusNet's 2011-2015 Electricity Distribution Pricing Submission, including its operating expenditure forecasts, cost pass through provisions, energy and demand forecasts, and tariff design (including Time of Use tariffs for residential customers and Critical Peak Demand tariffs for large customers).

Prior to joining SP AusNet, Rohan worked for 3 years at consulting firm SAHA International. At SAHA, Rohan provided regulatory, commercial, policy, strategic and risk management advice to a range of customers from the Water, Electricity, and Gas industries. Before joining SAHA, Rohan worked at South East Water for 7 years, including as Manager, Economic Regulation. Here, Rohan led both the strategic development, writing and modeling of South East Water's Pricing Submission ('Water Plan'). Furthermore, Rohan provided economic and strategic advice to management and Board on a range of issues, including third party access, tariff reform, demand management and forecasting, bulk water entitlements, and policy development.

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 Jeff Thong (Principal Consultant)

Jeff Thong's expertise is in both upstream and downstream gas and electricity markets, mining and resources sectors. Jeff has defined and delivered business strategy for market penetration, growth, competitive advantage and recession management in energy services for the mining, utility and resources sectors across Australia and South East Asia. Jeff lived and worked in Singapore and Brunei between 1992 and 2003 including project and business development in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia. His 20 years of experience sees Jeff known for his technical and commercial ability, and strong business development skills.


Jeff has developed market exclusivity, business cases and board papers to secure gas rights for gas commercialisation from underground coal mines, municipal landfill operators, coal seam gas proponents and natural gas companies for conversion to electricity, CNG and LNG. He conceptualised and developed a market disruptive solution for energy security in NT and QLD and developed alternative energy solutions ahead of conventional grid electrical supply to enable advanced mineral production and supply.He has also performed research and reporting for a gas industry association on matters relating to hydrofracturing, activist funding, access rights and compensation in overseas jurisdiction, beneficial economic worth of gas industry.

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 Angus Rich (Principal Consultant)

Angus offers a wealth of technical expertise balanced with commercial experience within the resources and energy industry with particular focus on the gas and power sectors. His expertise lies in project development and engineering management across a range of development and operating projects covering power generation, gas supply, gasification and mechanical services.


Prior to joining the Oakley Greenwood team, Angus was Business Development Manager for Energy Developments Limited. In this role he was responsible for early bidding and client engagement strategies to the formation and involvement of Power Purchase Agreements, Development Agreements, and EPC Agreements. He has extensive and on-going experience dealing with clients, consultants, contractors and diesel and gas generator OEMs who operate in the remote and grid power spaces.


Angus has held senior consulting roles with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balanced Resources and Engineering Management positions with Energy Developments Limited.
 

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Ed Smith (Principal Consultant)

Ed has extensive senior consulting experience in the development and delivery of strategic energy and carbon management programs across a wide range of sectors having operated in this space over the last 24 years.  He assists clients develop energy and carbon management solutions to help reduce the impact of rising energy costs, impacts of carbon pricing and address their legislative reporting requirements.  Ed has wide-ranging experience in energy management programs and processes, energy training and development of carbon mitigation plans and has delivered projects and training programs across five continents. 


Prior to joining Oakley Greenwood, Ed was the Global Energy Services Leader for Golder Associates where he helped develop the staff skills and services strategy for local energy teams.  Previously he was responsible for the Energy Management Consulting group within Hatch and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he managed the team responsible for the development of integrated approaches to energy management, with a focus on the implementation of solutions.  He was previously in Australia with Energetics and held the position of General Manager, Australian Consulting before transferring to the US held subsidiary, EnVINTA, to initiate the business partnership with Hatch.  Ed has also worked as a process engineer in the UK and South Africa.
 

Tim Ryan (Principal Consultant)

Tim Ryan is an economist who has over 10 years' experience working in advisory roles, both public and private. Over this time, Tim has specialised in providing regulatory and policy advice to utilities and Government on economic regulation and policy issues. Tim's experience involves working as a regulator, within a business and also as a consultant, thereby allowing Tim to provide a holistic approach to considering the potential issues for clients. In addition to economic regulation, Tim has experience across both the wagering and racing industries having advised Racing Victoria on product fees and undertaking a review of the ACT racing industry.

Prior to joining Oakley Greenwood, Tim was the Manager, Economic Regulation and Pricing for Queensland Urban Utilities where he led the development of regulatory and policy submissions and implementing internal regulatory strategies. Some of the key regulatory issues for the business related to the potential shift to a lighter-handed form of regulation and the threat of competition and new entry in water and sewerage services. In addition to regulation matters, Tim also developed an internal financial review process for projects to ensure a consistent level of rigour and analysis was applied internally prior to any significant projects proceeding. 

Before joining Queensland Urban Utilities Tim worked for PwC in its Economics and Policy team. During his time at PwC Tim provided regulatory and general advice to a number of industries (water, electricity, rail, ports, road, and airports) across various jurisdictions (Victoria, Queensland, Federal, NSW, and Papua New Guinea). Some of Tim's clients included: Department of Sustainability and Environment, Barwon Water, SP AusNet (Electricity), Racing Victoria, Australian Rail Track Corporation, Port of Melbourne Corporation, Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ACT), Essential Services Commission (Vic), Queensland Competition Authority and Gold Coast City Council.

Prior to working for PwC Tim was a regulatory analyst at the Essential Services Commission. During this time, Tim was involved in the Gas Access Arrangements Review 2006 where he provided assistance on the operating expenditure review and was responsible for the incentive mechanisms section. Tim was also responsible for bulk water pricing and cost of capital for the 2008 Water Price Review.

Francis Chin (Principal Consultant)

Francis has more than 25 years of energy and carbon management consulting expertise including 13 years in Australia and 12 years in the Asian and South East Asian region based in Bangkok.

Francis was the registered and approved energy expert by the Royal Thai Government and had ultimate responsibility for more than 300 energy audits conducted by his energy specialist team. In addition, Francis has undertaken a range of energy audits in Australia and has extensive experience in advising large corporations at business executive level on energy management and efficiency strategies.

Francis consults in a wide range of areas from mapping of energy consumption and carbon footprint to recommendations of corporate energy policy and implementation strategies and targets. Francis has also undertaken assessment of ESC projects in the mining and manufacturing sectors in NSW. Francis has previously been the nominated person for accreditation of RESAs under the NSW Energy Saving Scheme for mining energy efficiency projects.

Alex Cruickshank (Senior Consultant)

Alex is a very experienced public policy and regulatory executive with broad experience in energy markets, having worked in both public and private sectors. Alex has recently held senior management roles in the generation and retail sectors with AGL associated with metering regulation and market processes, as well as retail and wholesale markets regulation. Previous roles have included reform roles in Treasury associated with energy markets, electricity market codes, generation and strategic planning. His key areas of expertise include:
  • Market design: Involved in the design and development of the National Electricity Market both as a participant and as a member of the rule making body.
  • Rules application: Advocating and advising on the application of the rules to develop products, resolve impasses and to assist companies operate effectively.
  • New technology: Working to identify new technology and the market and organisational changes required to exploit it.
  • Organisational and business process design: Optimising the operations and efficiencies of businesses.
  • Compliance: Developed processes and manuals to ensure compliance in generation and retail businesses.

Alex is the Australian representative on the Markets and Regulatory Study Committee of the International Council for Large Electrical Systems (CIGRE), and convener of the Australian mirror panel, and was a Board Member (and VP) Of Smart Grid Australia and Director (and Chairman) of Gascor.

Rod Johannessen (Principal Consultant)

Rod has over 17 years' experience in the energy sector; 10 years in mid-stream (APA Group), two years in upstream (Conoco Phillips) and five years in downstream (Ergon Energy retail).  During his career he has held roles in business       development, negotiation, strategy, customer service delivery and risk oversight across the transmission pipeline industry, upstream oil and gas, power generation and electricity retailing. 


Prior to joining OGW in 2015, Rod was with the APA Group for 10 years and held the roles of General Manager Strategy and Service Delivery, and Project Director for capital projects including power stations, gas processing plants and pipeline expansions, new services to customers, regulatory projects related to complex market design changes and business improvement projects.

 

Don Anderson (Senior Consultant)

Don Anderson has worked in the Australian Retail Energy Industry for the past 16 years. During this time he has held senior executive level positions in Sales, Marketing and Customer Operations with AGL, EnergyAustralia and TRUenergy. At AGL, Don headed the marketing function that prepared AGL for the initial phases of retail energy competition, and then was the inaugural head of Retail during the initial phases of the openly competitive energy markets in NSW and Victoria. At EnergyAustralia Don initially prepared and launched the company into the gas sector, followed by leading the Retail Sales and Customer Operations areas. Then for 6 years he led EnergyAustralia's Shared Services Division, which delivered a range of services to both EnergyAustralia's Retail and Network businesses (including metering, call centre, customer and network billing, GIS data management and IT operations).

Following the acquisition of EnergyAustralia (Retail) by TRUenergy, Don consulted to TRUenergy for 12 months in order to assist them with their customer service improvement programs and prepare for the integration of the EnergyAustralia retail business. During his time with AGL, EnergyAustralia and TRUenergy Don has also gained significant experience in planning and delivering major transformational IT projects, as well as the outsourcing and offshoring of retail services.

During his time in the energy industry, Don has also participated extensively in industry forums, including board level positions with EWON (NSW Ombudsman) and the NSW GMC (initial NSW gas market operator). Don is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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 Andrew Shelley (Senior Consultant - NZ)

Andrew is a regulatory economist with over 13 years experience analysing complex economic and regulatory issues for energy-intensive, network and infrastructure industries. Andrew has worked on a number of leading regulatory projects in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and is an expert in regulatory model development. His recent work focuses on analysing responses to regulation, including the impact of New Zealand's proposed emissions trading scheme on energy-intensive and emissions-intensive firms, and the impact of formal price control on utility revenues, cash flows, and investment.

Andrew has particular expertise in the electricity and telecommunications industries. He has advised on electricity transmission and distribution regulatory issues such as asset valuation, cost of capital, revenue requirements, pricing structure, and cash flow modeling. In addition to providing regulatory advice he has appeared as an expert witness in commercial arbitrations relating to New Zealand's electricity market, and developed expert evidence for a number of court cases. He has also advised firms in industries such as gas transmission and distribution, forestry, postal services, and rail networks. Prior to commencing his consulting career in 1999, Andrew held the positions of Costing & Economics Manager at Telecom New Zealand Ltd, and Strategic Analyst at Transpower New Zealand Ltd.

Andrew can be reached at Contact Us and by phone on +64 (0) 21 549 045.

Link to detailed CV here.

Susan Taylor (Senior Consultant)

 

Susan Taylor has expertise in a wide range of commercial law, most notably energy regulatory and transactional law. She has over 25 years' experience assisting private and public clients in energy regulatory matters and significant commercial transactions in energy markets in more than eight countries.

For eight years she served as General Counsel and Company Secretary of AusNet Services, one of the largest diversified energy infrastructure businesses in Victoria and an ASX100 company. During this time, she steered the company through three major class actions emanating from the catastrophic events of Black Saturday, involving protracted legal, reputational, public relations, stakeholder and employee issues. Prior to her appointment to AusNet Services, Susan worked for the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington DC and in private practice at US law firms. She is a member of the New York Bar. Susan was previously a Partner of Freehills, where she played a leading role in the restructure of Victoria's electricity and gas industries, the creation of Australia's national electricity market, and the restructure of the electricity industries in several countries in the Asian-Pacific region, including Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea.

Susan has been ranked in the "preeminent" category of In-House Lawyers in Energy and Resources companies in Australia. She has also previously received international recognition, including the highest ranking in Chambers Global "The World's Leading Lawyers" for energy lawyers in Australia, and inclusion in successive publications of the Asia Pacific Legal 500. Susan has also held directorships on the Boards of a number of organisations, including the subsidiary companies of AusNet Services, the St Kilda Football Club and the City of YarraEnergy Foundation.

 John Wallace (Senior Consultant)

John Wallace has had more than 40 years of experience in the design, construction, operation, maintenance and executive management of electricity networks. He previously held the General Manager Engineering Performance at Integral Energy and as a member of the Executive reporting to the CEO, he was responsible for: Network Planning; Network Control; Network Connections, Network Income and Tariff Policy; Engineering Policy; Engineering Standards; Metering Policy, Standards and Meter Reading; External Contracts, such as Vegetation Management and Pole Inspection; Network Safety; Network Demand and Energy Forecasting; Network Maintenance Policy and maintenance program management and Network Communication Policy and SCADA. John had seven direct reports with a total of approximately 550 staff, including the majority of the professional engineers in the organization. John also had a substantial input to two Network Regulatory submissions to IPART, including presentations to IPART.

Network Planning included formulation of the annual, five year and ten year Strategic Network Management Plans, including major capital projects, Network Refurbishment and Maintenance Expenditures. Network connections included Capital Contribution Policy together with management of the Contestable Works processes, together with all major customer and generation connections to the Network.

During this period, John was Integral's representative on the Industry Safety Steering Committee; Energy Networks Association, as well as Co-Chairman of the Wollongong University's Network Reliability and Quality of Supply Centre, member of Wollongong University's visiting committee for education of Electrical Engineers and Integral Energy's representative to CIGRE.

John can be reached at Contact Us

Link to detailed CV

 

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