Catherine Leigh Tanna

Senior Management

Catherine Leigh Tanna

Managing Director - EnergyAustralia

Aged 58


Titles, Qualifications and Education

  • Honorary Doctor of Business, the University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, the University of Queensland

Major Responsibilities Held with the Group

Appointed as Managing Director of EnergyAustralia on 1 July 2014, Ms Tanna holds overall responsibility for the asset management and business development of CLP’s investments in Australia.  EnergyAustralia is a customer-focused energy business serving customer accounts across southeast Australia supported by a generation portfolio comprising coal, gas, wind and solar assets.

Public Service

  • Reserve Bank of Australia (Board Member and Chairman of Remuneration Committee)
  • Business Council of Australia (Board Member)
  • National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (Commissioner for Energy and Utilities)
  • Chief Executive Women (Member)
  • B-Team Australasia (Member)

Past Experience

Prior to joining EnergyAustralia, Ms Tanna was the Chairman, BG Australia. She joined BG Group in 2009 as Managing Director of QGC and Executive Vice President for Australia and China.  She led the development of Queensland’s first LNG Project before being elevated to the position of Chairman, BG Australia in 2012.

Prior to commencing with BG Group, Ms Tanna had a long career with Shell and BHP Billiton.  At Shell, she was Executive Vice President of Shell Gas & Power with responsibility for Shell’s LNG, gas transmission and power generation interests across Africa, North Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America.

In the 1990s, she worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne and London.

Ms Tanna was formerly a Director on the Board of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and served as a member of the Australian G20 business body, the Lowy Institute’s G20 Advisory Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board.


Latest update: 3 August 2020

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