Our People

PATRICIA PASCUZZO

Co-Founder

M.Com (Fin) B.Ec (Hons) MAICD

Patricia brings a unique blend of capabilities in public policy development, economic analysis, corporate strategy and investment consulting built over a career spanning government, corporate, asset management and not for profit sectors.

As an investment consultant, Patricia has advised some of the most sophisticated asset owners in Australia and overseas. She led Mercer’s global government funds consulting practice advising government pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. She played a key role in establishing the Australian Future Fund’s governance and investment capability and was engaged by the New Zealand Department of Finance to lead an independent review of New Zealand Superannuation.

As a practitioner in the complex interface between government, industry and the community, Patricia facilitates purposeful engagement to build consensus and broaden advocacy for change. As Executive Director of the independent Committee for Sustainable Retirement Incomes she was influential in advocating for legislative change that improved the adequacy, equity and sustainability of retirement incomes for all Australians. Patricia was senior economic adviser for government inquiry into national savings, review into financial services and held senior roles at the Commonwealth Treasury and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

She has also applied her public policy and corporate strategy capabilities within highly complex corporate settings in senior strategic roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Australian Securities Exchange to drive improved economic outcomes and prosperity.

As Principal of Customer Stewardship Australia, Patricia advises companies in developing capabilities and strategies to deliver better value to customers and stakeholders in ways that contribute positively to society. 

GARRY BOWDITCH

Co-Founder

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 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

Special Adviser

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

Special Adviser

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.