Our Leadership Team

Paul Minnock

Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Paul has an extensive background in the Utilities sector with deep personal experience in advising on the digitisation of energy, field force optimisation, flexible grid regulation, and the emergence of intelligent networks. 

Paul brings over 14 years of expert knowledge spanning across functions of Strategy & Innovation, Customer and Operations management, Program Transformation, Regulatory submissions, new business and operating models.  Paul led the build of a Solar PV for one of Australia’s largest energy companies, he designed a new Digital Operating Model for the market operator and assisted multiple utilities prepare their flexible smart grid strategies to account for DER, DR, VPP and EV.

Paul's background augments MHC’s strong capabilities in innovations associated with the uptake of distributed energy resources.

Prior to joining MHC, Paul held senior leadership positions in international management consulting firms, having most recently been a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and prior to that a Partner at PPB Advisory and The Litmus Group. 

 

Bhawna Kapoor

Principal Consultant

Bhawna brings over 25 years of experience in information technology including over 16 years of experience in senior management roles designing and leading technology strategy & innovative solutions to meet corporate objectives and drive customer satisfaction for leading Australian energy businesses.

Bhawna has led multi-million-dollar transformation programs focussed on customer centricity, enhanced cyber security, cloud enablement, expense reduction, creating new capabilities, process, technology, data and advanced analytics in highly complex and fast paced environments.

Bhawna understands that the Energy Industry is undergoing a major technology and digital disruption along with changing customer preferences & ever-increasing cyber threat and has recently provided services to VPPs and new energy market participants in registering as VPP, Market Customer and Market Ancillary Provider. She recently led & developed a holistic strategy, design and plan digital transformation for Australian Energy Market Operator.

 

Nick Barr

Managing Consultant

Nick brings over 13 years of consulting and industry experience across the utilities sector. He specialises in supporting energy and water clients on business model strategy, business case development and risk management, with a particular focus on disruptive technologies, customer centric transformation and the transformation to the ‘Utility of the Future’. Nick also has a background in quantitative analysis, financial modelling and wholesale power market modelling. 

Nick has worked closely across the smart metering, digital network and Internet of Things (IoT) space and has developed smart water metering and digital network business cases for a range of utilities.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Strategy and Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) from The University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining MHC, Nick worked as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s utilities group and Saha International (now Deloitte), as well as industry experience working for AGL Energy and Lumo Energy. Nick was recently engaged at Powercor assisting with the transformation of their network maintenance and management operations.

Neil Gibbs

Founder & MHC Associate

Neil Gibbs is a well-known and highly-respected professional management consultant who has served the utilities and infrastructure industries in Australia and around the world for over 20 years. Neil specialises in business strategy, market reform and development, business transformation, organisational change management, and is an authority on organisation effectiveness for utilities.

Prior to founding Marchment Hill Consulting, Neil held leadership positions in major international consulting firms PA Consulting Group, AT Kearney and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Although Neil has stepped back from the day-to-day management of the company, he remains an Associate and a close subject matter expert advisor to MHC leveraging his industry insight and enthusiasm for change to help MHC’s clients deliver more sustainable outcomes.