Richard Harris

Chairperson

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in the energy industry in WA.

Richard has been a Director of West Australian-based renewable energy development company WestGen since February 2010 having previously been General Manager Development for Aviva Corporation, responsible for the commercialisation and approvals of the Coolimba Power Station project.

Richard’s previous roles include Project Director for the development of ERM Power’s Neerabup Power Station and WA Director for NewGen Power and ERM Power.

Prior to taking up his private sector roles, Richard had a long career in Government, serving both Coalition and Labor Governments as a Director in the Office of Energy, with responsibilities for the early stages of deregulation of the gas and electricity markets.

Richard is also a Director of government relations at the communications firm Cannings Purple.

Richard holds a BA (Honours) and an MA degree from the University of Western Australia.


Simon middleton

Vice Chairperson

Simon Middleton has a wealth of energy sector experience. Simon is currently the Manager – Electricity at Kleenheat having previously been responsible for the delivery of energy sector reforms in Western Australia relating to the structure, design, regulatory framework and institutional arrangements in the market.

Simon combines deep policy and commercial experience having managed the merger of Synergy and Verve Energy and also been instrumental in much of the wholesale procurement undertaken since the start of the market in 2006 when he joined Synergy. 

During his time at Synergy he was responsible for Strategy and Growth in an executive capacity.

Prior to coming to Western Australia, Simon worked for Ergon Energy in the National Electricity Market where he undertook a range of functions including the development of small scale power stations, gas procurement, managing retail operations, investment project evaluation and approval and various roles in the network business.