Mike Smith

Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Mike has over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience gained in a wide variety of industries including power generation, energy retail and trading, mining, construction and manufacturing. He has also operated a successful independent business consultancy, specialising in business performance improvement and culture change.

Having qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK, Mike’s career has spanned 3 continents and incorporated a diversity of senior roles in general management, commercial and financial management, project development and management, business development, business consultancy and non-executive board membership.

In Australia, Mike was Production Director and subsequently CEO of Yallourn Energy (now part of Energy Australia), CEO of Exergen Pty Ltd (a resource and technology development company) and General Manager of Thiess John Holland’s Precast Concrete Manufacturing Facility (Melbourne’s Eastlink toll road project).

Mike is also currently the non-executive Chairman of Federation Training, a Victorian Government owned training and education institution.

Vicki Rigg

Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Vicki joined Palisade in 2008 from Perpetual Investments. Vicki is a member of Palisade's Board of Directors. Her key responsibility is the acquisition and management of social infrastructure assets, including for Palisade's Australian Social Infrastructure Fund. Vicki also assists with structuring and governance of Palisade's investments generally and is a director on the board of a number of Palisade's investee companies.

Vicki has over 15 years' experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining Perpetual in 2007, she worked for 10 years in the project finance teams of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney and Linklaters in London and Hong Kong. Vicki has worked for sponsors and financiers in relation to the development, acquisition and financing of infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia, India and the UK across a broad range of sectors including PPPs, roads, airports, pipelines, renewable energy, power and gas.

Vicki is admitted as a Solicitor in both NSW and England & Wales and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) / Master of Arts (Law) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.

Vince De Santis

Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Vince is an Executive Director of corporate advisory firm, T8 Advisory Partners Pty Ltd and also serves as Non-Executive Chair of ASX listed industrial engineering company, Engenco Limited.

Vince was Managing Director of the Elphinstone Group for 10 years until December 2018. The Group’s primary business interests are in the mining, energy, engineering, manufacturing, and industrial goods & services sectors including interests in a number of Caterpillar equipment dealerships in Australia and overseas.

Vince initially joined the Elphinstone Group in 2000 as the Group’s Legal Counsel and Finance & Investment Manager. During his time with the Group, he also served as a director of various subsidiary and joint venture companies including William Adams Pty Ltd, the authorised Caterpillar equipment dealer in Victoria and Tasmania, minerals processing company Gekko Systems Pty Ltd, and Singapore based mobile power generation company, APac Energy Rental Pte Ltd.

Prior to that time, Vince was a Senior Associate in the Energy, Resources & Projects team at national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, based in Melbourne.

Vince holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws (Hons.). He is also a director of the Tasmanian Development Board and also serves as a member of the Tasmanian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.

Lindsay Ward

CEO, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Lindsay has over 30 years’ front line business leadership experience in a broad range of industries, including power generation, gas transmission, ports management, car parks, rail haulage, mining, exploration, mineral processing, transport and logistics at General Manager, CEO, Managing Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairman level.

Previously, Lindsay worked with Asciano and Toll as General Manager Patrick Ports and Pacific National Bulk Rail and had responsibility for six regional ports businesses as well as Pacific National's grain and industrial rail business. Prior to this, Lindsay was the General Manger Production – Yallourn Energy (now Energy Australia) with accountability for an integrated, base load 1,450MW power station and brown coal mine that produced 22% of Victoria’s power needs.

Previously Lindsay had a variety of mine engineering, supervisory and management roles with Western Mining Corporation, Westralian Sands (now Iluka resources), BHP Billiton and Camberwell Coal.

Lindsay is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an experienced Director of both listed and unlisted companies in the Car Parks, Ports, Bulk Handling, Power, Infrastructure, Waste and Resources industries.

Wacek Lipski

General Manager Pipelines

Wacek has over 20 year’s broad experience in the energy industry across a diverse range of geographical areas including Europe, Asia and Oceania, with 9 years in Technical, General and Project Management positions and has held technical and leadership roles across a wide range of projects ranging from concept engineering to construction. Experienced in commercial areas including cost estimating, budget planning and business case development and has a strong technical and commercial knowledge across the energy industry.

Wacek manages a range of service providers and specialist subcontractors, maintaining strong relationships and ensuring alignment with Palisade’s long-term objectives. Under Wacek’s leadership, the engineering team work to provide technical solutions with safety at the forefront, while ensuring that the financial performance of the assets is continuously improved.

Wacek has a bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Hons.) and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (Executive) .

Darren Giri

General Manager - Commercial

Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry and previously worked with AGL Wholesale Gas, where he was responsible for the commercial management of the customers of the NQE joint venture between AGL and Arrow Ltd on the North Queensland Gas Pipeline.

Darren spent eight years based in London working for companies such as BP where he was responsible for the development of gas-fired and renewable energy projects and UPM Kymmene where he headed up their European Biomass Business. In Australia he was part of the ERM Power team that developed the Braemar and Kwinana gas-fired power plants. He was responsible for the commercial management of TXU’s (now Energy Australia) gas trading portfolio including the underground gas storage facility at Port Campbell.

Darren has developed a deep network of contacts across the Australian energy industry including upstream gas production and transportation, gas marketing and electricity generation. Most recently he has been working with AGL Wholesale Gas, where he was responsible for the commercial management of customers on the North Queensland Gas Pipeline.

Darren is responsible for driving the commercial performance of the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline including managing existing customer relationships and developing new sources of revenue.