Directors of Gas Industry Education Pty Limited, the trustee company for AGIT

The AGIT is a public fund whose principal activity is to contribute to the advancement of study, education and research in the field of downstream gas utilisation and application development and related fields, and to recognise and support excellence in those fields. The fields include the following industry sectors: Production, Transmission, Distribution, Retail and Manufacturing.


Dr Graeme Bethune, Energy Quest

Graeme Bethune has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry. He is founder and CEO of EnergyQuest, an Australian-based energy advisory firm.

Graeme is the author of major EnergyQuest reports and has undertaken numerous consulting assignments on energy for Australian and international clients, particularly on natural gas, coal seam gas and LNG He is regularly asked to speak at energy conferences in Australia and Asia and his comments are regularly sought by the domestic and international media.

Prior to establishing EnergyQuest in 2005, Graeme held a range of senior positions with the Australian energy group, Santos. As Chairman of the Australian Gas Industry Trust he represents Australia on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union.

He has a first-class honours degree in economics from Monash University and a PhD from the Australian National University and has undertaken the executive program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford Uni.

Executive Officer

Dr Jen Thompson, Australian Gas Industry Trust ,AGIT

Jen’s role is to oversee the AGIT’s day-to-day operations and implementing the AGIT Strategic Plan. Her background includes more than 20 years working for governments and academia, primarily in the research and strategic policy areas. She also represented Queensland on an array of COAG Energy Council groups including the R&D Team. She has a PhD in evidence based decision making.

Her objective is to deliver education and research activities that are of value to the gas industry.


Mr Steve Davies, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, APGA

Steve Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of APGA. Previously, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. Steve has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from UNSW and a Master of Public Policy.

Ms Phaedra Deckart, Tasgas

Phaedra Deckart is the CEO of Tasgas. She has a strong reputation for advocating for the continuing role of gas as the natural partner in Australia’s energy transition and for providing a voice for the customer’s and communities that she’s served. Her experience spans over 20 years in domestic and global energy markets, having held a variety of commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions. Ms Deckart was a part of transforming AGL’s energy supply portfolio across gas, power, fuel and logistics while simultaneously navigating the transition to renewables.

She has broad ranging energy and legal experience, having started her career with one of Australia’s top tier legal firms. Phaedra is passionate about growing and developing people and building diverse, highly engaged and collaborative teams.

Mr Andrew Dillon, Energy Networks Australia, ENA

Andrew Dillon is the CEO of ENA. He was previously the General Manager Corporate Affairs at AusNet Services, owners of electricity transmission and both gas and electricity distribution networks in Victoria. Prior to AusNet, Andrew was General Manager Corporate Affairs at Energy Supply Association of Australia, worked in Corporate and Government Affairs at TRUenergy (now Energy Australia) and was a Senior Ministerial Adviser. Andrew was also a Director of Goulburn Valley Water. Andrew is qualified as a chartered accountant and has spent time in banking and energy roles in the United Kingdom.

Mr John Griffiths, Gas Energy Australia ,GEA​

John has worked in the energy sector over the last 20 years. He was appointed CEO of Gas Energy Australia in August 2015 after joining the Association in 2011 as its Manager Policy Development responsible for providing advice on industry and policy development issues relevant to the gaseous fuels industry. Before then, he worked in the federal government and provided advice on energy related issues including energy security, international energy policy and the legislative and administrative arrangements governing exploration, development and production of Australia’s offshore oil and gas. Prior to 2000, John provided economic policy advice to the federal government on such diverse topics as industry and labour market policies, domestic and international economic conditions, Australia’s external accounts and competitiveness, fiscal policy and international and business taxation.

Mr Brian Haggerty,Woodside Energy Ltd

Brian Haggerty is VP Innovation Capability at Woodside Energy with responsibility for innovation, sustainability strategies, future capability and reviewing/supporting current energy project developments. With 40 years’ experience in gas and LNG at Woodside and Royal Dutch Shell, both in Australia and international locations, Brian has developed capability and expertise in project development, corporate strategy and planning, joint venture management and energy technologies. Recent secondment to the faculty leadership team at the University of Western Australia provided a deeper understanding of the engagement of industry with students, academics and higher education sector.

He has a first-class honours and masters degree in engineering from UWA and a MBA from Deakin. He is graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, an Adjunct Professor at UWA, Co-Founder/Director of the Hydrogen Society of Australia and active participant on the LNG 2022 (St. Petersburg) Program Committee.

Mr Ross Jamieson, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia, GAMAA

Ross is the Managing Director at SIT Gas Controls, managing the team and working on all technical applications for clients, along with the maintenance and certification of products. Ross holds a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering (Swinburne College of Technical and Further Education). He has a first-class honours and masters degree in engineering from UWA and a MBA from Deakin. He is graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, an Adjunct Professor at UWA,

Ross has spent most of his working life in technical roles within the engineering field, with extensive experience in automation technology and gas products. He is Co-Founder/Director of the Hydrogen Society of Australia and active participant on the LNG 2022 (St. Petersburg) Program Committee.

Ross is the President of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia (GAMAA). He also Chairs the GAMAA Technical Committee and is an active participant in the Future Fuels CRC.

Mr Andrew McConville, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, APPEA

Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, a position he has occupied since April 2019. As Chief Executive, he responsible for leading the Association & its members to be the effective voice the Australian oil and gas industry, building community trust and support, driving advocacy and engagement, developing the industry’s key policy positions and executing a strategy for growth of the Association.

Andrew is an advocacy and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience across many sectors, industries & countries. Andrew has worked and consulted in the oil and gas, agribusiness, banking and finance, FMCG and government sectors.

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof Andrew (Alf) Garnett, University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas

Professor Andrew (Alf) Garnett leads UQ’s Centre for Natural Gas, a large multi-disciplinary research programs contributing to future energy transitions through natural gas and through carbon abatement.

He is a former Shell and Schlumberger executive and has deep industry experience, having worked widely on oil and gas developments across the globe for the past 30 years, most notably, those with high greenhouse gas emission footprints.

Alf’s research focusses on the energy trilemma (energy security, energy affordability, environmental sustainability). Alf is also charged with leading research into the potential development of large-scale carbon capture and storage in Queensland.


Mr Peter Heffernan, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association APGA

Peter is responsible for the administration of AGIT. He graduated with Honors in a Bachelor of Business from RMIT and his experience in finance and administration spans more than 40 years both in Australia and overseas. This includes a role as Principal of his chartered accounting firm, a stint in Government finance and as Business Manager for several not-for-profit organisations. Peter is a member of the Australian Society of Accountants and the Institute of Company Directors.