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 thoroughbred breeding and 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
General Manager People and 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).

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.

Clare Baxter
Group General Counsel

Clare has vast experience in executive leadership in the energy sector, with a focus on deal structuring and commercial strategy and risk in the Smart Metering and Smart Grid technology sectors in Australia, New Zealand and across the Asian region.

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She has previously held the role of General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Asia Pacific for Landis+Gyr and has more than 20 years’ experience practicing technology law, with positions at top Tier Wellington and Sydney law firms and senior in-house roles at PwC and FIS (previously SunGard).

Clare also volunteers her time as a non-executive Director in the Education sector, with a particular interest in equitable access to education.

Clare holds a Master of Laws from the University of NSW, a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours), a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington and a Graduate Management Diploma from IMD, Switzerland.

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
General Manager Strategy and 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.

Brent Lyster
Chief Financial Officer

Brent has more than 15 years’ experience, including 10 years in leadership roles in the utilities industry, covering the metering, networks, retail and smart grid sectors.

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Prior to IntelliHUB he has held leadership roles across the finance discipline in both local and global organisations.

He has been instrumental in facilitating the growth of Intellihub by the establishing and leading the group’s finance function, providing funding certainty and managing external stakeholder groups.

Brent holds both a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) and holds the CPA delegation.

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.

Vivek Beri

Vivek Beri
Group CIO

Vivek has more than 18 years’ experience in the electricity industry with extensive strategic and operational experience at senior management level across meterology, retail, wholesale and distribution business.

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Prior to Intellihub, Vivek held senior positions at Ausgrid, Energy Australia and E-lectrade in USA, where he was responsible for directing IT and delivering complex programs of work.

Vivek holds a Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree and a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Wollongong.

Gary Hunter
General Manager Finance

Gary has worked as a finance professional across the technology and software sectors for more than 20 years, including senior leadership roles in fintech, proptech and business process outsourcing.

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Prior to joining Intellihub, Gary was CFO of Rockend Technology and led the sale to US-based MRI Software, one of the largest proptech companies globally.

Gary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Technology from Auckland University of Technology.

Our Board

Cameron Blanks

Evan Hattersley
Non-Executive Director

Nerida Caesar
Non-Executive Director

Peter Han
Board Observer

Simon Moutter
Executive Chairman - New Zealand, and Non-Executive Director

Werner Lieberherr
Non-Executive Director

Adrian Clark
Non-Executive Director

Women in metering utility group

Intellihub’s Women in Metering team provide a platform to empower women across the business through connections, shared experiences, and skill development so they can create their own opportunities.

It supports our female employees across Australia and New Zealand to develop their career, leadership, and diversity of skills needed to succeed in a dynamic global workforce.

It aims to:

  • Increase women’s capability, opportunities for growth, skill sets and build confidence to be a great leader at any level.
  • Be collaborative, build strong partnerships and networks; and model the intellihub core values.
  • Create and foster an environment where at all levels women have choices and are valued.
The Hub

The Hub

At Intellihub we foster and encourage our people’s creativity, passion and innovation. Our team of talented people have created “the Hub”. This is a forum which listens to and supports our people, encourages us to get to know each other and to get involved. The HUB drives our social agenda, helps our people have fun and enjoy being a part of Intellihub.

Whether it is interviewing our leaders in the Everyday Leader series, or creating events for our people to get together, have fun and celebrate the wins. We have a focus on employee well-being which has been fundamental in the new COVID normal world we are operating in.