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Executive Leadership Team

  • Nino Ficca - Managing Director
    Nino Ficca

    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.

    Nino is a Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Transurban Queensland. He is a member of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board and was formerly Chair of the Energy Networks Australia and Deputy Chairman and Director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

  • Prue Crawford-Flett, Executive General Manager, Operations and Services

    Prue Crawford-Flett, Executive General Manager, Operations and Services

    Masters of Business Administration, Monash University
    Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering – RMIT University

    Prue joined AusNet Services as a member of the executive team on 1 April 2019. She leads the newly created Operations and Services Division which brings together field operations and service delivery to our customers, including responsibility for the Delivery and Planning, Performance and Operations teams.

    Prior to joining the company, Prue held a leadership role in Downer’s Renewables and Power Systems business unit, providing services to some of Australia’s largest energy businesses, including AusNet Services.

    Prue has extensive experience in the energy sector, gained through her time with Downer and from senior operational and project leadership roles with CitiPower and Powercor. Her earlier career also included significant operational management and project engineering roles in major building construction.

  • Matt Guthridge - Executive General Manager, Strategy and Transformation

    Dr Matt Guthridge, Executive General Manager - Strategy and Transformation

    Bachelor of Science, Monash University
    Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Monash University
    Doctor of Psychology (Organisational), University of Melbourne

    Matt is responsible for managing the development and implementation of AusNet Services’ corporate strategy, business planning and transformation agenda.

  • Chad Hymas - Executive General Manager, Mondo

    Chad Hymas, Executive General Manager - Mondo

    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 (now Mondo) 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 and Corporate Affairs

    Geraldine Leslie, Executive General Manager - People, Safety and Corporate Affairs

    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 and corporate affairs functions for the Group, known as the People, Safety & Corporate Affairs division.

  • Alistair Parker - Executive General Manager, Regulated Energy Services
    Alistair Parker

    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 Practice Leader.

  • Mario Tieppo - Executive General Manager, Technology

    Mario Tieppo, Executive General Manager - Technology

    Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Philip Institute of Technology
    Advanced Management Program, INSEAD

    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.