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
Dr Julie BeebyChairman
Dr Julie Beeby
Julie has worked in the minerals and petroleum industries in Australia for more than 25 years and her career has included work for major Australian and US resources companies, including recently as Chief Executive Officer of WestSide Corporation, an ASX-listed, Queensland-based coal seam gas company.
Julie commenced her career in mineral processing research, and went on to develop her technical, strategic and business skills through a succession of successful executive positions in chemical plant, coal seam gas, explosives and mining areas.
Julie is currently a non-executive director of Whitehaven Coal Ltd and OzMinerals Ltd and has previously held non-executive director positions on ASX listed companies, industry associations and research organisations.
Julie is a member of the Powerlink Board’s People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
Julie Martin has 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, she was responsible for the delivery of the high voltage traction substations to support the supply of the new Moreton Bay Rail Link. Her contribution to this important infrastructure project was recognised in 2016 when Julie won the Queensland NAWIC Award for Achievement in Construction (General Building) for her work on the project.
Julie’s extensive experience also includes work on Epping to Chatswood Rail link in Sydney, Perth’s Metro rail, Dehli Metro in India and Brisbane’s Airport Link Tunnel. She has held positions in key design, project engineering, management and commissioning roles.
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 to deliver $700 million worth of rail projects in South East Queensland.
Julie currently holds the office of non-executive Director on the Board of Powerlink Queensland and is Chair of the Powerlink Board’s People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
Alan Millis 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 has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal sector including extensive executive leadership experience in the infrastructure, energy, water, mining and manufacturing industries in large government and private corporations.
Sarah has extensive Executive and Company Secretary experience across large Government and Private Corporations, 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.
Sarah is a member of the Powerlink Board's Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Peter Hudson has extensive experience in the energy, mining, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as providing due diligence assistance to large domestic and international clients for acquisitions, disposals and capital markets transactions.
Previously, Peter was a partner at global advisory firm KPMG and in his last 10 years’ at KPMG he primarily focussed on Government Privatisations and assisted the Qld Government in the sale of QR National, Abbott Point Coal Terminal and Forests Queensland. He also worked with the State Government of SA in selling Forestry SA and also the NSW State Government in its sale of the Generator Assets.
Having worked in across many sectors in Australia, UK, Switzerland, the United Sates, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and PNG, Peter has a vast range of commercial and transaction experience to assist clients in the complex transactions they undertake.
Peter is a member of the Powerlink Board's People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
Dr Lorraine StephensonDirector
Dr Lorraine Stephenson
BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, FTSE, GAICD
Lorraine has over 35 years of technical, policy and managerial corporate experience with a strong strategic focus on the energy sector. In her current role in 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.
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.
Merryn YorkChief 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.
Cathy HeffernanExecutive General Manager People and Corporate Services
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 EdwardsExecutive General Manager Operations and Service Delivery
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 KehlExecutive General Manager Strategy and Business Development
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 BellExecutive General Manager Delivery and Technical Solutions
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.