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Our people

Synergy’s executive leaders operate across eight specialised business units to collaboratively drive the organisation’s strategic initiatives and support the business’ corporate vision.

David Fyfe

Acting Chief Executive Officer 

David joined Synergy in 2020 as General Manager Commercial, bringing more than 20 years' experience across the energy and telecommunications industries. He has held executive roles in operations, commercial sales, asset management, and business development.

Appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer in February 2022, David is committed to the seamless provision of secure and affordable electricity services for the Western Australian community. David leads a Synergy team dedicated to embracing emerging technologies and the development of innovative energy solutions, to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy future for all customers.

David holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. 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.


Jonathan Cowper

General 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 Peel

General 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.

Mark Chambers

Acting General Manager Wholesale

Mark was appointed Acting General Manager Wholesale in February 2022. Mark joined Synergy in 2017 as Manager Gas Portfolio and Coal and has 15 years’ experience in the energy and trading industries, specialising in portfolio management, spot electricity and energy trading, and financial sales.

As Acting General Manager of the Wholesale business unit, Mark 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. Mark’s team is responsible for all energy trading, market analysis, fuel contract management activity and marketing of electricity and wholesale products.

Mark is a chartered financial analyst and holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University Belfast.


Melanie Brown

General 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 Paunich

General 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, and concurrently serves as Synergy’s General Manager Crisis Management.

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 Smith

General 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 General Manager of Customer Experience, Colin leads Synergy’s Retail business unit delivering exceptional customer service and innovative solutions to enable and support customers to meet their changing energy needs. His team works to leverage market insights for application across sales, distributed energy resources, marketing, operations, and customer experience.

For more than five years Colin has represented the electricity industry as a Director on the Energy and Water Ombudsman Board of Western Australia.


Kurt Baker

Acting General Manager Commercial

Kurt was appointed to the Synergy Executive team in 2014 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the Western Australian electricity industry. Kurt’s most recent role was as General Manager Wholesale and he has previously led the business’ Generation business unit as General Manager Generation.

As acting leader of the Commercial business unit, Kurt empowers 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.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business from Curtin University.


Angie Young

General 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.