Committed to our customers
From the field to the office, our people have always been our greatest competitive advantage. The incredible strength of our team around the world has enabled us to assemble an exceptionally experienced Executive Team. Comprised of talented business leaders from a diverse range of industries, our team brings decades of operational excellence and a shared, unwavering commitment to our customers.
Our Leadership Team
Patrick Creaghan, Country Chair
Pat was appointed Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer in June 2017. In his role Pat is responsible for identifying and leading strategic growth initiatives that represent ATCO’s complete suite of premier solutions across all business lines, including Western Australia’s largest natural gas distribution network and ATCO’s power generation assets. He also serves on the Australian Board of ATCO Structures & Logistics Pty Ltd. Pat has more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of operational and leadership roles and has served as President, Storage & Liquids and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development since joining ATCO in 2011. Pat has also held executive positions with Shell Canada and Royal Dutch Shell Group.
Karen Nielsen, Managing Director, Global Renewables
Managing Director, Global Renewables
Karen was appointed to Managing Director, Global Renewables in November 2021 after rejoining ATCO in June 2021 as Senior Vice President, Renewables North America. Based in Sydney, Karen is responsible for ATCO’s global renewables business with a key focus on Australia. With over 30 years’ experience in the global energy sector, Karen brings a wealth of experience in strategy, innovation and project execution.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a licensed professional engineer of APEGA, and APEGBC; as well as a certified Corporate Director (ICD.D).
Jeffrey Hilton, General Manager Transmission Development
GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSMISSION DEVELOPMENT
Jeffrey joined ATCO in September 2022 in the role of General Manager, Transmission Development. As an operations and business development expert with more than 30 years’ experience in the Power Delivery & Generation, Telecom, Civil, and Geotechnical industries, Jeffrey will take the lead in developing ATCO’s transmission business in Australia. Across his years in the industry, Jeffrey has worked in executive level roles across organisations such as Bell Nexia, SNC Lavalin, Enmax, Almita and Henkels & McCoy. During his time at SNC Lavalin, he was accountable for the transmission and distribution activities for the Altalink portfolio in Alberta. Jeffrey holds a Masters of Business Administration from Queens University in Ontario, Canada and a Business Management Certificate from Georgian College in Ontario.
Stevan Green, President, ATCO Gas Division
President, ATCO Gas Division
Stevan was appointed President ATCO’s Gas Division in August 2018 having first joined the business in 2017 as General Manager Assets and Engineering Innovation. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the resources industry including senior roles with Shell and BHP. Stevan’s expertise covers project management, compliance and managing external business risks, and the practical application of state-of-the-art technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Western Australia and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John Ivulich, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
John was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2014 having served as Director, Finance for ATCO in Australia since joining the company in 2011 following ATCO's acquisition of the WestNet Infrastructure Group. He holds the strategic financial planning responsibility for ATCO in Australia and oversees the delivery of accounting, finance, tax, business planning, forecasting and treasury functions. John is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting & Finance.
Simon Byrne, General Counsel & Company Secretary
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Simon joined ATCO's Australian Gas Division in 2010 and has held various executive positions including Senior Legal Counsel and General Manager, Commercial Services. Since December 2013 he has been part of ATCO's Executive Management team and holds responsibility for HSE, Facilities Management, Risk Management, Insurance and Internal Audit co-ordination, while also providing legal advice across all ATCO companies in Australia. Additionally, Simon is Company Secretary and an Executive Director of ATCO Australia. A qualified lawyer, he holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Western Australia.
Kylie Newton, General Manager, Human Resources
General Manager, Human Resources
Kylie joined ATCO in April 2011 and is responsible for managing the strategic direction, initiatives and operations of the Human Resources function at ATCO. Having held senior HR roles within a number of industries, Kylie has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of human resource management, organisational development and industrial relations. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing as well as a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Russell James, General Manager Hydrogen & Future Fuels
General Manager Hydrogen & Future Fuels
Russell James first joined ATCO in 2002, and has held various roles including General Manager Business Development and Customer Experience. With 20 years’ experience in energy, Russell is experienced in the delivery of small to large scale energy and utility infrastructure projects. He has extensive knowledge of gas and energy markets, pricing, and regulations. Over the last four years he has led or played a key role in all ATCO's hydrogen related activities, including development of the Clean Energy Innovation Hub, conceptualising and sourcing funding from the WA Government Renewable Hydrogen Fund for the Hydrogen Vehicle Refuelling station, and securing $28.7m from ARENA to develop the Clean Energy Innovation Park - a commercial scale renewable hydrogen production project.
Natalie O'Malley, General Manager Corporate Affairs & Business Improvement
GENERAL MANAGER, CORPORATE AFFAIRS & BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT
Natalie was appointed General Manager Corporate Affairs and Business Improvement in October 2021, having first joined ATCO in 2016 initially as Senior Internal Communications Advisor and held subsequent roles with ATCO in customer experience, business improvement and change management. Natalie brings more than fifteen years’ career experience in the utilities and oil and gas sectors in Western Australia, having held various corporate affairs and customer roles with Chevron, Synergy and Western Power.