Operations Board of Directors

TransGrid's Operations Board of Directors brings a wealth of knowledge, varied experience and value to our business, providing strong leadership and direction.


Julie Stanley 

Interim  Chair 

Julie Stanley was appointed to the TransGrid board on 16 December 2015. 

Julie is a former Assurance and Advisory Partner at Deloitte, and has been a Director on the Regional Arts Victoria Board since 2015.

Julie has extensive experience as a Registered Company Auditor. She has a deep understanding of the energy sector, having audited a variety of clients and having gained auditing exposure in the energy sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. She continues to specialise in the energy sector in Australia. 

  

Rick Francis 

Director and Deputy Chair

Rick Francis was appointed as a Director of TransGrid on 16 December 2015.

Rick has over 18 years’ experience in the Australian energy and energy infrastructure industries. He has been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Infrastructure since May 2012. Prior to joining Spark Infrastructure he was employed by the ASX listed gas transmission and energy infrastructure business APA Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer for four years and by Origin Energy Limited for over eight years in a number of senior management roles including those of Group Financial Controller and Operations Manager, Energy Trading.


Michele Wong 

Director

Michele is an Investment Director at Hastings Funds Management and has extensive experience investing in, financing and managing infrastructure investments.  Michele has been with Hastings since November 2012. Her prior roles include Principal in the Global Infrastructure team at QIC and Deputy Director at the Department for Transport in the UK. Michele also spent 12 years with the Macquarie Group, primarily in London, where she was a Division Director.
 
Michele is currently a director of the North Queensland Airports group (which operates Cairns and Mackay airports) and Interlink Roads Pty Ltd (the concessionaire for the M5 South West toll road in Sydney). She was previously a director of PowerCo Ltd., a New Zealand gas and electricity distribution company. Michele holds a Master of Economics from Macquarie University, has qualified as an actuary and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Jean-Étienne Leroux

Director

Jean-Étienne Leroux was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015.

Jean-Étienne Leroux has had the role of Regional Director, Transactions & Asset management in the Infrastructure team of La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec since 2006. While heading the recently opened office of CDPQ in Australia, he has a mandate to develop a portfolio of quality infrastructure holdings in Australia, while managing specific assets within the portfolio, including the Port of Brisbane, for which he led the acquisition process at the end of 2013.

Jean-Étienne joined La Caisse in 2001. In this capacity, he has led transactions and managed investments, notably in the following sectors: social infrastructure and public transportation, water, energy infrastructure, utilities, toll roads, airports and ports. Jean-Étienne has a Bachelor of Business Administration (with concentrations in Finance and Quantitative Methods) and a Masters of Financial Engineering from HEC Montréal. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Jean-Étienne is a director of the Port of Brisbane (Australia) and sits on the Oversight Committee of Fiera Axium Infrastructure (Québec). He has served on the boards of InTransit BC (Vancouver, British Columbia), the Budapest Airport and South East Water (United Kingdom).


Brett Mitsch

Director

Brett Mitsch was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 20 May 2016.

Brett has over 20 years' experience in infrastructure, utility and corporate finance advisory in both Australia and the USA. Brett has advised on over $56Bn of M&A transactions during this time working with private, government and infrastructure investor clients.

Prior to joining Hastings in 2016 as the Portfolio Manager for the Utilities Trust of Australia, Brett worked at a number of investment banks most recently at Flagstaff Partners as well as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers and The Chase Manhattan Bank. He has also worked in the corporate sector with EnergyAustralia in business development including involvement in NSW power privatisation, as well as running his own corporate advisory firm providing advice to the mining sector on port and rail infrastructure development. Brett commenced his career as an engineer in the Australian water sector. 


Dr Warren Mundy

Director

Dr Warren Mundy was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015.

Warren has held senior executive roles in the airports industry in both Australia and Europe and has worked for McKinsey and Company, the Reserve Bank and the WA Treasury Corporation.

He recently retired as a Commissioner on the Australian Productivity Commission after six years of service.  He was the Presiding Commissioner on the Commission’s projects on Local Government as a Regulator, Regulator Engagement with Small Business, Access to Justice, International Tourism and Business Set-up, Transfers and Closures.

He also worked on the Commission’s projects on Public Infrastructure, Australia’s Urban Water Sector, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, the Compulsory Licensing Provisions of the Patents Act, regulatory Burdens on the Services Sector, Carbon Pricing in Selected Economies and Major Projects Approvals in Australia.

Warren is currently a director of the Sydney Desalination Plant, the trustee of the Energy Industry Superannuation Scheme, Western Community Legal Centre located in Melbourne and the National Health Co-Operative. He previously served on the Board of Airservices Australia for five and a half years, four and a half as Deputy Chair.

Warren is the Chair of both the Regulatory Committee and of the trustee of the NSW Electricity Networks Assets Trust.


Dr Keith Turner

Director

Keith Turner was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015.

Keith possesses extensive experience in the New Zealand energy sector. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Limited from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a private energy expert advising a range of large corporate clients and Government. He has previously served in a number of senior roles in establishing Contact Energy, and in the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Electricity Department, as well as many industry reform roles. Keith is currently a Non-Executive Director of SA Power Networks, Victoria Power Networks, CitiPower and Powercor , having been appointed to these roles in 2009.

Keith is a Director of Chorus NZ Limited and has previously been Deputy Chair of Auckland International Airport, and Chair of Fisher and Paykel Appliances Limited. 


Bénédicte Colin

Director

Bénédicte Colin was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 19 April 2017.

Bénédicte has over 20 years' experience in infrastructure, project finance and corporate governance in both Australia and France.

Prior to joining Caisse des Depots du Quebec in February 2017 as Director, Asset Management, Infrastructure, Bénédicte was the CEO of Keolis Downer, which is the largest private multi-modal transport operator in Australia and which runs in particular the Yarra Tram in Melbourne. Under her leadership, the business grew significantly and delivered superior customer satisfaction and operational performance. Bénédicte has overseen numerous PPP and franchise contract bids. She has also worked on the Victorian Desalination projects from its bid phase in 2009 to its $3.7Bn successful first refinancing in 2013, which she led. Bénédicte is deeply experienced in negotiating complex long term contracts with multiple private, government and international parties.

Bénédicte started her career as a lawyer in France. She was a co-founder and partner of the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associate in Paris where she handled large merger and acquisition transactions. Bénédicte holds a Baccalaureate with distinction in Mathematics and Science and an MBA from ESSEC in Paris. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Business and Tax Law from the University of Strasbourg. 

Bénédicte is also a director of Plenary Group Holdings, a specialist in public-private partnership infrastructure projects.