The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) was established in 1999 by former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Gas Association (AGA) Bill Nagle. When the AGA wound back, Mr Nagle took the administration to his new position at the Energy Networks Association (ENA). He also took with him Moira Lawler, who had managed the AGA’s education programs.
When Ms Lawler left the ENA, her role as Business Manager of the AGIT was passed to Liz Adams, who had ably assisted Ms Lawler on many occasions. Recently, when Ms Adams announced she was leaving, the Trustees decided that APIA’s Steve Dobbie would take over the management of the AGIT administration.
Mr Dobbie is very aware of the AGIT’s work, providing mentoring services at AGIT’s GasSpeak program and has managed an overseas study tour for APIA.
In their deliberations, the Trustees also considered that APIA might be a better fit for AGIT’s administration, given that the ENA has a very strong overall focus on electricity, while almost all of APIA’s work relates to natural gas.
With Mr Dobbie taking care of the business side of AGIT, APIA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright will continue as a Trustee.
“We are very pleased to take up this challenge,” Ms Cartwright said.
“The AGIT has an important role to fulfil, with its focus on young people in the gas industry, and this is something that we at APIA are very enthusiastic about.
“And, of course, we are honoured that the Trustees have put their faith in the administrative skills at APIA.”
The current Trustees are: EnergyQuest’s Graeme Bethune, upstream; APIA’s Cheryl Cartwright, transmission; Envestra’s Ian Little, distribution; Energy Retailers Association’s Cameron O’Reilly, retail; and Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s Andrew Creek, manufacturing.
“The AGIT has an important role to fulfil, with its focus on young people in the gas industry and this is something that we at APIA are very enthusiastic about.” – Cheryl Cartwright
For more information about AGIT visit their website at www.agit.org.au