Our Executive Team

The Tas Gas Holdings Pty Ltd Executive Leadership team manage day-to-day operations and business units at Tas Gas.

Phaedra Deckart

Chief Executive Officer

Phaedra is the CEO of Tas Gas and has previously served as a senior executive at AGL and Santos. With more than 20 years of experience in domestic and global markets, Phaedra is one of Australia’s strongest advocates for the role gas plays in the energy transition. She began her career in law, before moving into the business side of oil and gas. Phaedra is the first female CEO of Tas Gas and is a vocal advocate for women in leadership. Phaedra is a board member of the Australian Gas Industry Trust

James Jenkins

Chief Financial Officer

James started his career in investment banking with J.P. Morgan, before moving into strategy roles at Fosters and Treasury Wine Estates. Most recently, James spent almost ten years in a range of senior commercial, financial, and strategic roles at Hydro Tasmania. During that time, James worked on a number of significant projects relating to the generation, wholesaling, and retailing of electricity and gas, and developments associated with the Battery of the Nation initiative.

Sarah Thurstans

GM Retail

Sarah is the General Manager of Tas Gas Retail, responsible for TGR residential, commercial & industrial customers, energy procurement and marketing. Sarah joined Tas Gas in May 2021, having previously worked in various leadership roles in AGL Retail, with experience in Third Party Sales channels, Marketing and Customer loyalty. Prior to AGL, Sarah had a background in Financial and Identity Services at Australia Post and earlier in her career working at Lloyds TSB in London.

Will Temple-Smith

GM Commercial & BD

Will is the General Manager of Commercial and Business Development at Tas Gas. Will started his career at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co and has subsequently led growth and operational improvement across a range of diverse industries in Australia and overseas. Most recently, he was the General Manager of Strategy and Capital Allocation at ASX-listed energy networks company AusNet Services prior to joining Tas Gas in July 2021.

Andy Bambridge

GM Engineering & Operations

Andrew is the General Manager of Engineering & Operations who joined Tas Gas 2003. He has worked as Asset and Transmission Manager at Tas Gas Networks and Powerco, Gas engineer at East Midlands Electricity and District Manager and Engineering at BritishGas for 17 years.

Ben Charles

GM People, Safety & Wellbeing

Ben is the General Manager of People, Safety and Wellbeing. Previously, he worked as Manager of Health, Safety, Security and Environment at Horizon Oil Limited and Rio Tinto and Team lead of Business Development and Projects at BHP.

Ashley Peck

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Ashley is the General Counsel & Company Secretary and joined Tas Gas in December 2021. Prior to joining Tas Gas Ash was based in the UK working in various corporate and commercial legal roles within Vodafone, including Senior Corporate Solicitor for Vodafone Group and Head of Legal and Regulatory for Vodafone Portugal.