Meet our Board

As required under the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997, the QCA always has at least three members. Each member is appointed for a maximum term of five years. 

The Govenor in Council select and appoint members with a blend of skills and expertise in:

  • commerce
  • economics
  • the interests of consumers
  • government businesses

 

Chair

Professor Flavio Menezes

BEc (UERJ), Master of Economics (FGV/EPGE), PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Flavio

'Flavio Menezes is a Professor of Economics at The University of Queensland. He is an elected member of UQ's Academic Board and of its Standing Committee. He is the past President of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland), Chair of the ERA 2018 economics and commerce research evaluation committee, a member of editorial boards and associate editor of a number of international journals, and a co-editor of the Economic Record. He has published over 75 journal articles on the economics of auctions, competition and regulatory economics, industrial organisation and market design.

Professor Menezes has extensive consulting experience. His experience in Australia includes advising the Federal Government, AEMC, ACCC, IPART, QCA, the ACT and Victorian Governments on market design issues in regulatory environments. It also includes providing economic advice to various private and public organisations on mergers, competition and regulatory issues in defence, fisheries, gambling, energy, banking, health, transport, water and telecommunications.'

 

Deputy Chair

Madeline Brennan QC

BA (UQ) LLB (QUT) Dip Ed (Canberra)

Madeline

Madeline Brennan is a barrister practicing in the State and Federal jurisdictions primarily in the areas of taxation and revenue, administrative and competition and consumer law. She has worked for a broad range of clients in the private and government sectors.

Madeline holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Bachelor of Arts (History Hons) and Diploma of Education. She was called to the bar in 1996 and took silk in 2015.

Madeline has long provided service on school, hospital and professional committees and boards. Most recently, she served for eight years on the Human Research Ethics Committee of the QIMR.

 

Board Members

Dr Warren Mundy

BSc (Hons UNSW), DipEc(Syd), MPhil PhD(Cantab), GradCertAppFin(Macq) MEnvLaw(Hons, ANU)

Warren is the Managing Director of Bluestone Consulting that has provided advice to investors, regulators, providers, and users of a wide range of infrastructure services since 2003. Past and present clients include rail operators, airports and ports in Australian and New Zealand, the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, the Australian Airports Association, the Australian Council for Infrastructure Development and the Essential Services Commission of Victoria.

He was a Commissioner at the Australian Productivity Commission from 2009 to 2015 and also served as the Australian Competitive Neutrality Commissioner. He has held executive roles in airport companies in Australia and Europe.

He served on the board of Airservices Australia for over five years from 2008, over four of which he was the Deputy Chair. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the joint NSW-Commonwealth Governments’ Sydney Aviation Strategy and continued to advise the Australian Government on Sydney’s second airport until the creation of the company to build the airport. He has also been a director of Vicforests, the Western Community Legal Services, James Watt College for Higher and Further Education and the United Kingdom Airports Operators Association.

He is currently a director of the Sydney Desalination Plant, Transgrid, the Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme, and the National Health Co-operative.

Fiona Guthrie AM

B.A., LL.B and M.B.A

Fiona is currently the chief executive of Financial Counselling Australia. Financial counsellors provide advice and support to people with money and debt problems. 

Fiona has 30 years' experience in consumer advocacy, including a number of years on the executive of the Consumers Federation of Australia. She first became involved in issues affecting consumers, particularly people on low incomes or in vulnerable circumstances, after volunteering as a financial counsellor at Caxton Legal Centre in Brisbane in 1989.

She has held directorships on Energex Retail, the Insurance Ombudsman Service and the Financial Ombudsman Service and was previously Chair of ASIC’s Consumer Advisory Panel. 

Fiona is currently a member of the ACCC's Consumer Consultative Committee, the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and is a director of consumer advocacy organisation, Choice. She has a B.A., LL.B and M.B.A. 

She was a recipient of an Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday honours for significant service to the community through social welfare and financial counselling roles.