DUET Group has appointed Jack Hamilton and Terri Benson to its board as non-executive directors as part of a broader board renewal program.

Set to join the boards of Duet Company and Duet Investment Holdings, Dr Hamilton has extensive technical and operational experience in the midstream/downstream gas sectors, having led large scale LNG project developments in both Australia (particularly Western Australia) and Papua New Guinea.

He has more than 20 years of chief executive and senior executive experience working in top tier multinational organisations including Shell and Woodside Petroleum, where he developed strong capabilities in strategic development, commercial and M&A negotiations and project management.

Ms Benson has held a number of senior executive positions in the energy and water utility sector, including as managing director of Essential Energy in NSW and most recently as chief executive officer of Seqwater in Queensland.

She has extensive experience in Australian energy regulation, a track record in merging and restructuring energy utility businesses and a deep understanding of energy customer expectations.

Ms Benson, who has previously been a director of the Energy Networks Association, the Energy and Water Ombudsman of NSW and Gas Market Company, will join the board of Duet Finance.

Duet Company and Duet Investment Holdings chairman Doug Halley said Dr Hamilton and Ms Benson brought extensive operational experience to the board.

“Their combined competencies in energy regulation, finance and project management complements the existing director capabilities of the boards,” he said.

The new director appointments will replace Messrs Duncan Sutherland and Michael Lee, who have advised they will be resigning from their respective boards.

To facilitate an orderly board member transition, Mr Lee’s resignation will be effective 1 September 2014 while Mr Sutherland’s resignation will be effective immediately after Duet’s 2014 Annual General Meeting, to be held in late November.

“Duet Group would like to thank both Duncan Sutherland and Michael Lee for their extensive contribution and dedicated service to Duet over the years,” Mr Halley said.

“Both have been directors since Duet was listed in 2004 and have played an active role in making the business what it is today.”