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CIGRE Australia Board

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

Chairman
Nino Ficca
Managing Director Ausnet Services
BEng (Elec) (Hons) Deakin University
Grad Dip Mgmt, Deakin University
AMP Harvard Business School

Nino has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, including numerous senior management roles with AusNet Transmission Group Pty Ltd (formerly SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd) including as Managing Director since 2003.

Nino is a Director of Energy Networks Association Limited and a member of the National Energy Market Operations Committee.
He is Chair of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board.

Nino served as a Director of SPI Management Services Pty Ltd. He was formerly Deputy Chairman and Director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia

 
 

Deputy Chairman
Ed Wilson, 
Managing Director, Wilson Transformer Company 
B.Eng.(Hons)

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

 
 

Treasurer
Trevor Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer, Ausgrid
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 chairs the Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee.



 

david bones

Chair - Australian Technical Committee (ATC)
David Bones

David is currently Service Group Manager - Power SQ at GHD. This role involves managing some 40 power engineers across Australia and keeps David 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. 

 

Immediate Past Chairman
Doug Aberle
Chairman CIGRE Australia
MEngSc, BE(Hons)

Doug is a transformational leader who has over 40 years’ experience in the electricity industry, culminating in six years as Managing Director of Western Power

Doug is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University; Chair of the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management WA; Board member of the Kimberley Ports Authority and a Board member of Edge Employment Solutions.

Doug has developed a psychotherapy practice over 30 years and is a Master Clinician with the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and registered by the Psychotherapy And Counselling Federation of Australia.

 



 

 

Director
Professor Simon Bartlett (AM)
BE, BSc, FIEAust, FAICD, FTSE, MIEEE
API/Powerlink Chair in Electricity Transmission, 
University of Queensland

Simon has forty years’ experience in the power industry in electricity transmission and power generation in Australia, Europe and Canada.

He was awarded the IET Sir Lionel Hooke award in 2007, Queensland Electrical Engineer of the Year in 2008 and Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2009.

His contribution to the Australian power industry and the engineering profession was recognized in 2012 through the award of Member of the Order of Australia.

In late 2012, Simon retired from his operating roles in the power industry to take up the position of Professor at the University of Queensland as the API/Powerlink Chair in Electricity Transmission

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


Director
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.


Director
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.



 

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Director
Mr Ken Barber

Ken has been employed in the Electric Cable industry since 1961, working in UK, India, Malaysia and Australia, gaining a wide range of experience in underground and overhead systems.

From 1976-2012 Ken was responsible for Olex Australia’s R&D, HV cable systems and Export businesses. Ken is currently Director of his consulting company, Istana Park, providing services to companies in Australia and Asia.

Ken is a member of the IET, life member of IEEE, has been Chairman and member of several Australia Standards committees, a Director of the CRC for Polymers and Director Swedish Neutral South Pacific. He is the Convener of the CIGRE Asia-Oceania Regional Council – AORC - B1 panel, a member of CIGRE SC B1 SAG and Convenor of WG B 1.47

 



 

 stephen clark

Director  
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

Director
Mr Phil Southwell

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

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 Panel Convenor and then as Study Committee Chair of C1.

In 2004, He was awarded the CIGRE Medal as well as life membership of CIGRE internationally and nationally. 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”.

By invitation, he has continued involvement as an expert member in both SC C1 and the Australian Technical Committee.

 


NGN - Co-Chair
Winodh Jayewardene

Winodh is a Principal electrical engineer with over 9 years of experience in high voltage industrial, distribution and transmission systems.

He has experience with designing secondary systems, power system modelling, protection studies and power quality analysis.  He also has practical experience in commissioning and contractor management.  Winodh also has extensive experience with grid connection of large transmission connected projects, practical commissioning and fault investigation experience.


alex price

NGN - Co-Chair
Alexandra Price
BE (Hons), BSc. 

Alex is an Electrical Engineer with Energex and has over five years of experience in electrical power systems including planning, design, network operation and procurement. 

Alex was a recipient of the ES Cornwall Scholarship in 2012 and the Engineers Australia Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year Award in 2015. She was also one of the joint CIGRE Australia scholarship winners to the 2014 Paris session.

She has been an active member of the NGN and held the role of the B5 NGN liaison person in 2015. Alex is also the Energex representative on AP C6.