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Leadership team

  • Sam Barbaro

    A/Chief Executive Officer

    Sam Barbaro
    Sam joined Western Power in 2007 and has been a member of the Executive team since 2014 when he was appointed as General Counsel and Executive Manager of the Governance & Assurance Business Unit.

    Sam has held senior positions since the late 1990s and has experience across a wide range of industries. He has a law degree from the University of Western Australia and joined the corporate sector after spending a decade practicing law in top tier law firms. Sam brings a diverse range of technical and management experience to the executive team in strategic leadership, stakeholder management, legal and financial regulation and governance, culture and change management, and safety and compliance.

    Sam is a non-executive director of the Fiona Wood Foundation and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an associate member of the Australian Institute of Management and a fellow of Leadership WA.

  • Zane Christmas (1)

    A/Executive Manager Asset Operations

    Zane Christmas
    Zane is an experienced operational leader with over 28 years’ in the electricity network industry. He started as an apprentice electrician and has progressed through to senior leadership positions in both government owned and private organisations.  

    Zane has been with Western Power for 11 years. During this time he has worked in several roles including Works Management, Future Grid Alliance Manager and for the last few years the Head of Network Maintenance Planning and Delivery.

    He holds electrical trade qualifications, Diploma’s in Electro Technology and Project Management, a Master’s of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Leadership WA Signature Program. 

    As the Acting Executive Manager for Asset Operations he leads a large, diverse workforce accountable for the operation, expansion and maintenance of the network to ensure it remains safe, reliable and meets the needs of our community.

  • Gair Landsborough

    Executive Manager Asset Management

    Gair Landsborough
    Gair joined Western Power in December 1993 as a cadet engineer before moving through the graduate program. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and Master of Applied Finance from the University of Western Australia.

    Gair’s technical roles in the company include stints in network planning, maintenance strategy and investigations, while his financial expertise in strategic financial modelling was showcased working closely with Government stakeholders to implement electricity market reforms.

    Since 2006, he has held senior management roles in operations, program and project management, contracts and finance. Gair brings his wealth of Western Power knowledge to the Executive team, most recently as Head of Operational Maintenance responsible for over 1,000 field employees essential to delivering our billion dollar work program.

  • Tamara Brooker

    Executive Manager Business and Customer Experience

    Tamara Brooker
    Tamara started at Western Power in 2012 as Commercial Development Manager supporting the Executive General Manager, Asset Management, before becoming the Head of Works Scoping followed by the role of Head of Works Program Planning. She joins the executive team as Executive of Business and Customer Experience and has executive accountability for Human Resources, Commercial, Property and Fleet and the Customer Service functions.

    Combining a technical background, coupled with over 15 years of financial and corporate roles Tamara brings a depth of expertise to the executive team. Tamara, a chemical engineer (hons) by trade, has over 20 years’ experience across a range of industries including oil and gas, construction, chemical and utilities both within Australia and internationally. She has held many diverse roles from Commissioning Engineer on Wesfarmer CSBP’s sodium cyanide plant, to General Manager of investment analysis at Alinta and Project Director of 1sap implementation at Jemena and General Manager of commercial strategy.

    Tamara is passionate about mentoring young women, and is active both within the energy industry and in the not for profit sector.

  • Ben Stanton

    A/Executive Manager Growth

    Ben Stanton
    With experience in senior leadership roles in private and government organisations, Ben joined Western Power in 2017 before moving into the role of Acting Executive Manager Growth in February 2022.

    During his time at Western Power he’s led the development of new network and non-network solutions through an innovative Emerging Technology program and guided the business’s drive in exploring and progressing commercial unregulated opportunities. A key focus for him has been the engagement, collaboration and development of Western Power’s corporate strategy, which sets out the business’s path towards decarbonisation.

    Ben has an Electronic Engineering degree and a Commerce Degree (Human Resource Management and General Management).

  • Jacqui Hall

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jacqui Hall
    Prior to joining Western Power in 2012, Jacqui held financial leadership positions in both private and publicly-listed companies across a variety of sectors including mining, retail and telecommunications.

    In those roles and in her time at Western Power, she has built extensive skills and experience in cash flow management, statutory reporting, financial management, knowledge of the regulatory landscape, risk management, change management and corporate governance. She has a strong commitment to ensuring wise investment decisions that deliver the best outcomes for our customers.

    Her most recent role as Head of Finance and Metering saw her establish an in-depth understanding of our business and successfully sponsor major transformational projects including our Advanced Metering Infrastructure program.

    Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Business, with a double major in Accounting and Business Law from Curtin University and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

  • Matt Cheney

    Chief Technology Officer

    Matt Cheney
    With a demonstrated ability to lead and achieve transformational change, Matt brings to the CTO role a deep understanding of Western Power and the evolving digital and data environment needed to keep the business at the forefront of the energy industry.

    Since joining Western Power in 2009 Matt has initiated and led industry-changing projects that have changed the way we do business including grid transformation and performance, and operational maintenance.

    With more than 20 years’ experience in business and management systems, planning, operations and service delivery, his work at Western Power follows previous roles in defence and manufacturing.

    As CTO, Matt is responsible for building and growing Western Power’s new Business Intelligence and Technology team to deliver a whole-of-organisation approach to technology, cyber security and business intelligence.

    Matt holds a BEng (Aerospace Avionics) from the Queensland University of Technology.

  • May Lin Chew

    General Counsel and Executive Manager Governance and Assurance

    May Lin Chew

    In December 2020, Ms May Lin Chew was appointed Western Power’s General Counsel and Executive Manager Governance and Assurance. This executive role includes management of the secretariat, legal, corporate compliance, enterprise risk, internal audit and corporate governance areas of the business. The position also includes the role of Company Secretary of Western Power, which serves as the contact for Western Power’s Board Chair and directors, as well as oversight for the Board and Committee meetings.

    Ms Chew’s appointment as Western Power’s Company Secretary follows an extensive career as a corporate lawyer in the private sector with a strong focus on the energy industry. With more than 20 years of international legal experience including London, Tokyo and The Hague, Ms Chew comes to Western Power from Shell where she was Head of Legal for both its Singapore operations and global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading business.

    Ms Chew has a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

    Ms Chew is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.