Our Team

Synergies has an impressive team of experienced people. Our team all have accomplished careers in their own right and work together exceedingly well to provide highly effective project teams. Our senior team are able to provide expert opinion and testimony.  We carefully combine the skills of our people to deliver the best team for each project, tailoring a specific methodology and overlaying this with our thorough peer review process.

Collaborative Approach

The Synergies team is known for its collaborative approach to identification, analysis and resolution of commercial and economic issues. Our expert team all share the capacity for strategic and innovative thinking, drawing on their own specialist expertise and experience. Many of our team have previously held senior positions in industry, government or regulated industries.

Communication Skills

A key strength of the Synergies team is our communications skills. Our team members have extensive experience in presenting economic and technical information in both written and verbal forms, including public consultation documents, expert testimony and regulatory determinations. This breadth of experience means that our team is able to tailor information to each audience, to present this information succinctly and to defend its position.

As well as our specialist in-house team, Synergies enjoys close relationships with internationally renowned economists and associates who assist with more specialised tasks and peer review.

Meet Our Team

Euan Morton
Principal

Euan Morton

Euan Morton is a Principal practising across the infrastructure, policy, sustainability, corporate finance and competition fields.
Euan’s astute advice is repeatedly sought by clients due to his understanding of their interests and industries, his desire to advance those interests and his reputation for quick, effective and innovative solutions.
Euan is accredited as an Independent Expert under the National Electricity Rules and is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia. His board memberships include Ecofund Queensland and AEIOU (a charity dedicated to providing early intervention for children affected by autism). In December 2005, Euan was appointed to an expert panel advising the Ministerial Council on Energy on energy access pricing.
Euan has lectured at post graduate and undergraduate level and is a highly sought after presenter on economic issues.

Skills and capabilities
• Infrastructure
• Economic impact and cost benefit analysis
• Competition policy and trade practices
• Policy advice
• Corporate finance

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Professor John Mangan
Principal

Professor John Mangan

John Mangan is a professor of economics at the University of Queensland, Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Modelling and a principal of Synergies. John has a wide area of research interests in economics and is a skilled economic modeller.
Skills and capabilities
• Applied economic and social modelling
• Economic impact analysis
• Human resource management
• Workplace health and safety
• Applied micro-economics

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Professor Jerry Bowman
Associate

Professor Jerry Bowman

Jerry Bowman is Emeritus Professor of Finance at the University of Auckland and was the Bank of New Zealand Professor of Finance until August 2008.
Jerry is one of the most respected academics in the field of cost of capital in Australasia and has taught courses on cost of capital at undergraduate and graduate levels. Jerry has also lectured to executive audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States, and consulted and provided expert evidence on topics in financial economics.
He has also been involved in a range of consulting engagements, most of which can be categorised into three areas: cost of capital, valuation and mergers and acquisitions. The work has included expert testimonies, submissions to regulatory agencies and reports to Boards of Directors. A substantial part of this work has been with regulated industries. He has also conducted numerous executive seminars in each of these areas.
Jerry´s consulting work has included advising on WACC issues to infrastructure providers in Australia and New Zealand in the energy, rail, telecommunications and airports sectors, including acting as an expert witness.

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Steve Meyrick
Associate

Steve Meyrick

Steve Meyrick is an experienced transport economist with over thirty years experience who has established a national and international reputation for his work across the transport sector, particularly on freight transport issues. He was formerly CEO of Meyrick Consulting Group, a leading boutique consultancy specialising in transport policy and economics and is currently a member of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport´s Major Infrastructure Investment Board.
Steve has worked extensively throughout all Australian states and territories and internationally. His portfolio includes projects undertaken for a wide range of participants in the transport sector, including transport service providers, cargo interests and shipper organisations, port companies and providers of port services, regulatory agencies, government departments, Commissions of Inquiry and a range of international organisations.
Skills and capabilities
• Transport policy analysis and development
• Market definition and competition analysis
• Regulation of transport industries
• Pricing policy and strategy
• Demand analysis and market assessment
• Infrastructure pricing and costing
• Strategic planning of transport systems

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Gayle Andrews
Director

Gayle Andrews

Gayle advises on a broad range of commercial and economic regulatory matters in relation to the rail and port sectors. Her responsibilities have been widespread, including developing access regulation frameworks, tariff setting, and commercial negotiation of infrastructure access agreements.
Prior to joining Synergies in 2010, Gayle worked extensively in the rail sector, focusing on the commercial and regulatory management of rail networks. She is a leading expert in rail regulatory issues, having guided the development of rail access regimes in Queensland for over ten years. Gayle also has extensive experience in leading complex projects from inception to implementation.
Skills and capabilities
• Economic regulation of transport infrastructure
• Design od regulatory frameworks
• Tariff setting
• Commercial access to transport infrastructure
• Strategic policy advice

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Matt Rodgers
Director

Matt Rodgers

Matt has consulted extensively on a wide range of economic regulation issues, with a particular focus on access to energy and transport infrastructure. Most recently, Matt has been working closely with clients contributing to the development of the Australian Energy Regulator’s approach papers and preparing for determinations under the new National Electricity Rules framework. He has also recently assisted a number of clients in relation to the development of access arrangements for heavy haul rail and bulk port infrastructure in Queensland, Western Australia and NSW.

Prior to joining Synergies in 2006, Matt worked as a Team Leader at the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) where he supervised a number of regulatory processes in the transport and energy sectors. This work included the QCA’s 2005 draft and final revenue determinations for Queensland electricity distributors, the 2002 standard access agreement for QR’s coal carrying services, as well as QR’s 2001 undertaking and reviews with respect to pricing, ring-fencing, service quality and metrology.
Matt also has prior lengthy experience in public sector policy development. He worked in the Commonwealth Treasury between 1987 and 1998 where he held roles relating to the development of national competition policy and structural reform, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting of national accounts and general economic data.
Skills and capabilities:
• Extensive knowledge of Australian economic regulatory frameworks
• Regulatory design advice
• Regulatory compliance advice
• Competition and microeconomic policy advice

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Dr Martin van Bueren
Director

Dr Martin van Bueren

Martin is a leading economist with fifteen years consulting experience in Australia and overseas. He has an extensive record of project experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including water services, mining, energy, infrastructure, ports, and agriculture. Martin’s core competencies include water policy and management, regulatory economics, pricing, cost-benefit analysis and strategic program reviews. He has specialist expertise in the valuation of environmental and social impacts through choice modelling and other techniques. Martin’s technical skills are complemented by his strong managerial and leadership expertise. He has managed many high-profile assignments and coordinated inter-disciplinary teams.
Martin was formerly a Director in the economics group at PwC and prior to that he held senior positions at the Allen Consulting Group and the Centre for International Economics.
Skills and capabilities
• Pricing and cost allocation
• Industry structure and competition
• Regulatory economics
• Cost-benefit analysis
• Natural resources economics and policy
• Strategic program and efficiency reviews
• R&D impact evaluation
• Choice modelling

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Trish Worland
Associate Director

Trish Worland

Trish has extensive experience in analysing competition, legislative and commercial issues relevant to economic regulation of infrastructure industries and, in particular, third party access.
Trish joined Synergies in 2005, bringing considerable experience in the analysis of a range of economic issues, including industry policy, competition policy and performance and regulatory issues relating to infrastructure industries. Her career has developed in the Bureau of Industry Economics, Queensland Treasury and the Queensland Competition Authority, enabling her to develop an understanding of economic and regulatory issues from a public policy, shareholders’ and regulator’s perspective.
Skills and capabilities
• Economics of regulation
• Applied microeconomic analysis
• Competition analysis
• Natural resources management policy

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Ross Culpitt
Manager

Ross Culpitt

Ross has significant experience in quantitative analysis of economic and financial issues in the regulatory environment. Ross joined Synergies in early 2006 from Energex where he was responsible for determining network charges for all contestable and franchise customers. He previously worked for the Queensland Competition Authority where he was responsible for the financial modelling and reference tariff determination for QR’s Central Queensland below rail coal services.
Ross also has nearly fifteen years experience as an agricultural economist where he developed significant expertise in benefit-cost analysis, research evaluation and statistical analysis and survey design.
Skills and Capabilities
• Financial and economic modelling
• Cost benefit analysis
• Regulatory economics
• Development of pricing strategies
• Electricity distribution pricing

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Daniel Culpitt
Manager

Daniel Culpitt

Daniel has considerable experience in research and data analysis. He has applied these skills in regulatory and infrastructure economics, utilities and social policy analysis. Daniel has considerable experience in undertaking economic impact and cost benefit analysis studies across several sectors of the economy for both government and private clients.
Daniel has worked with Synergies since 2006.

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Cherie Davis
Manager

Cherie Davis

Cherie joined Synergies from Energex where she worked in a number of different capacities including provision of network pricing, regulatory advice and strategy. She has extensive experience in economic regulation and its application having been involved in the regulation of electricity networks in Australia and the UK.

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Justine Kenny
Manager

Justine Kenny

Justine has extensive experience in pricing frameworks used in economic regulation, having worked in the development of the revenue and tariff setting outcomes across a number of industries. She has over fifteen years experience within the rail industry with particular emphasis on the regulated pricing frameworks applied to below rail infrastructure.
Justine joined Synergies in late 2011 from QR National, where she was responsible for the financial modelling that supported the below rail access pricing arrangements for the Central Queensland Coal Network under QR Network’s 2005 and 2010 Access Undertakings.

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Debbie Ravalli
Manager

Debbie Ravalli

Debbie joined Synergies in March 2017 and brings almost 2 decades of government policy experience specialising in commonwealth-state financial relations and national competition regulation. Debbie has extensive experience in financial and budgetary analysis having worked on annual budget preparation and coordination across the commonwealth and state (Vic) jurisdictions. As a former senior analyst at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Debbie has considerable experience in administering and advising on the design of price monitoring regimes involving Australian ports. She managed several successful stakeholder engagement strategies over more than 7 years which involved, in part, reporting to the Federal Government on prices, costs and profits of the container stevedoring industry.
Mike Reid
Manager

Mike Reid

Mike has extensive experience working on electricity and gas issues as an analyst and project manager for the Public Utilities Office and the Economic Regulation Authority. Mike led the development of a modified network service contracting framework and the establishment of a new framework for operating customer transfers and data in the retail electricity market. An experienced energy analyst and modeller, Mike is also experienced in cost benefit analysis and the application of economics to public policy problems. Other achievements include developing a detailed assessment of electricity cost drivers, modelling the distributional impacts of tariff policies and estimating the financial value of solar export for rate-setting purposes
Hasham Hashimi
Manager

Hasham Hashimi

Hasham is a Master of Economics graduate from the University of Queensland with a Distinction average. He also has a Bachelor of International Business degree with a Major in Economics from Griffith University, where he received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence several times. During his education, Hasham had the opportunity to work as a Student Intern with the Public Policy Department of RACQ. As an Intern at RACQ, Hasham was responsible for the completion of a project that involved econometrics, statistics and policy analysis. Hasham not only obtained a High Distinction for this university internship subject, but also converted the internship report into an article and published it in a referred journal. Following the successful completion of his Economics Internship Program, Hasham was offered a Research Assistance role at Griffith University that involved a lot of complex research as well as data analysis. Hasham’s core competencies include applied economic research and policy analysis, regulatory economics and quantitative policy analysis, public policy and economic development as well as econometric modelling and statistical analysis.