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


Dr Warren Mundy – BSc (Hons UNSW), DipEc (Syd), MPhil PhD (Cantab), GradCertAppFin (Macq) MEnvLaw (Hons, ANU) FAICD FRAeS

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Warren is the Managing Director of Bluestone Consulting that has provided advice to investors, regulators, providers, and users of a wide range of infrastructure services since 2003. Past and present clients include rail operators, airports and ports in Australian and New Zealand, the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, the Australian Airports Association, the Australian Council for Infrastructure Development and the Essential Services Commission of Victoria.

He was a Commissioner at the Australian Productivity Commission from 2009 to 2015 and also served as the Australian Competitive Neutrality Commissioner. He has held executive roles in airport companies in Australia and Europe.

He served on the Board of Airservices Australia for over five years from 2008, over four of which he was the Deputy Chair. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the joint NSW-Commonwealth Governments’ Sydney Aviation Strategy and continued to advise the Australian Government on Sydney’s second airport until the creation of the company to build the airport. He has also been a Director of Vicforests, the Western Community Legal Services, James Watt College for Higher and Further Education, the United Kingdom Airports Operators Association and the National Health Co-operative.

He is currently a Director of the Queensland Competition Authority and Transgrid.

Jan Brand

Jan Brand

Non-Executive Director

Jan Brand was appointed Director of the Sydney Desalination Plant in 2022.

Jan Brand joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2015 and is a member of its Infrastructure & Natural Resources team. He helps manage Ontario Teachers’ investments across the Asia-Pacific region, including Spark Infrastructure and the Sydney Desalination Plant in Australia. He has worked on the group’s acquisitions of Spark Infrastructure in 2021, Enwave Energy Corporation in 2021, the National Investment & Infrastructure Fund in 2019, and Atlantic Aqua Farms in 2017. In addition to the Sydney Desalination Plant, Jan also sits on the board of Transgrid.

Jan holds a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management as well as a joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from McGill University.


Adelle Howse

Non-Executive Director

Adelle Howse joined the SDP board on 10 September 2020.

Adelle provides strategic consulting to organisations on market positioning, finance, M&A, operational performance improvement and transformation.
She has worked at executive and Board level in the corporate environment for more than 20 years in energy and resources, construction, infrastructure, data centres, telecommunication and property sectors.

Adelle is an independent Director for Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX), an independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Design Studio Group (SGX) and is the Chair of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. She holds an Executive MBA from IMD, a PhD in mathematics from the University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment. Adelle is a graduate of the AICD.

Colin Nicholson – PSM

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

He held senior executive roles in Sydney Water Corporation for many years with an emphasis on Operations.

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.

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Ilan Sadeh

Non-Executive Director

Ilan Sadeh was appointed Director of Sydney Desalination Plant in 2022.

Ilan is an experienced infrastructure investment professional with more than 20 years’ experience across a number of sectors. Recently, Ilan was responsible for the transition of the Victorian Land Registry from the Victorian Government, and prior to that led the Australian New Investments team at Hastings Funds Management. During his time at Hastings, Ilan led a number of investments including the privatisations of the NSW Land Registry, Transgrid, Sydney Desalination Plant and the acquisition of Phoenix Natural Gas in the UK.

Ilan has been an advisor to Ontario Teachers’ Asia-Pacific infrastructure team based in Sydney since 2021. Ilan also serves on the Boards of Spark Infrastructure, Victoria Power Networks and SA Power Networks.

Ilan holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor in Banking & Finance (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Grace Tang

Grace Tang

Non-Executive Director

Grace is a member of the Morrison & Co investment team, with responsibility for overseeing UTA’s portfolio performance as well as asset management and new investment activities. She is currently a Non-Executive Director on Transgrid Asset Holdings.

Grace brings over 15 years’ experience in infrastructure investment. Prior to joining Morrison & Co, Grace was a senior member of the investment team at QIC Global Infrastructure, with a focus on the transportation sector. She played a lead role in a number of successful acquisitions including the Port of Melbourne and was responsible for the performance of several portfolio companies, including holding Board roles. Before QIC, she worked in corporate advisory at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Gresham Partners covering infrastructure clients, executing M&A, debt financing and equity capital market transactions. Grace holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland.


May Yewdall

Non-Executive Director

May is a member of Morrison & Co’s investment team with responsibility for origination, execution and management of infrastructure assets. She has 9 years of infrastructure experience in private equity and investment banking across the transportation, regulated utility and renewable energy sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the King’s College London and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.