The Rule Change Panel is an independent body responsible for the Wholesale Electricity Market Rules and the Gas Services Information Rules. It considers proposed amendments to these rules and decides whether an amendment to the rules would better achieve the objectives of the gas market and the electricity market.
The Minister for Energy appoints members to the Rule Change Panel, which operates in accordance with the Energy Industry (Rule Change Panel) Regulations 2016.
Rule Change Panel members
|| Peter Kolf
Peter Kolf was appointed Chair of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a four year term. Peter was also a director on the Board of the IMO from July 2014, and served as Chair of the IMO from December 2015 until it was dissolved on 28 April 2018.
Peter has extensive experience in the energy industry and in economic regulation. His professional career commenced with the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria and went on to energy (electricity, oil and gas) related senior management roles at both State and Commonwealth levels of government. In addition, Peter has held senior positions in telecommunications, the regulation of national air fares, and in the water industry covering areas including market management, pricing and corporate planning.
In 1998, Peter took on the role of Executive Director of Western Australia’s Office of Gas Access Regulation which led to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the State’s Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) until 2010. He is currently Director, KPK Specialist Advisory Services Pty Ltd.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and a Master of Economics. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and President of the Economic Society of Australia (WA Branch).
|| Shaun Dennison
Shaun Dennison was appointed as a Member of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a period of one year. Shaun was a Director of the IMO from 2006 until it was dissolved on 28 April 2018.
Shaun has a finance and accounting background. In 1999, Shaun co founded Farrier Swier, an advisory service that consults on policy development, energy and water sector restructuring and reform, regulation, risk analysis, governance and accountability. Shaun has over 25 years’ experience in advising governments, regulators and businesses on economic regulation, energy sector reform, strategic business and risk allocation issues, and in providing specialist project management services.
Shaun is also a specialist in Australian Indigenous art with a focus on sales in the auction market. Shaun headed up the Indigenous Art Department for the international auction house Christies during 2004 to 2006, and for Mossgreen Auction House from 2008 to mid-2017.
Shaun has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
|| Roland Sleeman
Roland Sleeman was appointed as a Member of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a period of one year. Roland was a Director of the IMO until it was dissolved on 28 April 2017.
Roland has extensive experience in the oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure sectors, having held a number of senior executive positions across these sectors, and has provided advice to both government and businesses involved in those sectors across Australia. Roland is presently a Director of Armour Energy Limited (Queensland) and CEO of Lakes Oil NL (Victoria), and provides advice to organisations including the Australian Energy Regulator and the Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation.
Roland has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
|| Stephen Eliot
Stephen Eliot was appointed as the Executive Officer of the Rule Change Panel on 16 October 2017.
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry in both Australia and Canada, and in both the private and public sector. Prior to his appointment as the Executive Officer of the Rule Change Panel, Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer of Retail Energy Market Company Limited, which was the gas retail market operator for Western Australia; and was the Director of Market and Regulatory Policy at the Office of Energy in Western Australia.
Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Master of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.