Wayne Godfrey is one of AGL’s longest serving employees, having joined our North Sydney office in 1976 as a Junior Clerk.
Wayne recently announced he will be retiring at the end of September. As we approach the end of his AGL era, we caught up with Wayne to reflect on his career highlights, and how AGL has evolved over the years.
I joined AGL in 1976 as a Junior Clerk, assisting the Cost Clerk in General Accounting.
When I started with AGL, we were focussed on expanding the business by acquiring new gas companies – including North Shore Gas Company, Newcastle Gas Company and establishing AGL Canberra. If you had told me that 40 years later, we would have more electricity customers than gas customers, I wouldn’t have believed you!
I’ve had 23 different finance roles in total, covering everything from financial accounting, to financial management, to project accounting.
A true highlight for me was moving out of corporate accounting in the late 1990s to support our business customer side of the business at Five Dock. This was when the Scott Mitchell Project was established. Only five people at AGL knew what is was, but we were working on the ring of fire for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I can’t believe it’s now 20 years since those iconic games.
The many different roles and people I’ve met along the way have also been a highlight – especially being part of different project teams, and having system roles too including on Business Warehouse (BW), SAP and PT3 as well as other upgrade projects. I was also the project accountant for our first two gas peaking power stations at Somerton and Hallett in SA in the early 2000s.