Co-Founder and Managing Director
M.Com (Fin) B.Ec (Hons) MAICD
Patricia is co-founder and Managing Director of Customer Stewardship Australia a boutique strategic advisory firm specialising in advising infrastructure companies on how to better serve their customers and balance stakeholder interests to deliver improved outcomes. Patricia is the Chair of the independent not for profit think tank, the Committee for Sustainable Retirement Incomes, that she founded to promote the development of sustainable, efficient, equitable and adequate retirement incomes for all Australians. Highly experienced with start-ups and new ventures, Patricia has used her entrepreneurial mindset to drive positive change across diverse areas of government, private and not for profit sectors. She played a key role in establishing the Australian Future Fund’s governance and investment capabilities. She forged a new a global government funds consulting practice for Mercer advising sovereign wealth funds. In addition to her strategic roles at the Australian Securities Exchange, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and ACCC, Patricia was senior economic adviser for Royal Commissions, inquiries into National Savings and Financial Services.
MBA B.Com (Hons) GAICD
Garry is an infrastructure practitioner, economist and globally recognised thought leader on infrastructure and private capital investment in public assets. He is Senior Academic Fellow at Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University, New York and Co-Founder of Customer Stewardship Australia, a boutique strategic advisory firm specialising in enhancing private and public sector capabilities in delivering improved customer outcomes from infrastructure assets and businesses. Garry holds a number of appointments including at Oxford University as Member of the ITRC (Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortia) Academic Board; Infrastructure Steering Committee at Institute of Civil Engineers in London . Garry has a unique balance of commercial, government and academic experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD. He forges close and purposeful collaborations with industry and government, both nationally and abroad to create world-class research based initiatives that drives public sector reform, industry leadership and new investment opportunities. He has published widely concerning integrated infrastructure planning, management and has created a new body of research in the area of customer stewardship for infrastructure sector. He advises governments, multilateral institutions and private investors around the world and regularly speaks at conferences about infrastructure reforms impacting public policy, procurement and commercial practices.
DR RON BEN DAVID
Dr Ron Ben-David served as full-time chair of the Essential Services Commission of Victoria between 2008 and mid 2019. The commission is the economic regulator of numerous sectors in Victoria including electricity and gas, water, the Port of Melbourne and local government. As a reformer, Ron led the development of an entirely new framework for the regulation of water pricing. The PREMO framework has been described as the most significant development in Australian economic regulation in many years.
Ron is continuing his passion for championing the role of customer in infrastructure through his special adviser role at Customer Stewardship Australia. He was the first regulator in Australia to recognise that a tick-the-box approach to regulatory compliance was not guaranteeing satisfactory outcomes for energy customers. This led him to develop a new ‘responsibility-based’ approach to the regulation of essential services. This has seen a new payment difficulty framework and a new family violence framework introduced in Victoria, while a broader re-write of the Victorian energy rules is now underway.
After joining the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in 1998, Ron held numerous senior public sector roles including as deputy secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (2004-2008). During this time, he also headed the secretariat for the Garnaut Climate Change Review (2007-2008).
Ron has written and presented extensively on a wide range of topics including competition and regulation, retail energy markets, the water industry, local government, taxi reform, federalism, climate change and sustainability.
Ron holds a B.Sc (Optometry), B.Comm (Hons) and PhD (Economics) all from the University of Melbourne. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2004 and became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2019.
Les Hosking has been an independent non-executive Director of AGL Energy since November 2008. His other Directorships include Chairman of Adelaide Brighton Limited (commenced as a Director in 2003) and Director of Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).
Les has over 30 years of experience in trading, broking and management in metals, soft commodities, energy and financial instrument derivatives in the global futures industry.
He was previously a Director of Innovation Australia Pty Limited, Australian Energy Market Operator (Transition) Limited (AEMO), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEMMCo and a non-executive Director of NEMMCo. Les is an Adjunct Professor at University of Sydney.