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CIGRE Australia Board

CIGRE Australia is governed by a Board consisting of the following members: 



Trevor Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer, Ausgrid

Trevor Armstrong joined Ausgrid as a cadet engineer in 1986 and earned his engineering degree through the University of Technology in Sydney. Trevor has spent the last 27 years working in various roles including Executive General Manager, System Planning & Regulation, and Executive General Manager, Transmission & System Operations.

Trevor has an Electrical Engineering Degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian Energy Market Commission Reliability Panel.

Trevor previously chaired the CIGRE Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee.


Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman
Ed Wilson, 
Managing Director, Wilson Transformer Company 

After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer at Monash University in 2001, Ed joined Wilson Transformer Company and experienced a number of roles in Plant Engineering, Product Engineering, Quality, Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Management, Customer Interface, Business Unit Management, and more recently overall responsibility for the Transformer Businesses as Managing Director. 

As a leading Australian owned Power and Distribution Transformer Manufacturer and Solutions provider, Wilson Transformer Company has been an active member of Cigre and involved in various study committee’s and working groups.

As well as being a director of Cigre, Ed is also a director of the Australian Power Institute (API) and Wilson Transformer Company.

Ed is a member of the Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee



Tony Armstrong

Tony has over 30 years’ experience in the high voltage electricity industry and has held senior roles on several major power projects.  

Tony is the Chairman & Co-founder of the PSC Group of companies.
PSC globally employees over 150 people and has offices in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden and Singapore.

As the chairman of the board of directors, Tony is responsible for the governance of PSC where he provides leadership, vision and strategic direction.  He also works with the senior management team on business development, contract negotiations and client relationship management.

david bones

Chair - Australian Technical Committee (ATC)
David Bones

In his role as chair of the Australian Technical Committee, David coordinates the work of the 16 Australian Panels. The panels provide a direct link into global research and knowledge sharing delivered by Cigre to address power system challenges.

David is currently Executive Manager Risk, Assurance and Regulation at GHD Advisory. This role involves leading some 30 professionals across Australia providing risk, technical assurance and regulation services to the power industry. Through this role David is in contact with the issues in the power industry and the senior industry leaders managing these issues. 

David has had a long involvement in CIGRE (since 1998) and held senior roles representing CIGRE Australia including being a Panel Convenor of Panel 38, “Power System analysis techniques and tools”. He was a member of Australian Panel C1 from 2002 and appointed the Panel Convenor in 2008-2014. In 2009 David was appointed as Convenor of the International Working Group C1.24 charged with investigating tools for developing optimum transmission network development plans.

David has also written several papers on power system planning that have been published by CIGRE. 

Angela Klepac board

Angela Klepac
BEng University of Technology, Sydney

Angela has had over 29 years experience in various senior management roles in Engineering, Procurement and Project Management in the Electrical Utility sector. She currently holds the role of National Manager of Power Projects at Zinfra who is a leading service provider to the utilities infrastructure sector.  Her current role at Zinfra sees Angela leading and managing all aspects of the project lifecycle, from tender preparation, engineering design and procurement activities through to construction delivery stages as part of a broad projects portfolio in the Power sector.   

She has been a member of CIGRE Australia for the past 11 years and is currently a Director on the Board of CIGRE Australia. She has previously held the senior role as CIGRE Australian Panel Convenor for B3- Substations from 2011 to 2017. 

Angela has been an active member within CIGRE and has also written a CIGRE PARIS paper titled "Managing Risk in Design and Installation of Substations" which focuses on effective management of risk in the design, installation and operation of a substation in minimise risks and achieve project goals.


Dr. Steve Jay
BEng (hons) Electromechanical Engineering, MBA, PhD, FIET, MIPENZ, CPEng, CEng.

Steven has more than 25 years experience of technical and commercial team leadership, project management, management consulting, power system design, operation and asset management within the electricity supply industry.

Steven currently holds the role of General Manager - Grid Development for Transpower, where he is accountable for the long term strategic plan, asset management, and engineering of the transmission grid.

Previous to this he held senior management roles in the power and investment banking industries, including technical design and consulting with Mitton ElectroNet and PB Power, asset management and maintenance at Meridian Energy, business analysis at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and a variety of research, engineering, and operations within the nuclear arm of the CEGB.

Stephen is a Registered/Chartered Engineer with IPENZ and a Fellow of the IET. He is involved in the CIGRE NZ and Australia and is on the Board of the Electrical Engineers’ Association in NZ.

 damien sanford

Mr Damien Sanford

Damien Sanford is the General Manager (GM) Infrastructure at AusNet Services, with responsibilities for commercial delivery and management of more than $900m in contracted electricity transmission assets, including solar and wind connection assets. 

Damien joined AusNet Services in March 2020 from Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) where he was the Chief Operations Officer. In his ten years at AEMO, Damien was pivotal in shaping and operating the national electricity grid, Victorian gas transmission system, and electricity and gas markets in Australia.

Damien holds a Bachelor of Management and Professional Studies, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a former Australian Army Officer where he served in a variety of operational roles over 10 years.


 stephen clark

Mr Stephen Clark

Stephen’s current responsibilities at TransGrid include engineering design, procurement and delivery of the capital projects. Previously he was responsible for network investment decisions, asset management practises and customer relationship management.

Stephen has over 24 years’ experience working in the electricity industry, 14 of those years as a senior executive. His roles have included being a member of the Energy Networks Association’s Asset Management Committee, Inter regional planning committee and member of system development and economics committee at CIGRE Australia.  His experience encompasses delivering a capital program of approximately $200 million pa and directing asset management strategy for assets with a value of approx. $5.9 billion. 



 phil southwell

Mr Phil Southwell

B Eng (Elec), Grad Dip Mgmt, FIE Aust, Grad AICD

B Eng (Elec), Grad Dip Mgmt, FIE Aust, Grad AICD, CIGRE Fellow 

Phil has over forty years experience in the power industry, initially in planning and design and later in various senior executive roles covering strategy, regulation, sustainability, planning and external affairs. He also served as a Board Member of the Australian Power Institute for several years. 

His connection with CIGRE covers more than 20 years, initially as a Member, then Australian Panel Convenor and then as Study Committee Chair of C1.  By invitation, he has continued involvement in SC C1 as an expert member. 

In recognition of his work with CIGRE, Phil has received a number of awards including an Honorary Award in 2014 and a Fellow Award in 2016. As a member of the CIGRE Technical Committee, Phil was a major contributor to the strategic publication, “Electricity Supply systems of the Future” and the Convenor of the group that produced a second document on “Energy Efficiency”.


tara lee macarthur


Tara-Lee Macarthur
Ergon Energy | Energy Queensland
B.Eng Queensland University of Technology, MIEAust, CPEng, NER, RPEQ.

Tara-Lee is working as a Substation Design Standards Engineer for Australia’s largest energy utility. She has well-developed communication and leadership skills underpinned by a broad knowledge base covering standards and equipment specifications for substation, focusing on power transformers. 

She is a recipient of several awards and positions including; Engineers Australia Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year and the ES Cornwall Scholarship.  She is the CIGRE Australian A2 Secretary and sits on the CIGRE Editorial  Board.

Tara-lee has been an active member within CIGRE Internationally through several working groups and the Women In CIGRE committee and has also presented a CIGRE tutorial on Condition Assessment of Power Transformers at the 2019 Colloquium in India.

Bing Lin

NGN – Co-Chair
Bingxiang (Bing) Lin
BEng (Hons1)

After graduating as a Civil and Structural Engineer at the University of Adelaide in 2011, Bing joined ElectraNet, the Transmission Network Service Provider in South Australia. Bing participated in a number of transmission line projects, from which he developed expertise on geotechnical engineering, foundation design, structure analysis and overhead line modelling. Bing enjoyed the detail design work and seeing the implementation at the construction phase.

Bing recently (Jan 2018) joined Jacobs Australia and is leading a small team to provide consulting service to clients in the central and western region.

Bing has been an active member of NGN since 2015 when he helped to host the APB2 panel meeting and held the role of the B2 NGN liaison in 2016 and 2017.


ChrisWembridge Profile

NGN - Co - Chair

Chris Wembridge is an Electrical Engineer at Entura, based in Hobart, Tasmania. He specialises in the modelling and simulation of hydro generators and power systems and pairs his technical experience with site based commissioning. Chris has held positions for C2 –System Operation and Control and B4 DC Systems and Power Electronics for the last three years. He is also passionate about the enablement of young engineers and is focused on providing an environment that fosters the transfer of knowledge and teamwork in his appointment as Co-Chair