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

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Chair
Dr. Seán Mc Goldrick
Chief Executive Officer, TasNetworks
BA (Mathematics), BAI (Engineering), PhD (Molecular Physics)

Seán commenced as CEO with TasNetworks in August 2021.  Prior to his appointment, Seán was a senior executive in the utility industry, having served at managerial and board level for energy organisations worldwide. He joined the executive team at TransGrid in 2019 and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of several major transmission projects across NSW and the ACT.

Seán was Executive Manager of Asset Management at Western Power, where he was responsible for a $10.2 billion transmission and distribution asset and managed to reduce capital expenditure sustainably by $170m per annum. Seán also worked as Director of Parsons Brinkerhoff’s Networks Business covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is a former General Manager of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).

With more than 30 years’ experience working on Electrical Power Systems globally, Seán has acquired expertise in the research and development, construction, operation, consultancy, planning and asset management of large-scale power systems. He has acted as consultant on many EU, World Bank and EBRD funded projects and his experience includes working and consulting for power utilities, transmission system operators and regulators in Australia, Europe, North America and Africa. 

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Immediate Past Chair
Trevor Armstrong
BE, FIE, Aust, GAICD

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.

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david bones

Deputy Chair
David Bones

David was previously the Chair of the CIGRE Australian Technical Committee, 

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. 

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Treasurer
Dr Stephen Jay
BEng (hons) Electromechanical Engineering, MBA, PhD, FIET, FEngNZ,, CPEng, CEng.

Stephen is an experienced Executive General Manager and Professional Engineer with 30 years’ experience of strategy development, asset management, transformation, and technology innovation within the energy and investment banking sectors. He has led commercial strategic thinking and multidisciplinary teams to realise results within both state-owned and private organisations. He has experience of navigating through complex political situations and is a natural networker and influencer, especially with key stakeholders and customers.

Stephen holds the role of Executive General Manager Operations at Transpower, where he is accountable for the operations, security of supply, market function, and engineering of the transmission grid. Previous to this role he was the Executive General Manager Grid Development, accountable for the long term strategy, asset management, and development 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 and a Fellow at the IET and Engineering New Zealand. He is involved in the CIGRE NZ and Australia and Chairs the Board of the Electrical Engineers’ Association in NZ.

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Angela Klepac board

Chair - Australian Technical Committee (ATC)
Angela Klepac
BEng University of Technology, Sydney

Angela 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.

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.

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Director
Ed Wilson

Ed is the Managing Director of Wilson Transformer Company Pty Ltd (WTC) with more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and energy industries. Ed is a third-generation member of the Wilson family and is now leading WTC as the largest Australian-owned and based manufacturer and solution provider of power and distribution transformers. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer (Hons) from Monash University in 2001, he has enjoyed many roles across various business functions, including Industrial Engineering, Quality and Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Management, Sales and General Management of the Power Transformer Business. In August 2015, Ed was appointed Managing Director with overall responsibility for the transformer business. 

As well as being a member of the Australian National Committee of CIGRE and a member of the Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee of CIGRE, Ed is also a director of the Australian Power Institute (API) and promotes employment for API Bursary holders to help young engineers gain early industry experience as part of their professional development. 

WTC has been an active supporter of CIGRE and involved in various study committee’s and working groups.

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tara lee macarthur

Director
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.

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Director
Dr Stewart Bell
BEng, PhD, MBA, CEng, FIET, RPEQ, GAICD

Stewart is currently the Executive General Manager of Strategy and Business Development responsible for leading Powerlink’s business development, network portfolio, planning and asset strategy functions. He is a delivery-focused career professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the electricity transmission industry with extensive experience in renewable generator connections, network investment, asset management, project delivery and network operations. 

Stewart is also a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Transmission Sector Council; Energy Networks Australia (ENA) Asset Management Committee; and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Director
Dr. Jennifer Crisp

Jennifer Crisp is presently an Associate and Principal Engineer at DIgSILENT Pacific. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Engineering (by Research) and PhD in electrical engineering, in the area of power systems. Jennifer’s career, spanning more than 30 years, has been in areas of transmission and generation planning, operations support, generator connections and regulation. Jennifer has a strong interest in transitioning the power system to 100% renewables, in a timely and efficient manner that maintains the security and reliability of the power system

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Director
Nicola Falcon,

Nicola has over 20 years’ experience in the energy and environment sectors and has managed assignments in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and North America.  

As Group Manager of Forecasting at the Australian Energy Market Operator, Nicola leads teams that assess future electricity and gas demand and supply needs, provide insights to facilitate market responses, and undertake economic analysis to assess benefits of transmission in the National Electricity Market.

Nicola’s team is responsible for delivering the Gas Statement of Opportunities, and Electricity Statement of Opportunities, and jointly with AEMO’s Planning team, produces AEMO’s Integrated System Plan

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Director
Les Brand
FIEAust CPEng RPEQ

Les Brand has 28 years of experience in the power transmission and distribution industry in Australia, Asia and North America.  Les has held senior and executive roles for companies within these sectors, including transmission and distribution utilities, engineering consultancies and project developers. He has a broad background in AC transmission and distribution networks and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) projects and applies this experience to his current role as Managing Director and Principal Consultant with Amplitude Consultants, an Asia-Pacific engineering consultancy which he co-founded in 2015 and has a focus on HVDC and FACTS systems, high voltage cables and the connection of renewable energy generation to the grid.

Les has held key roles for a number of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) projects in Australia and the US, including Directlink (Australia), Murraylink (Australia), Basslink (Australia) and Trans Bay Cable (California, USA) with these roles covering project management, site supervision, factory acceptance testing, commissioning management and operations management for the HVDC systems, HVDC converter stations and associated land and submarine cables.

Les actively contributes to the HVDC and power electronics industry at an international level, including active participation in CIGRE study committee B4 (DC and Power Electronics) and IEC Technical Committee 99.  Les has been actively involved with CIGRE for over 18 years. He has held and holds current convenor roles for various CIGRE working groups, mostly in the B4 (DC and Power Electronics) space. He was the CIGRE SC B4 Special Reporter for the 2020 e-Session and Paris 2021, is a section leader and contributing author to the CIGRE HVDC “Green Book” on HVDC and was a recipient of a CIGRE E-Session Pioneer award in 2021 for study committee B4.

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 phil southwell

Special Advisor - International
Mr Phil Southwell

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”.

Phil is a past CIGRE Australia Director and now represents CIGRE Australia on the global Administrative Council and Steering Committee.

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NGN – Co-Chair
Phil Coughlan

Phil has seven years’ experience working across the electrical engineering industry. He started work at a consultancy as a design engineer, completing designs for greenfield and brownfield substations, distribution cabling systems and various protection scheme upgrades. 

More recently Phil has been an electrical engineer in the Utilities team at the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) in Victoria, where he is responsible for the early planning and clash detection of utility infrastructure (electricity and telecommunications) based on level crossing removal designs. Phil works closely with stakeholders to develop concept relocation designs, programs and guidelines to facilitate delivery of the Level Crossing Removal Project. 

Phil has been an active member of the CIGRE Australia NGN since 2017 having undertaken several roles as part of his involvement. As a Co-Chair, Phil will use his knowledge, network and interpersonal skills to encourage inclusion and knowledge share within the NGN. 

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NGN - Co - Chair
Maddy Binet

Maddy is an Engineer at AEMO, based in Hobart, Tasmania. She works in the Grid Performance and Integration team, focussing on incident investigations and system strength PSCAD analysis. She joined CIGRE and the NGN at the start of 2020 and has been acting as the AU B4 Panel NGN Liaison since then. Aside from her involvement in the NGN committee, she has also been involved in a number of the CIGRE Women in Energy initiatives, including assisting to create the new Women in Energy Australia group and participating in the Women in Energy Forum. As Co-Chair, she is keen to build on her CIGRE and industry experience and work with and support other likeminded young professionals who are driven and keen to make a positive impact.

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