Western Australian Minister for Energy, Bill Johnston, has announced the appointment of two new members to the Western Power board.

The appointment of Guy Chalkley and Kathryn Barrie will enhance the board’s skills and capabilities, and help guide the utility through continuing change in the energy sector.

Mr Chalkley’s appointment is recognition of his performance in managing Western Power since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer 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 WA Government, including from her current senior role at the WA Department of Treasury (Public Utilities Office).

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, on behalf of the State Government, congratulated Mr Chalkley and Ms Barrie on their appointments.

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

“Both have outstanding records of evaluating opportunities in the energy sector to deliver the best outcomes, financially and practically, for customers in Western Australia.

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

Mr Chalkley and Ms Barrie begin their term on the board effective immediately.

Before joining the Utility team, Eliza worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years. Eliza has the rare talent of being able to find the nuggets of gold in otherwise average source material, and like any self-respecting member of gen-Y is a whiz when it comes to social media marketing and management.

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