Board and executive appointments: Colwell beefs up clean energy firm

CTR adds a former Du Pont executive to the board, GWA gets Bega Cheese director, Newcrest loses MD while Matt Collins will head up the Planning Institute federally

Dec 23, 2022, updated Dec 23, 2022
CTR's Rod Colwell. (Image: Supplied)

CTR's Rod Colwell. (Image: Supplied)

CTR adds two directors

Rod Colwell’s Controlled Thermal Resources has added Du Pont executive Mary Van Veen and chief financial officer Eric Thayer to the board.

Van Veen led Du Pont’s 2017 merger with Dow and subsequent separation into three publicly traded companies.

CTR is developing a lithium and clean energy project in the US.

Mann slots in at GWA

Homewares company GWA has appointed Bega Cheese director and ex-KPMG partner Patricia Mann to its board.

Mann is also a director at Ridley Corporation and would head GWA’s audit and risk committee, taking over from Stephen Goddard who intends to retire at the end of the financial year.

GWA said Mann would bring strong ASX, audit, risk management and governance experience to the board.

Genex adds new counsel

North Queensland pumped hydro developer Genex has appointed Ana Gomiero-Guthrie to its executive team as company secretary.

She was previously with law firm Baker & McKenzie and has about 15 years’ experience advising on corporate, banking and finance transactions.

She replaces Justin Clyne who is retiring.

Newcrest boss retires

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas has announced his retirement and chief financial officer Sherry Duhe will step into the position as interim chief executive.

Biswas had been with the company since 2014.

Sherry has been with Newcrest since February and has three decades of experience in global energy and resources companies.

Watson goes permanent

APA Group has appointed Adam Watson has managing director.

Watson had been acting chief executive since September and was previously the chief financial officer. He also held senior roles with Transurban, Melbourne Airport and BlueScope.

He will start on a fixed salary of $1.6 million with short and long-term incentives.

Collins gets Planning

Queensland manager of the Planning Institute Matt Collins will be taking on the national role of chief executive.

Collins said he was “really excited to share the news that I will be taking on the role of CEO for the Planning Institute of Australia in 2023.

“At a time when planning is so important to tackling our country’s biggest challenges like climate change and housing affordability, I’m really looking forward to leading this wonderful organisation,” he said.

Stillwell gets Experience

Adventure and lifestyle tourism company Experience Co has appointed Hamilton Island Enterprises executive Fiona Stillwell as its chief commercial ffficer.

Stillwell replaces Kathryn O’Brie,n who is leaving in February 2023 to join Air New Zealand. In this role, Stillwell will report directly to CEO John O’Sullivan and become a member of the Experience Co Executive team.

She was most recently Hamilton Island Enterprises general manager of sales and marketing. During her tenure there, Fiona has held senior roles across reservations, revenue, digital marketing and domestic and inbound sales and driven its post COVID recovery. She is also a board member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

Her career spans more than 20 years working for high profile tourism organisations including Flight Centre and the Hogg Robinson Group.

Goodwin joins Sturgeon

Former New Century Resources executive Shane Goodwin will be joining the Sturgeon Consulting Group as a business partner and director.

The group will be offering community and stakeholder relations, land access, native title and cultural heritage, permitting and ESG services.

Education gets a new exec

Jaree Dimitriou has been appointed executive director, strategy and service planning with the Infrastructure Services Division of the Queensland Department of Education.

Hales joins Aviation Aus board

Sara Hales has been picked to join the board of Aviation Australia as a non-executive director.

She said that having spent much of her career in aviation she was passionate about the future of our industry and excited to support Aviation Australia in its role creating aviation expertise and leadership a time of enormous change within the sector.

“Our industry is adapting to climate change, adopting new technologies, dealing with changed operating economics and geopolitical uncertainty. Our future leaders and people require world class training that is fit for tomorrow’s aviation landscape. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play a small role in this,” she said.

Lane picked for Treasury

Fraser Lane has announced that he would be starting a new position as director of client operations within the Queensland Revenue Office at Queensland Treasury.
Lane has previously worked at RACQ and YLead.
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