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


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.

Matthew Irwin – Chief Financial Officer

B.Ag.Ec (Hons) MCom (Fin)

Matthew was appointed as TransGrid's Chief Financial Officer on 16 December 2015 and prior to this role was engaged by Hastings to be part of the acquisition process. Matthew has extensive industry and finance experience. This has included General Manager, Finance of members of the Leighton Group of companies and Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Transfield Services (now Broadspectrum). He also has over 13 years’ experience in investment banking within the infrastructure sector.

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.

Tony Meehan – Executive Manager, Regulation

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.

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


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


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.

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.