We are a Queensland Government owned business.

We have two shareholding Ministers

  • The Hon. Jackie Trad MP – Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP – Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

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.

Karen Smith-Pomeroy

Independent Non-executive Director

Ms Smith-Pomeroy was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015 and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management 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 Kina Securities Limited, Infigen Energy Limited, InFocus Wealth Management and National Affordable Housing Consortium Limited.

In addition, she is chair of the audit committee of Queensland Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, and an independent audit committee member of South Bank Corporation.

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

Jacqueline King

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

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 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 currently provides management consultancy services, primarily to organisations’ in the area of vocational education and training and workforce skilling programs.

Ms King is also a director of Energy Skills Queensland, which is the leading, independent, not-for-profit organisation facilitating workforce skilling initiatives and enabling a skilled and safe energy industry for the energy, gas and telecommunication sectors in Queensland.

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

Adam Aspinall

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

Mr Aspinall was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 15 November 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and People and Safety Committee.

Mr Aspinall  is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 37 years’ experience in the electricity and energy industries and is a leading advisor in the power generation 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.  He is currently a Special Advisor for the advisory firm Advisian, a wholly owned subsidiary of the WorlyParsons group, having previously led the power engineering practice of Advisian Asia Pacific and before that, Evans & Peck.

Mr Aspinall is regularly engaged to assist in International Mergers & 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.

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.

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 and he has been involved in the energy industry since 2001.

Mr Van Breda 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 Australian Energy Council.

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.

James Oliver

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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

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 strategies, policies, systems and risk management controls to facilitate the achievement of Stanwell’s short and long-term business objectives.

Jenny Gregg

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

Before the restructure of the Queensland Government owned electricity generators in July 2011,  Ms Gregg worked with Tarong Energy Corporation Limited in the role of General Manager People and Communication.

Throughout 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 corporate strategy, marketing and trading, corporate services and internal and external corporate communications.

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.

Stephen 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 and management positions.

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