The Tribunal & Executive team

A government-appointed Tribunal of three permanent members, and occasionally temporary members, leads IPART. It is advised by a Secretariat of highly experienced economists, financial analysts, lawyers, engineers and other professionals.
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Tribunal Members

Dr Paul Paterson
B AgEcon(Hons), M Econ, PhD
Chair from 11 February 2019.

Dr Paterson was previously appointed an IPART Tribunal member in 2013, before taking up a senior role in the Commonwealth Government. He has 30 years’ of experience as an industry economist and has held senior roles in the private sector and in several Commonwealth and State government policy, research and regulatory bodies.

Dr Paterson has been appointed as Chair until 31 December 2023.

Mr Ed Willett
BEC, LLB, Dip. Int. Law
Tribunal Member from 8 December 2014.

Mr Willett has many years of experience in competition policy and economic regulation, with a particular focus on the economic regulation of utility services. He was a commissioner with the ACCC until 2013 and was appointed an inaugural member of the Australian Energy Regulator in 2005.

He was appointed for a term of five years to 7 December 2019.

Ms Deborah Cope
B Econ(Hons)
Tribunal Member from 3 February 2017.

Ms Cope brings to the Tribunal more than 30 years experience in Australian public policy and management. She was a Commissioner with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission until 2015 and has operated a consulting business for 15 years.

Deborah was initially appointed to the Tribunal for a term of 6 months. This was extended for a further four and a half years to 2 February 2022.

Executive Team

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Liz Livingstone

Chief Executive Officer
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Fiona Towers

Chief Audit Executive & Executive Director Energy & Transport
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Pamela Soon

Executive Director Regulation and Compliance
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Matthew Edgerton

Executive Director Water and Local Government
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Anna Brakey

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director Strategy and Economic Analysis
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Ben Strate

General Counsel
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Philippa Fague

General Manager Energy Savings Scheme
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