Board of Directors

Quadrant Energy’s Board of Directors are highly experienced, and have a strong background in Australia’s resource sector.

Kate VidgenFounding Chair

Kate brings broad experience across a range of sectors including infrastructure, utilities and telecommunications, with a key focus on the energy and resources sector.

Kate is an Executive Director of Macquarie Group and Global Head of Principal Investments for Macquarie Capital’s Resources Group. Prior to this appointment, she was the Global Co-Head of a specialised group within Macquarie focussing on advising and investing in Resources Infrastructure.

Before joining Macquarie in June 1998, Kate was a solicitor with Mallesons specialising in the energy sector. She holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons), and a Bachelor of Arts (Law, International Relations, Japanese Language) from Bond University, Queensland. She is a graduate (with merit) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Len Chersky

Len is the head of Brookfield Private Equity group in Australia, based in Sydney. Len has 18 years of commercial and investment experience

Prior to joining Brookfield in 2013, Len held the role of Executive Director in Lend Lease Corporation and has previously held a number of senior positions in investment banking and financial services, including in Babcock & Brown, Moody’s Investors Services, and Zurich Asset Management as well as executive roles in major listed organizations in Australia.

Len holds a Bachelor of Science (Pure Mathematics) and Bachelor of Law, both from University of New South Wales.

Jeff Kendrew

Jeff is Managing Partner of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, and Chief Development Officer of Brookfield Infrastructure Group Australia – a role he has held since 2010. In this role, Jeff focuses on the growth of Brookfield’s infrastructure assets in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his current role, Jeff served as Managing Director and CEO of Prime Infrastructure and before that, was CEO of Babcock & Brown Infrastructure.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Canterbury New Zealand, and an MBA (Technology Management) from Deakin University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

Michael Ashforth

Michael is Executive Chairman of AMB Holdings Pty Ltd, the private holding company of Angela Bennett, a role held since November 2014. Prior to this he was head of Natural Resources for Australia with Macquarie Bank.

With almost 20 years in investment banking, Michael has played a leading role in some of Australia’s largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions acting for local and offshore clients.

Over the course of his career, he has been a director of a number of private and publicly listed companies, and was a Member of the Australian Takeovers Panel for nine years.

Michael was a partner of leading Australian law firm Freehills for eight years until 1997, when he led the establishment of the Perth office of Gresham Partners, a leading independent Australian corporate advisory business.

He holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.

 

Tim Bult

Tim joined Wesfarmers in 1999 in commercial and business development roles within Wesfarmers Energy division. He was appointed General Manager, Commercial in 2002, rising to General Manager at Kleenheat Gas in 2005, and then Managing Director, Wesfarmers Energy in September 2006.

He was appointed Executive General Manager of Group Business Development in July 2009, where he is responsible for leading the evaluation, assessment and progression of key investment opportunities for the Group and the assessment of major capital projects.

In addition to his role on the board of Quadrant Energy, Tim is a director of the West Australian Ballet and the current chairman of Wespine Industries.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech, Hons) and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard.

Tim Cowan

Tim is a Vice President in Brookfield’s Energy group, based in Calgary, Canada, with primary responsibility for the sourcing, evaluation and execution of energy investments in Brookfield Capital Partners’ global private equity portfolio.

Tim has more than 12 years of investing, advisory and capital markets experience with an exclusive focus on energy and related industries. Prior to joining Brookfield, he worked as an investment banker, based in Calgary and in Houston, with both a Canadian chartered bank and a leading Canadian independent broker dealer. Tim’s in-depth advisory and capital markets experience covers the entire energy value chain (upstream, midstream, downstream and energy services) and ancillary industries (infrastructure, transportation, professional services) and includes significant M&A and financing transaction experience.

Tim holds a Master of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons Economics and Mathematics) from McMaster University, Ontario and is a CFA Charterholder.

Mal McHutchison

Mal is currently the Head of Asset Management for the Principal Investments Group in Macquarie Capital. He sits across a portfolio spanning Australia, China and New Zealand and covers a diverse range of market sectors.

He is a senior executive with domestic and global experience in leading organisations in the telecommunications, finance, technology and service sectors and brings specific expertise in growing businesses operating in the private equity and public market environments.

Prior to joining Macquarie, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Glory Corporation (Nikkei listed) where he was accountable for the performance and management of all commercial operations outside of Japan (a business with revenues of ~$1Bn and staff of over 1,500 across 85 countries). Mal took this role after the co-leading the successful sale of a Carlyle Group backed technology and services firm to Glory Corporation for $1.05Bn in 2012. He was part of original executive team who led the original management buyout to The Carlyle Group in London during 2008 for $550m.

Over his career, Mal has also held a number of senior commercial roles, most notably with De La Rue plc, SingTel Optus and General Motors Acceptance Corporation.

An Australian national, Mal is an Economics Graduate who also has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Frédérick Charette

Frédérick is currently Managing Director, Private Equity for CDPQ Sydney.

He joined CDPQ in 2009, post-GFC, first to lead the organisational transformation of the $250 billion global asset manager as Head of Talent and Organisational Development and a member of the Executive Committee, and then as global COO of the Private Equity group. Prior to joining CDPQ, Frédérick served as Head of People for KPMG Australia, and for ten years prior to that, he occupied a series of positions with global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, first in North America, and then in the Asia-Pacific region, where he led McKinsey’s organisational metrics practice and advised clients on large scale business and cultural transformation and merger integration.

In his current role, Frédérick acts as an Operating Partner for the Private Equity group and focuses his efforts on driving value creation within CDPQ’s portfolio companies.

Frédérick conducted postdoctoral research in law and economics at UC Berkeley, and earned his LL.D. and LL.B. at the Université de Montréal.