Advisory Board

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official 2019 event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event was timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the energy sector.


  • Simon Camroux
    Head of Regulation, SIMEC Zen Energy

    Since commencing work as an energy market regulatory analyst at Macquarie Generation almost 15 years ago, Simon has worked across the energy supply chain, from generation to retail and across a range of issues, from economic regulation to environmental sustainability.

    In 2002, Simon was a member of the Parer Energy Market Review Secretariat where he led the development of the Review’s recommendation to implement an emissions trading scheme domestically.

    More recently, Simon wrote the Energy Sections of the Victorian Government Climate Change Green and White Paper’s and was the Victorian Government representative on the Commonwealth Government’s National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Target Working Groups.

    Simon also attended the COP15 Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen) on behalf of the Victorian Government.

  • Matthew Guthridge
    Executive General Manager, Strategy and Transformation, AusNet Services

    Matt is responsible for managing the development and implementation of AusNet Services’ corporate strategy, business planning and transformation agenda.

    Matt has more than 15 years of strategy and transformation experience in some of the world’s leading energy and utility companies. Prior to his appointment, Matt was Head of Utilities Transformation at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He was formerly a Partner at PwC in Australia and an Associate Principal in the Global Energy Practice of McKinsey & Company, based in London. During his career, he led numerous multi-year strategy and transformation programs for some of the world’s leading energy and utility companies.

  • Chloe Munro
    Professorial Fellow, Monash University

    Chloe Munro is a distinguished leader in the public and private sectors, with expertise in energy, infrastructure and natural resources.  In 2018 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia and named as one of the AFR 100 Women of Influence.

    Chloe is currently a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Chair of the Impact Investment Group’s two Solar Funds, Lucy Guerin Inc dance company, and the Energy Transition Hub Strategic Advisory Panel. She is also an independent director of the banking industry’s New Payments Platform and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

  • Keith Orchison
    Director, Coolibah Pty Ltd

    Keith has been involved in Australian resources and industry policy issues management and communications for 37 years. He has been a communicator for 58 years, starting as a journalist in South Africa in 1959 and emigrating to Australia in 1970.

    He served for four years in the 1970s as public affairs manager of Associated Pulp & Paper Mills Limited and for three years as head of public relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

    He was chief executive of what is now APPEA for 11 years and of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia for 12 years.

    From 2003 to 2007 he chaired the energy committee of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Howard government.

    He has also been chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and of the CSIRO Energy Technology Advisory Committee.

    Today he runs his own energy advisory business as Coolibah Pty Ltd and is publisher of the blog “This is Power” and of the Coolibah monthly newsletter.

    Keith is also engaged in the organisation and chairing of a series of energy outlook conferences.

    He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2012 was recipient of AusIMM’s Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal for outstanding communication about the mining and resources sectors.

  • David Prins
    Director / Member , Etrog Consulting / AER Consumer Challenge Panel

    David Prins is a highly accomplished consultant and project manager, with extensive international consulting experience and expertise in strategic, regulatory and commercial issues.  He has a keen understanding and twenty-nine years of practical experience spanning four continents, specialising in the application of effective regulation and competition in electricity and gas industries.  David thrives on understanding how regulation and competition inter-relate in energy markets, and helping his clients to navigate the often difficult environments in which they have to participate and engage.

    David has provided advice to public and private sector clients – industry participants, governments, regulators and consumer organisations and vendors who would like to improve their understanding of energy and utility markets – throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Europe, Asia, and North America.

    Much of David’s recent work has focused on advice on consumer facing issues in energy and water industries, including regulatory proposals of energy network businesses, smart metering in energy and water industries, and energy pricing and margins.  Within Australia, he has worked extensively on national energy market and regulatory arrangements, and also jurisdictionally in all of Australia’s states and territories.  He is a recognised international expert in the areas of cost-benefit analysis, the regulatory and commercial challenges of the rollout of smart meters, consumer engagement, and benefits realisation for consumers.

  • Steve Quilter
    EGM Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy, Stanwell

    Mr Quilter joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.

    In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions.

    Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy at Stanwell in July 2016.

    In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.

    He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.

  • Mike Swanston
    Principal / Member, The Customer Advocate / AER Consumer Challenge

    Mike is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in the Australian electricity distribution industry, across fields including network planning and operations, technical and economic regulation, capital investment and customer engagement.

    Mike is now principal consultant of his business The Customer Advocate; working with utilities, regulators and governments in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

    With a passion for energy sustainability and a fair deal for energy customers, Mike’s efforts are to promote electricity customers’ interests in the changing environment of new energy technologies, and to further the empowerment and choice for residential and small business energy customers in today’s energy markets.

    Mike is a member of the Consumer Challenge Panel with the Australian Energy Regulator and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

  • Godart van Gendt
    Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company

    Godart van Gendt is a Senior Expert with McKinsey & Company in Australia & New Zealand, and is a leader of their power and cleantech practices. He joined McKinsey in the Netherlands in 2007, and transferred to Australia & New Zealand in 2013.

    Godart supports utilities, developers, technology companies and investors in the APAC to capture the opportunities of the energy & mobility transitions, working across renewables, energy storage, electric transport, charging infrastructure and distributed energy.

    Prior to joining McKinsey, he opened the office of a membrane distillation company in Singapore, distributing products in Asia. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics, specialising in nuclear physics, from Delft University of Technology and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.