Leadership Team

Paul Italiano

Chief Executive Officer
Paul joined TransGrid in May 2016 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since 2012. His 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.

​Jeff Forrest

Chief Financial Officer (Acting)
BA (Hons), MBA

Jeff has 15 years of infrastructure finance and corporate advisory experience. Prior to joining TransGrid in 2018 he was a Principal at L.E.K. Consulting where he provided growth strategy, performance improvement and transaction advisory services across a broad range of industries. His career has spanned the energy sector across North America and Asia Pacific, including utilities, solar and biomass generators, and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Eva Hanly

Executive Manager, Strategy, Innovation & Technology
BEng (Hons), BA, MBA, AICD
Eva has over 20 years experience in the infrastructure industry. She has a strong background in procuring and delivering infrastructure and in establishing new businesses, driving growth and leading transformational change. Before joining TransGrid, Eva was General Manager NSW Development at TransUrban, responsible for the growth pipeline, and was part of the leadership team responsible for acquiring WestConnex. Prior to that, Eva was General Manager Commercial at Origin Energy. Eva sits on the Deans Advisory Council for the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW.

Craig Stallan

Executive Manager, Works Delivery
BEng (Hons), GAICD
Craig is responsible for the safe development and delivery of TransGrid’s maintenance and capital programs. Craig brings to TransGrid more than 25 years of experience in heavy industry including mining, manufacturing, and oil and gas, working in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.
Prior to joining TransGrid, Craig held senior executive roles in commercial, operations and projects, leading large and complex divisions in the oil & gas, and energy infrastructure industries.

Brian Salter

Executive Manager, Legal, Governance and Risk
BA (ANU), LLB (Hons) (ANU), LLM (Hons) (Syd)
Brian is a highly experienced legal executive, and has practised commercial law for over 35 years. He is a specialist in regulatory, compliance and governance issues. Before joining TransGrid in 2019, Brian was Group General Counsel and a member of the executive team at a major listed company for more than a decade. He also spent 26 years at a major first tier law firm, including 19 years as partner. Brian was a board member of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) 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.

Richard Lowe

Chief Executive Officer, Lumea
Richard has more than 25 years’ experience in in the infrastructure sector in Australia and internationally with senior management and executive and non-executive director roles across listed and unlisted markets.
Richard is CEO of Lumea, TransGrid’s commercial services and market facing businesses including new connections and network expansion, energy services and telecommunications and commercialising new technology initiatives.

Chris Pemberton

Executive Manager, Corporate Services
Chris has extensive experience in improving business performance, service delivery and people engagement supported by a diverse background in corporate and business strategy, infrastructure, operations, IT, purchasing, property and engineering. In his previous role as Group Head Corporate Services for Downer, Chris led the IT, procurement, shared services, property and business system transformation and the business cost reduction program. Prior to joining Downer, Chris ran his own consulting practise and held a number of senior leadership roles with Qantas.

Seán Mc Goldrick

Executive Manager, Major Projects
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 oversees the delivery of several major projects across NSW and the ACT. In February 2020, Seán also became Acting Executive Manager, Network Planning and Operations, with responsibility for asset management and investment strategies, asset performance, environmental approvals, non-network solutions and system operations. Seán was previously Executive Manager of Asset Management at Western Power, where he was responsible for a $10.2 billion asset. With more than 30 years’ experience working on electrical power systems globally, Seán has acted as consultant on many EU, World Bank and EBRD funded projects.