Executive Team

Expertise across the board

With extensive experience in the energy sector, the AGIG executive team is well placed to lead us to achieving our vision.


Ben Wilson 
Chief Executive Officer 
Ben joined AGN as CEO in 2015 and became CEO of DBP and Multinet in 2017. Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with eight million customers, also owned by the CK Group. Before joining UKPN in 2011, Ben was a utilities investment banker for 15 years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank. He is a Director and Deputy Chairman of Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and Chairman of the ENA Gas Committee. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Cambridge University in the UK.


Mark Beech 
General Manager, Network Operations 
Mark has operational responsibility for our gas distribution networks, the largest across Australia. In this role, he ensures the safe and reliable supply of natural gas to more than two million customers every day. Mark oversees the full lifecycle of distribution network asset management, from commissioning through to daily operational management. Backed with more than 30 years’ experience in utility operations, he has a well-deserved reputation as a technical leader in the Australian energy industry. Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, together with a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management.


Jon Cleary 
General Manager Commercial 
Jon oversees the commercial operation of our transmission pipeline, storage and power generation assets. He monitors the changing energy landscape, seeking strategic opportunities for growth across our national operations. He is responsible for expansion opportunities and new projects, both in the regulated and non-regulated space. Under Jon’s leadership, we’ve added a number of new gas pipeline, storage and remote power assets to our portfolio. Reliability is critical for our customers, and Jon also manages our Western Australian control room facilities. Having worked for QGC and Woodside, he brings invaluable experience to our Executive Team and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Science. 


Craig de Laine 
General Manager, People and Strategy 
Craig sets and implements the long-term vision for our gas pipelines and distribution networks, with a focus on actively pursuing a low-carbon gas future for Australia. He's also responsible for ensuring we have an engaged and skilled workforce, regulatory management, compliance, an internal audit and risk, policy and our economic advisory function. Craig ensures we effectively engage with the community as we develop our business plans. He brings over 20 years of industry experience, including roles at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia and Productivity Commission, and holds a Master of Economics. 


Paul May 
Chief Financial Officer 
A forward thinking CFO, Paul is committed to ensuring we are sustainably cost efficient and delivering profitable growth for our shareholders. Bringing more than 20 years’ experience to the management team, Paul embeds best practice financial management principles from strategy to daily operations. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant. 


Tawake Rakai 
General Manager, Transmission Asset Management 
Strategic asset management for the gas transmission system and storage facilities is Tawake’s responsibility. He leads with the critical imperative of maintaining asset safety and integrity. Applying modern engineering practices, Tawake also leads the design and construction of new gas transmission systems including compressor stations, meter stations, plus storage and associated facilities. Tawake has extensive operations, maintenance and project experience with more than 35 years in the gas industry and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical). 


James Smith 
General Manager Transmission Operations 
James leads the safe and reliable operations of our transmission assets. Focused on achieving a zero harm future, James inspires our operations teams and optimises our maintenance activities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. A keen advocate in the pipeline industry, James supports research, development and the sharing of lessons learnt. He brings almost 30 years’ experience from field, supervisory, management and executive management roles in the gas industry. He proudly holds trade qualifications, in addition to an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management. 


Andrew Staniford 
Chief Customer Officer 
A focused leader, Andrew ensures our business and workforce are well positioned to deliver for customers. Responsible for the growth and increased satisfaction of customers, Andrew delivers major marketing and growth strategies across our national customer base and operations. He is also responsible for information technology strategy and implementation. With more than 25 years in the energy sector and a Master of Economics, Andrew is a highly regarded leader in the industry. 


Geoff Barton 
Company Secretary 
Good corporate governance is driven by our Company Secretary, Geoff Barton. This includes leading corporate policy development and the prudent management of all matters relating to our Boards, Board Committees and the Executive Management Team. He has over 35 years of invaluable experience in the energy sector, including roles with the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA) and AGL. Recognising the importance of delivering in the long-term interests for customers, Geoff is a sitting Director of the Energy and Water Ombudsman of South Australia. He is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.


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