Our board of directors

Peter Magarry
Independent Chairman

In a career spanning more than 40 years in the electricity networks and power generation sector, Peter Magarry has held senior management positions at some of Australia’s largest electric utilities. His most recent executive roles included the GM, COO and CEO positions at Alinta Energy and Jemena from 2003-2008.

His deep operational knowledge gained during his early years as a trained electrical fitter and engineer, coupled with his executive experience have underpinned Peter’s strong track record at board level. He is currently the Independent Chair of Ecogen Energy, an electricity generation business comprising Newport Power Stations and Jeeralang Power Station in Victoria. He has previously held non-executive director roles at SPI (Australia) Assets - one of Australia’s largest distribution businesses - and Utility Services Group.

Peter is a partner in his own consulting business, Broad View Services, and has recently consulted to Networks NSW. In addition to his technical qualifications, Peter holds an Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma.



Jason PeasleyJason Peasley
AustralianSuper
Non-executive Director

 Jason Peasley manages AustralianSuper’s infrastructure investment portfolio, and is on the leadership team in AustralianSuper’s investment department. He has more than 20 years’ experience working across infrastructure acquisitions, finance and investment management in Australia, Europe and the United States.

A respected senior infrastructure specialist, Jason has regularly been called upon to advise utility companies and manage utility portfolio company investments. He has served as a director of NSW Ports and Queensland Motorways, AustralianSuper’s two largest infrastructure investments.

Before joining AustralianSuper Jason served as Director and Head of Transactions at Hastings Funds Management, a specialist infrastructure investment manager. He was also Director of Infrastructure at Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking Division.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) (Honours) from Monash University.




Catharine Bowtell
Non-executive Director

Cath Bowtell has worked for many years in senior roles in both the superannuation industry and union movement. She was a Director of the Australian Government Employees Superannuation Trust (AGEST Super) from 2005–2010, and Chief Executive from 2010 until 2013, when the fund merged with AustralianSuper. She also served as a Director/Alternate Director of AustralianSuper (and predecessor fund ARF) from 2001–2010.

This year, Cath became the CEO of Industry Funds Services, having previously chaired the IFS Board from 2014. Other board memberships include the Victorian Public Sector Commission Advisory Board and the Board of the Royal Women's Hospital. In the period 1995-2010, Cath was a senior official at the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Cath holds a BA/LLB from the University of Melbourne.



Hugh Gleeson
Non-executive Director

Hugh Gleeson has more than 30 years’ experience in the utility sector at senior executive and governance levels.

Hugh was the CEO of United Energy and Multinet Gas for 12 years until his retirement from the role in 2015. He has since been appointed to directorships at Melbourne Water and Energy Queensland, and is also a member of REST Super’s Direct Asset Review Panel. Hugh was a Director at Barwon Water from 2010 to 2015. He is a founding member on the Board of the Energy Network Association, previously holding the positions of Deputy Chair and Chair.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Engineers Australia.



Ashley BarkerAshley Barker
IFM Investors
Non-executive Director

Ashley Barker is a senior investment professional with 17 years’ experience across investment banking, private equity, infrastructure funds management and senior corporate roles. He is currently an Executive Director at IFM Investors, and an alternate Director of NSW Ports.

Ashley’s expertise encompasses the full private market investment lifecycle - from transaction origination, structuring and execution, through Board membership, asset management and oversight of strategic change. His previous experience includes senior roles at Hastings Funds Management, Credit Suisse and Bupa Australia.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Michael Hanna
IFM Investors
Non-executive Director

Michael Hanna has worked for more than 20 years in the design, planning, delivery and financing of major infrastructure projects. He is the Head of Infrastructure – Australia at IFM Investors and is responsible for managing the $10.1 billion Australian Infrastructure Fund. He is also a member of the Investment Sub-Committee for IFM Investor’s $17 billion Global Infrastructure Fund, and is a member of IFM Investors’ Leadership Team and Risk Committee.

Michael currently represents IFM Investors as a Director on the Board of NSW Ports (Port Botany and Port Kembla). He has previously represented IFM Investors as a Director on the Boards of the Eastern Distributor, Interlink Roads, Pacific Hydro, Ecogen Energy and Wyuna Water. Before joining IFM Investors, Michael held senior executive positions at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and global consulting engineers, Arup, in the UK and in Australia.

Michael is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Strathclyde, in addition to a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA) and a Graduate Certificate of Management from Melbourne Business School.




Michael Byrne
Non-executive Director

Michael Byrne has more than 30 years of executive experience in Australia and internationally in the logistics, supply chain, retail and property sectors. Michael has previously been a CEO of Westgate Holdings, Linfox Logistics and Coates Hire, with responsibility for managing up to 25,000 people in twelve countries in the Asia Pacific.

He currently serves on the Board of Australia Post where he is also a member of the Risk and Audit Committee. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael holds a Masters of Science in Infrastructure and Transportation from the University of Denver, USA.