Our Senior Leadership Team

Rachel Watson – Chief Executive Officer

Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer before advancing to Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal, and General Manager Group Services. In 2017, Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager Australia and to the role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2018, with responsibility for leading Pacific Hydro’s Australian portfolio of new business opportunities, projects under development and in construction, and operating assets. Rachel is also the Chair of the Clean Energy Council.

Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier. Rachel began her career as a solicitor in private practice in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in major contracting transactions and other general commercial law issues.

Rachel has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Jay Zhang – Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Jay was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hydro Australia in 2020. As Deputy CEO, Jay is the owners’ representative and is responsible for shareholder liaison.

Prior to this, Jay held the positions of General Manager of Operations, Legal and HR, and Director of Acquisition & Investment at State Power Investment Overseas Company. He has also worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of State Power Investment Company, Manager of General Office at State Nuclear Power Technology Company and as Lead Engineer for GE Health Care.

Jay has significant experience in the energy industry, which is complemented by his strong commercial background. He has also had significant involvement in international renewable energy M&A transactions.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Technology, and a Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Dave Maddock – Chief Financial Officer

Dave commenced with Pacific Hydro in July 2014 after senior roles in energy companies and as audit partner at global accounting firm Deloitte.

As CFO Australia, Dave has responsibility for all financial aspects of the Australian business unit, including financial, management and shareholder reporting, the budgeting/forecasting and the tax affairs of the consolidated SPICOI Group. Dave also acts as the lead accounting advisor to the business and on M&A activities.

Dave has a strong focus on customer service and building long term relationships. He has significant experience in governance & assurance, accounting advisory, finance department health checks, tax planning, managing tax authority audits and due diligence assignments. A Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Dave has also held Australian government registration as a company auditor and was a member of the Institute of Internal auditors (Australia).

Domenic Capomolla – Chief Executive Officer Tango Energy

Domenic Capomolla has a history of starting and operating energy retailers in Australia and Asia. He has held chief executive and senior executive roles with Sumo Power, where he was founder, Alinta Energy, Simply Energy/International Power and Sembcorp Power (Singapore) spanning 20 years. He has established a reputation of taking start up energy retailers and growing them into established, high performing profitable and customer focussed businesses. Domenic has formal tertiary qualifications in Mathematics and Applied Finance

Since its launch in 2016, Tango Energy has already established itself as one of the fastest growing electricity retailers in the Victorian market, and has won a number of consumer awards including the Canstar Blue award for Most Satisfied Customers – Electricity Providers, VIC 2018.

Joseph Addy – General Counsel, Director of Risk & Compliance

Joseph leads Pacific Hydro’s Legal, Risk, Compliance, Assurance. Commercial and Procurement functions. With extensive experience in contract negotiation, projects and corporate governance, Joseph also holds the roles of General Counsel and Company Secretary for Pacific Hydro.

Prior to joining Pacific Hydro in 2011, Joseph was a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).  Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Matthew Nimmo – Director of Generation

Matthew leads Pacific Hydro’s Operations, Commercial and Wholesale Markets functions, as well as overseeing the strategy development for the organisation. Having joined Pacific Hydro in 2010, Matthew brings over 28 years of experience in senior strategic, commercial, trading and risk management roles.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and CPA qualifications. Prior to Pacific Hydro, Matthew held senior energy trading and origination roles within BP Australia, Energy Australia and Energex Retail.

Jodie Hill – Director of People & Safety

Jodie joined Pacific Hydro in 2018 as Executive Manager, Human Resources, before being appointed to the role of Director of People and Safety in 2020. In this role, Jodie leads the Human Resources, Health, Safety and Wellbeing functions for both the generation and retail arms of Pacific Hydro.

With over 20 years’ experience in people leadership, Jodie brings a strong background in business partnering with executive teams and has been successful in developing and implementing people strategies to support the achievement of organisational objectives.

Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Jodie worked for Ford Motor Company for 21 years, within manufacturing, warehousing, finance and corporate business divisions, including 3 years in China. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business Management and Human Resources Management.

James Miller-Randle – Director of Strategy and New Business

James commenced with Pacific Hydro in December 2020 to drive the development of our corporate strategy with our Shareholder and Board, and to lead the identification, assessment and initial investment in new business, new technologies, new partnerships and acquisition opportunities.

James has over 15 years’ experience in the energy industry across energy services, electricity and gas retailing, cleantech and management consulting. Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, James was General Manager Strategy and Emerging Opportunities at Yurika (part of Energy Queensland). Prior to Yurika, James worked with Redback Technologies, a cleantech start up and Energy Australia. James began his career at Accenture, consulting to the utilities sector.

James holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University.

Jonathan Spink – Director of Engineering and Projects

Jonathan commenced with Pacific Hydro in February 2021 in the role of Director of Engineering and Projects to lead our development and delivery of engineering, projects, approvals, community engagement, communications and asset management as we seek to grow Pacific Hydro’s generation asset portfolio.

Jonathan has over 15 years’ experience in the energy industry, specialising in the development and execution of gas and energy infrastructure projects.  Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Jonathan worked for Jemena for 12 years. In his most recent role as General Manager of Major Projects, Jonathan was responsible for the project development, delivery and operational integration of large infrastructure projects in the company’s gas and electricity market groups, including the pursuit of renewable energy and green gas (hydrogen and biomethane) assets. Jonathan led a multidisciplinary team including project delivery, engineering, procurement, commercial, construction management, commissioning and project controls. During his career, Jonathan has also worked for APA, Epic Energy and Zinfra.

Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Melbourne with Honours and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.