What is the best career advice you have ever been given?
Very early in my career, I was encouraged to see the world and work abroad. It stayed with me and led me to work in a number of different countries.
I’m grateful for all these experiences because they have led me to where I am today and contributed to who I am.
My father would say to me: “Get yourself a good education and the world is your oyster.”
I was in a rush to do things as a young kid. They were always telling me, and my kids are probably tired of me telling them: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” I really have taken that with me with whatever I do now.
What was the moment in your career that changed you, or that you learnt a lot from, or that was pivotal in some way?
In the late ’90s and early 2000s when I was working in the telecommunications sector, I was exposed to industry-wide changes that turned that sector on its head. Those experiences have served as a useful analogue for what is happening in the energy sector right now.
I’m now fortunate to be the leader of a business that has an essential role in the energy transition, and the current east coast electricity crisis has underscored that.
It’s a pivotal time in the energy industry, but a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a difference.
What is your morning ritual/exercise routine?
I try to go for a run most mornings. It is important for both my physical and mental well-being, and the cold winter air right now in particular helps clear my head.
I aim to run one to two ultra-marathons each year, so my weekly exercise requires a degree of discipline in an already-busy schedule. But importantly it helps me prepare for bigger runs such as the 100 kilometre, ultra-trail run in the Blue Mountains.
After my run, I read the news on the way to the office, and then I always kick off my workday with a coffee.
What is the most important thing you look for when hiring someone?
I look for people who bring skills I don’t have, and above all, people who fit the APA culture.
What is the secret to good leadership?
Every leader by definition needs followers, so the secret is to know your gaps and always be willing to listen and learn.
Respect, humility and straight-talking are fundamental to being able to lead from a position of trust.
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