28/05/2019 - 16:04

Chalkley, Barrie to Power board

28/05/2019 - 16:04

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Western Power chief executive Guy Chalkley has been appointed to the network operator’s board, while Kathryn Barrie will wear two hats as a director of the business and continuing in a senior role at the Public Utilities Office.

Chalkley, Barrie to Power board
Guy Chalkley joins six existing directors on the Western Power board. Photo: Supplied

Western Power chief executive Guy Chalkley has been appointed to the network operator’s board, while Kathryn Barrie will wear two hats as a director of the business and continuing in a senior role at the Public Utilities Office.

Mr Chalkley has led Western Power since 2016, after previously serving as chief financial officer and head of business planning.

In the UK, he served as director of finance and regulation at Veolia Water Central and senior finance manager at Thames Water.

Upon his joining the board, Mr Chalkley will take the title of managing director.

Kathryn Barrie has had nearly two decades of experience in the energy and education sectors, including as chief of staff to former state minister Peter Collier.

Ms Barrie now works at the Public Utilities Office and is understood to be widely respected in the sector.

The Public Utilities Office is within the Department of Treasury and gives policy advice to government.

It is made up of three main directorates that focus on energy policy issues, comprising: effective and efficient regulatory frameworks; security and reliability of supply; technology trends; consumer protection; and affordability.

Ms Barrie and Mr Chalkley will join six existing directors, including chair Colin Beckett and deputy chair Greg Martin.

A spokesperson for the state government said the appointments were in addition to six existing directors, and the PUO performed no regulatory role.

Energy Minister Bill Johnston welcomed the appointments.

"I believe Ms Barrie and Mr Chalkley's experience and knowledge will be a valuable addition and will continue to enhance the strong governance at Western Power,” Mr Johnston said.

"Both have outstanding records of evaluating opportunities in the energy sector to deliver the best outcomes, financially and practically, for customers in Western Australia.

"I have no doubt that the refreshed board will continue to help shape the utility to deliver the energy needs of Western Australians."

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