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Our people

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

David Fyfe

Chief Executive Officer

Joined Synergy: 2020

David was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2022. He has more than 25 years' experience across the energy and telecommunications industries. 

David is committed to the provision of secure and affordable electricity services for the Western Australian community. He leads a Synergy team dedicated to embracing emerging technologies and the development of innovative energy solutions, to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy future.

David holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held board positions in listed and not for profit organisations, including the Fiona Wood Foundation where he currently serves as Chair of Ability WA as a Non-Executive Director.

Hayden Thomas

Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Business Services

Joined Synergy: 2019

Hayden brings more than 25 years of international finance leadership experience in listed entities in the mining and oil and gas sectors.  

As the Chief Financial Officer at Synergy, Hayden leads all aspects of finance and treasury management within the organization including funding and financial sustainability. He is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of supply chain services to support business operations. Hayden’s team collaborates closely with the business, offering financial governance, performance measurement, and strategic analysis to drive informed decision-making.

Hayden is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Monash University and is a graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Hayden is a Director of Bright Energy Investments and also a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of a not for profit entity in the healthcare sector on a voluntary basis.

Gary Peel

Chief Information Officer, Digital and Technology

Joined Synergy: 2005 (then Western Power)

Gary has held several business and information communication technology roles throughout his career. With over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, Gary has been a member of Synergy’s Executive team since 2015.

As Chief Information Officer of the Digital and Technology business unit, Gary oversees the management of Synergy’s digital and technology landscape. His team is focused on improving efficiency and sustainability through technology, maintaining digital platforms, delivering IT transformational projects. He is also responsible for the coordination of Synergy’s processes, systems and platforms, including cyber security for both information and operational technologies.

Gary holds a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University.


Pippa Marando

Executive General Manager, General Counsel and Governance

Joined Synergy: 2023

Pippa has 20 years’ legal and governance experience in the energy and resources industries. Prior to Pippa’s appointment at Synergy, she held senior leadership roles at Woodside for 12 years including in Legal, Risk and Compliance, Internal Audit and People and Capability.

At Synergy, Pippa leads the provision of legal, regulatory, compliance, risk and assurance advice and support to the organisation to ensure effective governance.

Pippa holds a Master of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Pippa is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Lesley Walker

Executive General Manager, Customer 

Joined Synergy: 2022

Lesley has more than 20 years of customer engagement experience, including senior manager roles in the banking and finance sectors.

As General Manager of the Customer business unit, Lesley ensures Synergy delivers exceptional customer service and innovative solutions to enable and support our customers to meet their changing energy needs. Her team works to leverage market insights for application across sales and customer experience.

Lesley has extensive experience managing contact centres and holds a Graduate Certificate of Business (Leadership) from Edith Cowan University.

Kurt Baker

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive General Manager, Future Energy

Joined Synergy: 2014

Kurt has more than 30 years’ experience in the Western Australian electricity industry in roles spanning operation and maintenance, project development, wholesale markets, business development and strategy.

As Executive General Manager, Future Energy, Kurt oversees the development and delivery of renewable energy projects by consolidating project capabilities and expanding resources. Most recently, Kurt was Acting General Manager Commercial, where he was responsible for leading Synergy's strategy, corporate development, renewables and storage development, policy, government relations, communications and media.

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


Brent Italiano

Executive General Manager (Acting), Thermal Generation

Joined Synergy: 1992 (then State Energy Commission)

Brent has more than 30 years’ experience in the thermal electricity generation sector in roles spanning Maintenance and Engineering, Operations, Emergency Management and Learning and Development. Brent also has experience in private sector small business management.

As Executive General Manager, Thermal Generation, Brent is responsible for multiple generation sites, asset optimisation, major projects and health safety and environment across Synergy’s sites. Brent’s team is responsible for safely and efficiently providing reliable energy and essential services to Western Australians through gas and coal generation, while managing the decommissioning and transition of assets.

Brent holds office bearer positions in Volunteer Emergency Services organisations. Brent holds a Graduate Certificate in Business.

Jason Froud

Executive General Manager, Strategy and Corporate Affairs

Joined Synergy: 2014

Jason Froud has over 15 years’ experience in executive and senior leadership roles in the Western Australian energy sector delivering strategic engagement and commercial outcomes. 

Jason is committed to leading the delivery of Synergy’s corporate strategy by embedding social value throughout the business and empowering our people to better deliver and develop. 

Jason has led Synergy’s involvement in Western Australian energy market reform, government relations, energy policy development, stakeholder engagement and advocacy. He was the project lead for Synergy’s Kwinana Battery Energy Storage System project from inception to final investment decision. He also acted in the position of Executive General Manager People, Strategy and Social Value in 2022, then Executive General Manager Strategy and Corporate Affairs in 2024.

Jason is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Murdoch University as well as a Graduate Diploma of Business Management and a Graduate Diploma of Public Sector Administration. 

Mark Chambers

Executive General Manager (Acting), Wholesale

Joined Synergy: 2017

Mark has held several senior management roles, including the Manager of the Coal and Gas Portfolio and the General Manager Wholesale. He has 17 years’ markets experience, with the last 12 years in the wholesale energy markets in both Western Australia and New Zealand.

Appointed as Executive General Manager (Acting), Wholesale in 2024, Mark is responsible for overseeing the wholesale activities of the business. This includes the optimisation of Synergy’s wholesale electricity and fuel portfolios.

Mark is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University Belfast.


Peter Naim

Executive General Manager (Acting), People, Safety and Environment

Joined Synergy: 2015

Peter has more than 25 years’ senior management experience in human resources and industrial relations across Australia, working in several industries including mining, energy and construction. Peter has been Head of People & Capability since December 2021, and was appointed to Executive General Manager People, Safety and Environment (Acting) in 2024. 

Peter holds a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science.  Peter is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.