Meet the Team - ELT

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 Jenkins is the Chief Financial Officer at Tas Gas. He joined Tas Gas in April 2021. His previous experience includes: Head of Corporate Finance at HydroTasmania and various finance roles, Strategy Analyst at Treasury Wine Estates, Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan.

Sarah Thurstans

GM Retail

Sarah is the General Manager of Retail and joined Tas Gas in May 2021. Previously, she worked as Channel Sales Manager and Business Manager of Sales and Marketing at AGL, Channel Manager of Financial Identity & Commercial services at Australia Post and as Manager Regional Office at Lloyds TSB.

Ashley Peck

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Ashley is the General Counsel & Company Secretary and joined Tas Gas in December 2021. Previously, he has worked in various roles within Vodafone including Senior Corporate Solicitor for Vodafone Group and Head of Legal and Regulatory for Vodafone Portugal

Ben Charles

GM People, Safety & Wellbeing

Ben Charles 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.

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.

Will Temple-Smith

GM Commercial & BD

Will is the General Manager of Commercial and Business Development at Tas Gas. Previously he worked in multiple roles at AusNet, from Strategy Manager to General Manager of Strategy and Capital Allocation. At Laminex Australia he worked as a Strategy Manager and Manager of Insights and Planning.