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Trish Slattery
has joined the CQ Partners team. Trish has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years and is a valuable addition to the CQ Partners team.

Jim Tjia
has joined the CQ Partners team in the role of energy trader. Jim has more than 20 years experience in energy trading.

Ryan Wilson and Nick Eades
have joined CQ Partners in the roles of Energy Analysts. Both Ryan and Nick have exceptional academic qualifications combined with several years of work experience. They are great additions to the CQ team.

Our Team

The CQ Partners team has extensive experience in commercial strategy development, commodity and energy markets, derivative and physical trading, financial structuring, risk and regulatory frameworks and processes.

The partners of the company each have over 15 years of experience in the Australian energy and financial markets and have worked together as a team for over 12 years.

Reza Evans
Managing Partner

Reza has over 15 years experience in the energy industry, primarily in the areas of energy regulation, greenhouse and carbon markets and compliance.

Reza managed the CQ Partners team as primary energy advisor to Arcapita and Global Infrastructure Partners in a major mergers and acquisition project to purchase a substantial energy company operating across Australia. Reza has also provided advice on a number of energy and carbon strategic projects for major clients.

Prior to his work with CQ Partners, Reza managed the Energy Policy & Regulation Department for Flinders Power and Alinta Energy. Reza has held several leading industry positions including that of Chairman-National Generators Forum Market Working Group, Director-National Generators Forum, Deputy Chairman-National Generators Forum Greenhouse Working Group and ESAA Greenhouse Reference Group.

The level of energy markets knowledge, particularly in the carbon and renewable sectors has been well recognised and puts Reza in the top tier of regulatory and greenhouse experts in Australia.

Reza has a Bachelor of Business, is an AFMA Accredited Dealer and is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lino Fusco

Lino has over 15 years experience in the energy markets and 8 years experience in financial capital markets with a very strong financial & risk management focus.

Lino has been actively involved in the Short Term Trading Market for gas in Australia including putting in place the operational framework for several clients and developing and implementing gas management strategies. He has undertaken extensive financial and risk modeling for clients which has included developing the financial models for merger and acquisition activities (electricity, gas and LNG) and developing risk quantification models. Lino has provided energy strategy and risk solution advice to a number of major customers.

Lino’s most recent experience prior to CQ Partners was Group Manager Risk & Compliance, Alinta and Executive Manager Risk, Flinders Power. These senior executive roles included risk mitigation, portfolio optimisation, financial structuring, business development, due diligence and strategy development. Lino has worked for retail and generation power companies in electricity and gas and his extensive experience includes the Australian NEM and the Western Australian markets.

Lino has a very strong background in the financial markets. He was successful in leading the Flinders Power refinance project ($A265m) which was nominated for PFI Deal of the Year. He has issued several billion dollars of debt instruments into Europe, USA and Asia and has been involved in numerous complex financial transactions.

The combination of financial and energy markets experience and his extensive depth of knowledge allows Lino to provide clients with optimal corporate advice and services targeted at maximising commercial objectives.

Lino has a Bachelor of Economics and is an AFMA Accredited Dealer.

Ian Tannebring

Ian has over 15 years of energy markets experience with a background in physical and derivative trading, portfolio management, trading strategy development, power generation operations, retail energy procurement and business development in electricity, gas and renewable energy markets.

Ian has managed a number of significant projects for CQ Partners which have involved the development of strategy in both wholesale.

Prior to joining CQ Partners, Ian held the roles of Electricity Trading Manager, Alinta Energy, General Manager Marketing & Trading, Flinders Power and Senior Trader for AGL Energy. These roles were executive positions and Ian’s last role saw him responsible for managing an energy trading portfolio with annual revenues in excess of $A500 million per annum.

Ian led and negotiated the $A785 million Flinders Power long term hedging agreement and was also instrumental in the long term $A327 million gas supply agreement for the Osborne Power Station.

Ian has a wealth of market and trading experience and has worked for major companies in both the wholesale generation and retail sectors in the National Electricity Market.

Ian has a Bachelor in Economics, an Associate Diploma in Accounting and is an AFMA Accredited Dealer.

Damian Edwards
Carbon and Sustainability

Damian has over 20 years consulting experience within the environmental & information management industries.

He has worked in many industry sectors within Australia and internationally such as mining, oil & gas, retailing, utilities, insurance, rail, transport, telecommunications and government.

His strengths are in environmental information systems, project management and analysis particularly in the area of greenhouse gas reporting having worked with a number of high profile clients including BHP, RIO Tinto, Santos, Port of Melbourne Corp, BMA Coal, SA EPA and Zero Waste SA.

Damian has had exposure to the UK energy market and was actively involved with Origin’s information management transformation for the commencement of FRC in SA & Victoria.

Damian has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Steve Trollope
Energy Market Advisor

Steve has over 45 years experience in the energy industry in generation, system control and energy market management.

He worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board (UK) at Didcot power station and at CEGB Headquarters in London with involvement in studies for the Dinorwic pumped storage scheme (in North Wales) and the 2000MW tranmission cable between England and France. He spent 3 years with the SECV in Victoria based in teh Latrobe Valley and at the Melbourne System Control Centre prior to joining ETSA System Control in 1986 where he was responsible for forecasting SA demand and co-ordinating power station operation and fuel supplies.

In 1998 Steve joined AEMO. His duties included demand forecasting for all Regions in the NEM and ensuring that the supply of electricity was maintained in a secure condition at all times.

Steve has outstanding NEM technical and market knowledge. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Robert Thomas

Robert has over 15 years experience in the energy industry, primarily in the areas of business development, fuel strategy energy retailing and strategic planning.

Previously Robert managed the Business Development and Retail Energy teams for Alinta and Flinders Power. In the business development role, Robert managed business planning, modelling, identification of targets, due diligence processes, generation site selection and acquisition, valuation analysis and bid submissions.

In the retail role, Robert managed the energy retailing business function including marketing, sales, negotiation and account management.

Robert has lead several major projects in energy business acquisition, brown-field generation development, fuel price negotiations, green-field project development approval and the negotiation of long term energy supply agreements.

The breadth of Robert’s energy markets knowledge and experience, working with multi-disciplinary teams of investment banking, engineering, financial and legal professionals provides a wide coverage of the competitive issues and challenges of the energy market. This level of energy market knowledge has been regularly acknowledged by engagement in creating and leading consortia of major energy market participants in developing projects parameters and bidding for new energy projects.

Robert has a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Marketing), Accounting Diploma (TAFE), and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Hong Khoo
Manager Operations

Hong Khoo has 12 years experience in the National Electricity Market and the STTM as an Energy Trader where he has been accountable for the successful implementation of electricity and gas trading strategies and day to day trading activities in both the energy and ancillary service markets.

Hong has worked on a number of projects including assisting a client with new generation plant to establish their electricity operations function. Hong is currently undertaking gas trading and management on behalf of a CQ Partners client and major gas user in the STTM market.

Hong has a depth of experience in electricity, gas and wind trading, major market event and plant outage management, market analysis, market bidding and trading system development.

Hong has a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University and is a CPA. Hong is also an AFMA Accredited Dealer.

Iordan Halatchev
Senior Analyst

Since joining CQ Partners Iordan has been focused on the Short Term Trading Market for natural gas where he has been undertaking daily gas management activities on behalf of a client and developing supporting software tools. He has an exceptional analytical background. Iordan is the most recent member to join the CQ Partners team and has an exceptional analytical background.

Prior to joining CQ Partners, Iordan was employed by SYDAC as a mathematical modeller and undertook the design and development of the Eurostar UK train simulator project.

Iordan’s exceptional mathematical and analytical skills (including mathematical modelling, algorithm and software development)has increased the analytical capability of the CQ Partners team.

Iordan has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Adelaide, Australia and also has a Masters Degree in Science (Physics). Iordan is a member of the Australian Mathematical Society and ANZIAM.

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