Bess Clark – Chief Executive Officer

Bess established Project Marinus in 2017 as a General Manager at Tasmania’s electricity network business TasNetworks.  The Project Marinus team progressed feasibility and business case assessments and supporting regulatory investment assessments, with Marinus Link now recognised as a key part of Australia’s future electricity grid.  Marinus Link Pty Ltd was established as an operating subsidiary business of TasNetworks in December 2021, with Bess appointed inaugural CEO.  Bess has over 25 years of experience in the utilities and infrastructure sectors, holding executive roles at TasNetworks and Transend, and project and stakeholder roles at Sydney Water, focusing on business strategy, large projects, regulation, government and stakeholder relations. Bess holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, is an AICD graduate and Director of the Tasmanian Leaders Board.

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Stephen Clark – Project Director

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry. He has held executive roles in Asset Management, Power System Planning, Engineering and project delivery. Stephen is a member of the AEMC reliability panel and a Director of CIGRE Australia.

Stephen’s focus is overseeing the design and integration of Marinus Link into the power systems at each end. He is committed to driving asset and commercial performance for mutually beneficial outcomes. Stephen holds qualifications in Power Engineering and as a Company Director.

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Alice Vujanovic – Leader People & Safety Services

After working in the private sector in management, people and operational roles, Alice spent time as the General Manager of People & Culture at TasRail before moving to Project Marinus in 2019. She has extensive experience in mining and heavy industry in both the private and public sectors as well as lived in various locations across Australia.  Alice took up the role of Leader People & Safety Services soon after and has been applying her visions around culture transformation, strategic implementation and continuous improvement ever since.

Alice has qualifications in Education and Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts double major Anthropology and Sociology, and a Master of Business.

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Andrew Hugo – Chief Financial Officer

Andrew joined Project Marinus in 2018. He is a senior finance and commercial leader with 20 years’ experience in the development and delivery of major capital projects in the oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure industries. Andrew has extensive experience in developing and leading the financial governance for project specific entities and joint ventures.

Andrew is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), holds a Batchelor of Commerce and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Benjamin White Executive Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Land & Environment

Benjamin White, Marinus Link’s Executive Manager of Stakeholder Relations, Land & Environment joined the project in March 2018. Marinus Link is one of Australia’s largest energy infrastructure projects that will unlock Tasmania’s renewable energy potential, supporting Australia’s transition to more affordable, reliable and clean energy.

Benjamin brings extensive senior government leadership experience in policy, strategy, investment attraction and engagement, covering renewable energy, water and natural resource management. He has led a number of significant and innovative reform projects for government in partnership with industry sectors, business and the community, including the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (launched by Vice-President Al Gore). 

Benjamin is renowned for his entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to public sector business, has been a small business owner, and is also a proud member of a sixth-generation beef and veal farming family.

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Heath Dillon – Executive Manager, Customer and Revenue

Heath moved to Marinus Link from his role in Business Strategy for TasNetworks in February of 2019. He has worked as an Accountant in public practice and in private business before moving to the electricity industry where he has held a range of leadership roles over the last 15 years in the areas of financial strategy, revenue regulation and developing commercial solutions in a complex regulatory environment. Heath’s professional life has been focussed on achieving organisational excellence and robust commercial outcomes for the business and its customers. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Maryanne joined TasNetworks (from Transend Networks) in 2014 and has been working on Project Marinus since 2018. Maryanne is MLPL’s Company Secretary and General Counsel and has over 20 years’ experience as a Legal Practitioner both in private practice and a corporate setting, including over 16 years’ experience in the energy industry with deep experience regarding the National Electricity Rules, particularly in the areas of customer connection and revenue regulation.

Maryanne is committed to facilitating the development of others. She has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness in the workplace and is passionate about the development of the next generation of leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice.

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