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 Electricity Industry (Independent Market Operator) Regulations 2004.
The Rule Change Panel
Peter Kolf (Chair)
Peter Kolf was appointed Chair of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a three year period. Prior to his appointment as the Panel Chair he was a Director on the Independent Market Operator’s Board since July 2014.
Peter has extensive experience in oil, gas, utility industries, and in economic regulation. His professional career commenced with the Victorian Gas and Fuel Corporation 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 until he resigned in 2009. 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 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.
Shaun Dennison (Panel Member)
Shaun Dennison was appointed as a Member of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a period of one year. Prior to his appointment as a Panel Member he was a Director of the IMO since April 2006. He has eighteen years experience in energy and water sector reform and market development, the design and application of economic regulation, and retail pricing in the competitive market.
Shaun spent the early part of his career in corporate advisory roles with ANZ McCaughan and KPMG Corporate Finance in Melbourne. At KPMG he was responsible for the management of the Victorian electricity supply industry reform and privatisation work undertaken by KPMG. This marked his introduction to the electricity industry.
He worked in a project management capacity within the Energy Projects Division of Victorian Treasury. Between 1996 and 1999 Shaun coordinated projects associated with the implementation of the gas industry reform and privatisation program.
In 1999, he co-founded Farrier Swier Consulting, an advisory service that consults on policy development, energy and water sector restructuring and reform, regulation, governance and accountability.
Shaun is also a specialist in Australian Aboriginal art with a focus on sales in the auction market. He worked for the international auction house Christies during 2004 to 2006, and is currently a specialist representative for Mossgreen Auction House.
Shaun has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Roland Sleeman (Panel Member)
Roland Sleeman was appointed as a Member of the Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a period of one year. Prior to his appointment as a Panel Member he was a Director of the IMO since June 2013.
Roland has over 34 years’ experience in the oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure sectors, advising government and businesses involved in the oil, gas and utilities sectors across Australia. He has also held a number of senior executive positions across these sectors.
Roland has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rajat Sarawat (Executive Officer (Acting))
Rajat is currently the Executive Director of the Energy Markets team at the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA). Rajat has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of economic regulation. Prior to joining the ERA, Rajat held various senior positions with the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) and the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), including as Acting CEO at ESCOSA and Senior Director at AEMC. In these roles, Rajat led various price reviews, access arrangements, inquiries and competition reviews.
Rajat has previously worked in water and gas utilities, where his primary responsibilities related to financial and economic analysis and developing access arrangements.
Rajat will be acting as the Executive Officer until the position is permanently filled.