Cheryl Cartwright

Chief Executive

Cheryl joined APGA in 2005 after working in politics and media for three decades. As Chief Executive, Cheryl represents the interests of APGA’s more than 450 members involved in all aspects of the pipeline industry which plays a major role in Australia’s national energy economy. The industry is at the forefront of many of the important debates impacting on Australia today, particularly natural gas and gas supply, as well as climate change, safety and environment. Cheryl has a keen interest in representing the membership’s interests in these debates, and in fostering the development of the next generation of pipeliners through the Young Pipeliners Forum which she instigated, and through pursuing opportunities for knowledge transfer, education and mentoring within the industry.

Through her position as a director of the Australian Gas Industry Trust, which is Australia’s representative in the International Gas Union, she was appointed to the IGU’s high-level executive committee. Email Cheryl.

Steve Dobbie

Steve Dobbie

Business Manager

Steve Dobbie was appointed to the position of Business Manager of APGA in February 2004 and has brought to APGA a strong experience in the management of associations. Prior to his APGA role, he held management roles in a number of sectoral membership-based associations in a range of industries, including the ACT Australian Football League and the Royal National Capital Agriculture Society. Steve was also Manager, International Section of the Australian Sports Commission, where he and his team worked with the governments and lead sporting bodies of many developing countries of the Commonwealth as they prepared for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the establishment of community sports programs designed to keep the momentum going after the Games. From these roles he developed a comprehensive background encompassing all areas of financial, administration and event management which have all come together in his role with APGA. Email Steve.

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National Policy Manager

Steve Davies is the National Policy Manager at the Australian Pipeline Industry Association, with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. Policy issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, economic regulation of transmission pipelines, gas market development, competition, capacity trading, transparency and information issues, stakeholder engagement and the treatment of pipelines in planning legislation.

Steve has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. Email Steve.

Karen-Polglaze-APGAKaren Polglaze

Training and Communications Manager

Karen joined APGA in 2013. One of her most important tasks is to make the training materials more accessible to members, and to help members find ways they can use the APGA Pipeline Engineer Competency System to assist in their training and management plans.

After beginning her full-time working career as an apprentice motor mechanic, Karen has worked in a variety of sectors including journalism, training, development assistance, security sector reform, corporate communications and as a university lecturer in media politics. She joined APGA after working as a public servant in Canberra. She has a Masters Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing. Email Karen.

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Finance Manager

Peter has been associated with APGA since 2005 part time, and then full time, and re-joined APGA in April 2015 after a year’s absence. He graduated with Honours from RMIT way back in 1973 and his experience in finance and administration spans more than 40 years both in Australia and overseas and including as principal of his Chartered accounting firm, a stint in Government finance and as Business Manager for several not-for-profit organisations. Peter is responsible for the APGA finance system and assists Steve Dobbie with the APGA administration. He is also joint secretary of the Australian Gas Industry Trust. Email Peter.

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Membership Officer

Gisela joined APGA as Membership Officer in 1999 when the organisation relocated from Melbourne to Canberra. Gisela’s role involves liaising with and providing services to the Association’s members.

Gisela has administrative experience in a wide range of industries including managing membership for various industry associations.  Her organisational skills, gleaned from working with industries such as property, sporting and the public sector, are a valuable asset to APGA and the members. Email Gisela.

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Administration and Events Officer

Charmaine Ogilvie joined APGA in 2016 and is responsible for organising the association’s events throughout the year as well as the annual exhibition. She has a Bachelor of Media Arts (Communication) and a national diploma in journalism and has more than eight years experience in event management working for a global industrial automation company and for a professional conference organiser. In her spare time, Charmaine enjoys playing eight ball competitions and baking. Email Charmaine.

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Last updated on 31 Jan 2017 by kpolglaze