At Western Power, we’re a proud and talented bunch of people all working towards creating a sustainable energy future for WA.
Our team is backed by some of the world’s leading renewable energy specialists, and with their global expertise, we’re finding innovative ways green energy can become part of the grid family.
So let’s meet some of the crew who are leading the charge:
It’s a tough job to mix old and new, but that’s an exciting challenge we currently have with the grid. We’re connecting renewable energy and innovative technology alongside traditional infrastructure, and our network needs to have the technology to cope with the changes ahead. That’s where our Distribution Grid Strategy Manager, Ben comes in. He’s the best man for the job, leading the team responsible for future proofing the grid. Ben has a long history with Western Power, having started here 13 years ago as a graduate engineer and moving up the ranks to now working with state of the art technology to build the grid of the future.
Peter is a problem solver and somewhat of a futurist. He works in forecast models, investigates current usage trends, and analyses data to get a wider understanding of the way we’re using energy now and into the future. There are literally thousands of directions that WA’s electricity market could take – depending on how disruptive technology, customer behaviour and regulatory requirements evolve over time. Peter’s a natural at understanding all of these pieces of the puzzle, which will ultimately enable us to adapt more nimbly to changing market forces. We’re more excited than ever about creating a brighter and greener energy future for WA. To learn more about how we’re evolving, check out our Energy Solutions section.
Alison – our head honcho of Business Development works with companies, designers and innovators whose products or services could one day become part of the grid. She’s the first to excite us all with new technologies and bring new product developments to light at Western Power. A member of the Electric Vehicle Council, Alison is leading our push to create a grid that supports and thrives the expected future increase in electric vehicle uptake.
With more energy sources feeding into the grid than ever before, it’s a logistical challenge (or nightmare depending who you ask) to ensure everything runs smoothly. And there’s no better person to spearhead this than our Executive Manager of Asset Management, Sean. His only role – but a big one at that – is to ensure the grid is maintained and operates effectively across the board, from our traditional infrastructure to new renewable energy sources. His resume is nothing short of amazing, having spent 30 years in the electricity sector undertaking projects in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Executive Manager of Change and Innovation, Fiona Bishop is truly passionate about delivering change, and is the driver behind our organisational transformation. She looks at all aspects of the business so we’re able to deliver optimum services for tomorrow. She’s a busy woman developing our skilled workforce, investigating systems, processes and procedures so we can truly unlock the potential of the grid. Her team is constantly investigating and analysing data to discover trends in how electricity is being used and delivered. As Fiona likes to put it, electricity used to be delivered as a one-way street, it’s now two way, but there are no traffic signals in place. So it’s our job to be the traffic controller to make sure electricity gets to where it needs to, within this changing environment. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Nigel lives and breathes all things renewable. He’s one of the early adopters, having bought a rooftop solar more than a decade ago to power his own home. Nigel is our Senior Standards and Technology Engineer. Sounds important – because he is! Nigel sits on various committees to advise, support, and ultimately produce the latest standards on batteries and inverters. He’s also responsible for all the nitty gritty guidelines on installation. His passion in this area extends to being part of a global task force on photovoltaics, sharing his proven experience on the way energy resources connect to the grid.