Simon Orme

Associate Director
MA (hons)


Energy & Renewables, Environment & Climate Change, Public Policy

Simon is an experienced senior advisor and manager, with 30 years’ experience in public policy, economic and financial evaluation, economic regulation and competition policy, regulatory reform, public finance/budgeting, risk management and major transactions.  

Before joining Marsden Jacob in 2022, Simon spent 20+ years consulting with firms such as LECG, Mainsheet, and Arthur Andersen. He also held senior positions in the New South Wales and New Zealand public sectors. 


Contact Simon to discuss: 

  • Design and operation of wholesale markets under the energy transformation. 
  • Regulatory frameworks underpinning Australia’s energy markets, including the WEM and NEM. 
  • Economic regulation of monopoly and essential infrastructure, cost recovery and tariff design. 
  • Consumer energy resources and energy efficiency. 
  • Circular economy, planning and regional development. 
  • Infrastructure investment appraisal.  
  • Economic benefit-cost and regulatory impact assessments. 
  • Risk assessment and contingency planning and emergency management. 
  • Investment in emergency management planning. 


Known for anticipating risks and opportunities from emerging developments, Simon’s expertise is recognised by government and private clients across Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, PNG and Great Britain. Notable projects include:

  • Advising private and government clients on the energy transformation, including major reforms to the WEM, electricity transmission and renewable energy zones.   
  • Leading cross-sectoral projects on economic regulation, including a review of economic benchmarking by the Australian Energy Regulator; network tariff reform; governance of technical standards for consumer energy resources; and preparation of revenue proposals for the Philippines’ Energy Regulatory Commission.  
  • Climate change, energy security and emergency management, Including analysis of extreme weather events for the 2015 Australian National Energy Security Assessment, and investing in reducing the impacts of emergency events across local government, critical telecoms, food and grocery supply chains and primary industry biosecurity.  
  • Building and leading multidisciplinary expert teams spanning economics, stakeholder engagement, engineering, law and regulation, corporate finance, data analytics and complex modelling, and sectoral experts. 

Simon has also been a Governor-appointed member of the Energy Review Board panel of experts (the appeal entity for the WA Economic Regulatory Authority) for more than a decade.

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