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.



Tony Meehan – Chief Financial Officer (Acting)

BCom (Accounting, Finance and Systems) FCPA

Tony has extensive experience across many Executive roles at TransGrid having previously held the roles Executive General Manager /Finance and Information Systems and Chief Information Officer. Tony has overseen TransGrid’s last two regulated revenue determinations and the development of TransGrid’s unregulated revenue stream. Tony is a Fellow of CPA Australia and prior to joining TransGrid held senior positions with the NSW Electricity Generator, Pacific Power.


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.



Caroline Taylor – Executive Manager, Policy & Corporate Affairs 

BEc, MPP

Caroline has extensive experience in the energy industry particularly in the areas of economic regulation, policy development and market reform. Prior to joining TransGrid, Caroline was the Director of Infrastructure Investment at Infrastructure Australia where she led assessments of Australia's infrastructure needs and advised governments on funding mechanisms for nationally significant projects. She has also previously held positions at the Australian Energy Market Commission, Commonwealth Government and Ofgem (the UK's energy regulator).

As Executive Manager, Policy & Corporate Affairs, Caroline plays an integral role guiding TransGrid's engagement with the regulatory and policy environment in Australia, and leads the enhancement of TransGrid's corporate brand and reputation.

 


Gerard Reiter – Executive Manager, Network Planning & Operations

BEng (Hons) RPEQ

Gerard has worked at TransGrid for 6 years and is Executive Manager, Network Planning and Operations. He is responsible for determining TransGrid’s strategic asset management decisions and investment strategies in addition to asset performance, environmental approvals, non-network solutions and system operations. Gerard has a deep knowledge of energy transmission businesses and has previously held Executive roles within Powerlink the transmission operator for the state of Queensland. He has international business experience having worked in Switzerland with ABB for 2 years, as well as consulting roles in Malaysia for TNB (Electric). Gerard was Chairman of the Australian Power Institute (API) from 2012 to 2016.  API is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering power engineering education.



Peter Horton – Executive Manager, Legal, Governance & Risk

BA LLB

Peter has been an in-house lawyer for 30 years, including 23 years as a General Counsel.
Prior to joining TransGrid in February 2017, Peter’s career included Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for QBE Insurance Group Limited (2014 to 2016) Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Woolworths Limited (2005-2014), General Manager Legal and Company Secretary of WMC Resources Limited (1993-2005) and a Corporate Lawyer then Principal Solicitor at BHP Petroleum Pty Limited. 

Peter was awarded the ACLA Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2002 and his teams were awarded the ACLA Australian Law Award for In-House Legal Department of the Year in 2004 and 2005 (WMC) and 2013 (Woolworths).
Peter is also a member of ACC Australia GC 100 Executive Committee.


Chris Pemberton – Chief Information Officer & 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.