ACCC Chair & Commissioners
The ACCC has a Chair, two Deputy Chairs, and three Commissioners. Their appointment to the ACCC involves participation by the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments.
Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term.
Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.
Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.
Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
Delia Rickard was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in June 2012 for a period of five years.
Delia brings extensive public service experience in the area of consumer protection.
Immediately prior to her appointment to the ACCC, Delia was the Senior Executive Leader for Consumers, Advisers and Retail Investors at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She was also ASIC’s ACT Regional Commissioner.
Delia led much of ASIC’s consumer protection work covering areas such as financial literacy and education, vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers, dispute resolution schemes, stakeholder relations and industry self-regulation. She was responsible for developing the National Financial Literacy Strategy and led ASIC’s role in the implementation of the Government’s Super Choice policy. More recently she became responsible for the supervision of financial advisers. Delia was also the founding Chair of ASIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.
Delia is a former head of the ACCC’s then Consumer Protection Branch and was a member of the Secretariat to the Wallis Inquiry into the regulation of Australia’s financial system. She was also a member of the Australian Payments System Board for a number of years and has been on the Steering Committee for all four ANZ National Financial Literacy Surveys.
She is a trustee of the Jan Pentland Foundation – an organisation dedicated to supporting the financial counselling sector and a Judge for the annual MoneySmart Week awards.
In January 2011 Australia Day Awards Delia was awarded the Public Service Medal for her contribution to consumer protection and financial services.
Delia holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales.
Michael Schaper was appointed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in July 2008 for a period of five years as Deputy Chair with knowledge and experience of small business issues.
Dr Schaper brings extensive experience in the area of small business through his previous roles as ACT Small Business Commissioner, Dean of Murdoch University Business School in Western Australia and head of the School of Business at Bond University in Queensland.
A previous president of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, he has been a member of the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business and has held the foundation professorial chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he was employed as a senior lecturer at Curtin University, responsible for the university’s entrepreneurship degree programs.
Between 2001 and 2003 Dr Schaper held several posts as visiting Professor at the Ecole de Management Lyon, France, and the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. In Australia he has served as an Adjunct Professor at both Curtin University and the University of Canberra.
In addition to his extensive academic career, Dr Schaper has worked as a professional small business advisor and as the owner of a number of new business start-ups.
In 2009 he was recipient of the “National Small Business Champion Award” by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia.
The author or co-author of ten business management books, he has been a regular columnist in a number of national magazines, newspapers and journals on business issues. He has also worked as a policy advisor to government at both the state and federal level.
Dr Schaper is a member of the ACCC’s enforcement and adjudication committees.
He holds a PhD and a Master of Commerce degree from Curtin University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.
Cristina Cifuentes was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in May 2013 for a five year term. From May 2013 she is also the acting Commonwealth full time Member of the Australian Energy Regulator.
Cristina has a breadth of experience in both the public and private sectors across public policy, finance and utility regulation including positions at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the NSW Treasury. She served as the State part-time Member of the AER between 2010 and 2013. Cristina was a member of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal between 1997 and 2006.
Cristina is chair of the ACCC’s Communications Committee and a member of the ACCC’s Regulated Access, Pricing and Monitoring Committee.
Until becoming an ACCC Commissioner, Cristina held a number of directorships including with the Hunter Water Corporation and First State Super Trustee Corporation.
Cristina holds a first class honours degree in Law and a degree in Economics.
Sarah Court was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in April 2008.
She is a full-time commissioner, and a former senior executive lawyer and Director with the Australian Government Solicitor. She brings to her role extensive experience in Commonwealth legal work, including restrictive trade practices, consumer protection and law enforcement litigation.
Ms Court oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and she is chair of the Commission’s Enforcement Committee. Ms Court also sits on the Commission’s Merger Review Committee and Adjudication Committee and the Regulated Access, Pricing and Monitoring Committee.
Ms Court holds a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Adelaide as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the ANU.
Jill Walker was appointed as a Commissioner of the ACCC in August 2009 for a five year term.
Dr Walker is the Chair of the ACCC’s Mergers Review Committee and Adjudication Committee and is also a member of the Enforcement Committee. Dr Walker is also an Associate Member of the New Zealand Commerce Commission and Chair of the International Air Services Commission.
Dr Walker has extensive experience in the fields of trade practices and antitrust economics. Prior to joining the ACCC, Dr Walker was a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal and worked as an economic consultant for LECG Ltd. Dr Walker has also worked for the Network Economics Consulting Group (NECG) and CRA International. Dr Walker has also been a member of the South Australian Government's panel of expert assessors assisting the District Court in hearing appeals under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 and the Gas Pipelines Access (South Australia) Act 1997.
Dr Walker has previously been employed as an economic adviser by the ACCC and its predecessors, the Prices Surveillance Authority and the Trade Practices Commission. During this time Dr Walker provided advice on significant cases, investigations, and authorisations.
Dr Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
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