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Leadership team

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    Chief Executive Officer

    Guy Chalkley
    Guy commenced at Western Power in December 2011 as Operations Commercial Manager. He was later appointed Head of Business Planning and Reporting before joining the Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.

    Guy brings a wealth of international, financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors operating and residing in a number of continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

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    Chief Financial Officer

    Michael Crevola
    Michael Crevola commenced at Western Power in 2013 as Head of Finance, Treasury and Risk. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. Michael has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry, holding senior positions including Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Carnegie Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Perth Energy.

    Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Treasury Administration from Deakin University.

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    Executive Manager Asset Operations

    Dave Fyfe
    Dave joined Western Power in May 2010 and has been a member of the executive team since 2012. His experience spans a diverse range of industries where he has held senior managerial positions in technical, commercial sales, customer service and operations environments. Dave has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and post graduate qualifications in business. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

    Dave is a board member of a not for profit organisation and is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Dave is accountable for the delivery of work on the network to meet growing electricity demands in WA and replace aging assets to ensure a more reliable network for our customers.

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    General Counsel

    Sam Barbaro
    In December 2014 Sam was appointed General Counsel, which is the Executive Manager of the Governance & Assurance Business Unit; looking after the legal, corporate compliance, internal audit, risk, process excellence, company secretary and governance functions of the organisation.

    Sam joined Western Power in January 2007 in a senior legal position. He has been practicing law since the 1990s and has extensive experience in the energy and electricity sectors. After obtaining a law degree from the University of Western Australia, Sam spent a decade practicing law in top tier law firms, with specific expertise in corporate law, energy and resources, administrative law, compliance and regulatory, and governance.

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

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    Executive Manager Customer and Corporate Services

    Gino Giudice
    Gino commenced with Western Power in 2002 when the strategy of disaggregation from retail, generation and the regional Western Australia network was underway, preparing it to deal direct with a million plus customers.  Gino’s background is in business-to-business, and business-to-consumer services, in diverse industries including telecommunications, professional services, management systems, transport and logistics.

    With a Business Administration degree from Curtin University, and many prior leadership roles, Gino has helped Western Power evolve from a purely engineering and asset focussed organisation into expanding its capabilities, and culture, to include customer orientation and service. 

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    Executive Manager Asset Management

    Seán Mc Goldrick
    Seán joined Western Power in June 2015, bringing a rich international perspective from 27 years in the electricity sector. His career spans operations, management, development and research on power systems and utilities around the world and he has provided consultancy services to utilities, governments and regulators throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has also held positions at Executive Director and Board level in utilities in North America, the British Isles and Europe.

    Seán holds a PhD (Molecular Physics), Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) and Bachelor of Engineering from Trinity College at the University of Dublin.

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    Executive Manager Change and Innovation

    Fiona Bishop
    Fiona joined Western Power in April 2007, bringing her electrical engineering expertise to the Customer Solutions team. Fiona has over ten years’ experience in the Energy and Resources Sector across engineering, economic regulation, customer facing and management roles. She has a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

    Fiona played a key role in the delivery of Western Power’s Business Transformation Program and commenced the Change and Innovation Business Unit in June 2017.  Fiona is a strong advocate for women in leadership and is an active mentor to many women in the business and coordinates networking for women at all levels of Western Power.

Kalgoorlie storm response

Update 20 November 2017 - 1pm

We have restored more than 6,000 customers since the wild storms struck the area on Saturday night. There are another 10,000 to go with many individual jobs to fix.

We have one major line to repair from our Piccadilly substation and then all lines from that site will be repaired. All going well, this will see electricity restored for a large number of customers in Boulder by this evening.

Fresh crews are onsite in Kambalda and we are also aiming to have power to most of the town by this evening. But there is damage across a wide area which is hampering our restoration efforts.

As we move through and systematically return power to the network there may be some frustration from homes and businesses as parts of suburbs will come on before others. This is because they are fed from a different line. In addition, some suburbs with underground power are fed from damaged overhead lines.

This is what has happened in parts of Piccadilly and Lamington in Kalgoorlie. We understand the confusion this is causing but we ask for continuing patience as we work to return network power.

In preparation for restoration, we ask homes and businesses to please make sure that RCD’s have been reset and property damage repairs are made by a qualified electrician.

We cannot reconnect service lines to homes if your private connection is not safe.

We also have three electrical inspectors that will assess the work done to private residences to make sure the connection is ready and safe for network connection.

Our control centre will systematically re-energise parts of the network once they are cleared and made safe by crews.

Although the majority of hazards have been cleared there are still repairs that need to be completed to return some customers to network power. The widespread nature of the damage means some individual homes will be without power for several days. Most schools in the region are closed today. But we are hoping to have the bulk of the Goldfields region with power by today.

We have also had some customers inquire about vouchers and compensation. Western Power's depot in Kalgoorlie is operational only and does not have any of these forms.

Customers who are eligible for the 12 hour extended $80 outages payment from the State Government can access those forms from our website. This payment is not designed to compensate for all losses. It is an acknowledgement of the inconvenience of long outages. You should contact your insurer to inquire about further damages claims.

If you see a fallen powerline of damaged pole call make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51 or if it is a life-threatening emergency, please call 000.

Power outage map for restoration times.