Hannah Mccaughey – Human Rights Lawyer, Senior Company Executive

Attended Elwood College 1989 – 1994

Hannah has a Master of Laws degree , worked as a Human Rights Lawyer and is an internationally experienced senior executive in infrastructure ,utilities and alternative energy. She has been at the forefront of climate change law and low-carbon energy investment in the UK and Europe and in 2011 was named by Management Today UK in the top 35 women of women high fliers under 35. Hannah’s Grandfather Davis McCaughey was the Governor of Victoria from 1986 – 1992.

"Attending Elwood Secondary College was one of the most formative experiences of my life. I had many teachers of the highest quality (who I could still name and many of whom are still there) who took such attention to nurture and grow my love of learning. It was at Elwood that I was first mesmerised by T.S.Eliot, captured by Sylvia Path and captured by Romeo and Juliet.

It was at Elwood where my love of history began - as well as my awareness of the agendas of mass media. However, as much as learning literature, maths and science, Elwood College taught me about people - about how to get along with every type of person, from Eastern European refugees to punk culture.

I learnt to stand up for myself as well as to laugh at myself. I have no doubt that the success of my time as a Human Rights Lawyer in East Timor was enhanced by understanding how to get along with others different from myself, how to respect cultural differences, and how to stand up for what I believe in; and attending Elwood College was certainly crucial to me having these important understandings."

After graduating from Elwood College, Hannah completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Monash University and a Masters of International Law at University College London where she graduated first in her class and was awarded the Chen Chan Nang Prize for International Law.

From 2000 to 2002, Hannah was the Constitutional Program Director for the East Timor Foundation for Law and Justice in Dili, and an Official Advisor on the East Timorese Constitution.

In 2007, she was an Official Delegate of a UK business delegation accompanying UK Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, on an official visit to China to discuss business and climate change. In the same year Hannah was awarded the Sir Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for Leadership and Ethics.

She went on to be Vice President of Group Funds, Climate Change Capital in London where she helped raise the largest private sector carbon fund in the market with a combined value in excess of €1.5 billion.

As the Head of Renewables at AgFe, a London-based company specialising in renewable energy financing from 2008 – 2010, she managed its geothermal related investments and capital raising.

After Director roles in large UK Energy companies, she was the Director of Strategy for British Gas from 2015 – 2017 and then, on her return to Australia, was the Executive General Manager People and Transformation at Ausgrid, based in Sydney.

In March 2020 she commenced a new role with APA as the Group Executive Transformation and Technology. In this newly created role, Hannah will lead APA’s response to decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation.