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Our people

Synergy’s executive leaders operate across eight key business units and are responsible for driving strategic initiatives to meet our corporate purpose and vision. 

Jason Waters

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jason was appointed CEO of Synergy in January 2014 following the merger between Synergy and Verve Energy. Prior to this he was the CEO of Verve Energy. Jason has 25 years’ experience in the State’s energy sector.

Jonathan Cowper

General Manager Finance and Business Services

Jonathan has more than 15 years’ experience in senior financial management positions in Australia and the United Kingdom (UK). He joins Synergy after serving as Chief Financial Officer at the University of Western Australia, Group Finance Director for AB Sugar (UK) and Regional Finance Director for AMEC.    

Gary Peel

General Manager Transformation and Technology

Gary has over 14 years of experience in the energy sector and has been a member of Synergy’s executive team since 2016. His focus is to drive the delivery of Synergy’s strategic commitments and manage information technology to improve efficiency and delivery. 

Kurt Baker

General Manager Wholesale

Kurt was appointed to the Synergy executive team in 2014. His primary role is optimising Synergy’s wholesale portfolio, managing fuel and electricity trading activities, contract management and marketing electricity and wholesale products. 

Melanie Brown

General Manager – Office of the General Counsel

Melanie is a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience working for top-tier law firms and in the healthcare and resources industries. Melanie joins Synergy after more than 9 years as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Alcoa of Australia. Melanie leads Synergy’s legal, risk, audit and regulation & compliance teams.

Dion Paunich

General Manager Generation

Dion joined Synergy in 2015 with 25 years’ experience in maintenance and health and safety across the mining, construction and mining services industries. His primary role is to manage Synergy’s generation operations so that they perform safely, efficiently and reliably.

Colin Smith

General Manager Customer Experience

Colin has over 25 years of experience in retail and has been leading sales and service operations in the energy sector for nine years. His responsibilities are to lead Synergy’s retail operations including product sales, marketing and operations, and deliver exceptional customer experiences.

Daniel Nocciolino

Acting General Manager Commercial

Daniel is an economic forecasting and planning expert with over 20 years of experience in the energy sector. He is responsible for shaping Synergy’s strategy, strategic direction and value proposition. His focus is to position Synergy as an energy leader by engaging key government, industry and community stakeholders.

Angie Young

General Manager Sustainability

Angie joined Synergy in 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in human resources. She is responsible for Synergy’s culture and delivering people services including human resources, talent and development, health, safety and environment.