BCom FCPA MAICD
Appointed 1 September 2015
Appointed Chairman 27 October 2017
Michael has more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian energy industry. He has held various executive positions at AGL Energy culminating in his role as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for the period of seven years until February 2015.
Michael is a Director of Aurizon Holdings Limited. He is also a former Chairman of the Clean Energy Council, Elgas Limited, ActewAGL and the NEMMCo Participants Advisory Committee, as well as a former Director of Queensland Gas Company Limited, the Australian Gas Association and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia.
Michael is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Robert (Rob) Wheals
BCom CA GAICD
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 6 July 2019.
Rob has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia and internationally in energy infrastructure and telecommunications, across roles in operations, finance, commercial, strategy, infrastructure investments and M&A, as well as regulatory.
Rob joined APA in 2008 as General Manager Commercial to manage the commercial function of APA's transmission business, which includes over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines, storage and processing facilities.
In 2012, Rob was appointed Group Executive Transmission, responsible for approximately 85% of APA's earnings before interest, tax and depreciation. In this role, Rob was responsible for the commercial, operational and safety performance of APA Group's transmission and gas storage assets.
Rob has a deep understanding of the Australian energy market and the challenges facing Australia today and into the future, in particular the challenge of balancing sustainable lower emissions energy with reliable and affordable energy for end users.
Prior to joining APA, Rob was General Manager of Strategy at AAPT in Sydney.
Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Steven (Steve) Crane
BComFAICD SF Fin
Appointed 1 January 2011.
Steve has over 40 years' experience in the financial services industry. His background is in investment banking, having previously been Chief Executive Officer of ABN AMRO Australia and BZW Australia.
Steve has experience as a non-executive Director of listed entities. He is currently Chairman of Global Valve Technology Limited, and a Director of SCA Property Group.
He was formerly Chairman of nib holdings limited, Adelaide Managed Funds Limited, Investa Property Group Limited and Taronga Conservation Society Australia; a Director of Bank of Queensland Limited, Transfield Services Limited, Adelaide Bank Limited, Foodland Associated Limited and APA Ethane Limited, the responsible entity of Ethane Pipeline Income Fund; and a member of the Advisory Council for CIMB Securities International (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Steve is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Nomination Committee and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee.
BEc (Hons) FCPA
Appointed 21 February 2019.
James has experience both locally and internationally in industrial chemicals, fertilisers, explosives and manufacturing sectors.
James is currently the Chairman of Manufacturing Australia and Tassal Group Limited, and a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited. He is also a convenor of the Champions of Change Coalition.
He was formerly the Chairman of Osteon Medical, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Incitec Pivot Limited and before that its Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer.
James is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Health, Safety, Environment and Heritage Committee.
Debra (Debbie) Goodin
BEc FCA MAICD
Appointed 1 September 2015.
Debbie is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chairman of both listed and unlisted corporates. She is currently Chairman of Atlas Arteria Limited, and a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited as an IFM owners’ representative. She was formerly a Director of oOh!media Limited, Senex Energy Limited and Ten Network Holdings Limited.
Debbie also has executive experience in operations, finance and corporate development, including with engineering and professional services firms, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Debbie is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Health, Safety, Environment and Heritage Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Shirley In't Veld
BCom LLB (Hons)
Appointed 19 March 2018
Shirley has expertise and experience in the energy, mining and renewables sectors.
Shirley is currently a Non-Executive Director with Alumina Limited, Ventura Resources Limited and NBN Co Limited. She was formerly Deputy Chair of CSIRO, a Non-Executive Director of Northern Star Resources Limited, Perth Airport, DUET Group, Asciano Limited, Alcoa of Australia Limited and a Council Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. She was also the Managing Director of Verve Energy (2007 – 2012) and, before that, she worked for 10 years in senior roles at Alcoa of Australia Limited, WMC Resources Ltd, Bond Corporation and BankWest.
In 2014, she was Chairman of the Queensland Government Expert Electricity Panel and a member of the Renewable Energy Target Review Panel for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and was, until recently, a Council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA) and an Advisory Board member of the SMART Infrastructure Facility (University of Wollongong).
Shirley is Chair of the Health, Safety, Environment and Heritage Committee and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee.
MSc Telecommunications Business GAICD
Appointed 1 June 2020.
Rhoda has considerable experience in the telecommunications, IT and energy sectors.
Rhoda is currently a Non-Executive Director with Pacific Hydro and Datacom, where she is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She is also an advisor to the Board of AgilityCIS, an energy billing solutions provider. She is formerly a Non-Executive Director of Vocus Group Ltd and LINQ, Chairman of Snapper Services in New Zealand and Deputy Chair of Kiwibank in New Zealand.
Rhoda spent much of her career in the telecommunications industry in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia in senior management positions before joining Optimation, in New Zealand, as Chief Executive Officer. Rhoda later joined HRL Morrison & Co and, during this time, was Managing Director of Lumo Energy for two years.
Rhoda is a member of the Health, Safety, Environment and Heritage Committee and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee.
BCom, GradDip (Management), Fellow (CPA Australia)
Appointed 19 March 2018
Peter has experience in the resources sector as both a senior executive and director. He retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alumina Limited in mid-2017. Previously, he had held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Santos Limited and, in a 20-year plus career at BHP, he held senior positions including Vice President, Finance, and other senior roles in Petroleum, Services, Corporate, Steel and Minerals.
Peter is a Non-Executive Director with Oz Minerals Limited. He is formerly a Non-Executive Director of Alcoa of Australia Limited, AWA Brazil Limitada, AWAC LLC, Alumina Limited and the privately held GHD Group.
Peter is the Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.