We are a Queensland Government-owned corporation.

We have two shareholding Ministers

  • The Hon. Cameron Dick MP – Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
  • The Hon. Michael (Mick) de Brenni MP – Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs

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 is also the Chair of the Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo). He 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.

He has held directorship positions across the energy, renewables, sea ports, mining and rail sectors, including Director of Gladstone Ports Corporation, 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.

Howard Morrison

B.ENG (Elect)
Independent Non-executive Director

Term of appointment

1 October 2023 to 30 September 2027

Mr Morrison was appointed a Non-executive Director of Stanwell on 1 October 2023 and is a member of the People and Safety committee.

Mr Morrison’s experience spans 40 years in the electricity industry as an employee and later as a consultant. He has held a variety of senior engineering and managerial roles in the energy generation sector, with accountabilities ranging from asset responsibility and technical service provision, through to asset portfolio management and general management. Mr Morrison has also held positions on joint venture management committees and held Board of Director positions at various research organisations. As a consultant he provided services to the energy, mining and health sectors.

Mr Morrison has been a member of working groups sponsored by the Federal Government on cost of new generation Technologies. He has been part of industry technical reference panels for Queensland State Government and the Australian Energy Market Operator. At a Federal Government level, Mr Morrison has been a member of international delegations for the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forums (Paris and Oslo).

He has retained an active interest in his chosen profession and presented lectures at the University of Queensland in Generator Inspection and Maintenance as part of the Masters in Power Generation Engineering.

Marianna O’Gorman

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

Term of appointment

1 October 2021 to 31 May 2024
1 June 2024 to 31 May 2028

Ms O’Gorman was appointed a director of Stanwell on 1 October 2021 and is the Chair of the People and Safety committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management. 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.

John Thompson AM

Licensed Plumber and Drainer, Mediation Practitioner Certificate (UK)
Independent Non-executive Director

Term of appointment

1 October 2023 to 30 September 2027

Mr Thompson was appointed a non-executive director of Stanwell on 1 October 2023 and is a member of the People and Safety committee.

Mr Thompson served as a Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner for twenty years and spent six years at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now the Fair Work Commission). Other roles included Co-Reviewer of the Five-Year Review of the Queensland Industrial Relations Act 2016, and Co-Head of Australia’s first independent panel to advise on ethical procurement for government suppliers.

Mr Thompson has also held several senior positions in the Trade Union Movement including General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, Secretary of the Plumbers and Gasfitters Union and Executive Member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Current positions held by Mr Thompson are Chair of the Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority and the Queensland Government’s Tripartite Procurement Advisory Panel, and Referee for the Development Tribunal, Queensland Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works.

Mr Thompson was previously a director across a variety of organisations including QSuper; Sunsuper Building Unions Superannuation Scheme – Queensland; WorkCover Queensland; Queensland Curriculum Council; State Training Council; Construction Industry Training Foundation Trust; Qleave – Portable Long Service Leave – Building and Construction; Workplace Health and Safety Committee (Building and Construction); Building Industry Apprenticeship Advisory Committee; Plumbers and Drainers Examination and Licensing Board; and Queensland Performing Arts Trust.

In the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to Industrial Relations in the Building and Construction Industry.

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, GAICD
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

Ms Naughton is Stanwell’s Executive General Manager Energy Markets. She has responsibility for Stanwell’s trading and market interfaces, Stanwell Energy’s retailing to C&I customers, analytics and modelling functions, and regulation strategy.

Prior to this role, Ms Naughton was Stanwell’s Executive General Manager for Business Services. This included responsibility for Stanwell’s business strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, information technology 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, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining Stanwell, she worked as a lawyer, then in leadership roles across a range of industries, and 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

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 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.