Ann Whitfield


Ann is an expert in utility regulation, cost benefit analysis (particularly in relation to regulated investment decisions), and the strategic development of energy markets. She has twenty-four years’ experience as an economist in both consulting and government environments. 

Ann was deeply involved with the establishment of those parts of the National Electricity Rules concerning the regulation of electricity transmission and distribution networks, and has subsequently advised on all significant modifications to those Rules. She has prepared expert reports on a range of regulatory topics across the electricity, gas, water, rail and aviation sectors, including on the operation of incentive mechanisms, the allocation of scarce capacity and cost pass through arrangements. 

Ann has particular depth of experience in relation to the arrangements for network investment, including the regulatory investment tests for transmission and distribution overseen by the Australian Energy Regulator. Ann has developed detailed guidelines on the practical application of these tests and has advised in relation to several high-profile applications.

On policy matters, Ann has advised the COAG Energy Council in relation to the roll-out of smart meters, the harmonisation of feed-in tariff schemes and retailer of last resort arrangements. In Singapore, Ann led a wide-ranging review for the government of the operation of the Singapore electricity market, as well as a separate pre-feasibility study of the potential for the introduction of nuclear power. Ann has also advised a number of the Singapore electricity generators on proposed changes to the market arrangements. 

Ann spent eighteen years of her career with NERA Economic Consulting, where she was an Associate Director in the Sydney Office. Prior to joining HoustonKemp, Ann was seconded for nine months to the Australian Energy Market Commission, as the Senior Director in the Strategy and Economic Analysis Team. 

Ann holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Posted on July 10, 2014 and filed under Partner, Group 1.