Jacana Energy Board

Jacana Energy - About us

Jacana Energy is a government-owned corporation with a Shareholding Minister and a Portfolio Minister. The Hon Michael Gunner, the Treasurer, is the Shareholding Minister and The Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Essential Services, is the Portfolio Minister.

Noel K Faulkner 

Non Executive, Chair | Noel Faulkner

Noel has more than 36 years’ experience in utilities, predominantly in electricity entities, combined with eight years in government. He has directed the integration of several large businesses in Queensland and Victoria, including the establishment of competitive retail undertakings in Victoria.

Noel was involved in South East Queensland’s regional water reforms, including leading the establishment of the distributor/retailer Queensland Urban Utilities. Noel is the Chairman of the Mackay Water Advisory Board and Chairman of the Redland City Council Advisory Board.

Noel has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Urban Utilities, Powercor Australia Ltd, United Energy Ltd and Capricornia Electricity, as well as holding senior executive roles with Brisbane City Council. Noel has held Chairman and Director roles at South East Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority and Unitywater.

Noel has a Bachelor of Engineering, Graduate Diploma in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Clare Milikins 

Non Executive, Deputy Chair | Clare Milikins

Clare is a Northern Territory-based senior finance and governance professional who was born and raised in Darwin. She has held executive positions in the public sector, establishing effective organisational systems and leading reform agendas.

Clare owns a successful retail business and provides advisory services to small and medium enterprises on governance and financial management. Clare has widely diversified skills in the public sector and private enterprise and has a sound track record of success in the roles undertaken and outcomes achieved.

In May 2014, Clare was appointed Deputy Chair of the Corporation and is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Clare has held several voluntary directorships. She has held senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Government, including Executive Director of Finance and Governance at the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts as well as roles in Treasury and the Department of Transport and Works.

Clare is a Fellow of CPA Australia, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Management. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board member Trevor James 

Non Executive, Director | Trevor James

Trevor has more than 40 years’ experience in the energy industry in Western Australia having held senior roles in generation, networks, retail and numerous corporate financial roles. Trevor retired as Chief Executive Officer of Synergy, WA’s then largest energy retailer, on 31 December 2013.

Trevor become a Non-Executive Director of Aurora Energy in Tasmania on 25 April 2016 and is Chairman of the Board Appointments & Remuneration Committee and a member of its Board Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee. He is also Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of the GTE Group who provides electrical engineering services to the mining industry and he sits on the AEMO WA Gas Compliance Panel.

Trevor was appointed to the Jacana Energy Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2019 and is also a member of their Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Central Queensland University’s MBA (Leadership) Professional Reference Group.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded the W.S. Lonnie Chief Financial Officer of the year in 2006 which was sponsored by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

 Cheryl Hopkins 

Cheryl has accumulated more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian energy industry, working in senior executive positions in retail, wholesale, upstream gas, networks, and strategic risk and compliance. Cheryl’s experience includes leading transformational change within large private businesses and government owned corporations who operate in highly competitive energy markets.

Cheryl most recently held the positions of Chief Risk Officer Energy Queensland and Executive General Manager Ergon Energy Retail and has held a range of senior executive positions across Origin Energy.

Cheryl was appointed to the Jacana Energy Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2021 and is also a member of their Audit and Risk Committee.

Cheryl holds a GradCert(Management) and Master of Business Administration through Macquarie Graduate School of Management.