New CEFC board members appointed

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Several new members have been appointed to the board of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

A joint statement from Minister for Energy Josh Frdyenberg and Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann said the new board members brought a range of important skills and expertise.

Steven Skala AO has been appointed as the new chair of the CEFC, replacing Jillian Broadbent AO.

“Mr Skala has a long and distinguished career of service including on the boards of private, not-for-profit and government organisations,” the joint statement said.

Leeanne Bond, Samantha Tough and Nicola Wakefield Evans will also join the board as members.

Ms Bond is one of Australia’s leading engineers and has extensive experience in the water and energy sectors in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

She currently serves on the board of Snowy Hydro and is deputy chair of the board of Territory Generation.

“Ms Tough has had a distinguished and varied career in the energy and resources industries in Western Australia and serves on the boards of Synergy and Saracen Holdings Limited, amongst other boards,” the statement said.

Ms Wakefield Evans was a partner at King and Wood Mallesons and its predecessors for more than 20 years and now serves on the boards of Macquarie Group, BUPA Australia and Lendlease Corporation.

“These appointments strengthen the gender balance of the board and enhance its geographical representation,” the joint statement said.

“The government proposes to make an additional appointment to fill a final vacancy on the board in the coming months.

“The government would like to thank the departing chair, Jillian Broadbent AO, and members Ian Moore, Anna Skarbek and Andrew Stock, for their outstanding service on the board, particularly through the establishment phase of the CEFC.”