OWNERS & EXECUTIVES

 

DBP is the trading name of the privately owned DBNGP group of entities which own and operate the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.

 

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Ben Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks.  Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 3,500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks.  Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of DBP and MG in 2017.

Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers.  At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program.  Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

Ben is a Director of the Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.

Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Paul May

Chief Financial Officer

Paul May is Chief Financial Officer of Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks.  Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 3,500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks.  Paul became CFO of AGN in 2015 and of DBP and MG in 2017.

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with around 20 years’ experience in various corporate and financial management roles, including previously with ASX-listed companies, Santos Ltd and Henry Walker Eltin Group Ltd.

Paul joined AGN in 2005 and, prior to becoming the Chief Financial Officer of AGN in January 2015, was Group Manager, Finance and Risk, since 2009.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Jon Cleary

General Manager Commercial

Mr Cleary joined DBP in December 2014. Mr Cleary has over 22 years’ experience in the Australian oil and gas industry having worked for QGC (a BG Group business) and Woodside prior to joining DBP. As the General Manager Commercial, Mr Cleary is responsible for the negotiation and administration of the DBP’s principal operating agreements, including shipper contracts and key supplier relationships. Specific functions include the oversight of DBNGP operating performance and procedures, maximisation of revenues, shipper contractual compliance and pipeline operations. His team is responsible for identifying and pursuing new business development opportunities and other means for enhancing DBP’s performance. Mr Cleary has a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University and a Master of Science from Curtin University.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Tawake Rakai

General Manager, System Design and Operations

Mr Rakai worked for Shell before joining SECWA in 1981 where he worked in power production and gas marketing. In 1985, he joined the DBNGP as the Corrosion Protection Engineer, from which he was internally promoted up the organisation holding various management roles nationally and state based for the various owners of the DBNGP. The roles varied across operations, maintenance and projects where he has had direct and indirect responsibility.

As General Manager, System Design and Operations, Mr Rakai is responsible for:

    • Establishing and maintaining the design, operational and maintenance policies and standards
    • Preparation and monitoring of the Asset Management Plan
    • Contributing to project proposals and investment justifications
    • Reliability and performance of the asset, including expansions
    • System designs and pipeline configuration planning
    • Strategies to optimise asset utilisation, efficiency and growth

Mr Rakai holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Western Australia.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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James Smith

General Manager, Maintenance

Mr Smith started his career as an Apprentice Mechanical Fitter with State Energy Commission of WA (SECWA) expanding across fabrication and power generation. Mr Smith pursued a welding career early in SECWA, but chose fitting as his preferred option. Since 1992, Mr Smith has worked in a number of roles, all surrounding the DBNGP Asset. These include technical roles, field-based roles, supervisory roles, and as of 2003, Manager of the Maintenance group.

As General Manager, Maintenance, Mr Smith is responsible for:

    • Delivering all field maintenance activities in accordance with the Asset Management Plan
    • The Planning, Field Servicing, Technical Services and Execution of all maintenance activities
    • Providing an operational interface in the field with major and minor projects
    • Reporting on the delivery of field maintenance

Mr Smith is supported in his role by his qualifications as a Mechanical Fitter and completion of a UWA/AIM Leadership Program, as well as his extensive knowledge and experience of pipeline operations and maintenance, both at field and management levels.

In addition to his passion in achieving ‘Maintenance Excellence’ within his division, Mr Smith serves as an active member on the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Committee and he is the current Chairman of the Pipeline Operators Group. Mr Smith’s participation also extends to the Public Safety & Security of Supply Working Group.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Craig de Laine

General Manager People & Strategy

Extensive industry experience, with 15 years’ in utility regulation including previous roles at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, and the Productivity Commission.

DBP MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Andrew Staniford

Chief Customer Officer

Andrew Staniford is Chief Customer Officer with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG). He is responsible for managing IT for AGIG, as well as business development marketing and customer service across the distribution business. Andrew has over twenty five years’ experience in the energy industry, primarily in the areas of energy policy and regulation and business development. He has worked previously for Origin Energy (network regulation) and the South Australian Government (energy reform and policy).

DBP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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John Langoulant

Independent Chairman

John Langoulant has been the Independent Chairman of DBP since March 2012.

He has several other non-executive director roles including as Chairman of the Boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the Government Employees Superannuation Board, Leadership WA, the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre, West Australian Ballet and the Committee for Perth. He also undertakes consulting roles with Curtin University and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

John has held CEO roles with Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd, Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and he was Western Australia’s Under Treasurer from 1995 to 2004.

He was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of June 2010.

DBP Management Team

Ben Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks.  Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 3,500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks.  Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of DBP and MG in 2017.

Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers.  At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program.  Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

Ben is a Director of the Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.

Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.

Paul May
Chief Financial Officer

Paul May is Chief Financial Officer of Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks.  Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 3,500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks.  Paul became CFO of AGN in 2015 and of DBP and MG in 2017.

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with around 20 years’ experience in various corporate and financial management roles, including previously with ASX-listed companies, Santos Ltd and Henry Walker Eltin Group Ltd.

Paul joined AGN in 2005 and, prior to becoming the Chief Financial Officer of AGN in January 2015, was Group Manager, Finance and Risk, since 2009.

Jon Cleary
General Manager Commercial

Mr Cleary joined DBP in December 2014. Mr Cleary has over 22 years’ experience in the Australian oil and gas industry having worked for QGC (a BG Group business) and Woodside prior to joining DBP. As the General Manager Commercial, Mr Cleary is responsible for the negotiation and administration of the DBP’s principal operating agreements, including shipper contracts and key supplier relationships. Specific functions include the oversight of DBNGP operating performance and procedures, maximisation of revenues, shipper contractual compliance and pipeline operations. His team is responsible for identifying and pursuing new business development opportunities and other means for enhancing DBP’s performance. Mr Cleary has a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University and a Master of Science from Curtin University.

Tawake Rakai
General Manager, System Design and Operations

Mr Rakai worked for Shell before joining SECWA in 1981 where he worked in power production and gas marketing. In 1985, he joined the DBNGP as the Corrosion Protection Engineer, from which he was internally promoted up the organisation holding various management roles nationally and state based for the various owners of the DBNGP. The roles varied across operations, maintenance and projects where he has had direct and indirect responsibility.

As General Manager, System Design and Operations, Mr Rakai is responsible for:

    • Establishing and maintaining the design, operational and maintenance policies and standards
    • Preparation and monitoring of the Asset Management Plan
    • Contributing to project proposals and investment justifications
    • Reliability and performance of the asset, including expansions
    • System designs and pipeline configuration planning
    • Strategies to optimise asset utilisation, efficiency and growth

Mr Rakai holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Western Australia.

James Smith
General Manager, Maintenance

Mr Smith started his career as an Apprentice Mechanical Fitter with State Energy Commission of WA (SECWA) expanding across fabrication and power generation. Mr Smith pursued a welding career early in SECWA, but chose fitting as his preferred option. Since 1992, Mr Smith has worked in a number of roles, all surrounding the DBNGP Asset. These include technical roles, field-based roles, supervisory roles, and as of 2003, Manager of the Maintenance group.

As General Manager, Maintenance, Mr Smith is responsible for:

    • Delivering all field maintenance activities in accordance with the Asset Management Plan
    • The Planning, Field Servicing, Technical Services and Execution of all maintenance activities
    • Providing an operational interface in the field with major and minor projects
    • Reporting on the delivery of field maintenance

Mr Smith is supported in his role by his qualifications as a Mechanical Fitter and completion of a UWA/AIM Leadership Program, as well as his extensive knowledge and experience of pipeline operations and maintenance, both at field and management levels.

In addition to his passion in achieving ‘Maintenance Excellence’ within his division, Mr Smith serves as an active member on the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Committee and he is the current Chairman of the Pipeline Operators Group. Mr Smith’s participation also extends to the Public Safety & Security of Supply Working Group.

Craig de Laine
General Manager People & Strategy

Extensive industry experience, with 15 years’ in utility regulation including previous roles at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, and the Productivity Commission.

Andrew Staniford
Chief Customer Officer

Andrew Staniford is Chief Customer Officer with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG). He is responsible for managing IT for AGIG, as well as business development marketing and customer service across the distribution business. Andrew has over twenty five years’ experience in the energy industry, primarily in the areas of energy policy and regulation and business development. He has worked previously for Origin Energy (network regulation) and the South Australian Government (energy reform and policy).

DBP Board of Directors

John Langoulant
Independent Chairman

John Langoulant has been the Independent Chairman of DBP since March 2012.

He has several other non-executive director roles including as Chairman of the Boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, the Government Employees Superannuation Board, Leadership WA, the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre, West Australian Ballet and the Committee for Perth. He also undertakes consulting roles with Curtin University and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

John has held CEO roles with Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd, Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and he was Western Australia’s Under Treasurer from 1995 to 2004.

He was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of June 2010.

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