Meet the SDP Board of Directors

Patricia McKenzie – non-Executive Director and Chair

Patricia is a highly experienced director of major energy and infrastructure companies, regulated and unregulated, in both private and government sectors, and in ehealth, chronic disease and disability service companies. Patricia has over 40 years involvement in the energy sector, particularly in businesses with complex operations, significant infrastructure and major strategic and regulatory challenges.  She participated in the design of the major market developments in gas and electricity over that period, administered as CEO the introduction of retail gas competition in NSW and ACT, and as a director and chair, has overseen the transformation of market entities in response to technological and regulatory change.

Patricia is currently a director of AGL Energy Limited, one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies, Chair of NSW Ports, owner of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW, and a director of The Housing Connection providing services to people with disabilities.   She was previously a director of the APA Group; Chair of Essential Energy, Healthdirect Australia Limited, Diabetes Australia and Sunnyfield; and a director of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Transgrid, and Macquarie Generation.  Patricia was CEO of Gas Market Company, the first self-regulated competitive energy market administrator in Australia, responsible for delivering the technology systems and business rules which introduced retail gas competition to NSW and the ACT.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Patricia was appointed Chair of SDP on 1 July 2020 link to press release

Daniel Rossetti – non-Executive Director

Daniel Rossetti was appointed Director of the Sydney Desalination Plant Board in September 2017.

Daniel Rossetti is a member of the North American and Asia-Pacific team. Daniel joined OTPP in 2009 and most recently worked on the acquisition of the Chicago Skyway toll road. Prior to Ontario Teachers’, he worked in investment banking in the mining sector.

Daniel is a CFA Charterholder and earned a BA (Honours, Political Studies) from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business.

Colin Nicholson – non-Executive Director

Colin Nicholson was appointed Director of the Sydney Desalination Plant Board in December 2014.

Colin has had a wide and varied career within the water industry for over 40 years with extensive experience in design, construction, project and contract management, operations and change management. He has broad experience in public private partnerships including build own operate contracts, alliances and other forms of commercial out-sourcing. Colin also has specialist expertise in the area of drinking water quality and water treatment and has been an active contributor to the development of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Colin retired from Sydney Water in early 2013 after holding the senior executive roles of General Manager Operations and General Manager Reform.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Engineering Science (Public Health) from the University of NSW.

Mark Mudie – non-Executive Director

Mark is a senior investment professional in the Australian infrastructure market, performing lead roles in the origination, execution and management of infrastructure assets and businesses. Since joining Morrison & Co in Sydney in 2012, Mark has completed investments in the renewable, student accommodation and PPP sectors, for which he retains ongoing investment management roles. Mark’s current directorships include the 420MW Macarthur Wind Farm, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and South East Queensland Schools 1 PPP projects, as well as a Director on the SDP Board.

Michael Faulkner – non-Executive Director

Michael has 12 years’ experience as a private equity and advisory professional within the infrastructure sector. Michael is a member of Morrison & Co’s investment team with responsibility for both long-term asset management and origination, with experience across the transportation, regulated utility, energy retailing and renewable energy sectors. He is currently a Board Director of Perth Energy, Macarthur Wind Farm and Electranet.

He was previously with KPMG’s infrastructure advisory team, Macquarie Capital’s principal renewable energy investment team and worked as a thermal coal analyst at Wood Mackenzie. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Chartered Accountant and a Charterholder of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.