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

Term of appointment

7 May 2020 to 31 March 2023
1 April 2023 to 30 September 2026

Mr Binsted was initially 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 is currently a non-executive director of Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited.

He has held directorship positions across the energy, renewables, sea ports, mining 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.

Adrian Noon

MPP, B.Econ (Honours), B.Bus (Comms.), GAICD
Independent Non-executive Director

Term of appointment

15 December 2022 to 30 September 2025

Mr Noon was appointed a director of Stanwell on 15 December 2022 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management committee.

Mr Noon brings over 40 years’ experience and a broad range of skills to the Stanwell Board including economic, policy, corporate strategy, governance, crisis management, sustainable development, corporate Social Responsibility, project advisory and business planning advice.

Mr Noon has previously held roles as Executive Director in the Queensland Government Office of Government Owned Corporations, Director of Fiscal Policy in Queensland Treasury, Special Advisor in the Office of the Queensland Treasurer and Deputy Premier, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier, and Chief of Staff in Ministerial Offices. Mr Noon has run his own economic advisory business for over 10 years focusing on economic regulation, policy advisory, commercial analysis and strategy, and project analysis.

His expertise covers many sectors of infrastructure, including transport, energy, and water as well as the public sector. He has been involved at both the Queensland and Commonwealth Government levels with fiscal policy, intergovernmental relations, GOCs, infrastructure, planning, commercial negotiations, and project development.

Mr Noon has published a number of academic papers related to economic issues and is heavily involved in Queensland softball. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Export Management, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Economic Society of Australia – Queensland Branch.

Jacqueline King

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

Term of appointment

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2018
1 October 2018 to 30 September 2022
13 October 2022 to 30 September 2023

Ms King was initially 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.

Ms King is the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions with specific responsibility for work health and safety matters, Deputy Chair of WorkCover Queensland and a Director of MRN Co Pty Ltd.

Marianna O’Gorman

LLB (Hon), MClimChange, GAICD, GAIST, GDLP
Independent Non-Executive Director

Term of appointment

1 October 2021 to 31 May 2024

Ms O’Gorman was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2021 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management and People and Safety committees. She brings governance expertise in the areas of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), clean energy technology and public policy.

Her career includes time with the Australian Government in Canberra, at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and at the World Bank in Washington. She has worked on national climate change policy and on governmental and international climate change negotiations and was recipient of the Ross Garnaut Prize for Chief Executive Women Sustainability Scholarship and has also undertaken research on decarbonisation as a Fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Climate and Energy Policy.

Ms O’Gorman is currently a non-executive director of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and mentors founders of early-stage clean technology with Energylab. Ms O’Gorman also serves on the board of the McKell Institute in Queensland and the Chief Executive Women Policy and Advocacy Committee in Queensland.

Karen Smith-Pomeroy

Independent Non-executive Director

Term of appointment

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2018
1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020
1 October 2020 to 30 September 2023

Ms Smith-Pomeroy was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2015. She is Chair of the Audit and Risk Management 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 is a specialist in risk management and governance, with significant experience across a number of industry sectors.

Ms Smith-Pomeroy is currently Chair of Regional Investment Corporation and National Affordable Housing Consortium Limited, a non-executive director of the National Reconstruction Fund Corporation, Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board and Kina Securities Limited (ASX:KSL).

In addition, Ms Smith-Pomeroy is the independent audit committee Chair of the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and an independent audit committee member of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Public Sector Commission, and Southbank Corporation.

The Hon. Wayne Swan

BA Hons
Independent Non-executive Director

Term of appointment

12 December 2019 to 30 September 2022
13 October 2022 to 30 September 2023

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

Mr Swan enjoyed a lengthy career in Australian Federal politics, serving as Treasurer of Australia from 2007 to 2013 and Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013.

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.

During his parliamentary career, Mr Swan was committed to tackling climate change by supporting innovation in clean and renewable energy and creating economic incentives for businesses to invest in low and zero emissions technology, leading to new economic opportunities for workers, as the economy transitions to a clean energy future.

Mr Swan is currently the Chair of Diatreme Resources (ASX:DRX), Chair of Cbus Super, a director of Industry Super Australia, trustee member of IFM Advisory Shareholder Advisory Board, and a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of Corporate Taxation, Downer Defence Advisory Board and Treasurer’s Investor Roundtable.

Mr Swan is also the President of the Australian Labor Party.

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).

Mr Swan has co-authored the Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, commissioned by the Center 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).

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.

Mr O’Rourke 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, Mr O’Rourke held Executive General Manager roles in the Trading, Strategy and Corporate Services functions, and as General Counsel.

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr O’Rourke leads the Stanwell team to use its existing portfolio to play a key role in maintaining the 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.

Mr O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. He also holds post graduate qualifications in leadership, governance and finance.


Catherine Cook

BBus (ProfAcc), MCommLaw, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Ms Cook joined Stanwell in August 2022 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer.

As Chief Financial Officer, Catherine leads the corporate finance function for Stanwell. This includes group finance and insurance; tax, treasury and settlements; procurement and supply; quantitative risk and analytics; internal audit; financial strategy, joint ventures and portfolio investments.

Prior to Stanwell, Catherine was Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Thiess, a global mining services provider. Catherine’s an experienced and inclusive leader that is recognised for partnering with operational and functional leaders to develop and execute strategic business outcomes.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting), Masters of Commercial Law and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Sophie Naughton

Executive General Manager Energy Markets

From February 2021, Ms Naughton has held the role of Stanwell’s Executive General Manager Energy Markets. In this role, Ms Naughton is responsible for Stanwell’s trading and market interfaces, Stanwell Energy’s retailing to C&I customers, and the regulation strategy, analytics and modelling functions.

In December 2019, Ms Naughton was appointed Executive General Manager Business Services. 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, Ms Naughton has also held management roles across human resources and industrial relations and completed a teaching degree.

Ms Naughton holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining Stanwell, she worked as a lawyer, then in leadership roles across a range of industries in both the public and private sector.

James Oliver

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

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.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, he oversees Stanwell’s operations and provides leadership and direction for both 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.

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.

Steve Quilter

Executive General Manager Growth and Future Energy

Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Growth and Future Energy at Stanwell in December 2021. Prior to this he held the role of Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy since 2016.

In a career spanning 30 years’ in the energy industry in both Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions.

In his current role, he is accountable for the origination and oversight of the growth of Stanwell’s diversified renewable generation and energy storage portfolio and the development of Queensland’s premier renewable hydrogen export project – the CQ-H2 project. He is passionate about innovation in the energy industry and the opportunities that the energy transition presents for Stanwell’s team members and our customers and partners.

From January 2022, for a period of eight months, Mr Quilter was seconded to the Queensland Department of Energy and Public Works to work on the development of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan and Infrastructure Blueprint.

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.

Glenn Smith

ADip Business Management
Executive General Manager Business Services

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

As Executive General Manager Business Services, Mr Smith is responsible for Stanwell’s information and business systems, legal services, 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.

Richard Jeffery

Acting Executive General Manager Strategic Partnerships

Mr 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 Future Energy teams, Mr Jeffery now leads Stanwell’s Strategic Partnerships division, which collaborates with the broader business to develop Stanwell’s commercial and sustainability strategies, develop and foster key partnerships to support delivery of those strategies, and ensure that those strategies are effectively communicated to our people, our owners and the communities in which we operate.

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