Rachel Watson, Chair
General Manager Australia, Pacific Hydro
Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer and has held a number of positions including, Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal and General Manager Group Services with responsibility, at a group level, for human resources, external affairs, health and safety, legal and operations and development excellence and in the Australian business for energy markets.
In July 2017, Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager Australia, and is responsible for leading Pacific Hydro’s Australian portfolio of new business opportunities, projects under development and in construction, and operating assets.
Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier. Rachel began her career as a solicitor in private practice in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in major contracting transactions and other general commercial law issues. Rachel has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Rachel is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on the board of one other non-profit organisation.
Alex Beckitt, Deputy Chair
Manager, Policy and Engagement, Hydro Tasmania
Alex has worked for Hydro Tasmania since 2001 in a variety of roles and is currently Manager Policy & Engagement. With over a decade of renewable energy policy, industry development and national and international advocacy, Alex brings a strong focus on working across multiple government levels and with a variety of stakeholders. Alex has a long history and personal commitment to building an effective and sustainable national association, demonstrated through ongoing contributions in both executive and non‐executive roles with the CEC, and its predecessor associations.
Alex is focussed on the continual building of our industry profile particularly from an Australian Government perspective. Specific elements include communicating clean energy policy developments nationally and internationally; interfacing with political, technical, commercial, regulatory agents; and developing strategies to increase the share of renewable energy in national energy portfolios – thereby increasing commercial development opportunities for members.