Key People
Stephen Ellich

Stephen Ellich

CEO & Managing Director

Senior Executive/Director with a 25+ year proven track record of success in governing and leading large, complex, national organisations through establishment, development and transformational change to deliver sustainable growth, profitability and strong operating cash flow. Business expertise with a strong focus on customer centricity, innovation, combined with astute financial acumen, international experience and the maturity of a senior executive with Board experience, positions him to contribute at all levels.
Stephen focuses on values, strategy, technology, process and people to drive sustainable performance. Stephen has secured profitable growth in all organisations that he has led by focusing on top line growth, strong safety performance, combined with direct and indirect cost management, leveraging technologies and process mapping to engineer corporate governance into businesses and delivering operational and cost improvements.
Joel Turvey

Joel Turvey

National Construction Manager - Telco and Commercial Solar

Joel has over 27 years’ power industry experience and joined UCS in 1999. He manages our field operations, ensuring projects are completed on time and budget. He is qualified in overhead and underground customer electricity assets and underground cable systems.

Darren Anderton

HSEQ Manager

Darren joined UCS in 2010 bringing over 25 years knowledge and experience of the Construction Industry. Darren has a Post Graduate Degree in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics and is the UCS contact for regulatory authorities in relation to Safety and Environmental outcomes.

Wade Teasdale, Senior Estimator

Wade joined UCS in 2010 and manages design and project management services. Wade has over 25 years’ experience in in the Victorian electricity network industry and a diploma in Electrical Engineering from Federation University.

Simon Boyer, Work Planning Manager

Simon has over 25 years of power industry experience and is qualified in overhead and underground customer electricity assets and cable systems. At UCS, he plans and schedules network tie-ins for new underground cable systems to ensure safe and timely connections.

Stephen Mittell, Chief Financial Officer

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in public accounting and commercial roles across a variety of industries inclusive of manufacturing, agriculture, education, health, construction and engineering. Stephen is responsible for all Underground Cable Systems financial operations in liaison with the broader management team.


Sam Towan, Technical Shared Services Manager

Sam joined UCS in 2006, and is a qualified Cable Jointer undertaking Bachelor of Business degree course. Sam understands the land developer’s business and the electrical network construction industry.

Nick Raymond, Construction Manager NSW

Nick has 14 years’ experience in the Distribution Electrical industry, specialising in the management and development of electrical and civil construction crews. His focus has been on the efficient delivery of electrical reticulation services in residential, commercial, and industrial subdivisions whilst meeting and exceeding client expectations for safe and reliable service. Nick is also a fully qualified underground Cable Jointer who has worked on systems from live Low Voltage up to 66kV transmission levels.

Peter McKay, Senior Design Manager

Peter joined UCS in 2007 and provides design and project management services in the Powercor region. He has over 25 years’ experience in design and project management of electricity network construction and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Nick Smith, Business Systems Manager

Nick modernises and integrates the UCS IT systems to allow for scale and to generate efficiencies. For over 12 years, he has managed and implemented business IT systems and infrastructure. Nick has Bachelor Degrees in Accountancy and Marketing.

I have always found UCS technical and project management staff to be responsive and very professional in their dealings with AusNet Services.

Their back office support is second to none and can always be relied on to tell you exactly where your project is at any time in the construction phase.

UCS engineers and project managers go out of their way to help network companies like AusNet Services meet the expectations of their clients. Andrew Webber

Design Team Leader, AusNet Services