Executive Leadership Team

Anne Pearson, Chief Executive

Anne Pearson is Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission.
She oversees the strategic direction of the nation’s energy market rule maker and developer. The Commission takes a long-term view of what needs to be done to assure consumers or reliable, efficiently priced electricity and gas services and is accountable to the Council of Australian Governments.
Ms Pearson became Chief Executive in February 2016.
Until then she served as AEMC Senior Director, Market Development. In that role she was responsible for delivering multiple reviews and rule determinations to facilitate the energy sector’s adjustment to technological change and emerging concerns about energy security and consumer responses in a carbon-sensitive world.
Before she joined the AEMC in 2007 she was Executive Manager of Retail Regulation at EnergyAustralia. At Energy Australia she had stewardship of regulatory strategy and compliance approach for the retail business.
Earlier she was a senior lawyer in corporate mergers and acquisitions at the preeminent professional services practice Freehills and Deacons (now part of the global law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Norton Rose Fulbright respectively). In that role she worked on the introduction of retail competition in the New South Wales gas market; and the corporatisation of one of the world’s most complex multi-reservoir hydro schemes, creating Snowy Hydro Limited.
She was a board member of St Lucy’s, a Dominican primary school providing education for children with disabilities from 2003 to 2015; and a director of Gas Market Company Limited from 2006 to 2007.
She holds a Degree in Arts and an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Sydney.

Kris Funston, Executive General Manager - Retail and Wholesale Markets

Kris leads the AEMC team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to the competitive parts of Australia’s electricity and gas sectors. He brings wide-ranging commercial experience to his role at the Commission, having worked in the economic regulation and competition space across a number of industry sectors including water, telecommunications and energy. Prior to joining the Commission he was Manager, Competition and Regulation for Australia’s largest water utility, Sydney Water. Prior to that Kris was Senior Regulatory Manager, Telstra Regulatory Wholesale; following positions as Deputy Chief Economist at the New Zealand Commerce Commission; Senior Economist, Access Economics; and Regulatory Economist AAPT. Kris holds an honours degree in economics from the Australian National University and is a Doctor of Philosophy in economics also from the Australian National University.

Chantelle Bramley, Executive General Manager - Strategy and Economic Analysis

Chantelle was appointed head of the AEMC’s Strategy and Economic Analysis division in May 2014. She was previously Vice President Strategy and Chief Of Staff at Direct Energy, one of the largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas and related services in North America. Her roles at Direct Energy included periods as compliance risk manager for the company's retail and regulated operations across Canada; and Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs. She has also worked at Transalta, Canada's largest publicly traded generator; was a Senior Economist for the Canadian Energy Research Institute and was a competition economist at LECG London. Chantelle has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney; a Masters of Science in Economics from University College London; and a Master of Business Law from the University of York.

Richard Owens, Executive General Manager - Transmission and Distribution Networks

Richard has a background as a regulatory and competition lawyer and has lead projects at the AEMC across a broad range of electricity and gas retail, wholesale and networks issues. Richard previously worked at DLA Phillips Fox where he advised on energy regulatory, competition and consumer law issues. Prior to that he worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development and a major New Zealand law firm. Richard has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and an LLM from the University of Leuven in Belgium.  

Suzanne Falvi, Executive General Manager - Security and Reliability

Prior to her appointment this year as a Senior Director, Suzanne worked as a Senior Lawyer in the AEMC’s Legal team for three years and was involved in a broad range of rule change requests and reviews involving electricity, gas, networks and retail issues. Before joining the AEMC Suzanne worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Australian Capital Territory Government on implementing the National Energy Customer Framework and local renewable energy schemes. Prior to that, Suzanne specialised in competition, consumer protection, administrative law and commercial litigation for Minter Ellison, and worked as corporate counsel for a renewable start-up on intellectual property and energy regulatory issues. She has a Degree in Economics, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in International Law from the Australian National  University.

Catriona Webster, General Counsel

A former corporate counsel with The Marketplace Company and Logica Australia, Catriona was involved in the implementation, governance and administration of the gas retail market and the transition of jurisdictional gas market operators into the Australian Energy Market Operator in 2009.  Prior roles included working in the mergers and acquisitions group at Mallesons in Sydney and Linklaters in London. She holds a BA (Adelaide) and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney.