Operations Board of Directors

Jerry Maycock

Chair

Jerry was appointed as Chair of TransGrid on 22 February 2018. He has spent more than 40 years in business leadership roles and, as a senior executive, has worked principally in the building and construction materials industries. Having begun his career with Shell Oil in the UK and then New Zealand, he held several senior management positions in Australia, principally with Swiss-based construction materials multinational group Holcim Ltd over a 20-year period. Subsequently he held several other senior management positions, the last being Managing Director and CEO of CSR Ltd. He has held a number of previous listed company directorships, including Chair of AGL Energy Ltd. He is currently Chair of the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, and a director of The Smith Family.


Rick Francis

Director and Deputy Chair
Rick was appointed a Director of TransGrid on 16 December 2015. He has more than 18 years experience in the Australian energy and infrastructure industries, and has been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Infrastructure since May 2012. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer at the ASX listed gas transmission and energy infrastructure business APA Group for four years. He also spent more than eight years at Origin Energy Limited in a number of senior management roles including Group Financial Controller and Operations Manager, Energy Trading. 

Charles-Edouard Mariolle

Director
Charles-Edouard has a long standing experience in energy infrastructure, project finance and corporate governance. Prior to joining CDPQ in 2018, Charles-Edouard participated to numerous transactions in the energy sector in Europe, successively as a senior manager with Deloitte, as the founder of renewable energy developer ECDS ultimately sold to an infrastructure fund in 2011, and as deputy head of Natixis’ Mirova renewable energy funds between 2011 and 2018 where he also acted as a board member for the funds’ portfolio companies. Over that period, Mirova added more than 3.5GW of new renewable generation across Europe and received multiple awards for its leading ESG approach and investment strategy.
Charles-Edouard is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has a Masters in Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris (France), and Masters in Engineering from ENSIMAG (France) and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain).

Jean-Étienne Leroux

Director
Jean-Étienne was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015. He has been Regional Director, Transactions & Asset Management in the Infrastructure team of La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) since 2006. In this role, he has a mandate to develop a portfolio of quality infrastructure holdings in Australia, while managing specific assets within the portfolio. This includes the Port of Brisbane, for which he led the acquisition process at the end of 2013. Jean-Étienne is a director of the Port of Brisbane and sits on the Oversight Committee of Fiera Axium Infrastructure (Québec).
He has served on the Boards of InTransit BC (Vancouver, British Columbia), the Budapest Airport and South East Water (United Kingdom). 

Steven Fitzgerald

Director
Steven was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 1 July 2018. He is Head of Asset Management for HRL Morrison & Co with responsibility for the performance of private market investments made on behalf of clients. Steven joined Morrison & Co in 2011 after 13 years of senior executive experience at Wellington International Airport, Infratil Airports Europe and Sydney Airport. Steven is also a Director of Queensland Airports and Perth Airport.


Gordon Hay

Director
Gordon was appointed to the TransGrid board on 1 July 2018. He is an Executive Director at Morrison & Co, and he is the Portfolio Director for the Utilities Trust of Australia. Gordon has a broad infrastructure background, with specific expertise in energy markets and regulated utilities. His experience spans investment management, corporate governance, and corporate advisory. Previously, Gordon led the Energy & Utilities investment team at QIC, and he served on the Board of Powerco Limited, New Zealand’s largest regulated energy network. Gordon was also an Executive Director at an Australian boutique investment bank, where he was responsible for origination and execution of M&A transactions, debt financings and equity raisings across the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors.

Dr Warren Mundy

Director
Warren was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015. He has held senior executive roles in the airports industry in Australia and Europe and has worked for McKinsey and Company, the Reserve Bank and the WA Treasury Corporation. In 2015 he retired as Commissioner on the Australian Productivity Commission after six years of service and served on the Board of Airservices Australia as Deputy Chair for over five years. Warren is a director of the Sydney Desalination Plant, the trustee of the Energy Industry Superannuation Scheme, and a member of the Queensland Competition Authority. He is also the Chair of the Regulatory Committee and of the Trustee of the NSW Electricity Networks Assets Trust. 

Julie Stanley

Director

Julie is an independent non-executive director appointed in December 2015 with extensive experience in finance, accounting, risk management and assurance both in Australia and internationally. Julie is a Chartered Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a former Assurance & Advisory partner at Deloitte.  Julie is also a non-executive director of RACV Limited. 


Dr Keith Turner

Director
Keith was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 16 December 2015. He has
extensive experience in the New Zealand energy sector, and served as Chief
Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Limited from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a private energy expert advising a range of large corporate clients and Government. Keith has served in senior roles at Contact Energy, the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Electricity
Department. He had also held many industry reform roles. Keith has previously been a Non-Executive Director of SA Power Networks, Victoria Power Networks, CitiPower and Powercor and a Director of Chorus NZ Limited, Deputy Chair of Auckland International Airport, and Chair of Fisher and Paykel Appliances Limited. Keith is currently a director of TrustPower Ltd and is Chair of Damwatch Ltd, both NZ companies. He has a number of other advisory roles.

Christopher Curtain

Director
Christopher was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 17 July 2020. He has been with OMERS Infrastructure since January 2014. In his role as Managing Director, Christopher manages the Sydney office, sits on the board of Port of Melbourne, and leads transaction teams in pursuit of large-scale, long-term infrastructure assets. Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Christopher spent seven years with GIC’s infrastructure team in London, leading transaction-execution teams and holding board director roles for major investments in utilities, power generation, midstream and transportation companies. Prior to GIC, Christopher had eight years with PwC’s infrastructure advisory teams in Melbourne and London, as well as roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) from Victoria University, and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Simon Palagyi

Director
Simon was appointed to the TransGrid Board on 17 July 2020. He is a Director in the OMERS Infrastructure Sydney office and joined OMERS in May 2017. He is responsible for a range of infrastructure investment origination and asset management activities in Australia. Simon currently serves on TransGrid’s Board of Directors, and previously served on the Port of Melbourne’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining OMERS, Simon spent 11 years in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, advising corporate, institutional and government clients on M&A transactions, privatizations, financing and capital markets activities in the infrastructure, transport, energy and utilities sectors. He previously held roles with the New South Wales Treasury and ABN AMRO Corporate Finance. Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and a Master of Legal Studies, both from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.