Mr Andrew (Drew) Clarke AO FTSE has been named as the new Chairman of the Board of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), commencing 2 November 2017.
AEMO is a company incorporated under the Corporations Act with a Board of 10 directors who are independently selected and endorsed by AEMO’s members, of whom 60 per cent are government members and 40 per cent industry members.
Mr Clarke has been a leader in energy policy in Australia since 2003. From 2003 to 2013, Mr Clarke served in progressively more senior roles under both Coalition and Labor Governments, including terms as Deputy Secretary and Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
During this period, Mr Clarke led the Commonwealth’s actions in the creation of the National Energy Market Rules and the three market bodies, served as the Chair of the Senior Committee of Officials (Commonwealth, State, Territory) under the COAG Ministerial Council on Energy, and led national and international energy policy development for Australia, including key leadership on climate change and resource development policies.
He also helped establish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and was Australia’s member on the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency.
In addition to his experience in energy, Mr Clarke was Secretary of the Department of Communications and most recently Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister from 2015-2017.
His now a member of the NBN Co Limited and the CSIRO Boards.
Mr Clarke will replace Dr Anthony (Tony) Marxsen, who is retiring from the Board following the 2017 Annual General Meeting in November.
“The Board of Directors sought a Chair who could supply the requisite industry knowledge and leadership acumen to support AEMO’s strategic development during this time of unprecedented industry change,” said Dr Marxsen.
“Together with AEMO Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Audrey Zibelman, Mr Clarke’s understanding and demonstrated leadership exceptionally positions AEMO to identify and pursue the changes required to help secure Australia’s future for a reliable, secure and efficient energy system.
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