• The Energy Transformation Taskforce

    On 20 May 2019, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Energy established the Energy Transformation Taskforce to deliver the Western Australian Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy.

    The purpose, role and responsibilities of the Energy Transformation Taskforce are outlined in its Terms of Reference.

    The Taskforce reports directly to the Minister for Energy and comprises five members, including an Independent Chair and four senior State Government officials.

    Mr Stephen Edwell
    Mr Stephen Edwell
    Independent Chair

    Mr Edwell is an Economist specialising in energy market regulation and design. He has held various senior appointments in Federal and State Governments across Australia, including responsibility for the implementation of large-scale market reforms. He played a lead role in Queensland joining the National Electricity Market, and in designing and implementing the Wholesale Electricity Market in Western Australia.

    Mr Edwell has been a senior member of energy regulatory Boards in Australia since 2005, including the Economic Regulation Authority, the Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

    More recently, Mr Edwell was Chair of State-owned electricity utility Horizon Power.

    Mr Michael Court
    Mr Michael Court
    Taskforce Member
    Deputy Under Treasurer
    Department of Treasury

    Mr Court was permanently appointed Deputy Under Treasurer in September 2016 after having acted in the role since February 2014. This followed more than five years as the Executive Director of Treasury’s Economic business unit.

    In his role, Mr Court assists the Under Treasurer in the management of Treasury, with a primary focus on whole-of-government budget management and fiscal strategy and other priority strategic issues. Mr Court is also responsible for Treasury’s corporate service functions, and for providing advice and strategic direction on public sector reform issues.

    Mr Court is also Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation Board.

    Mr Zaeen Khan
    Mr Zaeen Khan
    Taskforce Member
    Executive Director
    Public Utilities Office
    Department of Treasury

    Mr Khan is the Executive Director of the Public Utilities Office at the Department of Treasury and is also the Coordinator of Energy in Western Australia. He has over 15 years of experience in providing economic and regulatory advice to national energy market policy and regulatory bodies, State Governments and economic regulators in Australia. Since joining the Public Utilities Office in 2014, Mr Khan has been involved in advising the Western Australian Government on energy policy priorities and the implementation of reforms to manage the rapidly transitioning energy sector.

    Prior to joining the Public Utilities Office, Mr Khan was at the Australian Energy Market Commission where he was responsible for advising on a number of significant rule changes dealing with economic regulatory framework and pricing issues in the national electricity and gas markets. Mr Khan has also extensively advised on energy sector regulation matters in senior roles with the Queensland Competition Authority and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales. 

    Mr Brett Sadler
    Mr Brett Sadler
    Taskforce Member
    Economic and Environment Policy

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Mr Sadler is the Director of Economic and Environment Policy at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.  He commenced in this role in July 2017.  Prior to this, he was an Executive Director at the former Department of State Development and subsequently the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.  He has also held senior roles in the energy policy area, including at the former Office of Energy.

    In his current role, Mr Sadler is responsible for providing whole of government policy advice and support on a broad range of economic and environmental issues. This includes jobs and economic diversification, regulation and reform, energy, regional issues, immigration, skills and training, climate change, water, waste, PFAS (per- and poly-fluoro alkyl substances), carbon farming and land management. 


    Ms Katharine McKenzie
    Ms Katharine McKenzie
    Taskforce Member
    Principal Policy Adviser to the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Energy

    Ms McKenzie is an energy policy specialist and commercial lawyer with extensive experience across the electricity and gas sectors.

    Ms McKenzie is the Principal Policy Adviser to the Minister for Energy and a Director and Vice President of the Australian Institute of Energy. She is also the Founder and former Chair of 'Women in Energy', a network launched in 2015 to connect, support and inspire women in the energy sector.

    In her previous role at law firm Jackson McDonald, Ms McKenzie assisted government in policy development and provided strategic regulatory and commercial advice to local and international energy, mining and infrastructure companies on energy matters and major infrastructure access.

    Contact for further information

    All enquiries on the Energy Transformation Taskforce can be directed to (08) 6551 2397 or [email protected].

    Last reviewed: June 2019

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