Who we are

Board of Directors

Our Board assumes overall responsibility for our corporate governance and oversees the performance of the organisation, our management, employees and the interests of our shareholders and stakeholders.
 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - HELEN NUGENT

DR HELEN NUGENT AC

Helen is a professional company director with a strong background in the energy, resources and financial services sectors. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of IAG, TPG Telecom, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Australian Olympic Foundation.

Previously, she has been Chairman of Australian Rail Track Corporation, the National Disability Insurance Agency, Veda Group, Funds SA, Swiss Re (Australia), Sydney Airports and Macquarie Airports. She has also been a Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy, Macquarie Group and Carter Holt Harvey. Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director, Helen was Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Helen has had a strong commitment to the arts and education. In the arts, she previously served as Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Opera Review and the Federal Government’s Inquiry into the Major Performing Arts, as well as being Deputy Chairman of Opera Australia. In education, she was previously Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School and was a member of the four person Bradley Review into tertiary education.

In 2004, Helen was made an Officer in the Order of Australia, and in 2022 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to people with disability through leadership of social and economic policy reform and implementation, to business, to the arts and to the community.

Helen holds a Masters of Business Administration (Dist) from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and PhD from the University of Queensland. She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Bond University. She is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - JASON PEASLEY

JASON PEASLEY
Jason manages AustralianSuper’s infrastructure investment portfolio and is on the leadership team in AustralianSuper’s investment department. He has over 20 years’ experience working across infrastructure acquisitions, finance and investment management in Australia, Europe and the United States.

A respected senor infrastructure specialist, Jason has regularly been called upon to advise utility companies and manage utility portfolio company investments. He has served as a director of NSW Ports and Queensland Motorways, AustralianSuper’s two largest infrastructure investments.

Before joining AustralianSuper, Jason served as Director and Head of Transactions at Hastings Funds Management, a specialist infrastructure investment manager. He was also Director of Infrastructure at Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking Division.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) (Honours) from Monash University. 

 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - ASHLEY BARKER

ASHLEY BARKER
Ashley is a senior investment professional with 17 years’ experience across investment banking, private equity, infrastructure funds management and senior corporate roles. He is currently an Executive Director at IFM Investors.

Ashley’s expertise encompasses the full private market investment lifecycle from transaction origination, structuring and execution, through Board membership, asset management and oversight of strategic change. His previous experience includes senior roles at Hastings Funds Management, Credit Suisse and Bupa Australia.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - MICHAEL HANNA

MICHAEL HANNA
Michael has worked for more than 20 years in the design, planning, delivery and financing of major infrastructure projects. He is the Head of Infrastructure – Australia at IFM Investors and is responsible for managing the $10.1 billion Australian Infrastructure Fund. He is also a member of the Investment Sub-Committee for IFM Investor’s $17 billion Global Infrastructure Fund, and is a member of IFM Investors’ Leadership Team and Risk Committee.

He has previously represented IFM Investors as a Director on the Boards of Eastern Distributor (M1 toll-road in Sydney, NSW); Interlink Roads (M5 toll-road in Sydney, NSW); Pacific Hydro (renewable energy business with assets in Australia, Chile and Brazil); Ecogen Energy (power generation business in Victoria); Wyuna Water (public-private partnership in NSW) and NSW Ports (Port Botany and Port Kembla).

Prior to joining IFM Investors, Michael held senior executive positions at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and global consulting engineers, Arup, in the UK and in Australia.

Michael is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science, (Honours) from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Strathclyde, in addition to a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA) and a Graduate Certificate of Management from Melbourne Business School.

 

Ausgrid Board Member - Michael Byrne

MICHAEL BYRNE

Michael has over 30 years of executive experience in Australia and internationally in the logistics, supply chain, retail and property sectors. He has previously been CEO of Westgate Holdings, Linfox Logistics and Coates Hire, with responsibility for managing up to 25,000 people in 12 countries in the Asia Pacific.

Most recently he was a Director, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Toll Holdings Limited and a Director of the Toll Group.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Science in Infrastructure and Transportation from the University of Denver, USA.

 

Ausgrid Board Member - BELINDA GIBSON

BELINDA GIBSON
Belinda Gibson is an experienced non-executive director and company advisor with strong financial and governance capabilities, including risk management. She is also a director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and Citibank Australia. She is a past director of Chief Executive Women, AirServices Australia, Thorn Group, GetSwift, The Sir Robert Menzies Foundation and The Australian Museum.

She was a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood Mallesons) for 20 years, specialising in corporate law and M&A transactions. She was appointed as a commissioner and then deputy chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in 2007, with lead responsibility for the capital markets divisions of the securities regulator. Since 2013 she has been a business consultant and professional company director.

She is focused on building sustainable business models that are founded on strong engagement with stakeholders.  That starts with objective fact-based decision making, ethical frameworks and sound governance practices.

She is passionate about promoting STEM education for young people, especially girls and actively supports Power of Engineering.

 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - ROBERT WRIGHT

ROBERT WRIGHT
Robert Wright has over 35 years’ financial management experience across a range of industries including retail, food processing and fast-moving consumer goods. During his executive career, he was the Chief Financial Officer of several listed companies including 10 years as Finance Director of David Jones Limited.

Robert has over 25 years’ experience as both an Executive Director and Non-Executive Director on a number of private and listed companies. Recent former Directorships include the APA Group from 2000 to 2015, SAI Global Limited from 2003 to 2013 (Chairman from 2008 ), Chairman of the Ethane Pipeline Income Fund from 2008 to 2016 and Chairman of the Super Retail Group Limited from 2004 to 2017.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury (NZ), is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 
 

AUSGRID BOARD MEMBER - STEVEN MACDONALD

STEVEN MACDONALD
Steven has over 20 years’ experience as a business leader and Board Director having led businesses in construction, infrastructure services and infrastructure ownership during an extensive career with the Transfield Group of companies and more recently in the role of Managing Director of the Zinfra Group.

Steven currently has an ongoing role on the Investment Committee of Palisade Investment Partners.

Steven’s industry experience includes construction and maintenance services in the power generation, renewable energy, power transmission and distribution, telecommunications, gas, water & waste water, roads & rail, public transport and the oil & gas sectors. Steve has worked in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia and has led company expansions into North America and the Middle East.

Steven’s former executive roles include Chief Executive Marketing and Investments and prior to that Chief Strategy Officer at Transfield Services, Chief Executive Officer of Transfield Construction, Chief Executive Officer of TSI Fund and Chief Executive Officer of public transport operator, Yarra Trams with the most recent executive role with Zinfra Group as Managing Director from November 2013 to March 2019.

Steven is an experienced company Director and has worked in non-executive roles in numerous companies, government boards, joint ventures and alliances. Steven is a former Director of Yarra Trams, Transfield Worley Power Services, Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, Ratchaburi Australia Corp Ltd, the federal government’s Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, the Clean Energy Council, and a former member of the NSW Government Renewable Energy Task Force.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Melbourne University.