ACCC Chair & Commissioners

The ACCC has a Chair, two Deputy Chairs, and four Commissioners. Their appointment to the ACCC involves participation by the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments.

Chairman Rod Sims

Rod Sims
Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.

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.

Deputy Chair Delia Rickard

Rod Sims

Delia Rickard was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair of the ACCC in June 2012 for a period of five years.

Delia brings extensive public service experience in the area of consumer protection.

She takes a particular interest in the ACCC’s consumer protection work and plays an active role in the Commission’s product safety work as well as its consumer protection compliance and enforcement work and scam disruption.

Immediately prior to her appointment to the ACCC, Delia held a range of senior positions at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). She led much of ASIC’s consumer protection work covering areas such as financial literacy, dispute resolution schemes, e-payments and industry self-regulation. She was responsible for developing the first National Financial Literacy Strategy and chaired several OECD Financial Literacy sub-committees. She also led ASIC’s role in the implementation of the Government’s Super Choice policy and was 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 is a trustee of the Jan Pentland Foundation – an organisation dedicated to providing scholarships for those who want to work as financial counsellors and a judge for the annual MoneySmart Week awards. She is also a pro bono director of FairTrade Australia New Zealand and Chair of Good Shepherd’s Advisory Committee on Financial Inclusion Action Plans.

In the January 2011 Australia Day Awards Delia was awarded the Public Service Medal for her contribution to consumer protection and financial services.

Delia is a member of the ACCC’s Enforcement Committee, Adjudications Committee, Communications Committee and Compliance Committee. She is also Co-chair of the ACCC’s Consumer Consultative Committee.

Delia holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales.

Deputy Chair Michael Schaper

Rod Sims

Michael’s work has a special focus on small business, franchising, industry associations and business liaison with the national competition and consumer protection regulator. Dr Schaper was first appointed in July 2008.

A previous president of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia & New Zealand, he has also previously served as Small Business Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory, chairperson of the ACT Small & Micro-Business Advisory Council and a director of the International Council for Small Business. In 2009 he was recipient of the ‘National Small Business Champion Award’ by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia. Michael is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and a divisional councillor with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael has previously managed a community small business centre; been an adviser to government at both state and federal level; and held lecturing, professorial and dean roles at a number of Australian universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with Curtin University and a senior honorary research fellow at the University of Western Australia, and chairs the advisory board of Griffith University's Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence. He holds a PhD and a Master of Commerce, as well as a Bachelor of Arts. His latest books are Competition Law & SMEs in the Asia-Pacific, Entrepreneurship & Small Business: Asia-Pacific and Governments, SMEs and Entrepreneurship Development. Dr Schaper is a member of the ACCC’s enforcement and adjudication committees.

Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes

Rod Sims

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, the NSW Treasury and the Australian Securities Commission. She served as the State part-time Member of the Australian Energy Regulator 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 the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee. She oversees the ACCC’s regulatory role in relation to key infrastructure in areas such as telecommunications, wheat ports, rail, and water. She is also the Commonwealth Member of the AER Board which has responsibility for regulating the national electricity and gas markets.

Before 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.

Commissioner Sarah Court

Rod Sims

Sarah Court was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in April 2008 and was reappointed for a further five year term in 2013. She is also an Associate Commissioner of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

Sarah 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.

Sarah oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and is chair of the Enforcement Committee and the Legal Committee. She takes an active role in the Commission’s enforcement and compliance work and engages closely with investigating teams and lawyers on Commission policies and enforcement investigations. Sarah also sits on the Merger Review Committee, the Adjudication Committee and the Infrastructure Committee.

Sarah 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.

Commissioner Roger Featherston

Rod Sims
Roger Featherston was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in June 2014.

Roger is a full-time Commissioner who brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as a lawyer in the private and public sectors. Roger was formerly a Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, leading the firm’s competition law team and advising a broad spectrum of commercial and governmental clients on competition law and enforcement issues, consumer protection, informal merger clearances, access and pricing issues, and telecommunications matters.

In addition to this extensive private sector experience, Roger acted for the former Trade Practices Commission early in his career and, for the two years before his appointment, acted as Special Counsel at the ACCC advising on a range of major competition and consumer protection matters.

Roger is a life member and former Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and a member and former Chairman of its Competition and Consumer Law Committee.

Roger is a member of the ACCC’s Enforcement Committee, Mergers Review Committee and Communications Committee.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.

Commissioner Mick Keogh

Rod Sims

The ACCC has established an Agriculture Unit that contains additional staff to conduct investigations and engagement in rural and regional areas with funding provided through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Mick will play a key role in the work of the Agriculture Unit, which has been working to identify competition and fair trading issues in agriculture markets and engaging with a range of key industry groups. He will oversee the ACCC’s agriculture work program and will Chair the ACCC’s Agriculture Board and Agriculture Consultative Committee. Mick will also play a key decision making role on agriculture matters across the work of the ACCC.

Mick has a long and diverse history of involvement with the agriculture sector, which has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a university researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agriculture policy advisor.

In 2003 Mick was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent policy research institute that conducts research into strategic policy issues of importance to Australian agriculture. Mick continues to undertake this role.

In 2011 Mick was appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government panel which reviewed drought support measures. He was also Chairman of the Australian Government’s National Rural Advisory Council from 2012 to 2015.

Additionally, Mick remains involved in family farming interests in southern NSW.

Mick was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to agriculture in 2015. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Wool & Pastoral Sciences, both obtained at the University of New South Wales.

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Former Chairs & Commissioners

A list of former Chairs, Commissioners, and Deputy Chairs & Commissioners of the Trade Practices Commission, ACCC, and AER can be found on the Former Chairs & Commissioners page.

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