Energy Minister welcomes new Synergy board members

  • ​Government appoints Bronwyn Barnes and Richard Watson to Synergy board
  • Extensive experience and passion promise exceptional governance and leadership
  • Rob Bransby and Michele Dolin reappointed
  • Energy Minister Bill Johnston is pleased to announce changes to Synergy’s board, with Bronwyn Barnes and Richard Watson being appointed.

    Ms Barnes has served as a member of several boards across a variety of industries, and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this year. She brings outstanding corporate governance and planning skills, and her experience seeing through large and complex projects.

    Mr Watson is an economist and graduate of Cambridge University. He is the executive director at the Department of Treasury since 2014, and brings a variety of expertise to the board – including in revenue policy issues and economic forecasting.

    Ms Barnes and Mr Watson have each been appointed for two-year terms.

    These new appointments will enhance the board’s skills and capabilities, and help guide Synergy through continuing change in the energy sector. 

    In addition to these new appointments, Rob Bransby has been reappointed for an 18-month term and Michele Dolin has been reappointed for a two-year term.

    As stated by Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

    “On behalf of the State Government, I would like to congratulate Bronwyn Barnes and Richard Watson on their appointments.

    “I am confident that Ms Barnes and Mr Watson’s extensive experience will be invaluable to the Synergy board, and that they will help deliver the best outcomes for Western Australians.

    “I am glad to have such an exceptional board membership during this time of change for the energy sector.

    “I would also like to thank outgoing director David Hunt for his contribution to the board.”

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