Management team

 

The DUET management team has expert knowledge and experience in the energy utility sector. 

David Bartholomew BEC (Hons) MBA

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

David was appointed CEO in February 2011 and has extensive experience in the utilities sector. He is a Director of each asset company and has been an integral part of the senior executive team since joining in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the team, David was Director of Infrastructure at Hastings Funds Management for five years, during which time he was instrumental in the establishment and IPO of the Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund. He held senior management roles for a number of unlisted funds within the Hastings group and was responsible for fund and asset-company operating and financial outcomes in utilities, toll roads, ports, rail and forestry. David's employment experience also includes Lend Lease, the Boston Consulting Group and BHP Minerals.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Adelaide University (1981) and an MBA from the AGSM.

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Jason Conroy BComm (Accounting), MBA, FCPA, MAICD

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Jason was appointed CFO of DUET Group in June 2008. He is responsible for group capital management and jointly accountable with the CEO for all aspects of group performance, growth and development. Jason is also a non-executive director and audit and risk management committee member of each of DUET’s operating companies. Prior to DUET, he was responsible for corporate finance at Origin Energy Limited after he had gained global experience in restructuring, advisory, venture capital and corporate development roles.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Business Administration (MBA), is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Jason is a non-executive director of Little Wings Limited, a not for profit organisation that provides free flight and ground transport to children with cancer to attend their medical treatments.

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James Baulderstone BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

James was appointed COO of DUET Group in September 2016.  He is responsible for DUET’s commercial and strategic priorities including Group strategy and risk management, JVs and partnerships.  James is also responsible for supporting DUET’s operating companies. Prior to DUET, he held senior management roles with Santos Limited with responsibility for its Eastern Australian operations (which included the exploration, production, development and commercialisation of the company’s oil and gas resources in this region), Public and Government Affairs, Corporate Development and Commercial and was previously its General Counsel and Company Secretary. James held similar roles at both BlueScope Steel and the Mayne Group and has extensive operational, commercial, business development and legal experience. 
 
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons).

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Leanne Pickering BEc, LLB

Company Secretary, General Manager Legal and Compliance

Leanne has been legal counsel and company secretary for the DUET entities since 2006. Leanne is responsible for legal, compliance, human relations and company secretarial for the DUET entities. Leanne is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years experience particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate governance, directors duties and funds management. Until December 2012 Leanne was a division director in Macquarie Funds Group responsible for the legal and company secretarial function for a number of funds managed by the Macquarie Group, including DUET.

Prior to joining Macquarie in 2005, Leanne was a senior associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers, in the Corporate and Capital Markets Team which also involved a secondment for assistance with a number of capital raisings for Macquarie managed funds including DUET and its acquisition of DBP in late 2004 and early 2005.

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Nicholas Kuys BComm (Accounting), CA (SA), MBA

General Manager Operations and Investor Relations

Nick joined the DUET team in February 2011 in the capacity as Head of Asset Management and Investor Relations. Prior to joining DUET, Nick held a similar position within Macquarie's Australasian focused unlisted infrastructure funds area, where he was the Head of Investor Relations and Operations since 2007. Nick's key responsibilities included investor relations, fund management, distribution planning, investor reporting, compliance and risk management oversight. Prior to Macquarie, Nick worked for Westpac Banking Corporation and as an accountant in public practice for Deloitte and Touché in South Africa.

He is a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduate, Master of Business Administration (AGSM) and a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

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Alex Pritchard B.Com, CA, MSI, D.Corp Fin

General Manager Corporate Finance

Alex joined DUET Group in October 2016. He is responsible for supporting the CFO in group capital management and in contributing to all aspects of group performance, growth and development. Alex has extensive utility and corporate finance experience. Prior to DUET, he had roles with APA Group and was the CFO of the ASX listed Macquarie Office Trust (later renamed the Charter Hall Office REIT). Alex was previously part of DUET’s team for 6 years from its listing in 2004, where he was responsible for the group corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions function. 
 
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) and a Member of the Securities Institute England and Wales (MSI) and has a Diploma of Corporate Finance.

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