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The following table lists the current Executive Leadership Team of AusNet Services:



Name Position
Nino Ficca Managing Director
Adam Newman Executive General Manager and Chief Financial Officer
Rob Amphlett Lewis Executive General Manager - Strategy and Performance
Claire Hamilton Executive General Manager - Governance and Company Secretary
Chad Hymas Executive General Manager - Commercial Energy Services
Geraldine Leslie Executive General Manager - People, Safety & Customer
Alistair Parker Executive General Manager - Regulated Energy Services
Mario Tieppo Chief Information Officer



Nino Ficca, Managing Director
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical - Honours), Deakin University
Graduate Diploma in Management, Deakin University

Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School, USA  

Nino has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry, including numerous senior management roles with AusNet Transmission Group Pty Ltd (formerly SPI PowerNet Pty Ltd) including as Managing Director since 2003. In late 2016, Nino was elected Chairman of Energy Networks Australia following six years as a Board member. Nino is also the Chairman of Cigre Australia and the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board. He was formerly Deputy Chairman and Director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

Adam Newman, Executive General Manager and Chief Financial Officer
Bachelor of Business, Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University)
Post Graduate Diploma of Business, Curtin University
Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, Securities Institute of Australia
Chartered Accountant 


Adam joined AusNet Services in 2013, having held numerous financial and operational roles at BlueScope Steel in Australia and the United States, including as General Manager, Commercial Australia and New Zealand, President Steelscape Inc. and CFO North America. Prior to joining BlueScope, Adam worked at BHP from 1996 to 2001 in Corporate Strategy, M&A and Business Development. Mr Newman is a Chartered Accountant who also worked with Coopers & Lybrand’s Corporate Advisory group from 1989 to 1996 in both Perth and London. 

Robert Amphlett Lewis, Executive General Manager - Strategy and Performance 
Bachelor of Science (Economics and Politics - Honours), University of Bath, UK
Graduate Diploma in Management, Australian Institute of Management


Robert has more than 15 years' experience in energy markets and utilities infrastructure in Australia and the United Kingdom. Before becoming the Executive General Manager - Strategy and Performance, Robert was the Head of Strategic Investments and has held senior roles in regulation and planning. In this role, he is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the corporate strategy, business planning and the performance management unit.


Robert's career at AusNet Services has spanned across two periods separated by roles as a Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor in professional services. Before moving to Australia, Robert was an energy trader with TXU European Trading based in the United Kingdom.  

Claire Hamilton, Executive General Manager - Governance and Company Secretary
Bachelor of Arts (Business Studies – Honours), University of Sheffield, UK
Chartered Accountant
Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Service Management, RMIT

Claire became the Executive General Manager - Governance in 2016, utilising more than 19 years' experience in the energy industry in risk management, governance, internal audit and corporate accounting. In this role, Claire is responsible for the risk, legal, company secretarial, information security and audit functions. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Claire gained extensive external audit and advisory experience while working as a chartered accountant in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Claire is a Non-executive Director of the Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria) and the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia.

Chad Hymas
Chad Hymas, Executive General Manager - Commercial Energy Services
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Monash University
Bachelor of Arts (Organisational Psychology), Monash University
Master of Business Administration, Deakin University
Certified Practising Accountant (ASCPA) 


Chad was appointed Executive General Manager - Commercial Energy Services following three years as General Manager - Strategy and Business Development. In his role, Chad is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Commercial Energy Services business which brings unregulated infrastructure services, emerging energy markets, utility and metering services and asset intelligence services under one portfolio.


Chad's 15 years' experience in the energy industry provides him with a deep understanding of the industry's strategic, commercial and regulatory drivers which are essential in assessing the immediate and long term growth opportunities for AusNet Services. In his previous role, Chad led a range of strategic transformational initiatives including implementing the company-wide enterprise planning system, process improvements and acquisitions - the most notable being the Mortlake Terminal Station. Before moving into the energy industry, Chad started his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson and Motorola Australia & New Zealand.

Geraldine Leslie, Executive General Manager - People, Safety & Customer
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong
Master of Business Administration, University of Wollongong

Prior to joining AusNet Services in 2009, Geraldine worked at BlueScope Steel for almost nine years, holding senior HR leadership roles, including General Manager Human Resources for BlueScope's Australian Coated and Industrial Markets. Her background also incorporates various senior executive and leadership roles in the public health sector and local government. Geraldine’s role incorporates human resources, health, safety environment and quality, corporate affairs and customer functions for the Group, known as the People, Safety & Customer Division. 
Alistair Parker, Executive General Manager - Regulated Energy Services
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Aston University, UK
Master of Business Administration, Lancaster University, UK

Alistair leads the Regulated Energy Services portfolio of businesses including three regulated energy networks, regulatory strategy, asset management, metering and service delivery.  In this role, Alistair leads the transformation to ready the regulated business to meet the rapidly changing needs of customers over the next decade.  He draws on more than 30 years' experience in the energy industry in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Alistair's previous roles at AusNet Services include General Manager - Asset Management and Director, Regulation and Network Strategy.  Before moving to Australia, Alistair spent 15 years with National Grid, UK, initially as an engineer and then moved into commercial roles.  In 2000, he became a consultant with Ernst & Young in New Zealand before moving to Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Australia, ultimately as Melbourne Energy Economics Prectice Leader.


Mario Tieppo, Executive General Manager - Technology
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Philip Institute of Technology
Certified Practicing Accountant (ASCPA)
Senior Member, Australian Computer Society 


Mario has more than 25 years’ experience in Information Technology (IT), building IT functions and leading large business change programs. Mario joined AusNet Services in 2013, following his role as Chief Information Officer for SA Power Networks. He has also held senior management positions in the government, postal utilities, retail and logistics sectors. In previous positions, Mr Tieppo has been responsible for strategy and planning, program and project management and the management of critical information systems. Mario also has a strong financial background as a Certified Practicing Accountant in the areas of financial management, audit and procurement.


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