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. 

Kathy Hirschfeld

Chair

Kathy Hirschfeld
Chair

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; as well as expertise in operational risk management, safety and corporate governance.

Kathy is a chemical engineer with 20 years' of 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.

Kathy is passionate about improving the representation of women in leadership and engineering and 2015 was named one of Australia’s AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence and, in 2014, the ninth woman recognised by Engineers Australia as an Honorary Fellow.

Kathy is a member of the Powerlink Board’s People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.

Julie Martin

Director

Julie Martin
Director

Julie has over 20 years' experience as an electrical engineer, having played a key role in a variety of large-scale infrastructure projects within Australia and internationally.  She is currently the General Manager (QLD, WA, NT, PNG) at EIC Activities, the CIMIC Group’s engineering and technical services business.  Prior to joining EIC, Julie held the position of Power Site Manager with CPB Contractors (formally Thiess) responsible for the delivery of QGC’s Surat North Project high voltage infrastructure.

In her role as HV Power Package Manager at Thiess, Julie was responsible for the delivery of the high voltage traction substations to support the supply of the new Moreton Bay Rail Link and was recognised with the Queensland NAWIC 2016 Award for Achievement in Construction (General Building).

Julie’s extensive experience also includes key design, project engineering, management and commissioning roles on rail projects in Australia and internationally. 

In 2008 Julie won the Women in Community/Public Sector - Engineering category of the Smart Women - Smart State Awards for her work in the TrackStar Alliance program in South East Queensland.

Julie is the Chair of the Powerlink Board’s People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.

Alan Millis

Director

Alan Millis
Director

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.

Sarah Zeljko

Director

Sarah Zeljko
Director

Sarah  has extensive Executive, Legal and Company Secretary experience across large Government, ASX listed and Private Corporations, in the infrastructure, energy, water, mining, manufacturing and education industries, having led a range of Boards and Board Committees through events of significant strategic and operational change.

Sarah specialises in the areas of corporate governance, risk management, compliance, commercial negotiations and strategy and has been involved in significant Merger and Acquisition work across her career. Sarah is currently a director with Energy Super and volunteers on two not for profit boards.

Sarah is a member of the Powerlink Board's Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Peter Hudson

Director

Peter Hudson
Director

Peter has extensive experience in the energy, mining, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as providing due diligence assistance to large domestic and international businesses for acquisitions, disposals and capital markets transactions.

Previously, Peter was a partner at global advisory firm KPMG where he primarily focussed on government privatisations including assisting the Queensland Government in the sale of QR National, Abbott Point Coal Terminal and Forests Queensland. He also worked with the South Australian Government in selling Forestry SA and the New South Wales Government in its sale of generator assets.

Having worked in across many sectors in Australia and internationally, Peter has a vast range of commercial and transaction experience. 

Peter is a non executive Director of Youngcare Limited and member of the Powerlink Board's People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.

Dr Lorraine Stephenson

Director

Dr Lorraine Stephenson
Director

Lorraine has more than 35 years of technical, policy and managerial corporate experience with a strong strategic focus on the energy sector. As the owner of Lightning Consulting Services, Lorraine works with clients to mitigate risks and create opportunities for Australian businesses and governments to respond to climate change challenges, including options to drive investments in low emission technologies and abatement options.

Lorraine is a Member of the Victorian Government’s Interim Targets Expert Panel, Non-Executive Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia, and Member of the NSW Climate Change Council. She was formerly the Chief Clean Energy Advisor to the Queensland Government, a Partner at Ernst & Young, Non-Executive Director of Ergon Energy, Non-Executive Director of the Cotton R&D Corporation, and Non-Executive Director of the Australia Industry Greenhouse Network, and held executive positions at Origin Energy for 12 years.

Lorraine is a member of the Powerlink Board's Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Merryn York

Chief Executive

Merryn York
Chief Executive
BE(Hons), MEngSc, Grad Cert AppLaw, FIEAust, RPEQ


As Chief Executive, Merryn has more than 25 years’ experience in the electricity industry. An electrical engineer by profession, Merryn has worked in all facets of transmission network management from strategic business development and asset management to optimise long-term return on investment, network planning, regulatory affairs, customer management and strategic development of the transmission network.

Darryl Rowell

Chief Financial Officer

Darryl Rowell
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 in January 2018, Darryl was the Chief Financial Officer at Queensland Urban Utilities.

At Powerlink, Darryl manages all finance, tax, treasury, investment analysis, contract management, internal audit, insurance, and legal, business and risk services. He is also Powerlink's Company Secretary. 

Cathy Heffernan

Executive General Manager People and Corporate Services

Cathy Heffernan
Executive General Manager People and Corporate Services 

Cathy has more than 25 years’ experience across HR, change management, customer and corporate services and health, safety and environment (HSE) functions. She joins Powerlink from the Department of Education and Training where she was the Assistant Director General Human Resources leading their strategic HR agenda. At Powerlink she leads the people & culture, business IT, HSE and communications functions.
 

Gary Edwards

Executive General Manager Operations and Service Delivery

Gary Edwards
Executive General Manager Operations and Service Delivery
BBus Mgt, AD Elec Eng

An experienced senior leader with more than 35 years’ experience in technical and leadership roles within the energy industry, Gary is responsible for delivering state-wide operations, field maintenance and transmission services that ensure transmission and telecommunication services are delivered to customers and the electricity market.
 

Kevin Kehl

Executive General Manager Strategy and Business Development

Kevin Kehl
Executive General Manager Strategy and Business Development 

Kevin is an experienced senior executive with more than 30 years’ involvement in the electricity industry. He joins Powerlink from Energy Queensland where he was Executive General Manager Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation. At Powerlink he leads the strategy, business planning, network regulation, business development, network portfolio and business resilience functions.

Stewart Bell

Executive General Manager Delivery and Technical Solutions

Stewart Bell
Executive General Manager Delivery and Technical Solutions

BEm PhD, MBA, FIEAust, RPEQ

Stewart is a delivery focused career professional with more than 15 years senior management experience in the electricity transmission industry. He is responsible for leading Powerlink’s infrastructure delivery, design, network planning, asset strategies, property and landholder relations functions.