Past panel membership

Inaugural Panel (2013-16)

The following members were appointed to the inaugural Consumer Challenge Panel (CCP). The members had significant local and international expertise, spanning fields including economic regulation, energy networks and consumer representation.

The inaugural Panel members were:

  • Ms Jo De Silva
  • Mr Hugh Grant
  • Mr David Headberry
  • Mr Mark Henley
  • Ms Bev Hughson
  • Mr Adrian Kemp
  • Ms Ruth Lavery
  • Mr Bob Lim
  • Mr Bruce Mountain
  • Dr Gill Owen
  • Mr David Prins
  • Ms Robyn Robinson

A note expressing the thoughts and sympathies of the AER Board and staff on the passing of Dr Gill Owen is available in our news section. For further information on each member please see the CCP1 Member Biographies:

Consumer Challenge Panel 1 - Member Biographies (last updated 1 July 2015) ( PDF 98.78 KB | DOCX 52.85 KB )

Conflict of Interest of Inaugural Panel

Members of the inaugural CCP were appointed because of their backgrounds and experience. In addition to their role with the CCP, members were also active in the Australian energy industry and wider community. In performing multiple roles, conflicts of interest inevitably arose.

In order to manage these conflicts, CCP members were to notify the AER of all potential conflicts, which were listed on a public register. The link to the conflict of interest register for the inaugural CCP is below. CCP members were also subject to a conflict of interest guideline which assisted members in managing this issue. In some circumstances, a conflict resulted in members either excluding themselves from certain sub-panels or removing themselves from a project.

CCP Conflict of Interest Guideline 2013-2016 ( PDF 541.15 KB | DOCX 47.51 KB )

Consumer Challenge Panel - Conflict of interest register - 30 July 2015 ( PDF 80.33 KB | XLSX 12.22 KB )

Expert report

Our approach to the CCP has been informed by the experience of regulators in Great Britain and adapted to reflect the Australian context and regulatory framework. Further information on the experience of consumer challenge in Great Britain and its potential role in Australia is available in a paper by Dr Gill Owen commissioned by the AER: The potential role of Consumer Challenge in energy network regulation in Australia.

Additional information is also available in the AER’s March 2013 National Consumer Roundtable presentation on the CCP.

The potential role of Consumer Challenge in energy network regulation in Australia ( PDF 167.5 KB | DOCX 80.02 KB )

National Consumer Roundtable on Energy - Consumer Challenge Panel Presentation ( PDF 636 KB | DOC 45 KB )