Executive leadership team
The AEMC Commissioners are supported by the Chief Executive and the AEMC’s Executive Leadership Team and staff. Together they discharge rule making and market development roles in line with the AEMC’s Code of Conduct which requires AEMC staff to act with fairness, honesty, impartiality and integrity in all our dealings. The Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team have delegations in relation to some statutory decisions, including initiation of rule changes, and a range of other operational matters, including the employment of staff and engagement of consultants.
“Our management team strives to continually improve the quality of the AEMC’s analysis. We hold ourselves accountable to our stakeholders with respect to our statutory responsibilities for market development, reviews and rule making. We are always looking for new ways to cultivate engagement with consumers, government and energy market participants on strategic issues and challenges. We lead by example in implementing and embedding positive organisational change, and are united by a shared commitment to demonstrating the AEMC’s core values of leadership, engagement and integrity in everything that we do.”
Mr Benn Barr
Mr Benn Barr has over 20 years' experience in energy and climate change policy and has a deep understanding of the national energy market and opportunities for renewable energy. He has expertise in the energy market and regulation, with a track record of providing strategic policy advice to government across a diverse range of resource management areas, as well as contributing to the national Council of Australian Governments (COAG) energy agenda. Mr Barr has a strong interest in effective modern governance having recently undertaken professional development at the John F Kennedy School for Government at Harvard. He was the Secretary of the Council for the Australian Federation, a collaborative intergovernmental group of state and territory First Ministers, and has served as the Queensland Government’s senior official for the COAG Energy Council. Mr Barr joined the AEMC following six years as Deputy Director General in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Ms Danielle Beinart
Executive General Manager (Acting), Networks and Technical
Danielle leads the team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to energy networks, including electricity distribution and transmission as well as gas pipelines. Danielle joined the AEMC in 2021 and has largely focused on transmission planning and investment framework reforms. Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy sector in a range of policy, regulatory, commercial, and consulting roles. Most recently before joining AEMC, Danielle spent 12 years with Jemena, where she held a number of leadership roles spanning both regulatory and commercial functions.
Danielle has a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Mr Michael Bradley
Executive General Manager, Consumer, Markets and Analytics
Michael joined the AEMC in 2016 and has directed a number of major projects including our annual retail competition and price trends reviews. He has wide-ranging commercial, regulatory and policy development experience. Before joining the AEMC, he worked as an economic consultant in the infrastructure and telecommunications industries and has held a number of senior management positions at Telstra. Michael has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.
Ms Gayee McGrath
Executive General Manager, Corporate Services
Ms McGrath has been working with the AEMC since 2016, and is currently the Head of People and Culture, the team responsible for organisational culture, professional development and recruitment. Ms McGrath’s background is in executive management; she previously worked as Executive General Manager for CiEvents, a global strategic event management agency, and spent 16 years with Qantas in senior executive roles. Ms McGrath has qualifications in business studies, and certifications in leadership, executive management and human resources.
Ms Victoria Mollard
Executive General Manager, Economics and System Security
Victoria Mollard leads the team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to system security and reliability which have been a principal focus for the energy market bodies in the past three years. She also leads the Reliability Panel secretariat. Victoria has been at the AEMC since 2012 and has worked on predominantly transmission frameworks and wholesale market reforms. Before joining the AEMC in 2012, she worked for NERA Economic Consulting advising clients on a range of matters of competition, regulatory principle and policy across the water, transport and energy sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts, and Masters of Commerce in Economics from the University of Auckland.
Mr Jack Schmidtke
General Counsel, Legal and Governance
Jack leads the team which provides and coordinates support to the Commission on legal, regulatory and governance matters, and drafts amendments to the national energy rules. In 2018 he was seconded to the Energy Security Board to work on key energy market reforms. Jack has worked as a legal adviser in both the corporate and public sectors. Before joining the AEMC in 2014, he worked for Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper in their corporate practice groups and as an in-house legal counsel, providing legal advice on regulatory matters, corporate governance, and public and private mergers and acquisitions. He was also an Associate to the Hon. Richard Conti, a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Jack holds a Bachelor of Law with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.