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Leadership team

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Ed Kalajzic
    Ed brings a wealth of financial and strategic management skills to the Western Power executive team.

    With experience in capital management, strategic planning, finance, accounting, business transformation and more, he’s had senior management and leadership roles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, CBH Group, Viriids Ag and the CBH Superannuation Fund.

    Ed’s roles at CBH Group include Business Development Manager and Chief Financial Officer and his most recent role prior to Western Power was General Manager WA for Viridis Ag.

    Ed holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance). He’s a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Executive Manager Asset Operations

    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 is currently Executive Manager Asset Operations. This is the chief operations officer role in Western Power, accountable for the delivery of work to expand and maintain the network to ensure it remains reliable and meets the needs of our customers.

    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.

  • A/General Counsel and Executive Manager

    Andrew Cook
    Andrew joined Western Power in 2012 as our Legal Counsel, following an extensive career in the private sector in the areas corporate, commercial and property practice law. 

    Andrew is currently the Acting General Counsel and Executive Manager Governance and Assurance which is accountable for key corporate governance functions including compliance, risk, internal audit and legal services.  He also performs the role of company secretary providing assistance to the Board and its committees.

    He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University.

  • 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.

  • Executive Manager Business and Customer Service

    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 Service 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.

  • Executive Manager Growth

    Peter Kerr
    Peter brings to his role more than 25-years of high-level policy and consulting advice including for the Reserve Bank of Australia, the International Monetary Fund and the Public Utilities Office. He has also spent time as a senior journalist including as WA Bureau Chief for the Australian Financial Review and has an extensive network in business, media and government.

    Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and is actively involved with St Bartholomew’s House homelessness service. 

    He commenced with Western Power in 2014 as Government Relations Manager, before becoming the Head of Function of Stakeholders and Communications.

    As Head of Growth he has executive accountability for the Strategy, Business Development and Stakeholders & Communication functions.

  • 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.

  • 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.