The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has elected Paul Adams, the Managing Director of Jemena Limited, as new Chairman.

The ENA is the industry voice for the electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks in Australia.

Mr Adams, who previously served as the ENA’s Deputy Chairman, was appointed Chairman following the association’s AGM on 14 November 2013.

“ENA members are responsible for managing over $75 billion in gas and electricity infrastructure which plays an essential role in supporting Australia’s economic development and the lifestyle we enjoy,” Mr Adams said.

“Our key priorities are to ensure the integrity of Australia’s independent energy regulation and supporting new technologies used on electricity and gas networks in a way that is efficient and fair to all users.

“Our domestic gas sector faces major challenges so it is vital that governments put in place a policy environment that supports customers through changes in the gas market, encourages the exploitation new gas supplies and allows all fuel sources to compete equitably.”

Mr Adams’ appointment as ENA Chairman comes in the same month he reaches a major milestone in his career at Jemena. It was five years ago – in November 2008 – that he was appointed as Jemena’s Managing Director.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director of Jemena, Mr Adams was the General Manager, Network Services Group at SP AusNet from 1 April 2005 to 7 November 2008. Prior to that, he held the position of General Manager of TXU Networks from 2003 to 2005.

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector and has performed a range of senior management roles in both technical and commercial disciplines.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (first class honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Management and Finance from Swinburne University. In addition, Paul has also completed the Executive Development Programme with the Australian Graduate School of Management, the Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Leading Change and Organisational Renewal at Harvard Business School.

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Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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