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.
The Rule Change Panel
Peter Kolf (Chair)
Peter Kolf was appointed Chair of Western Australia’s electricity and gas Rule Change Panel on 1 January 2017 for a four year term. He is currently also Chair of Western Australia’s Independent Market Operator, appointed in December 2015, having been a director of that Board since July 2014.
Peter has extensive experience in the energy industry and in economic regulation. His professional career commenced with the Victorian 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 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 Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia (WA Branch).
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, he is also currently a Member of the IMO Board. 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 he is also currently a Member of the IMO Board.
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. He is presently Chief Executive Officer of Lakes Oil NL and is a Non-Executive Director of Armour Energy Limited.
Roland has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen Eliot, Executive Officer
Stephen Eliot was appointed as the Executive Office of the Rule Change Panel on 16 October 2017.
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector 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 (REMCo), 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.