Richard Owens

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focus areas
  • Policy development
  • Regulatory support
  • Consumer and stakeholder engagement
  • Workshop and forum facilitation
  • Project management, compliance and governance
  • Drafting regulatory instruments
education
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons),  University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Master of Laws, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Executive Leadership Program, University of California, Berkeley
  • Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Energy; Fellow, Institute of Managers and Leaders

Richard has over 20 years’ experience as a regulator, policy maker and adviser to regulated businesses. He brings unique experience and insights from having led the development and application of utility regulation and policy at the most senior levels across a range of regulated industries including electricity, gas, telecommunications, water and ports.

Richard joined farrierswier in March 2020 from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), where he was Executive General Manager and led the AEMC’s work on electricity and gas networks.

Richard held a range of senior roles at the AEMC since 2011 and was instrumental in major reforms across all parts of the electricity and gas sectors. Richard led all of the AEMC’s key reforms to electricity and gas network regulation between mid-2013 and early 2020, and also oversaw a broad range of reforms to electricity retail and wholesale markets. He was seconded as a key adviser to the Finkel review into the future security of the national electricity market in 2016-17.

Richard is also a part-time Associate Commissioner of the Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory, the Territory’s independent economic regulator for the electricity, water, sewerage and ports industries. In that role, Richard has overseen numerous key regulatory decisions in relation to licensing, compliance, pricing, access regulation, technical regulation, industry codes, conducting inquiries and providing advice to the Territory government, including major reviews of electricity and port regulation.

Since 2013, Richard has been a regular guest lecturer in energy and environmental law at the University of Sydney School of Law. He started his career as a lawyer in leading law firms in Australia (DLA Piper from 2008 to 2011) and New Zealand (Chapman Tripp from 1998 to 2006), specialising in energy, telecommunications, port and rail regulation, competition and consumer law. He was also Principal Legal Adviser for the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development from 2006 to 2007, where he led the Ministry’s legislative projects, including major reforms to energy and telecommunications regulation.

This legal background combined with his extensive experience in making rules at the AEMC and applying and enforcing them at the Utilities Commission enables Richard to provide a broad range of services to clients including policy development, regulatory advice, strategy, facilitating workshops and forums, designing consumer and stakeholder engagement activities, dispute resolution, managing large multi-disciplinary projects and drafting regulatory instruments.

For a full curriculum vitae, please contact Richard via email.

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