AER announces new CEO: Dr Liz Develin

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) today announced that Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Develin has been appointed as the regulator’s next CEO.

AER Chair Clare Savage said, “Liz has over 20 years senior leadership experience in complex governance environments and has had a broad range of experience within the public sector.

“Liz was responsible for the Energy portfolio in the NSW Government and had oversight for the NSW legislation covering the energy sector and pipelines. For a number of years she was the NSW Government’s representative to the COAG Energy Council’s Senior Committee of Officials.

“We are very pleased to appoint a CEO who comes with an excellent understanding of the challenges facing the sector and the role a strong and independent regulator can play in promoting the long term interests of consumers.

Dr Develin was a Deputy Secretary in the NSW Public Service and completed her Doctorate in Business Administration researching the effectiveness of policy implementation in the health sector. She will commence with the AER on 11 May 2020. 

“I would also like to thank Michelle Groves who has been the CEO of the AER since its inception 15 years ago. She has helped to build a strong and effective national regulator and managed the organisation through significant periods of change.

“While Michelle does not leave for a number of weeks the AER Board and staff wish to acknowledge Michelle for her enormous dedication and successful tenure as the foundation CEO of the AER,” said Ms Savage.

About the AER

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) works to make all Australian energy consumers better off, now and in the future. 

  • We regulate electricity networks and covered gas pipelines, in all jurisdictions except Western Australia. We set the amount of revenue that network businesses can recover from customers for using these networks.
  • We enforce the laws for the National Electricity Market and spot gas markets in southern and eastern Australia. We monitor and report on the conduct of energy businesses and the effectiveness of competition.
  • We protect the interests of household and small business consumers by enforcing the Retail Law. Our retail energy market functions cover New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Queensland.
  • We drive effective competition where it is feasible and provide effective regulation where it is not. We equip consumers to participate effectively, including through our Energy Made Easy website, and protect those who are unable to safeguard their own interests. We use our expertise to inform debate about Australia’s energy future.
Issued date: 
23 April 2020
AER reference: 
NR 12/20
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