New directors appointed to Western Power board

Western Power CEO Guy Chalkley
Western Power CEO Guy Chalkley

WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced changes to the Board of Western Power, with the appointment of two new members, Guy Chalkley and Kathryn Barrie.

Mr Chalkley is currently CEO of Western Power, and Mr Johnston says his appointment is recognition of his performance in managing Western Power since his appointment in 2016. The appointment reflects his previous contribution to board-level discussions and his extensive financial management knowledge from across a range of sectors and continents.

Ms Barrie joins the Western Power Board bringing almost 18 years of experience from energy and education in the Western Australian State Government, including from her current senior role at the WA Department of Treasury (Public Utilities Office).

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Mr Chalkley will remain in his position at Western Power but, due to his appointment to the board, his title will change from CEO to managing director.

Mr Johnston says the new appointments will enhance the Board’s skills and capability and help guide the utility through continuing change in the energy sector. The appointment of Ms Barrie will also see the Western Power board maintain its 50 per cent female representation.

“On behalf of the State Government, I would like to congratulate Mr Chalkley and Ms Barrie on their appointments,” Mr Johnston said.

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“I believe Ms Barrie and Mr Chalkley’s experience and knowledge will be a valuable addition to the Board and will continue to enhance the strong governance of Western Power.”

“I have no doubt that the refreshed Board will continue to help shape the utility to deliver the energy needs of Western Australians.

“Both Mr Chalkley and Ms Barrie have outstanding records of evaluating opportunities in the energy sector to deliver the best outcomes, both financially and practically, for customers in WA.”