Board members

Scott Perkins

Scott Perkins

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Scott Perkins joined the Board in September 2015 and was appointed Chairman in October 2020. He is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and People, Health, Safety and Environment, Risk and Nomination committees.

Scott has extensive Australian and international experience as a leading corporate adviser. He was formerly Head of Corporate Finance for Deutsche Bank Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Executive Committee with overall responsibility for the Bank’s activities in this region. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank New Zealand and Deputy CEO of Bankers Trust New Zealand.

Scott is a Non-executive Director of Woolworths Limited (since September 2014) and Brambles Limited (since May 2015). He is Chairman of Sweet Louise (since 2005) and the New Zealand Initiative (since 2012). Scott was previously a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2011 - 2020) and a Non-executive Director of Meridian Energy (1999 - 2002).

Scott has a longstanding commitment to breast cancer causes, the visual arts and public policy development.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Auckland University.


Frank Calabria

Frank Calabria

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Frank Calabria was appointed Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer in October 2016. Frank is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and a Director of the Origin Energy Foundation.

Frank first joined Origin as Chief Financial Officer in November 2001 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Energy Markets in March 2009. In that latter role, Frank was responsible for the integrated business within Australia including retailing and trading of natural gas, electricity and LPG, power generation and solar and energy services.

Frank is a Director of the Australian Energy Council and the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.  He is a former Chairman of the Australian Energy Council and former Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Frank has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.  Frank is also a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


John Akehurst

John Akehurst

Independent Non-executive Director

John Akehurst joined the Board in April 2009. He is Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and a member of the Nomination and Risk committees.

John’s executive career was in the upstream oil and gas and LNG industries, initially with Royal Dutch Shell and then as Chief Executive Officer of Woodside Petroleum Limited.

John is a Director of Human Nature Adventure Therapy Ltd (since February 2018).

John was previously Chairman of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (2009 - April 2020), the Fortitude Foundation (2007 - April 2020), Transform Exploration Pty Ltd (February 2012 – December 2017), Alinta Limited (January 2007 - September 2007) and Coogee Resources Ltd (2008 - 2009) and a former Board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia (September 2007 – September 2017), Director of CSL Limited (April 2004 - October 2016), Oil Search Limited (1998-2003), Securency Ltd (2008 - 2012), Murdoch Film Studios Pty Ltd and the University of Western Australia Business School.

John holds a Masters in Engineering Science from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Maxine Brenner

Maxine Brenner

Independent Non-executive Director

Maxine Brenner joined the Board in November 2013. She is Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and People and Nomination committees.

Maxine was previously a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd. Prior to Investec, Maxine was a Lecturer in Law at the University of NSW and a lawyer at Freehills, specialising in corporate law.

Maxine is a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Orica Ltd (since April 2013) and Qantas Airways Ltd (since August 2013). She is also an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee for Growthpoint Properties Australia and a member of the University of NSW Council.

Maxine’s former directorships include Treasury Corporation of NSW, Bulmer Australia Ltd, Neverfail Springwater Ltd (1999 - 2003) and Federal Airports Corporation, where she was Deputy Chair. In addition, Maxine has served as a Council Member of the State Library of NSW and as a member of the Takeovers Panel.

Maxine holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.


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Greg Lalicker

Independent Non-executive Director

Greg Lalicker joined the Board in March 2019. He is a member of the Remuneration and People Committee.

Greg is the Chief Executive Officer of Hilcorp Energy Company, based in Houston, USA.  Hilcorp is the largest privately held independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States.

Greg joined Hilcorp’s leadership team in 2006 as Executive Vice President where he was responsible for all exploration and production activities.  He was appointed President in 2011 and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.  Prior to working for Hilcorp, Greg was with BHP Petroleum based in Midland, Houston, London and Melbourne as well as McKinsey & Company where he worked in its Houston, Abu Dhabi and London offices. 

Greg graduated as a petroleum engineer from the University of Tulsa. He also has a Master of Business Administration and a law degree.


Bruce Morgan

Bruce Morgan

Independent Non-executive Director

Bruce Morgan joined the Board in November 2012. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Health, Safety and Environment, Nomination and Risk committees.

Bruce is Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation (since October 2013), a Director of Caltex Australia Ltd (since June 2013), a Director of Redkite, the University of NSW Foundation and Deputy Chair of the European Australian Business Council.

Bruce served as Chairman of the Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia between 2005 and 2012. In 2009, he was elected as a member of the PwC International Board, serving a four-year term. He was previously Managing Partner of PwC’s Sydney and Brisbane offices. An audit partner of the firm for over 25 years, he was focused on the financial services and energy and mining sectors leading some of the firm’s most significant clients in Australia and internationally.

Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of NSW and is an adjunct Professor of the University. Bruce is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Steve Sargent

Steven Sargent

Independent Non-executive Director

Steven Sargent joined the Board in May 2015. He is Chairman of the Origin Energy Foundation, Chairman of the Remuneration and People committe and a member of the Health, Safety and Environment, Risk and Nomination committees. 

Steven’s executive career included 22 years at General Electric, where he led businesses across the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Steven was President and CEO of GE Mining, GE’s global mining technology and services business.  Prior to this he was President and CEO of GE Australia, NZ & PNG where he had local responsibility for GE's Energy, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare and Financial Services businesses.   

Steven is Chairman of OFX Group Ltd (since November 2016) and Deputy Chairman of Nanosonics Ltd (since July 2016). Over recent years Steven has been a Non-executive Director of Veda Group Ltd (2015 - 2016).

Steven holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Steve Sargent

Joan Withers

Independent Non-executive Director

Joan Withers joined the Board in October 2020. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees.

Joan has spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions at both Fairfax NZ Ltd and The Radio Network and she also has significant corporate governance experience.

She is currently Chair of The Warehouse Group Ltd, director of ANZ NZ and Sky Network TV Ltd. She has previously held Chair positions at Auckland International Airport, Mercury NZ Ltd  and TVNZ. She has also held directorships on the boards of some of New Zealand’s largest companies including Meridian Energy Ltd and Tourism Holdings Ltd. Prior to her appointment as CEO of Fairfax NZ Ltd, Joan was a director on the Australian board of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd.

Joan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland.

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