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Executive Leadership Team

  • Tony Narvaez - Managing Director
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    TONY NARVAEZ
    Managing Director

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Commerce and Economics, Murdoch University 
    > Diploma in Financial Services (Energy Trading)
    > General Management Program, Harvard Business School, USA

    ROLE
    As Managing Director, Mr Narvaez manages AusNet Services’ operations and provides strategic guidance and direction to the Board to ensure that the Company achieves its mission and objectives. 

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

    Mr Narvaez commenced at AusNet Services as Managing Director on 1 November 2019. Mr Narvaez has extensive experience in the energy sector, including prior roles as CEO of Endeavour Energy and CEO of United Energy and Multinet Gas.  

    Mr Narvaez has also held senior executive roles at General Electric, ATCO Group and Verve Energy, spanning strategy, business development, commercial, operations, major projects and joint ventures in Australia and internationally. 

  • Mark Ellul - Chief Financial Officer

    MARK ELLUL
    Chief Financial Officer

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Commerce, Melbourne University 
    > Chartered Accountant

    ROLE
    Mr Ellul is responsible for all key financial functions as well as Investor Relations, Treasury, Insurance and Tax.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Mr Ellul has been with AusNet Services since 2010, in various senior finance roles, including Corporate Accounting Manager and most recently as General Manager of Finance for AusNet Services’ regulated business. Mr Ellul was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 9 December 2019 and has been acting Chief Financial Officer since 20 September 2019. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Mr Ellul held senior corporate accounting and audit and assurance roles at Telstra and KPMG. Mr Ellul is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (“CAANZ”) and a former member of the CAANZ Victorian Corporate Advisory Panel.  

     
     

     

  • Alistair Parker - Executive General Manager, Regulation & External Affairs
    Alistair Parker

    ALISTAIR PARKER
    Executive General Manager, Regulation & External Affairs

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Aston University, UK
    > Master of Business Administration, Lancaster University, UK

    ROLE
    Mr Parker is responsible for the Regulated Energy Services portfolio of businesses including three regulated energy networks, regulatory strategy and asset management.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

    Mr Parker has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, including a decade of senior leadership roles. Mr Parker joined AusNet Services in 2009 as Director, Regulation and Network Strategy prior to being promoted to General Manager – Asset Management. Before moving to Australia, Mr Parker spent 15 years with National Grid, UK, initially as an engineer, then moving into commercial roles. In 2000, he became a consultant with Ernst & Young in New Zealand before moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia, ultimately as Melbourne Energy Economics Practice Leader.

  • Prue Crawford-Flett - Executive General Manager, Network Operations
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    PRUE CRAWFORD-FLETT
    Executive General Manager, Network Operations

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering – RMIT University 
    > Masters of Business Administration, Monash University

    ROLE

    Ms Crawford-Flett is responsible for the Operations and Services Division which brings together field operations and service delivery to our customers, including responsibility for the Delivery and Planning, Performance and Operations teams.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Ms Crawford-Flett joined AusNet Services as a member of the executive team on 1 April 2019. Prior to joining the company, Ms Crawford-Flett held a leadership role in Downer’s Renewables and Power Systems business unit, providing services to some of Australia’s largest energy businesses, including AusNet Services. She has extensive experience in the energy sector, gained through her time with Downer and from senior operational and project leadership roles with CitiPower and Powercor. Her earlier career also included significant operational management and project engineering roles in major building construction. 

  • Steven Neave - Executive General Manager, Network Management

    STEVEN NEAVE 
    Executive General Manager, Network Management

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
    > Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Victoria University

    ROLE
    Mr Neave leads the Network Management division which is responsible for asset management, network engineering and network safety across our three regulated networks. 

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Mr Neave joined AusNet Services on 20 July 2020. Prior to that he was the General Manager for CitiPower/Powercor’s Electricity Networks and a member of its Executive team. Mr Neave has extensive experience in the energy sector and a track record of achievement in areas such as risk-based asset management practices, network performance, reliability improvement and capability development. 

  • Chad Hymas - Executive General Manager, Growth & Future Networks

    CHAD HYMAS 
    Executive General Manager, Growth & Future Networks

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Monash University 
    > Bachelor of Arts (Organisational Psychology), Monash University 
    > Master of Business Administration, Deakin University 
    > Certified Practising Accountant (ASCPA)

    ROLE
    Mr Hymas is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Mondo business which includes unregulated infrastructure services, emerging energy markets, utility and metering services and asset intelligence services.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Mr Hymas has extensive strategy, operations and finance experience in the energy sector, having worked for TXU, SPI Electricity and AusNet Services since 2001. Having held numerous positions within AusNet Services, Mr Hymas was most recently General Manager, Strategy and Business Development, leading a broad range of strategic initiatives in strategy, transformation and business development. Mr Hymas began his career at Arthur Andersen, followed by various financial roles for Motorola Australia and New Zealand.

  • Jon D’Sylva - Executive General Manager, Strategy & Transformation

    JON D’SYLVA
    Executive General Manager, Strategy & Transformation

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Masters of Applied Finance – FINSIA 
    > Chartered Accountant 
    > Bachelor of Taxation, University of NSW 

    ROLE
    Mr D’Sylva is responsible for managing the development and implementation of AusNet Services’ corporate strategy, business planning and transformation.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Mr D’Sylva has diverse executive leadership experience in the utilities sector, including strategy, company-wide transformation, business development and growth. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Mr D’Sylva held senior executive roles including General Manager, Strategy and Insights at Endeavour Energy, and prior executive roles at United Energy and Multinet Gas and Synergy. 

  • Jo McConnell - Executive General Manager, People & Safety 

    JO McCONNELL
    Executive General Manager, People & Safety

    QUALIFICATIONS 
    >Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
    >Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

    ROLE
     
    Ms McConnell leads the People and Safety division and is responsible for our safety, people, culture, organisational development, payroll, facilities, and internal communications functions.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE 
    Ms McConnell was appointed Executive General Manager People and Safety on 25 August 2020.  Prior to joining AusNet Services, Ms McConnell worked for several publicly listed and private organisations both in Australia and overseas. Ms McConnell’s most recent corporate role was as the Group Manager – Strategy Execution at Latitude Financial Services, a leading consumer finance company. Prior to that she was the Chief People Officer at Latitude, leading a significant change agenda across all aspects of people, capability, culture, and corporate affairs for the business.  Prior to Latitude, Ms McConnell was the inaugural Chief People Officer for the mining company created via a demerger from BHP, South32. Ms McConnell also enjoyed an 18-year career with BHP, working in multiple roles across Australia, UK and Canada.

  • Naomi Kelly - Executive General Manager, Governance & General Counsel and Company Secretary

    NAOMI KELLY
    Executive General Manager, Governance & General Counsel and Company Secretary

    QUALIFICATIONS
    > Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne
    > Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
    > Grad Dip Natural Resources Law, University of Melbourne

    ROLE
    Ms Kelly is responsible for AusNet Services’ legal, audit, risk, compliance, and company secretarial functions.

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Ms Kelly was appointed Executive General Manager, Governance and General Counsel on 29 July 2020. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Ms Kelly worked for Clayton Utz for the past 15 years, including over 12 years as a Partner in its Construction and Major Projects Group. Ms Kelly is a highly accomplished legal professional and senior leader, recognised for her development of talent and capability and championing of workplace diversity and inclusion. Ms Kelly is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers.

  • Keith Hopkins - Chief Digital Officer

    KEITH HOPKINS
    Chief Digital Officer 

    QUALIFICATIONS

    >Bachelor of Business 

    ROLE

    Mr Hopkins leads the Digital division and is responsible for Digital strategy, which is core to our transformation agenda. This includes the provision of information systems, network operations systems, cyber security and telecommunications for the AusNet Services Group’s three network businesses and its commercial energy services business, Mondo. 

    EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
    Mr Hopkins was appointed to the role of Chief Digital Officer on 18 August 2020, reporting into the Chief Financial Officer. Mr Hopkins joined AusNet Services as General Manager Technology Products and Services and Cyber Security in 2019 and was appointed as EGM Technology (Acting) in April 2020.  Mr Hopkins has over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry with roles both locally and globally across multiple industry channels. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Keith held senior technology positions with Coles, ANZ and Shell.