Rob Wheals

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.

 

Ross Gersbach

Ross Gersbach

BBus

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.

 

Kevin Lester

Kevin Lester

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. In addition, Kevin has responsibility for APA’s Pathfinder program. The program seeks out opportunities to extend APA’s core business through innovation, technology and new energy opportunities.

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).

  

Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas

BBus LLB (Hons) MPsychol (org)

Group Executive People, Safety and Culture

Jane joined APA in May 2021, where she is responsible for managing APA Group's People, Safety and Culture division. This covers APA’s health, safety, environment and heritage systems; 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.

Jane is a highly experienced and respected HR executive and business leader who has driven transformational change in top ASX companies including Westpac, Newcrest Mining and AGL, and in industries spanning energy, mining, banking and finance, fast moving consumer goods, retail and manufacturing.

 

Darren RogersDarren Rogers

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.

 

Amanda CheneyAmanda Cheney

LLB BA FGIA

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Amanda is responsible for APA Group’s legal and company secretariat functions.

Amanda joined APA almost 10 years ago and has played a pivotal role in driving transformation and growth in a range of projects across gas transmission, gas fired power generation, and the renewable energy portfolio. She also led the strategic transformation of the Legal & Co Sec team, including the addition of a Legal Operations function to drive efficiency and innovation in the provision of legal services.

Prior to joining APA, Amanda worked as a lawyer in private practice with leading law firms in Australia and Japan.

Amanda is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

 

Julian PeckJulian Peck

BCom

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.

 

Adam Watson

Adam Watson

BBus FCPA GAICD

Chief Financial Officer

Adam joined APA Group in November 2020. 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.

Before joining APA, Adam was CFO at Transurban Group for six years. Prior to this, Adam held senior executive roles at Melbourne Airport and BlueScope Steel. His roles have spanned finance, commercial, strategy, corporate development and operations. He has served on several joint venture boards in Australia, the United States and India.