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 mergers and acquisition, 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.
BCom LLM GAICD
Group Executive Governance and External Affairs
Nevenka is responsible for APA Group's Governance and External Affairs division. The division comprises company secretarial, legal, group risk and compliance, insurance, communications, sustainability, community and stakeholder relations, economic regulation, and external policy development.
Nevenka has been with APA Group since February 2008, during which time she has held the roles of General Counsel and Company Secretary. From 2017, Nevenka also led the Energy Charter, an energy industry-wide initiative to improve customer outcomes.
Nevenka has over 25 years' experience in Australia and internationally in energy and other infrastructure industries. Prior to joining APA, Nevenka was a senior policy advisor with the National Competition Council and senior lawyer in law firms in Australia and overseas.
BCom CA GAICD
Chief Financial Officer
Peter joined APA Group in June 2009. As CFO, he is responsible for all financial aspects of APA Group, including accounting and financial reporting, financial compliance and governance, taxation, treasury, balance sheet management, capital strategy, investor relations, procurement, and modelling and analysis.
Peter has considerable expertise in the listed energy infrastructure sector and over 30 years' experience in senior financial roles in energy infrastructure, financial services and investment banking organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
President North American Development
Ross is responsible for progressing APA Group’s investment strategy in North America, and is based in Houston, Texas.
Prior to relocating in 2019, Ross was Chief Executive Strategy and Corporate Development. In this role he was responsible for enhancing APA Group's portfolio of assets to complement the value of its infrastructure, including APA Group's investments in midstream gas infrastructure, and the operation and development of these assets.
Ross was a director of APA Group from 2004, before joining the management team in April 2008. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior positions across a range of energy related sectors, covering areas such as infrastructure investments, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic developments. Ross has extensive commercial experience and has managed a portfolio of infrastructure assets in the natural gas and electricity distribution network sector, as well as a portfolio of power generation assets.
BEng MIEAust CPEng EngExec GAICD
Group Executive Infrastructure Development
Kevin is responsible for the project governance, development, engineering, procurement and delivery of APA Group's infrastructure expansion and growth projects. The division also has responsibility for providing engineering governance, standards, system and asset modelling, provision of land access, approvals and community engagement across all projects.
Kevin joined APA Group in August 2012, continuing a career in the management of major infrastructure projects, including energy infrastructure.
Kevin is a director and a past president of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA).
Group Executive People, Safety and Culture
Elise is responsible for managing APA Group's People, Safety and Culture division, which covers APA’s health, safety, environment and heritage systems and performance; remuneration and benefits; performance and organisational capability; talent management, learning and leadership development; workforce planning and resourcing; diversity and inclusion; change management; and HR admin and reporting.
Elise joined APA Group in May 2012 as General Manager Human Resources and in October 2015 joined the executive team as Group Executive Human Resources. Elise has a strong background in employment relations and workplace change, organisational restructuring and business improvement.
Elise has over 25 years’ human resources experience in Australia's heavy manufacturing, engineering, steel and utilities sectors.
BArts LLB (Hons) LLM
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
Hannah is responsible for APA Group’s Transformation and Technology division, which enables APA to effectively respond to the disruptive forces of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation.
The division drives the identification of emerging energy market opportunities while delivering business transformation, continuous improvement initiatives and technology solutions.
Prior to joining APA Group, Hannah performed senior executive roles in infrastructure and utilities, and has led multiple whole-of-business transformations focused on delivering better customer outcomes and sustainable operational excellence.
BEng MEng MBA GAICD
Group Executive Operations
Darren is responsible for the safe operations, maintenance, asset management, and in-year revenue and cost responsibility of APA’s portfolio of Transmission, Power, Networks and Midstream infrastructure assets. This includes over 15,000 kilometres of transmission pipelines; solar and wind farms; and gas storage, processing and distribution.
Darren joined APA Group in 2017 as General Manager Asset Management for Transmission before becoming Group Executive Transmission. Aside from his experience at APA, Darren has performed senior executive roles in commercial, asset management and operations, leading large and complex divisions and across these companies.
Group Executive Strategy and Commercial
Julian is responsible for delivering APA’s customer experience, all business development and commercial contracting activities, co-ordination of corporate strategy development, as well as undertaking corporate development and merger and acquisition activities.
Prior to joining APA, Julian held senior leadership positions in investment banking, with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the infrastructure, utility and power sectors.