Customer Advisory Panel

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As electricity distributors for more than 1.2 million Victorians, CitiPower and Powercor are committed to working with customers and stakeholders to understand their needs and deliver services they value.

Our Customer Advisory Panel (CAP) assists us in developing our future program of works through collaboration and representation of customer and stakeholder views and preferences.

The Customer Advisory Panel (CAP) is an independent group that challenges CitiPower and Powercor to ensure customer and stakeholder views shape and are at the heart of all decision-making. Their work with us supports customer and stakeholder views to be embedded in our decision-making processes, and new challenges and issues to be addressed with customer and stakeholder views at the forefront of proposed solutions.

We expect the members of the CAP will advise us on the diverse and changing needs of our 1.2 million customers and ensure they have been properly understood, balanced, and reflected.

The immediate focus of the CAP is the be the 2026-2031 proposals for the regulatory reset. They have a key role in shaping the proposal, advising on customer research, and participating in specialised stakeholder-led working groups.

While there are overarching themes of importance to the business, our CAP members have the opportunity to also shape the conversation.

We fully expect our independent CAP will challenge the business to ensure the needs and priorities of customers are reflected in our regulatory proposals.

Tim Rourke, CitiPower and Powercor CEO

CAP members

The CAP comprises 10 members, including an independent chair and deputy Chair. Members each have a longstanding interest in energy but have a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and fields of expertise, to ensure a range of views and perspectives are captured.

Philip Cullum - Chair

Philip is an experienced consumer advocate and regulator, based in Melbourne where he is a United Energy customer. He is principal of Consumer-wise Consulting, working on strategy, policy, engagement and governance. He is a member of the boards of the Clean Energy Council, the Financial Basics Foundation (which he chairs), Consumer Action and Consumers’ Federation of Australia. Philip has held senior roles at the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the UK energy regulator Ofgem, as well as three UK consumer organisations.

Hilary Newstead - Deputy Chair

Hilary’s experience covers energy and carbon markets, sustainability, energy productivity and product development. Her work has centred around creating sustainable futures for heavy industries and infrastructure portfolios in a changing climate; driving strategy and corporate engagement on decarbonisation, renewable energy, and climate resilience. She is currently the General Manager – Strategic Energy Management within the GFG Alliance, responsible for a significant wholesale electricity and gas portfolio and the development and execution of energy strategy and risk management. Hilary is a Board member of the South Australian Hydrogen Technology Cluster (SA-H2H) and is a CitiPower customer.

Natalie Collard

Natalie Collard is the Executive Officer for Food and Fibre Great South Coast. She is a highly regarded advocate for regional Australia, agriculture, renewable energy, innovation and women’s leadership. Her board experience includes the Australian Government’s Council of Australian Latin American Relations, Landcare Australia Ltd, Agsafe Ltd and the Victorian Government Agriculture Energy Investment Plan Independent Advisory Council. The southwest Victorian region Natalie represents is serviced by Powercor, while she lives Bayside and is serviced by CitiPower.

Dean Lombard

After training as a social worker, Dean worked in several community development roles followed by more than a decade in energy policy advocacy for the Victorian Council of Social Service before moving to Renew as their Senior Energy Analyst where he focused on policy analysis and advocacy in national and state energy markets. Dean’s Renew work looked at DER enablement, tariff reform, and consumer protections in emerging energy markets. Since leaving Renew in 2022 Dean has undertaken research and analysis of community energy projects for Melbourne University, delivered an ongoing series of community information webinars on energy issues, and served on energy businesses’ advisory panels in NSW, Vic, Qld and SA.

Helen Bartley

Helen is a Fellow of The Research Society and an Accredited Statistician, with an Advanced Certificate in Engagement. She is a principal consultant with Bartley Consulting where she undertakes and advises on social research, evaluations, and consumer engagement with a focus on the water and energy sectors. Helen is a current member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Consumer Challenge Panel which provides consumer-oriented advice to the AER to help it make better regulatory determinations and she was a member of the AER’s Consumer Reference Group its Inflation Review 2020 and Rate of Return Instrument 2022. She is a customer of CitiPower and United Energy and she also sits on AusNet’s Stakeholder Reference Group.

Lynda Osborne

With 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry, Lynda is the GM Global Strategy – Technology at Xero. Lynda is passionate about value-driven investment in technology and digital capabilities, and their potential to transform business models and shape industries. This is quite pertinent in the energy industry at this time given the imperative of energy transition. Prior to joining Xero, Lynda was a Director in PwC Australia’s Consulting team. Her experience also extends to energy retailers and generators.

Winnie Waudo

Dr. Winnie Waudo is a performance driven executive with extensive strategic and operational experience in public and private sectors. Specifically, she has a proven record of achievement initiating, leading, and delivering business transformation programs encompassing margin optimisation, organisational capability, and business improvement in electricity, gas, renewable energy, facilities, and asset operations and maintenance. Dr. Waudo holds a Ph.D. in Renewable Energy and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland and the University of Wollongong respectively.

Tennant Reed

Tennant Reed is principal national adviser in public policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s leaders’ group on energy and climate policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. He also works on a range of issues related to manufacturing and innovation. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

Emma Lucia

Emma is an experienced partnership developer based in Melbourne, where she is a CitiPower customer. She is the Director of Partnerships and Business Development at 3E Group, developing Net Zero emissions strategies and projects. Emma has held various governance positions, including co-convenor of the UNAA Climate Change Committee and Monash University’s representative on C4NET’s University Steering Committee. Emma has worked across the energy sector throughout her career, including developing flagship energy partnerships for Monash University and purpose-driven partnerships at Powershop Australia.

Gavin Dufty

Gavin currently runs the policy and research unit at St Vincent de Paul Victoria. Over the past 30 years he has participated in numerous electricity distribution, gas distribution and transmission regulatory resets across Australia. He has also been a representative on the Australian Energy Market Commission’s Reliability Panel and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan Consumer Panel. He’s currently a representative on the Australian Energy Regulator’s and the Essential Services Commission Victoria Customer Consultative Groups and a board member of Energy Consumers Australia.

Keicha Day

Keicha Day is a Gunditjmara Yorta Yorta woman who has worked with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation and Yorta Yorta Nations Aboriginal Corporation in Cultural Heritage Management. Keicha has also assisted with negotiating Native Title and gaining UNESCO world heritage recognition for Budj Bim and is working on several boards currently. She is highly sought after and is extremely passionate about First Peoples having a seat at the table and a say in the Reconciliation Journey. Keicha has recently been a Treaty candidate for the First Peoples Assembly and is the Chair of CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy’s First Peoples Advisory Committee.

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