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ENERGY Pipelines CRC


Board of Directors

Charles Rottier
Charles Rottier:
Board Chairman

Charles is the Chair of the Energy Pipelines CRC and has over 30 years experience in both business management and project development and delivery. He has held senior management positions in Australian and US businesses operating throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His roles have included country and regional financial performance responsibilities, strategic planning and implementation, establishing stand-alone joint venture operations as well as managing the successful integration of a number of mergers and acquisitions. His project experience includes major projects in oil and gas, power, telecommunications, rail and water covering all project phases from prefeasibility to commissioning and operations.

Charles graduated from the University of Sydney with an honours degree in Civil Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Past President of APIA and QUPEX

Charles has held a number of senior management positions including:

  • General Manager – Williams Brothers – CMPS Engineers
  • General Manager – CMPS&F Pty Ltd
  • Managing Director – MWH Australia Pty Ltd
  • Executive General Manager – Engineering and Construction, Transfield Services

Charles has also been directly involved in significant pipeline projects including:

  • Sydney – Newcastle gas and multi-products pipelines
  • Jackson – Moonie pipeline
  • Roma to Gladstone State Gas Pipeline
  • Kutubu export pipeline and
  • Goldfields pipeline.
Mark Fothergill
Mark Fothergill:

Mark has 25 years of experience in project management, construction, operational engineering and engineering management. He is responsible for strategic design, asset management and engineering deliverables for growth projects and day-to-day operations for gas pipelines, gas distribution networks, gas storage, gas processing facilities, gas-fired power stations, wind farms and high voltage electricity transmissions. He is the current Chairman of the APGA’s Research and Standards Committee (RSC).

Mark graduated from the University of Queensland with honours degree in Chemical Engineering, a Post-Graduate Diploma of Computing Studies from University of Canberra and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark has held a number of senior management positions including:

  • General Manager – Infrastructure Strategy and Engineering
  • General Manager - Assets Management and Engineering
  • APT Client Program Manager, NSW

Steve Dobbie
Steve Dobbie:

Steve Dobbie has been in the position of Business Manager of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association since February 2004 following many years accumulating strong experience in the management of associations.

Prior to his role at APGA, he held senior management roles in a number of sectoral membership-based associations within a range of industries, including the ACT Australian Football League and the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society. He also fulfilled the role of Manager, International Section of the Australian Sports Commission where he was responsible for the overseeing of a number of community-based sports development programs in various Commonwealth countries around the world.

From these positions, he has developed a comprehensive background encompassing all areas of financial, governance, administration and event management. Steve is Company Secretary for APGA Ltd and the Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT).

Steve graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1979 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Cook
Chris Cook:

Chris Cook is an electrical engineer with a BSc and BE from the University of Adelaide, and he received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1976. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Engineer.

After graduation he worked for Marconi Avionics in the UK as a project engineer designing aerospace computing systems, and later with GEC Australia as the Technical Manager of their Automation and Control Division, where he set up a group which designed and installed robot controlled automation systems for manufacturing applications. He then became the founding Managing Director of the Automation and Engineering Applications Centre Ltd., a non-profit company of the University of Wollongong, which built and installed automation and robotic systems for manufacturing companies around Australia.

He became Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wollongong in 1989 and was Head of School for 12 years before taking up the position as Dean of Engineering (11 years) and then Executive Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences (2 years). His research interests include the application of power engineering and real-time control theory to improve the precision of machines and robots, to improve control over high currents for arc welding, and to the development of new electrical engineering applications of high temperature superconductors. He currently holds a number of ARC grants, and has had extensive involvement with several CRC's for over 20 years in positions ranging from chief investigator, project and program manager, membership of research committees, CRC selection committees for CEO’s, as a Director on CRC Boards, and as a member of a CRC Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Lucia Cade
Lucia Cade:

Lucia is a non executive director and strategic adviser. She has extensive experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction industries as an executive and an advisor, specialising in business strategy, organizational change, strategic stakeholder engagement, incentivised procurement models and major projects. Her executive management experience includes senior roles at City West Water, AECOM, Evans & Peck and Comdain Infrastructure.

Lucia is Chairman of South East Water Ltd, a member of the Connections Committee of the board of Goulburn-Murray Water, a past director and Chairman of Western Water and a past director and National President of the Australian Water Association.

Lucia holds Bachelor degrees in civil engineering (honours) and economics from Monash University, a Masters of Engineering Science from Monash University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Ian Kett
Ian Kett:

Ian is currently the Director of Strategic Programs within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Deakin University and has been managing major strategic projects at the University since 2011. Ian is presently overseeing the initial development of the Australian Centre for Infrastructure Durability as well as a range of other key strategic initiatives for the University and relationships with commercial and government organisations.

In 2011 Ian was appointed as the Program Director for the development of the $104m Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) and was also the Acting Director of Carbon Nexus from July 2013 to July 2014, overseeing the commissioning and initial start-up of this carbon fibre and composites research facility.

Before joining Deakin, Ian was the Executive Director of Kinect Australia, a leading health promotion organisation. He has had experience as a Senior Manager within State Government and as a Director on a number of Boards.

Chris Yoxall
Chris Yoxall:

Chris is a Senior Executive Vice President of the ROSEN Group and is presently based in Houston, Texas. He has over 20 years’ of experience in asset integrity management including legal, technical, and contractual management primarily in the Oil and Gas Industry sector. Over this period, Chris has worked throughout Africa, Australasia, Asia, China and North America and remains globally actively involved participating in Standards and Committees, including Research and Development. He spends part of his time lecturing to industry and is a passionate advocate in the leadership development of future industry professionals.

Chris studied both mechanical and metallurgical engineering in South Africa and was certified in the USA as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. Chris is also a member of the APGA RSC Executive.

Chris is presently involved in long term strategic management and over the last decade has held a number of senior management positions, with the most recent including;

General Manager, ROSEN Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Vice President, ROSEN Asia Pacific
Senior Executive Vice President, ROSEN USA, Middle and Central America’s

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