Tribunal Members

Carmel Donnelly PSM — Chair

BA(Hons), MBA(Exec), MPH, GAICD

Carmel is an experienced chief executive, board member and regulator with over 35 years of public sector experience. She was the Chief Executive of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) and has also held executive roles in emergency services and insurance regulation. Carmel’s career has been focused on improving financial, economic, health and social outcomes for both individuals and the broader NSW community.  

In January 2022, Carmel was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to regulatory reforms in NSW.

Carmel commenced as Chair of the Tribunal on 1 July 2021 and has been appointed for a term of 5 years to 30 June 2026.

Jonathan Coppel

B.Ec (Hons), MIA, GAICD

Jonathan Coppel is an applied economist with over 30 years’ experience, including a decade as Commissioner at the Australian Productivity Commission and international roles with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Energy Agency. Jonathan brings knowledge and expertise in energy markets, regulatory practice and competition policy.

Jonathan was appointed to the Tribunal for a term of five years to 15 November 2028.

Mike Smart - Deputy

BA Magna Cum Laude in Astrophysics from Harvard

Mike has been the Chief Economist at IPART since May 2015 and was appointed a Deputy Tribunal member in February 2020. Prior to these IPART roles, he was a consulting economist in private practice for 15 years.

Mike has given expert evidence in the Federal Court of Australia and the Australian Competition Tribunal. He advised the Public Accounts Committee of the NSW Parliament on inquiries into the Forestry Commission and financing urban infrastructure.  His academic training is in astrophysics and his early career work was in engineering and physical sciences.

Executive Team

Andrew Nicholls PSM

Andrew Nicholls PSM

Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Kwan ED RC

Kelly Kwan

Executive Director Regulation & Compliance

Fiona Towers

Executive Director Pricing & Policy

Ben Strate

General Counsel & Chief Audit Executive
Dr Kate Harrington, Director Corporate Services

Dr Kate Harrington

Director Corporate Services
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Tegan Tembe

Director Strategy

Non-Tribunal Committees

Committee Chair Members
Local Government Contributions Plan Committee Carmel Donnelly Kelly Kwan, Sue Weatherley and Tim Moore
Energy Networks Regulation Committee (ENR) Jonathan Coppel Andrew Nicholls and Chris Spangaro