Our Board and Executive team establish the overall corporate governance of Powerlink, including strategic direction, policies and operational framework.
The board and management work together to establish and maintain a legal and ethical environment and framework that ensures accountability throughout Powerlink that is in the best interests of shareholders and the corporation.
Board of Directors
Kathy Hirschfeld AMChair
Kathy Hirschfeld AM
Chair (Appointed 2018)
BE (Chem), HonFIEAus, FTSE, FIChemE, FAICD
Kathy has extensive experience on ASX, NYSE, private company and government boards and brings to her board roles corporate and commercial experience as a CEO of a complex manufacturing business. In addition, Kathy has expertise in operational risk management, safety and corporate governance.
Kathy is a chemical engineer with 20 years' experience with BP in oil refining, logistics and exploration in Australia, the UK and Turkey. Kathy was also a Logistics Officer in the Australian Army Reserve. She is currently a director of Central Petroleum Ltd, Spark Infrastructure, Victoria Power Networks and the South Australian Power Networks.
Kathy was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant contribution to engineering, women and business.
Kathy is passionate about improving the representation of women in leadership and engineering and in 2015 was named one of Australia’s AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence. In 2014, she was the ninth woman recognised by Engineers Australia as an Honorary Fellow.
Kathy is a member of the Powerlink Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
Director (Appointed 2015)
BE (Hons), MEngSc, BEcon, DipCompSc, GAICD
Alan has more than 40 years' experience in the energy sector with management roles covering corporatisation of the Queensland Energy Government Owned Corporations, general energy policy, development of the national energy markets, energy market trading and risk management.
Alan has held a number of senior executive roles including General Manager and Deputy Director General within the Queensland Government departments responsible for energy, as well as the role of Queensland Energy Regulator.
Alan has a detailed knowledge of the operational and regulatory environment of Queensland and national electricity sectors and the issues they face going forward.
Alan is the Chair of the Powerlink Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Director (Appointed 2022)
BA, JD, MBA (Executive), GAICD
Joanna has more than 25 years’ of governance, legal and executive experience, with a record of delivering growth through developing and executing strategy, capital raisings, commercial negotiations, M&A and project management, predominantly in the infrastructure and energy and resources industries.
She is currently the Acting General Counsel of Senex Energy and has previously been General Counsel for organisations including Iris Energy, Epic Energy, Jetstar Airways, ME Bank and Billabong International, and has worked on projects including QCLNG and PNG LNG.
Joanna was previously on the Board of Powerlink from 2015 - 2016 and is on the Board of the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Joanna is a Member of the Powerlink Board’s People and Safety Committee.
Kevin Hegarty OAMDirector
Kevin Hegarty OAM
Director (Appointed 2020)
Kevin had a twenty-two year career within Queensland Health, seventeen years of which he was a Health Service Chief Executive.
Prior to his health sector career Kevin had 14 years in the electricity supply sector commencing in 1981 with the transmission areas of both the Queensland Electricity Generating Board and Queensland Electricity Commission and finally Capricornia Electricity.
Kevin now heads his own consultancy practice that includes clients within the health, education and infrastructure sectors.
For three years until June 2021, Kevin served as a Board member of the Queensland Government’s then infrastructure body, Building Queensland.
Kevin was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List for service to public health administration.
He is a member of the Board's Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Director (Appointed 2020)
Wayne has more than 42 years of experience in the power and mining industries. Prior to his retirement in June 2020, Wayne lead TransAlta Corporation’s global mining activity and power generation operations across all fuel types. TransAlta is a publicly traded international power business based in Calgary, Canada.
In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for Stanwell Corporation Ltd (Queensland), he was responsible for a fleet comprising coal, gas and hydro power generation and a large open cut coal mine.
His career has predominantly been in power plant operations and maintenance but also included a period developing and building new utility scale renewable power plants.
He has spent more than 20 years working in associated energy commodity markets (power, coal, gas, liquid fuel).
Director (Appointed 2023)
BA(Politics and History), MCom(Industrial Relations and Organisational Behavior), GAICD.
Kate has more than 25 years’ experience in the property, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Kate has considerable experience delivering complex infrastructure for public and private sector clients. She has been the Project Director for over $3B in private, Commonwealth and State Government projects in the property, energy, transport, Defence, aviation and justice sectors. She is passionate about the energy transition, circular economy and equity, diversity and inclusion.
Kate is currently the Chief Executive Officer (Acting) ANZ for SMEC, a global professional services engineering and design firm. Kate is a member of the Healthy Land and Water Risk and Audit Committee and a member of the Queensland Veterans Reference Group.
Kate is the President of the Queensland Military Historical Society and is the Vice Chair of the Global Sustainability Council for SMEC parent company Surbana Jurong.
She completed the Business Sustainability Management course at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability leadership.
Director (Appointed 2023)
BEng, FIEAust, RPEQ, MAICD, Adjunct Fellow - University of Sunshine Coast
Amanda is an experienced and contemporary leader with strong business, policy, financial, strategic, and political acumen. She has a keen interest in the role of ‘for purpose’ infrastructure in inclusivity, economic vibrancy and shaping local communities. Amanda also has extensive experience in leadership of major public infrastructure programs.
Amanda is currently the CEO of SunCentral, leading the development of Australia’s largest greenfield CBD development, the Maroochydore City Centre.
Amanda is also Chair, Australian Institute of Company Directors Sunshine Coast; Co-Chair University of the Sunshine Coast Engineering Industry Advisory Committee and Board Director Wishlist (Sunshine Coast Health Foundation).
Corporate governance refers to the way Powerlink conducts its business. The Powerlink Board is responsible for our overall corporate governance - including the governance of our subsidiary companies - and sets our strategic direction, policies and operational framework.
Paul Simshauser AMChief Executive
Paul Simshauser AM
BEcon, BCom, MCom, PhD, FAICD, FCPA
Prof. Paul Simshauser AM brings to Powerlink more than 25 years’ experience in the energy industry across the public and private sectors with extensive experience in generation, retail, energy policy and public administration.
Paul’s previous roles include Director-General of the Queensland Department of Energy & Water Supply, EGM Energy Markets at Infigen Energy and Chief Economist at AGL Energy Ltd.
Paul holds a PhD in Economics and a Masters Degree in Finance.
Paul is also Professor of Economics at Griffith University's Centre for Applied Energy Economics and Policy Research.
He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant contribution to the energy industry through executive roles and applied economics and policy research.
Darryl RowellChief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
FCPA, MBA, BCA
Darryl is an experienced executive in both Australia and New Zealand with a background in both private and public sectors, including the energy industry.
Prior to joining Powerlink, Darryl was the Chief Financial Officer at Queensland Urban Utilities.
Darryl also recently led CleanCo Queensland as Interim Chief Executive Officer for seven months.
At Powerlink, Darryl manages all finance, tax, treasury, investment analysis, contract management, internal audit, insurance, network regulation, and legal, business and risk services. He is also Powerlink's Company Secretary.
Jacqui BridgeExecutive General Manager Energy Futures
Executive General Manager Energy Futures
BEng (Hons) GAICD FIEAust CPEng EngExec
Jacqui has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and brings a detailed understanding of the electricity supply chain, regulation and energy markets.
Her energy consulting career included working with electricity, gas and water utilities throughout the Australia Pacific region.
As Executive General Manager Energy Futures at Powerlink Queensland, Jacqui engages with a range of stakeholders to understand customer needs and influence the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for the future power system.
Jacqui is responsible for leading Powerlink’s corporate strategy, energy regulation, energy markets and energy policy functions.
Gary EdwardsChief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Gary is an experienced senior leader with more than 35 years’ experience in technical and leadership roles within the energy industry.
Gary is responsible for delivering Powerlink’s state-wide operations including 24/7 real time operations, all field maintenance, telecommunication services, operational technology, and laboratory and warehousing services.
Leigh PickeringExecutive General Manager People and Corporate Services
Executive General Manager People and Corporate Services
Leigh is an experienced senior executive who has held a range of roles at the federal and state level including in the finance, education and transport sectors.
She has extensive experience in delivering on transformational activities and innovation.
At Powerlink, Leigh leads the people and culture, business information technology, communications and customer engagement, and health, safety and environment functions.
Stewart BellExecutive General Manager Network and Business Development
Executive General Manager Network and Business Development
BEng, PhD (Electrical), MBA, CEng, FIET, RPEQ
Stewart is a delivery focused career professional with more than 15 years senior management experience in the electricity transmission industry.
Stewart has extensive experience in asset management and investment, project delivery and network operations and maintenance. He is responsible for leading Powerlink’s business development, network portfolio and strategy functions.
Ian LowryExecutive General Manager Delivery and Technical Services
Executive General Manager Delivery and Technical Services
Bachelor Engineering - Electrical (Hons); Graduate Diploma Business
Ian is an experienced senior leader and power systems engineer with around 20 years of experience in the electricity transmission industry.
Ian has extensive experience in strategy, asset management and investment planning, energy markets, innovation, and work program delivery and management.
He is responsible for leading Powerlink’s community and delivery services, design solutions and infrastructure delivery functions.