David John Simmonds

Senior Management

David John Simmonds

Group General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer
Company Secretary

Aged 51


Titles, Qualifications and Education

  • Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute in UK
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), the University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Commerce, the University of Melbourne

Major Responsibilities Held with the Group

As Group General Counsel, Mr Simmonds is responsible for the provision of legal and insurance services across the CLP Group and leads a team of lawyers and insurance specialists who provide strategic advice and counsel to CLP Holdings and its subsidiaries.  He has extensive infrastructure experience advising on strategic acquisitions and divestments, projects and construction, corporate structuring, regulatory issues and competition laws.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Simmonds is responsible for the Group’s property development and management activities, special projects of the CEO, and a range of commercial and administrative matters of significance to the Group.

Mr Simmonds was appointed as the Company Secretary of CLP Holdings on 1 January 2016 and he is responsible for the corporate secretarial affairs of CLP Holdings and its subsidiaries.

Mr Simmonds is a Director of various subsidiary companies** of the CLP Group.

Public Service

  • The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (Vice-President)
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau (Director)
  • Asia Society (Member)

Past Experience

Mr Simmonds joined the CLP Group in August 2007 as General Counsel and Company Secretary of EnergyAustralia (previously known as TRUenergy) and was appointed Director – Group Legal Affairs of CLP Holdings from 1 January 2009.  He became the Group General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer on 30 September 2013.  Mr Simmonds joined CLP from Telstra Corporation Ltd. in Australia, where he held a number of senior legal positions including General Counsel Technology, Innovation & Product and General Counsel Telstra Asia/Telstra Mergers and Acquisitions.


**Subsidiary companies:-   
Biro Investment Ltd.   
China Light (Mauritius) Ltd.   
CLP Business Management and Support Ltd.   
CLP GPEC (Mauritius) Holdings Ltd.   
Apraava Energy Private Ltd. (formerly, CLP India Private Ltd.)   
CLP Power International Projects Ltd.   
CLP Properties Ltd.   
CLP Property Investment Ltd.   
Gowrie Profits Ltd.


Latest update: 8 October 2021

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