We are a Queensland Government-owned corporation.

We have two shareholding Ministers

  • The Hon. Cameron Dick MP – Treasurer and Minister for Investment
  • The Hon. Michael (Mick) de Brenni – Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement

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. Our Board operates in a manner that creates value for our shareholders, customers, partners, local communities and our people.

Paul Binsted

Independent Non-executive Chair and Director

Mr Binsted was appointed a director and Chair of Stanwell on 7 May 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management, and People and Safety committees.

Mr Binsted has had an extensive career in corporate finance and has an interest in macro and micro economics. From 1982 to 2007, he held senior positions at Lloyds Corporate Advisory Services, Schroders, Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) and was the Managing Director and Joint CEO of Lazard.

Mr Binsted has held directorship positions across the energy, renewables, sea ports and rail sectors, including Director of the
Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Chair of its Audit Committee; Council Member of the Australian National Maritime Museum and Chair of its Audit Committee; Chair of Sydney Ports Corporation and the State Rail Authority of NSW; and Deputy Chair of Donaldson Coal Holdings Limited and Paringa Mining and Exploration Company PLC.

He was also a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council which provided advice to the Government on policies to facilitate
the growth of a strong and competitive financial sector; and was a Chief Adviser to the Australian Federal Treasury.

Mr Binsted is a member of the Economics Society of Australia and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The Hon. Wayne Swan

BA Hons
Independent Non-executive Director

Mr Swan was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 12 December 2019.

Mr Swan served as the Treasurer of Australia for nearly six years, including three years as Deputy Prime Minister.

He was one of the longest serving finance ministers in the G20 and was recognised as one of its leading contributors, drawing on
his unique experience overseeing Australia’s economic outperformance among the developed world.

Mr Swan was awarded Euromoney Finance Minister of the Year in 2011 for his ‘careful stewardship of Australia’s finances and economic performance’ during the global financial crisis. He was only the second Australian to receive this accolade and the first
for almost 30 years.

His focus as Treasurer was on strong, secure economic growth, job creation, and maximising the opportunities for Australia in the
Asian Century. He was instrumental in the publication of the Asian Century White Paper – a blue print for Australia’s engagement
in the region.

He is the author of Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation (2005) and The Good Fight: Six Years, Two Prime Ministers and
Staring Down the Great Recession (2014).

More recently, Mr Swan has co-authored the Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, commissioned by the Centere for
American Progress and authored a paper on Financing Sustainable Development – What can we learn from the Australian
experience of reform? for the United Nations Social and Economic Commission in the Asia Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

He is also a Commissioner on the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation and President of
the Australian Labor Party.

Karen Smith-Pomeroy

Independent Non-executive Director

Ms Smith-Pomeroy was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the People and Safety 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 management and governance and detailed experience across a number of industry sectors.

Ms Smith-Pomeroy is currently Chair of Regional Investment Corporation and National Affordable Housing Consortium Limited, and a non-executive director of Queensland Treasury Corporation and Kina Services Limited (ASX:KSL)

In addition, Ms Smith-Pomeroy is Chair of the audit committees of South Bank Corporation and an independent audit committee member of the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

Jacqueline King

LLB (Honours) First Class Honours, MBA, WHS, TDD, GAICD
Independent Non-executive Director

Ms King was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and is Chair of the People and Safety Committee.

Ms King has worked across the energy, power and construction sectors of industry for over twenty years, with an extensive
background in industrial relations, work health and safety, and skills and training. She is currently the Assistant General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions with specific responsibility for work health and safety matters.

Ms King is also the Chair of Mind Blank, a charity dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and the risk of suicide in
schools, workplaces and the community.

She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) First
Class Honours degree, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Adam Aspinall

B.ENG (Mech), MIEAust, GAICD
Independent Non-executive Director

Mr Aspinall was appointed a director of Stanwell on 15 November 2016.

Mr Aspinall is a mechanical engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the electricity and energy industries and is a leading advisor in the power industry, having consulted globally to the private and government sectors on power generation projects and issues.

His expertise includes electricity and gas infrastructure development, generation and transmission procurement, electricity trading and regulatory compliance.

Mr Aspinall is regularly engaged to assist in international mergers and acquisitions activities, as well as international arbitrations in the role of Independent Expert.

He began his career working for the Queensland Electricity Commission in 1981 and was employed by the generation sector in Queensland for over 24 years, prior to becoming a consultant.

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

Marianna O’Gorman

LLB (Hon), MClimChange
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms O’Gorman was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2021. Ms O’Gorman has extensive public policy experience, specialising in climate change, decarbonisation and clean technology.

Ms O’Gorman began her career in Washington DC at the World Bank, working on its first organisation-wide climate change education program. She is the co-founder and non-executive director of public policy think tank the McKell Institute Queensland. Other public policy roles include working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra and serving as an adviser to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation.

In her career, she has represented Australia at climate negotiations in the Middle East, USA, Asia, UK and Europe; contributed to the design and implementation of a national carbon price and worked on the formation of (and later at), Australia’s Green Bank, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. She has also undertaken research on decarbonisation as a Fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Climate and Energy Policy.

Ms O’Gorman mentors founders of early-stage clean tech with Energylab. She is a recipient of the AICD Regional Leaders Scholarship to study Foundations of Directorship, the Ross Garnaut Prize for Climate Change research, and the Chief Executive Women Sustainability Scholarship.

She is a member of Women on Boards and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Climate Change, a Bachelor of Law with Honours and is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Executive Leadership Team

We’re led by a team of passionate professionals. They have extensive experience in Australia and overseas, specialising in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Our Executive Leadership Team exhibit Stanwell’s values – we care, we adapt, we deliver – in their leadership style. Our Executive Leadership team – like all our people – are guided by our values in their everyday actions and decision making.

Michael O'Rourke

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

Mr Michael O’Rourke has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior leader in the energy industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stanwell Corporation in November 2021.

Michael joined Stanwell in 1998 and has held several executive roles in the business, including Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for overseeing the financial services, legal, procurement and insurance portfolios. Prior to this, Michael held Executive General Manager roles in the Trading, Strategy and Corporate Services functions, and as General Counsel.

As CEO, Michael leads the Stanwell team to use its existing portfolio to play a key role in maintaining security and stability of electricity supply, while transitioning to a cleaner energy future.

Having been closely involved in the planning and development of renewable and energy storage assets, Michael has a deep understanding of the energy industry, combined with a strong commercial and safety focus.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. He also holds postgraduate qualifications in leadership, governance and finance.

James Oliver

MBA, BE (Mech) Hons 1, MIEAust, CPEng, NER, RPEQ, IntPE (Aus)
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Oliver was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer in May 2019.

Mr Oliver joined Stanwell in 2003 and has held a number of operational roles throughout the business, including General Manager Operational Excellence, Stanwell Power Station Site Manager, Stanwell Power Station Production Manager and Stanwell Power Station Engineering Manager.

He is an experienced senior business manager, with strong project management experience, and a Master of Business Administration, focusing on organisational leadership.

Prior to joining Stanwell, Mr Oliver spent time in the mining and materials processing industries, as well as spending 12 months undertaking volunteer work in Zambia.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he oversees Stanwell’s operations and provides leadership and direction for both for the operations leadership team and wider business. Mr Oliver’s responsibilities also include delivering asset strategies, policies, systems and operational risk management controls to facilitate the achievement of Stanwell’s short and long-term business objectives.

Sophie Naughton

Executive General Manager Energy Markets

In November 2021, Ms Naughton was appointed  Executive General Manager Energy Markets. Prior to this Ms Naughton acted in this role for six months. In this role, Ms Naughton is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.

Before her current role, Ms Naughton was appointed Executive General Manager Business Services in December 2019. As Executive General Manager Business Services, Ms Naughton was responsible for Stanwell’s business strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, information and business systems, human resources management and organisational development.

Since joining Stanwell in 2011, she has held management roles across human resources and industrial relations.

Prior to this, Ms Naughton worked as a lawyer, then in human resources leadership roles across a range of industries and in both the public and private sectors. During this time she also completed a teaching degree.

Richard Jeffery ACMA, GCMA

Bachelor of Arts (Economics & French)
Acting Executive General Manager, Growth and Future Energy

Mr Richard Jeffery is an experienced commercial manager and people leader, with significant experience across the energy, resources, and heavy industry sectors.

Having previously held leadership roles within Stanwell’s financial, commercial and market modelling teams, Richard now leads Stanwell’s Growth and Future Energy division.

Under Richard’s leadership, the Growth and Future Energy division collaborates with the broader business to develop and execute Stanwell’s commercial strategy. This includes a particular focus on portfolio diversification through the execution of decarbonisation projects, energy storage activities and hydrogen development.

Richard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Economics from the University of Reading. He is a qualified accountant, holding the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants designation.

Glenn Smith

ADip Business Management
Acting Executive General Manager Business Services

Mr Smith joined Stanwell as General Manager People and Culture in early 2020 and was appointed Acting Executive General Manager in February 2021.

As Acting Executive General Manager Business Services, Mr Smith is responsible for Stanwell’s business strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, information and business systems, Human Resources management and organisational development.

Mr Smith is an experienced executive in human resources, employee relations and external affairs. His industry experience is broad, covering both publicly listed, private companies and the public sector across a range of industries in the resources, contracting, manufacturing, service and utilities sectors.

Darren Wiltshire

BBus (Accy), LLB, CA, GAICD
Acting Chief Financial Officer

Mr Wiltshire joined Stanwell as Financial Controller in 2013 and was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in December 2021.

As Acting Chief Financial Officer, Mr Wiltshire leads Stanwell’s key corporate functions of finance; tax treasury and settlements; procurement and supply; legal, quantitative risk and analytics; internal audit; land and property; and Board secretariat.

Mr Wiltshire is an experienced Chartered Accountant and finance executive with over 19 years’ experience in energy and resources industries, covering both publicly listed companies and the public sector. Mr Wiltshire has held numerous leadership roles responsible for corporate, financial, and capital reporting; transactional accounting; payroll; and insurance portfolio management.