DUECo & DIHL board of directors (Corporate Arm)


Each of DUECo and DIHL has an experienced board of directors, a majority of whom are independent from DUET. DUET has a diverse range of skills amongst its directors including finance, audit, treasury, accounting, prior CFO's and CEO's, legal, corporate governance, capital markets, M&A, infrastructure and major projects, resources, energy and engineering.

Doug Halley BCom (UNSW), MBA (UNSW), FAICD

Independent Chairman

Member, Audit & Risk Committee
Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Doug joined the DUET stapled group entity boards in February 2006 as an independent director and became the independent chairman of the DUET Group following the internalisation of DUET’s management arrangements in December 2012. Since 2 August 2013, Doug has served as the chairman of the DUET Corporate Arm entities.

Doug has held senior financial and general management positions for over 30 years in Australia, UK and the Netherlands. He has strong skills in banking and commercial sectors in treasury, finance, business development, investor relations, restructuring, corporate strategy and large scale acquisitions and divestments.

His experience has been gained in executive positions at national or Asia Pacific level with Philips Electrical, Hill Samuel Australia (now Macquarie Bank), Rothschild Australia, Goodman Fielder, John Fairfax Holdings (now Fairfax Media), IBM Global Services and Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters). Since 2007 Doug has been focusing on advisory and non-executive board activities. He has prior listed company board experience with John Fairfax Holdings (now Fairfax Media), Television and Media Services, Foy Group, Corum Group, Mikoh Corporation Ltd (now Kollakorn Corporation Limited) and Vocation Limited. Doug is also a director of Print & Digital Publishing Pty Ltd ("Time Out Sydney").


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Ron Finlay LLB (Sydney), AM

Independent Director

Chair, Audit & Risk Committee

Ron joined the DUET Group as an independent director as part of DUET’ initial public offering in June 2004.

Ron is a lawyer and chief executive of Finlay Consulting, with over 37 years’ experience in property, construction development and infrastructure projects, including as project manager or facilitator of major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas for both public and private sector organisations (such as the Commonwealth Government Future Submarines Program).  He was awarded membership of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Australian Government in June 2015 for significant service to the law, particularly in the area of dispute avoidance and resolution, through public infrastructure advisory roles, and to the sport of Baseball.

Other current directorships and roles are: Independent chairman on a number of government and private sector Boards, Project Control Groups and Dispute Avoidance Boards for major projects, including Brisbane Airport’s New Parallel Runway Project, Sydney Metro North West OTS, TSC and SVC Projects, RMS Sydney Stewardship Maintenance Contracts, RMS Pacific Motorway Upgrade, K2K Project, and the Optus Mobile rollout Project and member of the Expert Advisory Panel, Future Submarines Project (Department of Defence). Ron was also a NSW Government appointed lead negotiator for the Barangaroo South and Central, Crown Resorts Sydney and White Bay Power Station Projects and previously on the Sydney Light Rail Advisory Board.

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Shirley In't Veld BCom LLB (Hons) (Melb), FAICD

Independent Director

Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Shirley joined the DUET Group as an independent director as part of the DUET restructure in August 2013.

Shirley was the Managing Director of Verve Energy for five years, relinquishing her position in April 2012.  Prior to her position at Verve Energy, Shirley was Vice President Primary Business Development with Alcoa, and from 2001–2004 she was the Managing Director of Alcoa Australia Rolled Products. Shirley commenced her career as a commercial lawyer with Mallesons and has also held senior legal, commercial and marketing positions with WMC Resources Ltd, Bond Corporation and BankWest.

Shirley has held industry group representation positions with the Energy Supply Association of Australia, the Packaging Council of Australia and the Aluminium Council of Australia. Shirley is the independent lead reviewer for the Bureau of Meteorology's efficiency review and a member of the Takeovers Panel. Shirley was previously a member of the Renewable Energy Target Review Panel, chairperson of the Queensland Expert Electricity Panel and board member with Asciano Ltd and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies in WA (AMEC).

Other current directorships are: Deputy Chairperson of the Co-operative Research Centre for Landscape Evolution in Mineral Exploration (CSIRO), Director of Perth Airport Pty Ltd, NBN Co and Northern Star Resources Limited. 

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Simon Perrott BSc (Melb), MBA (AGSM)

Non-Executive Director

Chair, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Simon joined the boards in July 2015.

Simon has been the Australian head of corporate finance or investment banking at a number of global investment banks and was, until his retirement in 2014, the Chairman of CIMB Bank Australia (previously RBS Group (Australia) and ABN AMRO Australia).
Simon holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. 

Other directorships are: Non-Executive Director of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments Ltd, a Director of the Wayside Chapel and a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

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Emma Stein BSc (Hons) Physics (Manch), MBA (Manch), FAICD

Independent Director

Member, Audit & Risk Committee

Emma joined the DUET entity boards as part of DUET's initial public offering in June 2004.

Emma has extensive experience in operational utilities which includes energy retailing and asset management, international business operations, strategy development and implementation, acquisition integration and divestment.

Before leaving the UK in 2003, Emma was the UK managing director for French utility Gaz de France's energy retailing operations. She was also a non-executive director for Cofathec Heatsave Limited and an executive UK board director for Gaz de France Energy.

Other current directorships are: Programmed Maintenance Group; Alumina Limited and Transpacific Industries Limited. Emma is also a NSW Ambassador for the Guides. Formerly, Emma was a non-executive director of ARC Energy, Merlin Petroleum Limited (Australian oil and gas exploration and production companies), Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, Clough Limited, TransGrid and Todd Corporation.

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Stewart Butel BScience (Geology), Grad Dip Bus Studies, GAICD

Independent director

Stewart joined the Boards in September 2016 as an independent director after retiring in mid 2016 as Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources, a position held for 10 years.

Stewart is a geologist who has over 40 years of experience in the coal mining industry. During this time he has held positions covering operations, technology, major projects, M&A and strategy. Stewart was Managing Director of Curragh Queensland Mining / Arco Coal where, in 2000, he led the sale of the mine to Wesfarmers. Stewart was Managing Director of Wesfarmers Premier Coal from 2002 to 2005 before being appointed as Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources in 2006.

Until September 2016 Stewart was also the President of the Queensland Resources Council, the peak industry association which represents Queensland’s minerals and energy companies.


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Jack Hamilton B. Chem, PhD

Independent Director

Member, Audit & Risk Committee

Jack joined the boards in May 2014. He has extensive technical and operational experience in the midstream/downstream gas sectors and has led large scale LNG project developments in both Australia (particularly Western Australia) and Papua New Guinea. Jack has more than 20 years of CEO and senior executive experience working in top tier multinational organisations including Shell and Woodside Petroleum, where he developed strong capabilities in strategic development, commercial and M&A negotiations and project management. He has also led organisations in the renewable and clean energy sectors.

Jack holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Other current directorships are: non-executive director of the boards of Calix Ltd and Geodynamics Ltd.  Formerly Jack was a non-executive director of Antilles Oil and Gas NL and Federation Training.

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