Our people

We bring together some of the world’s leading experts across the metering, energy, infrastructure and technology industries. Our people have been at the forefront of Australia and New Zealand’s smart grid and advanced meter developments and have led some of the largest successful deployments of smart meters across North America, Europe and Asia.

Leadership team

Wes Ballantine Intellihub

Wes Ballantine

Wes has held several leadership roles across the finance and infrastructure sectors over the past 20+ years.

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Prior to joining Intellihub, he led a number of businesses within Transurban Group and some of Australia’s largest infrastructure merger and acquisition and greenfield development transactions.

He played a pivotal role in establishing Transurban’s North American business and was the first leader of its $7 billion Queensland operations.

Wes has been an advisory Board member and committee member on a range of industry and Government forums and founded and chaired an infrastructure investment and advisory business as well as a farming operation.

Wes holds a Master of Commerce (UNSW), Bachelor of Arts – Politics (University of Melbourne) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Wes is an alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program.

Michelle Fahey
Executive General Manager People & Culture

Michelle has 15+ years within the generalist Human Resources field, with the last 10 years being within senior leadership positions.

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Previously General Manager of Human Resources with General Motors Holden (Aus and NZ) where she was a key member of the leadership team that wound down the business in both Australia and New Zealand in 2020.

Michelle has vast industry experience within Food Manufacturing, Aviation, Arts & Entertainment, Market Research and Automotive.

Michelle holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management with Monash University, a bachelor’s degree in Business majoring in Human Resource Management with Victoria University. As well being a certified Organisational Coach level 1 & 2 with Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL).

Alastair McKeown

Alastair McKeown
Chief Financial Officer

Alastair has over two decades of insight and experience across the energy supply chain including leadership and senior finance roles.

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Prior to joining Intellihub he was Chief Financial Officer of EnergyAustralia, Australia’s third largest energy retailer and before that he was CFO at the regulated energy network business Victoria Power Networks (CitiPower and Powercor).

Before relocating to Australia, he was a long-serving Finance Director of major business units at Centrica plc, a London-listed supplier of gas and electricity services to customers in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Alastair holds a Bachelor of Economics & Accounting from Queens University, Belfast and is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. He also holds an Australian CPA and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sally Kennedy
Chief Information Officer - CIO

Sally has held multiple technology leadership positions across a variety of industries including foreign exchange, institutional banking, public trustee, telecommunications, and cash logistics.

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At Intellihub Sally is responsible for secure development and delivery of both Information and Operational Technology services to all parts of the business. This includes leadership of Technology Strategy & Architecture, Cyber Resilience, M&A integration, and a whole of business Program Office. She has extensive experience in redesign of tech teams and ways of working to better execute on business strategy.

Sally holds a B.Ec. (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, M Sc. in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London (Birkbek) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Phil Barton

Phil Barton
Executive General Manager Australia

Phil is an experienced utilities and energy executive, with a deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities from the energy transition underway across the region.

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He was a partner at Bain and Company, leader of the Bain utility and renewables practice in ANZ and co-leader of Bain’s Infrastructure advisory.

He has assisted utilities with development of future energy strategies as well as working to design and lead transformational performance and improvement in order to deliver those strategies.

In his role as EGM Australia at Intellihub, Phil brings his deep knowledge of the strategy, challenges and opportunities for Intellihub’s key clients together with experience in team leadership, transformational performance delivery and field service optimisation.

Phil holds a Master of Engineering and Management (1st class) from Birmingham University, and MBA from INSEAD, France.

Lindsay Cowley
CEO New Zealand

Lindsay has held various senior leadership roles within the telecommunications, travel ecommerce, software development and utilities sectors in New Zealand and the Pacific.

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He was the founding Chairperson of the New Zealand Electricity Authority’s Innovation and Participation Advisory Group and has previously held Board and Chairperson positions within the telecommunications submarine cable industry and continues to hold Board and Advisory roles within the Real-Estate ecommerce and Rural publishing sectors.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from the University of Otago and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Jonathan Hammond

Jonathan Hammond
Executive General Manager Strategy & Corporate Development

Jonathan has 10 years’ experience in the strategy and energy sectors, with the last 5 years in senior leadership positions in smart metering businesses.

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At Intellihub, he is responsible for the group’s overall strategy which has included successful expansion into the NZ market, broadening into water & gas metering and leading Intellihub’s growth in solar, battery and electric vehicle services. He is responsible for Intellihub’s M&A function which has completed 7 bolt-on acquisitions since 2018.

Jonathan previously held strategy and finance roles at Acumen Metering and was part of the leadership team that managed the carveout and divestment of Acumen from Origin Energy in 2018.

Prior to this he worked in strategy roles at Origin Energy, and as a strategy consultant at Port Jackson Partners and PwC.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Sydney University.

Abhishek Sharma
General Manager Operations

Abhishek has extensive experience leading engineering and operational teams, driving business growth and transformation.

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He has more than 12 years’ experience in the energy and telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Intellihub, Abhishek held senior positions in the metering sector and with Vodafone, managing planning and delivery across key infrastructure programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications), Masters in Engineering Science (Telecommunications) and Masters of Engineering Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Brendan McAnnalley
General Manager Group Digital Services

Brendan leads the companies Digital Services Operations, with responsibility for Trans-Tasman Customer Data Delivery, Remote Services and Engineering.

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He has a breadth of experience in digital transformation, operations and delivering significant technology and metering projects.

Prior to joining Intellihub, Brendan was a senior leader in Metrix Limited, a New Zealand metering business which has been providing AMI metering solutions for over 15 years.

Brendan is a Director of Intellihub New Zealand and has worked in the Electricity, Financial, Transport and Information Technology Services industries.