Leadership Team

Driving business operations and managing a safe, diverse and highly skilled workforce, our leaders set the standard for a high performance culture.


Paul Italiano – Chief Executive Officer

B. Bus, MBA, FAIM, FLWA, FCPA

Paul Italiano is the Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid, the operator and manager of the NSW high voltage transmission network. Paul joined TransGrid in May 2016 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since 2012. 

Paul’s career includes time with Wesfarmers General Insurance as General Manager Business Services; at HBF Health Funds as General Manager Financial Services and Strategic Development; and at the RAC as Chief Financial Officer. Paul is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, Leadership WA and the Australian Institute of Management.



Jason Conroy - Chief Financial Officer

BCom (Accounting), MBA, FCA

Jason Conroy joined TransGrid as Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He has a track record of generating significant value in both ASX-listed and private companies as a senior executive and non-executive director. 

Prior to TransGrid, Jason was Chief Executive Officer of an ASX-listed venture capital company.  Before that, he was Chief Financial Officer of the ASX100 energy utility owner and operator DUET Group for nine years where he co-led a significant transformation through mergers and acquisitions, recapitalisations and restructuring, resulting in its $13.4 billion takeover in 2017.  Prior experience was gained by Jason from roles in a number of blue chip companies, including Origin Energy Limited.  

Jason is a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 




Michael Gatt – Executive Manager, Works Delivery

Dip Elec Eng, BCom (Business)

Michael has worked at TransGrid for 14 years and is Executive Manager of Works Delivery. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the electrical supply industry across a diverse range of responsibilities; from technical roles to policy development and senior management. He currently manages TransGrid’s field facing workforce, together with the functional areas of Health Safety and Environment. Michael has previously held board positions with the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman. Prior to joining TransGrid, Michael held senior roles with the Department of Energy Utilities and Sustainability, and worked as a Senior Adviser for the NSW Government.




Brian Salter, Executive Manager - Legal, Governance and Risk

BA (ANU), LLB (Hons) (ANU), LLM (Hons) (Syd) 

Brian is a highly experienced legal executive, with over 35 years practicing commercial law. He is a specialist in regulatory, compliance and governance issues and has advised on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, schemes of arrangement, regulatory investigations and major litigation. 

Before joining TransGrid in 2019, Brian was Group General Counsel and member of the Executive Team at a major listed company for more than a decade. During this time, he was responsible for the Legal and Governance Department comprising more than 100 professionals in Australia and overseas. Brian’s career also includes 26 years at a major first tier law firm, including 19 years as partner. He was a member of the firm’s leadership team from 2001-2004, Managing Partner of the Banking & Financial Services and Property & Construction Departments, and also lead partner of his team for 18 years.  Brian and his teams have been the recipient of many industry and peer-group awards.

Brian was a Board member of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF), the peak body representing the securitisation industry in Australia, for 18 years and Chair for six years. In 2005, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the ASF for his contributions to the Australian Securitisation Industry. Brian is the former Chair of both the General Counsel 100 and SCECGS Redlands. He was a long-time member of the Legal Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.


Chris Pemberton – Executive Manager, Corporate Services

BEng (Hons), MBA, AGSM, GAICD

Chris joined the TransGrid Executive team in February 2017 and has extensive experience in improving business performance, service delivery and people engagement supported by his diverse background in corporate and business strategy, infrastructure, operations, IT, purchasing, property and engineering. Most recently the Group Head Corporate Services for Downer, Chris led the engineering services company’s IT, procurement, shared services, property, business system transformation and fit for business cost reduction program. Prior to joining Downer, Chris ran his own consulting practise and held a number of senior leadership roles with Qantas.


Eva Hanly - Executive Manager Strategy, Innovation & Technology

BEng (Hons), BA, MBA, AICD

Eva has 18 years' experience in the infrastructure industry having worked for tier 1 contractors, investors, owners and operators of major infrastructure in the energy, transport and mining sectors.  She has a strong background in the procurement and delivery of infrastructure and in establishing new businesses, driving growth and leading transformational change. Prior to joining TransGrid in November 2018, Eva held a number of General Management positions at Transurban including General Manager NSW Development, responsible for the growth pipeline and part of the leadership of the successful WestConnex acquisition. Previously, Eva was General Manager Commercial at Origin Energy responsible for Origin's shareholding investment in the Australian Pacific LNG (APLNG) project, management of APLG's JV arrangements and non-operated assets, LNG portfolio management as well as establishing and leading the gas marketing business.  She has previously held roles across operations, project management, commercial and strategy functions.  Eva sits on the Deans Advisory Council for the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW.



Richard Lowe – Executive Manager, Business Growth

Richard has over 25 years’ experience in Australian and international capital markets in mergers and acquisitions, financing and operations across the infrastructure sector. In a career spanning commercial law, project finance and investment banking, Richard has led successful bids and financed major projects and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion. Richard is responsible for growing TransGrid’s non-prescribed businesses including new connections and network expansion, telecommunications and property and strategic acquisitions and  commercialising new technology initiatives. 

Prior to joining TransGrid in March 2017, Richard was Managing Director for Macquarie Infrastructure’s $2bn infrastructure portfolio in India which included significant businesses in the energy, telecommunications and transportation sectors.   



Seán Mc Goldrick - Executive Manager, Major Projects and Acting Executive Manager, Network Planning and Operations

BA (Mathematics), BAI (Engineering), PhD (Molecular Physics)

Seán is a senior executive in the utility industry, having served at managerial and board level for energy organisations worldwide. He joined the TransGrid Executive Team in 2019 and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of several major transmission projects across NSW and the ACT. In February 2020, Seán also became Acting Executive Manager, Network Planning and Operations, with responsibility for TransGrid’s asset management and investment strategies, asset performance, environmental approvals, non-network solutions and system operations.

Prior to TransGrid, Seán was Executive Manager of Asset Management at Western Power, where he was responsible for a $10.2 billion transmission and distribution asset, and managed to reduce capital expenditure sustainably by $170m per annum. Seán also worked as Director of Parsons Brinkerhoff’s Networks Business covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is a former General Manager of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO). 

With more than 30 years’ experience working on Electrical Power Systems globally, Seán has acquired expertise in the research and development, construction, operation, consultancy, planning and asset management of large-scale power systems. He has acted as consultant on many EU, World Bank and EBRD funded projects and his experience includes working and consulting for power utilities, transmission system operators and regulators in Australia, Europe, North America and Africa.