We are a Queensland Government owned business.

We have two shareholding Ministers.

Board of Directors

Our directors have considerable Board level experience. Together, they have a unique and diverse set of skills and knowledge which they use to guide the business.

Dr Ralph Craven

Non-executive Chairman

Dr Craven was appointed Chairman and non-executive director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and People and Safety Committee.

Dr Craven has broad experience in energy, resources, infrastructure and agribusiness, having worked in these sectors for more than 35 years. His professional background encompasses electricity and gas businesses, mining, commodities trading, the management of large scale system operations at the national level and the delivery of major infrastructure projects.

Dr Craven is currently a non-executive director and Chairman of Genex Power Limited and a non-executive director of Senex Energy Limited and AusNet Services Limited. Some of his previous roles include being a non-executive director and Chairman of Invion Limited and Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, non-executive Deputy Chairman of Arrow Energy Limited, non-executive director of Mitchell Services Limited and a non-executive director on the Council Board of the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Dr Craven has international experience from roles in Switzerland, Canada and as Chief Executive Officer of
Transpower New Zealand Limited. Other senior executive roles include being General Manager of Shell Coal
Pty Ltd and Executive Director of NRG Asia Pacific Limited.

Karen Smith-Pomeroy


Ms Smith-Pomeroy was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Smith-Pomeroy has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, and was most recently a senior executive with Suncorp Group, including a period as Chief Risk Officer of Suncorp Bank.

She has a specialty in risk and governance and a detailed understanding of a number of industry sectors.

Ms Smith-Pomeroy is currently a member of Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board, and a non-executive director of InFocus Wealth Management and National Affordable Housing Consortium Limited.

In addition, she is a Queensland Advisory board member of Australian Super and an audit committee member of Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Ms Smith-Pomeroy is a former director of Tarong Energy Corporation Limited and CS Energy Limited.

Jacqueline King


Ms King was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and chairman of the People and Safety Committee.

Ms King has an extensive background in industrial relations, work health and safety, and skills and training at senior levels working in industry, government and peak councils.

She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently studying her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology.

Ms King provides consultancy services to Future Skills, an industry training company specialising in the delivery of post trade electrical and health and safety training in the energy and construction industries in Queensland and Northern Territory.

She is also a consultant to Future Skills International, which is contracted by the Commonwealth Government to provide skills assessments for overseas qualified electrical workers seeking to migrate to Australia for visa and licensing purposes.

Ms King was the founding Chief Executive Officer of both organisations before stepping down from her role in 2015.

Ms King is also a director of Energy Skills Queensland, which is the leading, independent, not-for-profit organisation providing innovative solutions to enable a skilled and safe energy industry.

Ms King has previously held the position of Assistant Director of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Education and Campaign Centre, Senior Industrial Officer of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and senior roles in the Queensland Government including Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Industrial Relations.

Adam Aspinall


Mr Aspinall  is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 36 years’ experience in the electricity and energy industries. His expertise includes power project development, contract negotiation and feasibility analysis, transaction management as well as major plant operation and maintenance. Recent experience in the role of Transaction Advisor includes a major involvement in both commercial and technical aspects of renewable energy projects as well as the development of a range of major power and energy infrastructure projects incorporating feasibility analysis, negotiation of major equipment, fuel and energy supply contracts (fuel supply, electricity sales, water sales etc.), legislative approvals and funding/financing arrangements.

Mr Aspinall has had extensive experience in the development of power generation, transmission and distribution projects around the world and as a result is regularly engaged to assist in International Mergers & Acquisitions activities as well as International Arbitrations in the role of Independent Expert.

He has previously been a non-executive director on the Board of Ergon Energy and Chairman of SPARQ Solutions.

Allison Warburton


Ms Warburton was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Warburton is a leading private and government sector advisor across the energy, resources and power generation industries, having worked in the sector for more than 20 years.

Her experience includes electricity and gas, mining, procurement, project development, energy trading and regulatory compliance.

She is currently a Partner with law firm Minter Ellison and is co-head of that firm’s climate change practice. In 2016, Ms Warburton was appointed by the Queensland Government to its Renewable Energy Expert Panel to advise the Government on credible pathways to achieving its renewable energy target.

Ms Warburton is also member of the Law Council of Australia’s Climate Change committee.

Executive Leadership Team

We’re lead by a team of passionate professionals. They have extensive experience in Australia and overseas, specialising in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Richard Van Breda

BCompt (Hons), CA(Z), CA(Aus), Dip. Fin. Serv. (FM, GAICD,) AICD
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Van Breda was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2012.

Mr Van Breda has been involved in the energy industry since 2001.

He originally joined Stanwell in 2002 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2005. He joined Tarong Energy Corporation Limited in the role of Chief Financial Officer in April 2008.

After the restructure of the Queensland Government owned electricity generators in July 2011, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Stanwell.

Mr Van Breda is a non-executive director of the Competitive Energy Association Limited.

Prior to this, Mr Van Breda was a partner with Deloitte Zimbabwe and spent three years with Anglo American Zimbabwe, which held a diverse range of mining and manufacturing interests.

Andy Richardson

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Richardson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in December 2016.

Mr Richardson has more than 20 years’ experience across various energy sectors specialising in power generation, development and performance.

He has held both leadership positions in major utilities and for a global original equipment manufacturer and worked in the highly competitive European energy market.

Prior to joining Stanwell, Mr Richardson was Managing Director at Bilfinger’s United Kingdom’s operations where he managed five business units with revenue of $1 billion and was responsible for more than 3000 people over 30 sites.

Jenny Gregg

MBA, BA, Grad Cert (BAdmin), GAICD
Executive General Manager Business Services

Before commencing with Stanwell in July 2011, Ms Gregg worked with Tarong Energy Corporation Limited in the role of General Manager People and Communication.

Through her diverse career, Ms Gregg has gained experience in the utilities, human services and health sectors in broader leadership roles and within the human resources field.

Ms Gregg was appointed to her current role of Executive General Manager Business Services in September 2012.

Her current responsibilities include community and stakeholder engagement, information and business systems, human resource management and organisational development.

Michael O'Rourke

LLB, BCom, GDip AppFin, GDip CSA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr O’Rourke joined Stanwell in 1998 and has held a number of management positions in the areas of legal, marketing and trading, secretariat, corporate communication and land and property management.

In September 2012, Mr O’Rourke was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

As Stanwell’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr O’Rourke is responsible for the internal functions of financial risk and services, business reporting and commercial analysis, secretariat, corporate services, legal, internal audit and supply chain management.

Steve Quilter

BEng(Mech), MBA
Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy

Mr Quilter joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.

In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering positions.

Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy in July 2016.

Mr Quilter was Acting Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy during the year ended 30 June 2016.

In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.

He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.