Our Management Team
Rachel Watson – Chief Executive Officer
Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer before advancing to Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal, General Manager Group Services. In July 2017, Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager Australia, with responsibility for leading Pacific Hydro’s Australian portfolio of new business opportunities, projects under development and in construction, and operating assets. Rachel is also the Chair of the Clean Energy Council.
Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier. Rachel began her career as a solicitor in private practice in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in major contracting transactions and other general commercial law issues. Rachel has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Rob Spurr – Chief Financial Officer
Rob joined Pacific Hydro in 2005 as Executive Manager Finance for Latin America, based in Santiago, Chile. Rob returned to Australia in 2009 as Executive Manager Finance and Legal for Pacific Hydro’s Australian business before being appointed CFO in May 2012. Rob has more than 27 years of experience in senior finance and commercial positions including a number of roles within the Orica Group based in Melbourne, Sydney, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Deakin University, is a CPA and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lily Habib – Acting Head of Australia
With comprehensive experience in business planning, sale and acquisitions, portfolio management, sustainability strategy, risk management, and change management, Lily has almost two decades of experience in the energy sector and over ten years at Pacific Hydro. She currently leads Pacific Hydro’s Australian development, delivery, new business, operations, and environment teams as the company pursues new opportunities in solar, wind and storage and the world-class management of half a gigawatt of installed capacity. She has led the addition of 1.5GW large-scale solar development to the company’s current project pipeline. Lily holds an MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Business (Applied Economics).
Renzo Valentino – General Manager Chile
Renzo is General Manager of Pacific Hydro Chile. He joined the business in 2008 as Project Director on the Chacayes Hydro project, advancing to roles as Project Director HLC-HLH, then as Chief Engineering and Delivery Officer, Chief Projects and Operations Officer, director of Tinguririca Energia (Joint Venture 50-50 between Pacific Hydro and Statkraft), advancing to GM Chile in December 2017. A highly experienced project construction and environmental management specialist, prior to joining Pacific Hydro he worked for leading Peruvian engineering consultancy firm ARPL Tecnologia Industrial S.A. He holds a Masters of Science (Construction Management) from Loughborough University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Adriana Waltrick – General Manager Brazil
Adriana joined Pacific Hydro as General Manger, Brazil in 2012 after spending 13 years at CPFL Energia Group, the largest private Brazilian power generation, distribution and trading utility, where she held a number of roles including Director of Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Vice President of M&A. Prior to CPFL, she held positions such as International Business Manager at Petropar Group and Corporate Strategy Manager at Rede Brasil Sul de Comunicação. Adriana has a degree in Business Administration from Unisinos, a Master in Science as well as an Executive MBA degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and a MBA from the Sloan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA.
Kathy Bremner – General Manager, Group Services
Kathy joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as Manager, People and Performance before advancing to Executive Manager – Group Human Resources, GM Group Human Resources, GM Group HR & Corporate Communications, GM Transformation, and GM Business Excellence. In November 2016 Kathy was appointed General Manager, Group Services with responsibility for Engineering and Operations Services, Health, Safety, & Quality, Legal & Co-sec, HR and the Australian Engagement and External Affairs team.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Management from the National University of Ireland. Prior to joining Pacific Hydro Kathy had over 5 years experience in HR positions in Ireland.