Leadership team


Richard Gross - Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Ausgrid, Richard Gross brings a unique 360 degree perspective of the energy sector, its infrastructure and the regulatory environment. His track record includes managing industry acquisitions and mergers, advising on and implementing regulatory strategies, leading high-performance teams and championing the interests of both providers and consumers in a rapidly changing environment.
Richard has successfully led major business transitions, including integrating billion-dollar businesses. He is both a leader and trusted advisor in the operation of utilities, with decades of experience in asset management, asset risk management, valuation drivers, market dynamics and acquisitions. He has a reputation for building and managing strong professional teams while providing the direction and support needed to implement competitive commercial strategies.
Mr Gross holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Economics, as well as a Masters of Commerce in Economics and Finance. He attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2011.

Trevor Armstrong - Acting Chief Executive Officer Trevor Armstrong - Chief Operating Officer
Over the past three decades Trevor has worked across all facets of Ausgrid’s operations and has in-depth knowledge of the network’s planning, systems and business strategies. As a leader he is focused on serving customers by delivering a safe and reliable supply of power and providing good service that is affordable and efficient. As Chief Operating Officer Trevor is working to promote productivity and innovation and realise value by sustainably managing Australia’s largest regulated electricity network asset base to ensure a commercial return for our shareholders.

Trevor has a Bachelor of Engineering and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the INSEAD Advanced Management Program. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Treasurer of Cigre Australia and a member of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s Reliability Panel.

Michael Bradburn - Chief Financial Officer
Michael has more than 20 years experience in financial, commercial, planning and audit roles across a range of industry sectors. Most recently he has served as CFO of Viva Energy Australia and non executive Director of the ASX listed Viva Energy REIT. Before that he was CFO of Brisbane Airport, with responsibility for commercial negotiations with airlines, financial and management reporting, debt capital markets, treasury, risk and taxation.

Prior to his role at Brisbane Airport Michael held senior financial and commercial roles at Asciano (and its predecessor, Patrick Corporation). Michael is a Chartered Accountant, ACCA and GAICD, and holds a Master of Business Administration from AGSM and a Bachelor of Business.

Nigel Lowry – General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nigel is a lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of business transactions including merger & acquisitions, financing, real estate and joint ventures. He also has considerable expertise in corporate governance matters. Joining Ausgrid from CIMIC Group, where he worked as a senior in-house lawyer and company secretary, Nigel previously spent seven years at Macquarie Bank Limited where he was involved in numerous high-value structured capital transactions across various sectors. Nigel also practiced law at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and at Slaughter & May and Linklaters LLP in London.

Nigel has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) from The University of Sydney and a Master of Commerce from The University of New South Wales. He is a member of the AICD.

 
Rob Amphlett Lewis - Executive General Manager, Strategy and Regulation
Rob has more than 15 years’ experience in energy markets and utilities infrastructure in Australia and the United Kingdom. Before joining Ausgrid he held a number of senior roles at AusNet Services including regulatory, commercial management, planning, business development and strategic accountabilities and was most recently Executive General Manager – Strategy & Performance. Rob’s experience within the energy industry includes a career in professional services, specialising as a Mergers & Acquisitions advisor within the energy, infrastructure and resources sectors. Before moving to Australia, Rob was an energy trader with TXU European Energy Trading based in the UK.

At Ausgrid, Rob will be responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate strategy, developing productive and collaborative relationships with the regulatory community, delivering optimised outcomes from Ausgrid’s regulatory determinations and leadership of the corporate affairs function.

Rob has a Bachelor of Science (Economics and Politics – Honours) from the University of Bath, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Institute of Management.

Hannah McCaughey Hannah McCaughey - Executive General Manager, Transformation
Hannah has significant executive experience across energy infrastructure, power generation and energy retail markets. She joins Ausgrid from Centrica (UK FTSE 30 energy company), where she managed P&Ls, led large capital projects, M&A transactions and multi-year strategy and business transformation programmes. She has a track record of successfully delivering attractive business outcomes in a rapidly changing policy environment.

In the last 18 months, Hannah was Chief of Staff and Director of Strategy to the CEO of British Gas (UK) and Bord Gais (Ireland) which have over 13 million customers and 28,000 employees. In 2016, British Gas and Bord Gais delivered significant a significant transformation program in service and cost, including 38% reduction in UK customer complaints. Prior to this, as Commercial Director of Centrica Power, she was responsible for the Centrica nuclear joint venture P&L which represents 20% of installed power capacity in the UK (12 GW), as well as the wind joint ventures representing £1.7 billion of invested capital. Hannah has also delivered a number of M&A deals, managed business and project development teams as well as multi-divisional capability development and safety initiatives.

Hannah graduated from Monash Law School with honours and has a Masters in Law (distinction) from University College London.


Russell Houlahan - Head of Safety Taskforce
Russell has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive and operation leadership roles in the utilities sector. Joining Ausgrid from Downer EDI in 2016, he brings significant capability in construction and maintenance of power generation, electricity transmission and distribution, and telecommunications infrastructure. Russell has a track record in leading change and optimising operations to increase efficiency and improve safety outcomes. 

Russell has an electrical trades and engineering background and a Masters in Business Administration.