Who we are

Executive Leadership Team

 

 

Richard Gross CEO

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 mergers and acquisitions, 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.  

 

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 Chief Financial Officer (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 18 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of business transactions including mergers and 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 - CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER

Rob has more than 18 years’ experience in energy markets and utilities infrastructure in Australia and the United Kingdom. At Ausgrid, Rob leads the Customer and Partner Experience, Customer Transformation, Strategy, Regulation and Corporate Affairs functions.

His experience within the energy industry includes regulatory, commercial management, planning, business development and strategic accountabilities and a career in professional services, specialising as a Mergers and 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 United Kingdom.

Rob is accountable for driving Ausgrid’s journey to customer centricity, through improving customer outcomes today and positioning the business to deliver on customers’ future expectations.

 

JASON CLARK - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - EMERGING ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Jason is accountable for growing the unregulated business PLUS ES. PLUS ES is a market leader in metering and data services and electrical and telecommunications infrastructure.

Jason has more than 19 years experience in the energy industry having previously worked for AGL Energy in senior leadership roles covering distributed energy, sales, marketing, operations, transformation and risk. Prior to joining Ausgrid, Jason was the General Manager Distributed Energy Services at AGL Energy, accountable for creating a market leader in distributed energy. In this role he led the growth of a digital meter start-up to become Australia's largest contestable metering business. Jason has a track record of delivering outstanding customer outcomes and superior financial results.

Prior to working at AGL Energy, Jason held positions at a number of leading organisations including Westfield and KPMG. A Chartered Accountant, Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

 

SAM SOFI - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - FIELD OPERATIONS

Sam is the Executive General Manager Field Operations. Field Operations Group provides the safe and efficient delivery of field activities and includes system control, incident response and coordination functions for the organisation.

Field Operations are focussed on delivering a safe and reliable electricity network 24/7 and play a major role in building and maintaining Ausgrid’s network. 

Sam has also held positions including, General Manager -Technical Operations, GM – Asset Management and Operations and Director of Transformation. Sam’s 20+ years of industry experience has also included roles in Ausgrid’s External Projects, Customer Services, Field Operating, Transmission and System Control areas. 

On 1 December, 2016, Australian Super and IFM acquired a combined 50.4% controlling interest in Ausgrid from the NSW Government via a 99-year lease, and Sam was directly involved in the change of ownership process.

Sam has an Electrical Engineering Degree, a Master in Engineering Management and a Master of Accounting and Finance.

 

PAUL JONES - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - HEALTH & SAFETY

Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in safety, health and environmental management across a broad range of sectors and geographies. Most recently Paul was General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Security at Newcrest Mining. Previously he held executive HSE roles at Telstra, Xstrata (now Glencore), Goodman Fielder and Capral Aluminium. He started his career at BHP as an industrial chemist before transitioning into occupational hygiene and then into environmental and safety management. 

Paul holds Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Wollongong.

 

KATHRINA BRYEN - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - PEOPLE

Kathrina Bryen is a highly successful human resources executive with 25+ years’ experience working across the areas of transformational, cultural and structural change, talent and capability development, industrial relations, workforce planning and diversity & inclusion. Kathrina joined Ausgrid in 2018 as Head of People & Culture and in 2020 joined the Executive Leadership Team in the role of Executive General Manager People.

Prior to joining Ausgrid Kathrina was Vice President HR Operations & Network at Aurizon, Australia’s largest national rail freight operator. In this role Kathrina managed a national team of HR professionals who business partnered with all levels of leaders across a 6,000 strong workforce in the operational division and in the 'below rail' network part of the business. She held various leadership roles in Aurizon and during this time successfully led the people separation in the demerger of government owned Queensland Rail to form Aurizon which listed on the ASX in 2010. 

Kathrina holds a Master of Business Administration (QUT), a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Learning. She is a member of the AICD.

 

Junayd Hollis - EGM - Asset Management

JUNAYD HOLLIS - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - ASSET MANAGEMENT

Junayd has over 15 years' experience working with utilities across the globe on a range of issues spanning asset management, economic regulation, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and transformation. Junayd joined Ausgrid in Dec 2017 as the Head of Strategy where he worked with the Executive and Board to help shape and implement Ausgrid's longer term strategy and response to the current energy transition.

In July 2019, Junayd took up the role of Executive General Manager - Asset Management, responsible for balancing cost, risk and performance of Ausgrid's network in line with customer expectations.

Prior to joining Ausgrid in 2017, Junayd was a Director with Third Horizon Consulting, where he led their Energy and Infrastructure advisory practice working with clients across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Junayd holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical Engineering) from The University of Sydney.

 

KELLY WOOD - EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER - NETWORK DELIVERY SERVICES

As a senior executive with over 25 years of business experience in engineering, aviation and the defence industry and most recently in government financial services, Kelly’s passion lies in operations management supported by her ability to think strategically and act tactically. 

Kelly has held leadership positions at Thales, VT Aerospace, Qantas, Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Systems and most recently at Revenue NSW where she was the Executive Director Products, Service and Compliance for almost four years. 

At Ausgrid, Kelly is responsible for leading the Network Delivery Services Group, responsible for major projects, contract delivery, fleet and logistics, design management, major capital projects, facilities management and security operations. 

Kelly is also responsible for leading Ausgrid’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the General Manager, COVID-19 Response Management.