Chair and Commissioners


John Pierce brings extensive energy market, financial market and economic policy experience to the role. He was formerly Secretary of the Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, following 12 years of service as Secretary of the New South Wales (NSW) Treasury and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corp. Prior to his time at Treasury his energy business and operational experience was at Pacific Power and the Electricity Commission of NSW. He also has experience in the processes of government at state and federal levels, having worked at the most senior levels in policy development and provision of policy advice to ministers, cabinets, ministerial councils and the Council of Australian Governments. He holds a BCom, Hon. (UNSW). 

Mr Pierce was nominated for appointment by state and territory energy ministers in June 2010.


Neville Henderson has an extensive professional background in energy and utilities. He came to the AEMC from his former position as an Executive Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he provided advice to both public and private sectors on energy utility operation, regulation, strategic and business planning, electricity and gas industry restructuring, and on market issues. Prior to joining PwC Mr Henderson was with the National Grid Management Council (NGMC) 1994–1997, where he led the development of market and trading arrangements for the National Electricity Market. Mr Henderson holds a BCom (University of Melbourne) and a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering (Footscray Technology College.

Mr Henderson was nominated for appointment by state and territory energy ministers and commenced his role as a part-time Commissioner in October 2009.

Dr Brian Spalding has held key implementation and operational roles in national and state electricity markets since their conception in the early 1990s. He was Chief Executive Officer of the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) where he was responsible for the day to day operation of the National Electricity Market and the electricity power system for south and eastern Australia. In 2009 he became Executive General Manager Operations of the new Australian Energy Market Operator. Dr Spalding holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Honours Class 1 and University Medal) and a Doctor of Philosophy in power system analysis from the University of New South Wales.

Dr Spalding was re-appointed by the Governor of South Australia from April 2016.