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Dennis is a senior Australasian energy sector leader providing governance and advisory services to help businesses prosper in the energy transition.

About Dennis

Dennis Barnes was Chief Executive Officer of Contact Energy from 2011 to 2020 leading a team that delivered 15.8% compound annual total shareholder returns whilst improving outcomes for all stakeholders, including nationally significant carbon emissions reduction. Dennis led the company through a period of significant change, notably the separation from Australian majority shareholder Origin Energy and the completion of a c$2b investment programme encompassing renewable generation and enterprise wide systems.

In the decade prior to Contact, Dennis held several senior roles at Origin Energy, and guided Origin’s significant and expanding operations in wholesale markets building on the experience in international energy markets he gained from commercial roles at Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy.

Dennis is also a Director of Mercury Energy NZ.

Dennis began his career as a Metallurgist with Alcan and holds a BSc(Hons), GradDip (Marketing) and MBA.

Meet the rest of the board

Our Board of Directors are elected by shareholders and draw on a wealth of experience in the energy and wider business sectors. Each member is nominated based on the depth, diversity of skills and experience they will bring to the effective governance of the company.