Synergy’s executive leaders operate across eight specialised business units to collaboratively drive the organisation’s strategic initiatives and support the business’ corporate vision.
Jason WatersChief Executive Officer
Jason has over 30 years’ experience within the State’s energy sector and has served as Synergy’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2014. Prior to this, he was CEO of Verve Energy for two years.
Having held diverse roles across the electricity industry, Jason is committed to the seamless provision of secure and affordable electricity services for the Western Australian community. Under his leadership the Synergy team is dedicated to embracing emerging technologies and the development of innovative energy solutions, to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy future for all customers.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business from Curtin University, and has completed additional studies with Harvard Business School.
Jonathan CowperGeneral Manager Finance and Business Services
Jonathan joined the Synergy team in 2020 and has more than 15 years’ executive leadership experience in Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer positions within Australia and the United Kingdom (UK).
At Synergy he is responsible for leading the Finance and Business Services business unit. A broad portfolio, Jonathan’s team is focused on partnering with the business to provide expertise and insight that will help inform key business decisions. Areas overseen include finance and treasury, capital management, credit management, supply chain, IT operations, insurance, property and fleet.
Jonathan is a qualified accountant holding a fellowship with CPA Australia (FCPA) and a Master of Science: Strategic Business Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Jonathan’s most recent position prior to joining Synergy was Chief Financial Officer at the University of Western Australia.
Gary PeelGeneral Manager Transformation and Technology
Gary has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector and has been a member of Synergy’s Executive team since 2015.
With a role expansion in 2019 from Synergy Chief Information Officer to General Manager Transformation and Technology, Gary’s remit includes management of the business’ technology landscape as well as the development of agile operating model methodologies.
The Transformation and Technology business unit is focused on improved efficiency and sustainability through technology, strategy and architecture; data analytics and automation; and the coordination of Synergy’s processes, systems and platforms.
Gary has held several business and information communication technology roles over his career, and recently completed a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University.
Kurt BakerGeneral Manager Wholesale
Kurt was appointed to the Synergy Executive team in 2014 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the Western Australian electricity industry. Kurt concurrently serves as Synergy’s General Manager Crisis Management, and has previously led the business’ Generation business unit as General Manager Generation.
As leader of the Wholesale business unit, Kurt oversees the optimisation of Synergy’s wholesale electricity and fuel portfolios to create value for the organisation, and to meet the needs of the business’ wholesale customers. Kurt’s team is responsible for all energy trading, market analysis, fuel contract management activity and marketing of electricity and wholesale products.
Kurt holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business from Curtin University.
Melanie BrownGeneral Manager – Office of the General Counsel
Melanie joined the Synergy team in 2020 with more than 20 years’ experience at top-tier law firms and across the healthcare and resources industries. Prior to becoming Synergy’s General Counsel and Company Secretary, Melanie held the same position at Alcoa of Australia for almost 10 years.
At Synergy, Melanie leads her team to provide the organisation with a suite of legal and compliance services and support, as well as providing oversight in relation to governance matters. Areas of priority include those around internal audit, legal advice, regulation, and compliance and risk.
Melanie holds a double degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia where she has also served as a State Council Member for three years.
Dion PaunichGeneral Manager Generation
Dion joined Synergy’s executive team in 2019 and has 25 years’ experience across maintenance and health and safety within Western Australia’s mining, construction and mining services industries.
As Synergy’s General Manager Generation, Dion is responsible for managing Synergy’s generation operations so they perform safely, efficiently and reliably. To do this his team has four major focus areas: thermal generation; turbines and distributed operations; asset optimisation; and portfolio projects.
Dion holds several industry and tertiary education qualifications including a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Public Health: Occupational Health and Safety, both from Edith Cowan University.
Colin SmithGeneral Manager Customer Experience
Colin has been with Synergy for over a decade and has served as member of the Executive team since 2019. Specialising in transformational change, Colin has over 20 years’ experience across the retail, financial services, business improvement, and energy sectors.
As head of Customer Experience, Colin leads Synergy’s Retail business unit to deliver exceptional customer service and innovative customer solutions. His team works to leverage market insights for application across sales, new energy, marketing, operations, and customer experience.
In addition to his role at Synergy, for more than five years Colin has represented the electricity industry as a Director on the Energy and Water Ombudsman Board of Western Australia.
General Manager Commercial
David joined Synergy and the Executive team in 2020, bringing more than 20 years' experience across the energy and telecommunications industries. With executive roles in operations, commercial sales, asset management, and business development, David most recently served as Acting CEO of a major utility.
As General Manager Commercial, David’s role is to lead his team to drive and support Synergy’s corporate strategy, stakeholder engagement approach, and new business opportunities. This involves working across modelling and analytics, policy and government relations, communications and community relations, renewable energy developments, and corporate development.
David holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is a Member of Engineers Australia.
He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has held board positions in listed and not for profit organisations, including the Fiona Wood Foundation where he currently serves as a Non-Executive Director.
Angie YoungGeneral Manager Sustainability
Angie has been part of the Synergy Executive team since she joined the business in 2014. With over 20 years of experience in human resources, Angie has held senior and executive positions for leading organisations across Australia.
As head of the Sustainability business unit, Angie is responsible for developing and nurturing Synergy’s culture, and leads her team to deliver a broad range of people services. This includes a commitment to people development, human resources and employee experience, future workforce, health, safety and wellbeing, and environment.
Angie has a Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelors degree of Industrial Relations and Psychology from the University of Western Australia.