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The Chair and Members of the Regulator are supported by the public service agency known as the Clean Energy Regulator. The Chair of the Regulator is the Chief Executive Officer of the agency.

Structure

The Clean Energy Regulator statutory agency comprises three divisions, in addition to the offices of the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel. Figure 2.1 sets out the senior management structure of the Clean Energy Regulator at 30 June 2014.

Figure 2.1: Senior management structure

Chair and Chief Executive Officer: Chloe Munro;  Office of the General Councel: General Councel Geoff Purvis-Smith;  Operations Division: Chief Operations Officer Chris Ramsden;  Information and Communications Technology Services Branch: Chief Information Officer Shaun Keane;  Office of the Chief Executive Officer: Strategic Advisor Tas Sakellaris;  Renewable and Carbon Farming Division: Executive General Manager Mark Williamson (Acting);  Market Entry Branch: General Manager Chris Branson;  Market Operations Branch: General Manager Amar Rathore;  Carbon Farming Branch: General Manager Mary-Anne Wilson;  Reporting and Carbon Market Division: Executive General Manager Ross Carter;  Investigations and Enforcement Branch: General Manager Peter Bache;  Registrations and Reporting Branch: General Manager Jackie Raynor (Acting);  Scheme Integrity and Carbon Information Branch: General Manager Michelle Crosbie (Acting);  Emissions Reduction Fund Implementation Team: General Manager Leslie Downling

Senior executives

Ms Chloe Munro

Ms Chloe Munro

Chief Executive Officer

Profile

The Chair of the Regulator is also the head of the statutory agency for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999. The Chair had the responsibilities of chief executive officer under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 until 30 June 2014.

Ms Munro’s experience and qualifications are described in her profile as Chair of the Regulator in the previous section.

Role

The Chief Executive Officer has an important role in providing advice, implementing the Regulator’s decisions and meeting regulatory objectives within a whole-of-government context. She directs the officers of the Clean Energy Regulator and is entrusted to lead the agency to support the Regulator in administering the regulatory schemes for which it is responsible.

Mr Geoff Purvis-Smith

Mr Geoff Purvis-Smith

General Counsel

Profile

Before Mr Purvis-Smith joined the Clean Energy Regulator, he was a Principal Lawyer and Acting General Counsel at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Mr Purvis-Smith has also had extensive regulatory experience with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Before joining the Australian Public Service in 2001, Mr Purvis-Smith was a private sector lawyer in national and local firms, where he specialised in litigation.

Mr Purvis-Smith holds degrees in arts and law and a master’s degree in international law

Role

The General Counsel is responsible for the delivery and procurement of legal services, the coordination of legislative proposals and consultation, and the coordination of the agency’s deregulation agenda. His office also administers freedom of information, ombudsman and privacy matters on behalf of the agency.

Mr Tas Sakellaris

Mr Tas Sakellaris

Strategic Advisor
Office of the Chief Executive Officer

Profile

Mr Sakellaris has been engaged in climate change policy and programmes for 15 years. Mr Sakellaris contributed to the establishment of the Clean Energy Regulator, including the development of the agency’s enabling legislation, compliance policy, collaboration with other regulatory agencies, fraud control measures, and intelligence capability.

Prior to joining the Clean Energy Regulator, Mr Sakellaris held positions in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Department of the Environment, and the Australian Greenhouse Office, with a focus on policy and practical programmes to reduce emissions and encourage low-emissions energy sources; international treaty negotiations; and climate change partnerships with other countries.

He also worked with the states and territories to rationalise and improve reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and energy data, which culminated in the creation of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme.

Role

The Office of the Chief Executive Officer supports the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership Team in defining and implementing the strategic direction of the agency.

Mr Chris Ramsden

Mr Chris Ramsden

Chief Operations Officer
Operations Division, Chief Financial Officer

Profile

Before joining the Clean Energy Regulator, Mr Ramsden held senior finance positions in several government agencies, including the Department of Health and Ageing, ComSuper, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Mr Ramsden has also worked in operational law enforcement, including for 11 years as a Drug Detector Dog Handler with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Mr Ramsden holds a business degree in accounting and finance and is a member of CPA Australia.

Role

The Operations Division provides a range of business and support services to enable the Clean Energy Regulator to meet its obligations and priorities. It sets policy and provides services and advice on information and communications technology services; governance; performance reporting; parliamentary accountability; financial management and procurement; media and communications; and human resources management.

Mr Mark Williamson

Mr Mark Williamson

Executive General Manager (Acting)
Renewables and Carbon Farming Division

Profile

Mr Williamson joined the Clean Energy Regulator in August 2012, following an extensive career which included senior executive roles in the private sector and state and local government. He commenced acting as Executive General Manager in January 2014.

Mr Williamson previously held a national commercial and technical position in an ASX 200 company and was Executive Director of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, leading that agency’s regulatory operations across a diverse range of environmental legislation. His initial position in the Clean Energy Regulator was General Manager Carbon Price Operations.

Mr Williamson has qualifications in applied science and postgraduate qualifications in management.

Role

The Renewables and Carbon Farming Division administers the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Renewable Energy Target and elements of the carbon pricing mechanism. This includes educating participants, assessing applications, monitoring compliance, issuing carbon units and partial exemption certificates, managing scheme liability, and maintaining registries.

Note: Mr Andrew Livingston held the position of Executive General Manager up to January 2014.

Mr Ross Carter

Mr Ross Carter

Executive General Manager
Reporting and Carbon Market Division

Profile

Mr Carter has worked across the spectrum of climate change related policy, regulation and programmes. Prior to the formation of the Clean Energy Regulator, he was responsible for administering the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 as the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer.

Mr Carter began working in the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2006, joining the Australian Public Service after a 20-year career spanning regulatory and policy aspects of environment protection and natural resource management, including at the executive director level, in the New South Wales public sector.

Role

The Reporting and Carbon Market Division administers the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units and aspects of the carbon pricing mechanism. This includes developing and implementing capabilities associated with registration and reporting; compliance monitoring; audit and auditor registration; management, publication and disclosure of greenhouse and energy information; liability determination and acquittal; and client engagement.

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