Board of Directors
ERM Power’s board of directors comprises a Non-Executive Chair, five Non-Executive Directors and a Managing Director.
The directors have a broad range of experience, expertise, skills, qualifications and contacts that bring value to ERM Power and our businesses.
Tony BellasNon-Executive Chair
Tony was appointed as Chair of the Company on 21 October 2011, having served as director since December 2009. He brings over 25 years of policy and operational experience in the energy industry to the business. Tony was previously CEO of the Seymour Group, one of Queensland’s largest private investment and development companies. Prior to joining the Seymour Group, Tony held the position of CEO of Ergon Energy, a Queensland Government-owned corporation involved in electricity distribution and retailing. Before that, he was CEO of CS Energy, also a Queensland Government-owned corporation and the State’s largest electricity generation company, operating over 3,500 MW of gas-fired and coal-fired plant at four locations.
Tony had a long career with Queensland Treasury, achieving the position of Deputy Under Treasurer. In 2000, as an Assistant Under Treasurer, he was responsible for the Industry and Energy Division of Queensland Treasury and was heavily involved in formulating the State Government’s energy strategy.
Tony is Chair of three other listed companies, Corporate Travel Management Limited (ASX:CTD), Shine Corporate Ltd (ASX:SHJ) and Novonix Limited (ASX:NVX), and is also a director of Loch Explorations Pty Ltd, West Bengal Resources (Australia) Pty Ltd and the Endeavour Foundation.
Chair of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee, a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee.
Albert GollerNon-Executive Director
Albert was appointed as a director in January 2015, bringing considerable management and marketing expertise, garnered through a very successful executive career in Germany, Canada, the USA and Australia at the global multinational conglomerate Siemens AG. He was Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Ltd in Australia between 2002 and 2012.
Commencing his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973, Albert held a number of senior executive positions throughout the world including President and CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd and Head of the Corporate Office for E-business in Munich, Germany. He has a Masters Degree in Information and Telecommunications from Paderborn University in Germany and was consistently nominated as one of Australia’s most influential engineers by Engineers Australia magazine between 2004 and 2010.
Currently a non-executive director, from July 2013 to February 2015 Albert served as the Chair of META, an independent organisation that was funded by the Federal Government and represented the interests of Australian manufacturers across the nation. META had been established to generate innovative thinking and collaboration across manufacturing to target job growth, enhance productivity and increase export opportunities for Australian manufacturing companies.
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Georganne HodgesNon-Executive Director
Georganne was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 26 October 2016 bringing over 25 years of wholesale and retail energy experience, including extensive industry experience across the energy value chain leading the finance, accounting and other back office operations of medium to large North American wholesale and retail energy companies.
She is currently CFO for energy refining and marketing company Motiva Enterprises, based in Houston Texas and a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, a non-profit volunteer youth mentoring organization.
Prior to mid-2016 Georganne was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Spark Energy Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPKE), a US natural gas and electricity supplier serving residential and commercial customers in 16 states, where from 2013 she was responsible for corporate financial reporting, risk management, accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax and internal controls. During her time there, she successfully completed the company’s initial public offering as well as several acquisitions. Prior to joining Spark Energy, Georganne served as Vice President Finance for US company Direct Energy’s retail energy business from August 2009 to October 2012 and in various other senior financial roles prior to that. Georganne began her finance career in 1987 with Arthur Andersen, where she audited companies across the energy value chain.
Georganne also holds memberships in the Houston Chapter of CPA’s and the Women’s Energy Network.
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Antonino Mario (Tony) IannelloNon-Executive Director
Tony was appointed as a director in July 2010, bringing to the business more than 30 years of banking and energy experience.
Tony is a director of the listed companies shown below and Non-Executive Chair of D’Orsogna Ltd. He was previously Chair of HBF Health Ltd, MG Kailis Group of Companies, a director of the Water Corporation of Western Australia and a member of The Murdoch University Senate. Prior to embarking on a career as a non-executive director, Tony was the Managing Director of Western Power Corporation until its separation into four separate businesses. Previously he held a number of senior executive positions at BankWest.
Other listed company directorships in the last three years:
- Chair of Empire Oil & Gas NL since November 2013
- AusNet Services Ltd (June 2006 – July 2015)
- Energia Minerals Limited (March 2010 – October 2014)
Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Philip St BakerNon-Executive Director
Philip was appointed as a non-executive director on 14 July 2017. Philip is an experienced entrepreneur active in Australia and the USA.
He is currently the Managing Director and CEO of NOVONIX Limited (ASX:NVX), a developer and supplier of high performance materials, equipment and services for the global lithium‐ion battery industry with operations in North America and sales in over a dozen countries.
Phil was previously Managing Director of ERM Power for eight years to 2014 overseeing the development of power generation assets (over $2 billion in value), and the creation and expansion of ERM Power’s retail business. Prior to that Philip had a 16‐year career with BHP Billiton gaining international experience in the resources sector including mining, processing, smelting and refining.
In 2014 Philip received the Ernst & Young Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Listed Companies and was a nominee for the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year. Philip is also a member of State Advisory Board of Queensland for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Wayne St BakerNon-Executive Director
Wayne was reappointed as a director on 1 March 2016, bringing to the business more than 40 years’ experience as a chairman, executive director and non-executive director of listed and private companies in Australia and SE Asia across the industrial sector.
Wayne is currently a non-executive director of ProComp Energy Machinery Co. Ltd (China). From March 2010 to April 2016 he was a non-executive director of CAPS Australia, and up to 2009 was the Managing Director of Champion Compressors, enabling the company to expand from a small private service and sales company to become a publicly listed manufacturer and market leader in Australia and Asia. Wayne has also held global business development roles for divisions of United Technology Corporation (USA). Wayne was previously a non-executive director on the ERM Power board between July 2007 and June 2010.
Jon StretchManaging Director and CEO
Jon joined ERM Power as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) on 2 February 2015. Jon also plays an advocacy role in the broader energy industry speaking at various events, such as the Australian Energy Week, and in July 2017 was appointed as a board member of the Australian Energy Council.
Jon is an experienced chief executive with broad international experience in the information technology (IT), telecommunications and industrial sectors. His background in systems and process engineering, and business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales and marketing has enabled him to lead business transformation and growth in Australia and internationally.
Prior to joining ERM Power, Jon was the Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Landis+Gyr, the leading provider of smart metering and energy management solutions globally. Jon joined Landis+Gyr as Executive Vice President Asia Pacific in January 2008 and in April 2010 moved to Switzerland to take up the EMEA position.
Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Jon was CEO of AAPT, an Australian based telecommunications company, wholly owned by Telecom New Zealand and was based in Sydney. He has had extensive experience in Asia and Europe in IT and telecommunications, starting his career with IBM in Australia in 1986. He spent six years in Hong Kong with IBM and AT&T running substantial cross regional telecommunications services businesses, and several years running AT&T’s business across Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Paris.
Chair of the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee, the Workplace Health & Safety Committee, and the Enterprise Risk Committee.