COMPANY OVERVIEW

POWERPLANT Project Services Pty Ltd is a privately owned company consisting of designers, draftspeople and project managers. We have established a support network of skilled and accredited support companies within the Electricity Supply Industry that we call on to meet the needs of our clients.

POWERPLANT Project Services is in the unique position of being able to design and develop a solution to meet your needs, and to then source the most competitive price for you from suitably qualified and approved construction companies authorised to carry out electrical work on the network in your area.

This gives you an alternative to have your project completed without having to solely depend on the Supply Authority in your area to help you.

We manage construction works for you, we source materials for you (early in the process!), and we liaise with electricity supply utilities on your behalf. We are able to help ensure that your operating costs are kept as low as possible by arranging a review of your energy tariffs.

Our charter is simple – to solve problems for our clients as effectively and economically as possible.

Our clients include the electricity distribution business owners and operators, such as SP AusNet and Jemena as well as Vicroads, Councils, Road Construction Contractors and business owners and operators from the private sector.

Your needs may be as simple as erecting a new street light or as complex as connecting a new supply to your factory or your residential subdivision. You may need a new powerline or a transformer to connect supply to your property. You may wish to convert existing above-ground wires to underground. You may wish to increase the supply capacity to your property.

If your project is electrical in nature, we can assist you.

POWERPLANT regularly tenders works designed on behalf of our clients to obtain the most economic and effective means of completing your construction project. We have established arrangements with construction providers that allow us to respond quickly to you and to ensure that your project moves forward as quickly as possible. We maintain close relationships with the Network Operators and regularly liaise with them prior to, during, and following completion of turnkey contestable projects.

Our Project Design and Project Management team is constantly growing to meet customer demands. This team is available to assist you with your needs and we have resources at our disposal that can be quickly called upon to prepare design, project management, and construction solutions.

We are equipped with the latest design, drafting, and project management tools to enable us to remain responsive to your needs at all stages of your project.

Our team is located within 35 minutes of Melbourne CBD, just east of Dandenong, at Hallam. We invite to contact us at info@powerplant.com.au, via phone on +61 3 8786 1666, or to call in person to our office at 163 Princes Hwy, Hallam.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Greg Plant

Director

Proud founder of an award-winning company, music man, father of three and lover of opportunity – Greg is a man of vision and many talents.

After kicking off his energy career in the SEC, he spotted an opportunity in 1999 and created a company which, project by project, he built into a thriving business that is creating a better industry for his staff, customers and the wider community. He works hard, has built a team around him that does the same, and takes great pride in their success.

Off duty (or as close as Greg gets to it) he enjoys simple times with family and friends, camping on the Murray out of mobile reception. His latest ‘opportunity’ involves launching a community choir in the City of Casey and it won’t be his last – a true entrepreneur.

John Kelso

Chief Executive

John is a recognised business leader with over 35 years’ valuable experience in the energy industry. Generous with his time and knowledge, he is passionate about making a positive difference in the industry. His success in senior management roles at AusNet Services, TXU and Eastern Energy, demonstrate his ability to build collaborative high performing teams, and he was instrumental in developing Select Solutions into a successful national business, recognised as a Best Employer by AON Hewitt and in the top 40 Most Innovative Companies in Australia (2016 Fin Review). A proud father of six, John is a big supporter of our growth into the Western suburbs of Melbourne, perhaps influenced by his lifelong support of the Western Bulldogs Football team.

Mark Campbell

Chief Financial Officer

Mark is a proven results-focussed finance professional whose extensive finance, accounting and business services skills and experience are sending us flying towards our strategic goals. He has 35+ years in customer-serving regulated, public sector and listed ‘Top 100’ businesses, holding senior management roles at Select Solutions, AusNet Services and Manningham Council. An overachiever in many ways (former competitive basketballer, six-time 100km Oxfam Trailwalker) he balances this with a long-suffering commitment to supporting the Carlton Football Club.

Jason Southby

General Manager, Delivery

Jason has extensive experience managing complex programs and projects both within the energy sector and defence sector. Jason has spent the last 10 years in the energy sector included working on major projects for (and within) Powercor, AusNet and UED. Jason has a track record of building and leading high performing teams to deliver exceptional results. He is a people person who has a passion for delivering great results.

In addition to his work experience, Jason is a Certified Practicing Project Director, Project Manager and has a Diploma in Electrical Systems from his time as an Electronics and Communications Technician in the Navy. He is a motor bike buff with several road and dirt bikes and well as some vintage models.

Jay Graham

General Manager, Western Region

Jay worked predominately across electricity retail and distribution before bringing his great depth of knowledge in these spaces to the infrastructure world. His experience leading operations and business development functions for Select Solutions has helped inform many aspects of our work, and his natural ability to motivate others makes him a key member of the team. With a natural and positive leadership style he has transformed the culture and output of the teams he has worked with, and as a result has a large network within the energy industry.

A kiwi and former rugby player, he spends most weekends supporting his favorite teams and extolling the virtues of the All Blacks to his Aussie-born kids.

James Kerner

Manager, Lighting Design

James is the industry go-to for lighting design. He has extensive experience ranging from freeway design to LATMs on local roads for VicRoads, local government and other public authorities. He has designed in metered and un-metered supply authority (VESI) lighting installations. With over 10 years’ working in VicRoads delivering and managing construction, maintenance and road safety programs, he continues to assist them in revising public lighting policy, design guidelines and installation/maintenance specifications.

James loves gardening, home growing veggies from scratch, hates possums (obvious reasons) and is a very good squash player.

Jean Gaied

General Manager, Projects 

Jean is a highly skilled and experienced project manager, with 15 years spent managing engineering and major construction projects across Asia, the Middle East and Australia, and nine years in the VESI environment including contracting, asset owner and consultancy. He is a certified Practicing Senior Project Manager (AIPM, Australia) and a Project Management Professional certified by Project Management Institute USA.

Well-traveled and well-read, Jean is always working to develop personally and professionally.

Lucy Nduru

Manager, PMO

Lucy heads our newly formed Project Management Office, a key part of the business. She has extensive experience in the Victorian electrical industry in project management and PMO roles, along with a BA in Administration, Diploma in Project Management and Advance Diploma in Electrical Engineering, and is instrumental in ensuring our customers receive exceptional service.

She also brings her enthusiastic amateur golf skills, and a strong commitment to her community as a former CFA firefighter and Vice President of the Balla Balla Community Centre in the City of Casey.

Kambiz Kashef

Manager, Design

Kambiz leads our large design team of skilled engineers and surveyors to deliver large complex infrastructure works for our electricity distribution clients.  He achieves great results and has a well-deserved reputation in the industry for professionalism and hard work.

A gentleman by nature, he brings a rock star edge to POWERPLANT as a skilled drummer and guitarist.

Matt Doggett

Senior Project Engineer

Matt, our young gun, joined us from CitiPower and Powercor where he was project delivery lead for electrical infrastructure works. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from RMIT and is motivated by the opportunities and potential for growth created by POWERPLANT’s progressive culture and strong industry relationships. When he’s not working hard on local infrastructure developments you’ll find him hitting the local surf breaks.

Spencer Nebel

Manager, Detailing & Auditing

 

Mark Hodgson

Manager, Major Projects