The ERA is made up of a three-member Governing Body, supported by a Secretariat.
The Governing Body is the ERA’s decision-making authority and performs the functions outlined in the Economic Regulation Authority Act 2003. The Secretariat is the initial point of contact in day-to-day dealings with the ERA, and provides advice and assistance to the Governing Body. The Secretariat is led by the Chief Executive Officer and has three divisions: Regulation and Inquiries, Energy Markets, and Corporate Services.
Nicola Cusworth, Chair
Nicky took up her position as Chair of the ERA in July 2016.
Before joining the ERA, Nicky was Deputy Director General at the former Department of State Development, and also previously worked for the Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Nicky has extensive experience in economic policy and analysis, and has participated in projects including the electricity market review and the Mineral Royalty Rate Analysis.
She has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.
Greg Watkinson, Governing Body Member
Greg was appointed as a member of the ERA’s Governing Body in July 2017. Prior to this he was the ERA’s chief executive officer since February 2010.
Greg has worked as an economist in the public sector, including at the Department of Treasury and Finance, and in the areas of macroeconomics, education and social policy.
He has a master’s degree in economics.
Ray Challen, Governing Body Member
Ray joined the Governing Body in August 2017. Prior to that, he was the Coordinator of Energy in Western Australia and the head of the Public Utilities Office for five years, during which time he led the electricity market reform program.
Ray has worked for 20 years in the downstream energy and public policy sectors, advising both businesses and governments in regulatory policy and market arrangements.
He has a PhD in economics from the University of Western Australia.
Jenness Gardner, Chief Executive Officer
Jenness joined the ERA as Chief Executive Officer in November 2017. She has worked extensively in the state and commonwealth governments, most recently as executive director at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. Prior to that she was with the Department of Commerce.
Jenness has significant experience working in the resources sector, leading economic policy development, commercial negotiations and large scale project development for the State.
She has an honours degree in economics.
Rajat Sarawat, Executive Director, Energy Markets
Rajat joined the ERA in January 2012. Prior to joining the ERA, Rajat held various senior positions with the Essential Services Commission of South Australia and the Australian Energy Market Commission, where he led price reviews, access arrangements and inquiries.
He has more than 20 years of experience working in economic regulation.
He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
Paul Kelly, Executive Director, Regulation and Inquiries
Paul has been with the ERA since it began in 2004. Prior to his current role, Paul was director of the ERA’s water division, and he previously worked at the Office of Water Regulation, Western Australia.
Paul has almost 30 years’ experience at senior levels in the public sector. In addition to his role as executive director, he also holds the statutory positions of chairman of the consultative committees for reviews of the water, electricity and gas marketing codes of conduct.
He has a master’s degree in social science.
Pam Herbener, Director, Corporate Services
Pam has been with the ERA since it began in 2004, and has worked in Western Australian access regulation since 1998.
Pam has more than 30 years’ management experience across the not-for-profit, local, state and commonwealth government sectors.
She has accrued a breadth of knowledge across the finance, compliance, human resources, information technology, recordkeeping and communications functions.