Hydro Tasmania appoints Brooksbank as CEO

Hydro Tasmania CEO Ian Brooksbank (second from left) with staff
Hydro Tasmania CEO Ian Brooksbank (second from left) with staff

Hydro Tasmania has officially appointed acting CEO Ian Brooksbank as its chief executive officer.

Brooksbank has been acting in the role at Hydro Tasmania since September 2021 and was the company’s chief financial officer for two years prior to that.

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He has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, starting with Country Energy in NSW then holding executive finance roles at Blue NRG and AGL Energy, where he also led the Torrens Island Power Station and then the Bayswater and Liddell Power Stations.

Hydro Tasmania chairman Grant Every-Burns said this experience positioned Brooksbank as the right person to lead Hydro Tasmania through the unprecedented disruption Australia’s energy industry is experiencing, as the organisation works to realise on the Battery of the Nation opportunity.

“Over the past nine months, Ian has provided strong leadership to the Hydro team and worked closely with government to kickstart the Tarraleah upgrade works as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. He has delivered strong financial performance and demonstrated a high level of care for our people and the Tasmanian community.”

Brooksbank said he was excited by the opportunity to continue to build on his achievements as acting CEO.

“Throughout my career in Australia’s energy industry I have never witnessed such a rapid rate of disruption and change as we are experiencing at the moment,” he said.

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“We are on the cusp of the most critical transformation our industry has ever experienced, which brings great challenges but also great opportunities, especially for a clean energy business with such an incredible pioneering legacy.

“I’m proud to take on the responsibility of leading Hydro Tasmania’s next chapter, that will see us make an even greater contribution to Tasmania and support a clean energy future for all Australians.”

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