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OUR TEAM

Our team brings more than 100 collective years experience designing, implementing and responding to regulatory frameworks around Australia and overseas.

TIM

WHITE

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Executive Director

+61 408 066 960      twhite@uradvisory.com.au

Tim is the founder and Executive Director of URA.  Tim has almost 20 years of experience providing strategic regulatory advice to network businesses (both public and private sector), economic regulators and governments around Australia and overseas.  Most recently, Tim was the Director in charge of KPMG’s national water regulation practice, as well as KPMG lead to the Victorian water sector.

 

During his career, Tim has:

  • advised regulators on reforming economic regulation to deliver better customer value;

  • advised government departments on structural reform and commercialisation of assets;

  • advised on the planning, development, review and defence of regulatory submissions;

  • performed independent reviews of regulatory proposals (i.e. capex, opex, demand etc.)

  • provided economic and commercial analysis of options;

  • developed and successfully implemented tariff reform; and

  • developed and implemented successful customer engagement strategies.

MARK

FITZGIBBON

Director

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Mark’s primary goal is to promote the advancement of regulatory good practice.

 

He has over 20 years experience advising businesses on how to operate effectively and actively participate in their regulatory environments and both regulators and government on how to achieve practicable and sound regulatory outcomes. His advice ranges from technical issues (such as, demand and expenditure forecasting and regulatory finance and modelling) through to strategic advice such as the development of regulatory frameworks.

 

Mark delivers accurate and principled advice in ‘plain English’.

DR. RON

BEN DAVID

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Strategic Advisor

For over 20 years, Dr Ron Ben-David served in the Victorian Public Service across a diverse range of senior policy, regulatory and administrative roles.

 

As the chair of the Essential Services Commission (2008-19), he drove wide-ranging regulatory reforms across numerous sectors.

 

Ron was the architect and driving force behind the internationally recognised PREMO model of price regulation for the Victorian water industry.

 

Ron is widely known for his lateral and strategic thinking. His ability to reframe old problems in new ways supports businesses to focus on delivering greater value to their consumers and communities.

ALISTAIR
BUCHANAN (UK)

Senior Associate

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Alistair is a leader in the international energy and regulated utilities sector and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his thirty plus years in the industry. For ten years he served as Chief Executive Office of Ofgem (2003-2013). While at Ofgem, Alistair led the creation of the regulatory structures for both the offshore wind industry and the total revision of the onshore network regulatory regime (“RIIO”). 

Alistair was a Non Executive Director (NED) and member of the Audit Committee at Scottish Water Ltd. Between 2018 -2020, he was an Independent NED at Thames  Water Utilities Ltd where he was also the Chair of the Planning & Strategy Committee.

More recently, Alistair was the UK Power and Utilities Lead Partner at KPMG UK.

DAVID

FRANCIS

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Technical Specialist

David provides strategy, infrastructure, planning and advisory services to Government, Corporates and NGOs on how to better manage their infrastructure for an economic, social and environmentally sustainable future.

 

David has specific experience in providing independent expert economic and technical assessment for both due diligence and regulatory reviews.

 

David has been the lead technical adviser for many of Australia's regulators during their expenditure reviews and has provided similar technical, economic and strategic advice to regulators and utility businesses across Australia.

COURTNEY

ROGERS

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Regulatory Economist

Courtney is an economic regulatory consultant with 10 years experience working with regulated entities and regulators. With a background in law and commerce, Courtney is an expert at assisting utilities to understand and implement regulatory frameworks, and develop customer-led regulatory submissions that meet the needs of the utility, its customers and its owner.

Most recently Courtney was the senior regulatory specialist at South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) and was instrumental in developing and implementing economic regulation in South Australia, refining the regime, developing and implementing South Australia’s pioneer Third Party Access regime in water and moving South Australia towards a more customer-led form of economic regulation.

Courtney and her team led the implementation of the first Customer Negotiation Committee to be instrumental in a water revenue determination in Australia. 

JASON

LIM

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Manager

With a keen interest in economic regulation, Jason regularly advises governments, economic regulators and a number of large utilities in the water and energy sectors. Jason has worked on regulatory strategy and reform; the development, submission and defence of regulatory pricing submissions, commercial and economic analysis, tariff design; customer engagement and the development and assessment of expenditure and demand forecasts.

 

Prior to joining Utilities Regulation Advisory, Jason spent two years with KPMG in the Utilities, Policy and Regulation team and three years with the Essential Services Commission in Melbourne where he was involved in the establishment of the PREMO pricing framework and the 2018 water price review.

CREDENTIALS

URA's team members have overseen significant engagements for utility providers, economic regulators, government departments and industry stakeholders, for nearly two decades.  Please click on each item for further information and support documentation.