SGA’s Board & Management


Judy ANDERSON, President
Judy Anderson currently looks after energy policy for IBM Australia and hasover 20 years experience in policy issues in heavily regulated industries including both energy and telecommunications.  She currently leads a group of policy specialists in IBM globally assisting teams throughout the world to encourage governments to develop policies that open electricity networks to intelligent infrastructure.  Judy has been actively involved in SmartGrid Australia since its inception.  She has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Masters in Finance from RMIT University.

Adrian Clark, Treasurer
Adrian is responsible for leading Landis+Gyr’s business in Australia and New Zealand as it navigates a period of transformation in the industry; targeting smart metering, smart grid and the impacts of the future Internet of Things (IoT).Adrian joined Landis+Gyr having spent over 10 years working in the Australian energy industry.  Up until 2013 Adrian was the Chief Technology Officer at Ausgrid, Australia’s largest electricity distribution business.  During his employment at Ausgrid he played a key role in the setup and delivery of the Smart Grid, Smart City program and many critical IT&T initiatives.

He has many achievements throughout his career, the most recent was the three years he spent successfully winning and overseeing the delivery of Australia’s largest and most advanced smart grid program (the Australian Government’s Smart Grid, Smart City $100 million grant). Prior to this and on a personal note, he achieved the award of Australian Young Professional of the Year in 2009 for his services to the energy industry.

Ann BURNS, Director
Ann V. Burns, is the Managing Director of Accenture’s Resources Practice in Australia and New Zealand overseeing a diverse portfolio across Utilities, Energy, Chemical and Natural Resources. She has twenty years of experience working in the sector and has worked extensively within the Utilities Industry across Retail and Transmission & Distribution across Asia Pacific and North America. She has been intimately involved with clients working through the major industry changes in the last 15 years from market deregulation, all things ‘smart’ to the new digital revolution. She is widely recognised as a leading commentator in industry trends and consumer engagement having published annual research projects for the last 6 years.
Ann also chairs SGA’s Consumer Subcommittee.

Bob Darwin, Director
Bob leads Ergon Energy’s strategic positioning and engagement with Emerging Opportunities.  Prior to Ergon, Bob as VP Global Utilities at Clarity, established a new global business and developed an innovative  open smart grid operations platform across last mile activation, assurance and metering. Bob has consulted to Australian and International Corporates and start-ups in the Smart Grid and Telecommunications sectors. Bob has held key transformational roles across multiple industries delivering change, growth and enhanced customer value.

John THEUNISSEN, Director
John presently leads the Smart Grid initiatives within AusNet Services. An electrical engineer by training, John has held numerous technical management roles within AusNet Services and its predecessor companies over the last 20 years, mainly in the protection, control and communication areas. He is passionate about network intelligence and automation and provided thought leadership for the early strategic work that was carried out by AusNet Services on Smart Grids which ultimately led to the creation of a new business unit within the company.
John also chairs SGA’s Technical Subcommittee.


Paul Budde is the initiator and founder of Smart Grid Australia and a founding board member of the Global Smart Grid Federation, representing SGA. He is also the managing director of BuddeComm, an independent research and consultancy company, focusing on the telecommunications market and its role within the digital economy.
Paul also serves as SGA’s Public Officer.

Past Presidents

Charles POPPLE
Charles currently holds the position of Group General Manager, Networks Strategy and Development at SP AusNet.  Charles’ responsibilities include Asset Management including long term network planning, regulation and project design and customer transmission projects.Charles has 37 years’ experience in the energy industry.  He originally trained and worked as an electrical engineer, before taking up a series of senior management roles in the Victorian electric power sector.  He also spent three years as a consultant with Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini, specializing in energy market reform and regulation. He joined SP AusNet in 2001 where he has held a number of senior executive roles.

Mr Eckermann is the principal a consulting firm (specialising in advanced broadband and providing services to the clients throughout Australia and overseas) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He served on the 2011/12 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee reporting to Parliament in May 2012. In his previous role as TransActs Chief Architect Robin pioneered open network principles that have since been widely embraced around the world.