David Christopher Smales

Senior Management

David Christopher Smales

Chief Operating Officer

Aged 54

Titles, Qualifications and Education

  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Master of Business Administration, the University of Warwick
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University

Major Responsibilities Held with the Group

Mr Smales joined CLP as the Group’s Chief Operating Officer in 2019 and is responsible for leading the Group’s technical and commercial operations.  His portfolio of strategic and operational responsibilities includes leading the Group’s health, safety and environment, security, fleet asset management, procurement, and project management, development, engineering and construction functions.

Mr Smales is also a Director of various subsidiary companies** and affiliated companies+ of the CLP Group.

Past Experience

Prior to joining CLP, Mr Smales was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Energy Queensland Ltd. in Australia, responsible for the merger and transformation of its group of electricity networks, retail and energy services businesses.


He began his career with the Central Electricity Generating Board in the UK and has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry.  Mr Smales served in technical, operational, corporate and senior executive roles working for a number of large UK and Australian-based energy companies, and successfully led the development and growth of portfolio electricity businesses.


Mr Smales also served on the boards of industry associations in Australia.

**Subsidiary companies:-

  CLP Business Management Ltd.

  Apraava Energy Private Ltd. (formerly, CLP India Private Ltd.)

  CLP Innovation Enterprises Ltd.

  CLP Power Asia Ltd. (Executive Director)

  CLP Power International Ltd.

  CLP Sichuan (Jiangbian) Power Company Ltd.

  CLP Smart Solutions Ltd.

  CLP Technical Services Ltd.

  CLPe Holdings Ltd.


+Affiliated companies:-

  CLP Guangxi Fangchenggang Power Company Ltd.

  Smart Charge (HK) Ltd. (also Alternate Director to Mrs Betty Yuen)

Latest update: 11 October 2021

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