Our board of directors

Dr Helen Nugent AO
Independent Chairman

Helen is a professional company director with a strong background in the energy, resources and financial services sectors. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of IAG and Chairman of Australian Rail Track Corporation and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Previously, she has been Chairman of Veda Group, Funds SA, Swiss Re (Australia), Sydney Airports and Macquarie Airports.  She has also been a Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy, Macquarie Group and Carter Holt Harvey. Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director, Helen was Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Helen has had a strong commitment to the arts and education.  In the arts, she is Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and previously she has been Chairman of the National Opera Review and the Federal Government’s Inquiry into the Major Performing Arts, as well as Deputy Chairman of Opera Australia.  In education, she was previously Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School and was a member of the four person Bradley Review into tertiary education. In 2004, Helen was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her services to the arts, business and the community.

Jason PeasleyJason Peasley
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.

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.

Belinda GibsonBelinda Gibson
Non-executive Director

Belinda is a company director and lawyer.
She is presently on the boards of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Citigroup Australia and Thorn Group Ltd and is a trustee of The Australian Museum.
She was a corporate law partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 20 years, and then a commissioner and deputy chairman of ASIC between 2007 and 2013.
She has a bachelor of economics and law from the University of Sydney and a master of laws from the University of Cambridge.

She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Laura ReedLaura Reed
Non-executive Director

Laura Reed has over 20 years’ experience in the energy infrastructure sector, she was the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Spark Infrastructure (ASX: SKI) from 2008 until May 2012. Before joining Spark Infrastructure, she spent nine years at Envestra Limited (now known as Australian Gas Networks) in a number of senior financial roles including Chief Financial Officer.

Ms Reed is the Chair of ERIC Alpha Holdings Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries, which owns the NSW government’s 49% ownership of Ausgrid. In addition Ms Reed is a director and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Safety, Risk and Compliance Committee of Ausgrid. Ms. Reed is also Chair of Epic Energy, which owns the Moomba to Adelaide gas transmission pipeline in South Australia, as well as a director of Canadian Utilities, ATCO Australia Pty Ltd and ATCO Gas Australia GP Pty Ltd.
Ms. Reed holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

Robert WrightRobert Wright
Non-executive Director

Robert has over 35 years’ financial management experience across a range of industries including Retail, Food Processing and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. During his executive career, he was the Chief Financial Officer of several listed companies including ten years as Finance Director of David Jones Limited.

Robert has over 25 years’ experience as both an Executive Director and Non-Executive Director on a number of private and listed companies. Recent former Directorships include The APA Group from 2000 to 2015, SAI Global Limited from 2003 to 2013 (Chairman from 2008) and Chairman Ethane Pipeline Income Fund from 2008 to 2016
Robert is currently the Chairman of Super Retail Group Limited.