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Western Australian Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, has announced the appointment of Samantha Tough as the Chairperson of Horizon Power and welcomed Peter Clough as a non-executive director of Synergy.

Ms Tough has a distinguished career and extensive experience across the energy and resources sectors, including at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Synergy and Woodside.

She has detailed knowledge of regional Western Australia and has served on the boards of several businesses and non-government organisations.

Mr Clough brings over 30 years of experience in the mining and resources sectors, and was previously General Manager of Government Affairs at Woodside Petroleum.

He has also provided consulting services to some of Western Australia’s biggest firms including Alcoa, BHP, Santos and Telstra.

Mr Clough succeeds Ms Tough as non-executive director.

Synergy non-executive director, Kim Horne, has also been reappointed for another three years.

All appointed roles are effective immediately.

“I would like to congratulate Ms Tough and Mr Clough on their appointments,” Mr Johnston said.

“This is an exciting time for the energy industry, and Ms Tough is well qualified to support Horizon Power as it delivers its strategy to deliver cleaner, greener and more affordable electricity.

“Mr Clough brings a wealth of government relations and energy experience, which will be invaluable to Synergy.

“With the appointment of Ms Tough, the McGowan Government delivers on its commitment to have 50 per cent of women on all boards.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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