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Executive Leadership Team

  • Tony Narvaez - Managing Director

    Tony Narvaez

    Managing Director


    Role

    As Managing Director, Mr Narvaez manages AusNet operations and provides strategic guidance and direction to the Board to ensure the Company achieves its mission and objectives.


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce and Economics, Murdoch University
    • Diploma of Financial Services (Energy Trading)
    • General Management Programme, Harvard Business School, USA

    Experience and expertise

    Mr Narvaez commenced at AusNet as Managing Director in November 2019.

    He has extensive experience in the energy sector, including prior roles as CEO of Endeavour Energy, and CEO of United Energy and Multinet Gas.

    Mr Narvaez has also held senior executive roles at General Electric, ATCO Group and Verve Energy, spanning strategy, business development, commercial, operations, major projects and joint ventures in Australia and internationally.

  • Mark Ellul - Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Ellul

    Chief Financial Officer


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
    • Chartered Accountant


    Role

    Mr Ellul is responsible for all key financial functions, as well as Investor Relations, Treasury, Insurance and Tax. He is also responsible for the Digital Division.


    Experience and expertise

    Mr Ellul has been with AusNet since 2010, in various senior finance roles and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2019. Prior to joining AusNet, he held senior corporate accounting and audit and assurance roles at Telstra and KPMG. Mr Ellul is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and a former member of the CAANZ Victorian Corporate Advisory Panel.

  • Prue Crawford-Flett - Executive General Manager, Network Operations
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    Prue Crawford-Flett

    Executive General Manager, Network Operations


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    • Master of Business Administration, Monash University

    Role

    Ms Crawford-Flett is responsible for the Network Operations Division, which brings together all field operations and service delivery to our customers across the transmission, distribution and gas networks, including responsibility for network operations and customer engagement.


    Experience and expertise

    Ms Crawford-Flett joined AusNet as a member of the executive team in April 2019. Prior to joining the company, Ms Crawford-Flett 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. She 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.

  • Steven Neave - Executive General Manager, Network Management

    Steven Neave

    Executive General Manager, Network Management


    Qualifications

    • Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Victoria University

    Role

    Mr Neave leads the Network Management business unit, which is responsible for asset management, planning, network engineering, reliability, and network safety across our three regulated networks.


    Experience and expertise

    Mr Neave joined AusNet in July 2020. Prior to that he was the General Manager for CitiPower/Powercor’s Electricity Networks and a member of its executive team. Mr Neave has extensive experience in the energy sector and a track record of achievement in areas such as risk-based asset management practices, network performance, reliability improvement and capability development.

  • Chad Hymas - Executive General Manager, Growth & Future Networks

    Chad Hymas

    Executive General Manager, Growth & Future Networks


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Monash University
    • Bachelor of Arts (Organisational Psychology), Monash University
    • Master of Business Administration, Deakin University
    • Certified Practising Accountant (ASCPA)

    Role

    Mr Hymas was appointed to the newly created role of EGM, Growth & Future Networks in May 2020. This role was established to consolidate a range of activities into a single division, and to lead market development, innovation, and growth in existing and emerging markets.


    Experience and expertise

    Mr Hymas has over 19 years’ experience in the energy industry and a deep understanding of the industry’s strategic, commercial and regulatory drivers, which are essential in assessing AusNet’s immediate and long-term growth opportunities. Mr Hymas joined AusNet Services as General Manager Strategy and Business Development before establishing the Mondo business as AusNet’s growth vehicle (Mondo is now part of Growth and Future Networks). Prior to moving into the energy industry, Mr Hymas started his career as an accountant with Arthur Andersen and Motorola Australia & New Zealand.

  • Jon D’Sylva - Executive General Manager, Strategy & Transformation

    Jon D’Sylva

    Executive General Manager, Strategy & Transformation


    Qualifications

    • Master of Applied Finance, FINSIA, Chartered Accountant
    • Bachelor of Taxation, University of NSW

    Role

    Mr D’Sylva is responsible for managing the development and implementation of AusNet’s corporate strategy, business planning and transformation.


    Experience and expertise

    Mr D’Sylva has diverse executive leadership experience in the utilities sector, including strategy, company-wide transformation, business development and growth. Prior to joining AusNet, Mr D’Sylva held senior executive roles including General Manager, Strategy and Insights at Endeavour Energy, and prior executive roles at United Energy and Multinet Gas and Synergy.

  • Jo McConnell - Executive General Manager, People & Safety 

    Jo McConnell

    Executive General Manager, People & Safety


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

    Role

    Ms McConnell leads the People and Safety teams and is responsible for our safety, sustainability, people, culture, capability, remuneration, facilities and corporate communications functions.


    Experience and expertise

    Ms McConnell was appointed Executive General Manager People and Safety in August 2020. Prior to joining, Ms McConnell worked for several publicly listed and private organisations both in Australia and overseas. Ms McConnell’s most recent corporate role was as the Group Manager – Strategy Execution at Latitude Financial Services, a leading consumer finance company. Prior to that she was the Chief People Officer at Latitude, leading a significant change agenda across all aspects of people, capability, culture, and corporate affairs for the business. Prior to Latitude, Ms McConnell was the inaugural Chief People Officer for the mining company created via a demerger from BHP, South32. Ms McConnell also enjoyed an 18-year career with BHP, working in multiple roles across Australia, the UK and Canada.

  • Naomi Kelly - Executive General Manager, Executive General Manager, Governance, General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Naomi Kelly

    Executive General Manager, Governance, General Counsel and Company Secretary


    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne
    • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
    • Grad Dip Natural Resources Law, University of Melbourne

    Role

    Ms Kelly is responsible for AusNet’s legal, audit, risk, compliance and company secretarial functions.


    Experience and expertise

    Ms Kelly was appointed Executive General Manager, Governance, General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2020. Prior to joining AusNet, Ms Kelly worked for Clayton Utz for 15 years, including over 12 years as a Partner in its Construction and Major Projects Group. Ms Kelly is a highly accomplished legal professional and senior leader, recognised for her development of talent and capability and championing of workplace diversity and inclusion.