Technical leadership team


Donald Vaughan
Principal Consultant, Primary Electrical Engineering

Donald has over 20 years’ experience providing advice on regulatory and technical requirements for generators, substations and transmission systems. He has work for all areas of the electrical industry, including generators, equipment suppliers, customers, NSPs and market operators. 

Donald specialises in the performance of power systems. His experience in generating units, governors and excitation systems provides a helpful perspective on how the physical electrical network behaves. Graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1993 with honours in Electrical Engineering, Donald’s early career included work on automated truck loading systems and bulk fluids handling in the petrol industry. In 1996 he commenced work designing and commissioning generator and power station control systems and ancillary plant, before moving into generator performance, where he defined and implemented compliance tests for generating unit controls against the electricity code.

Before taking up the position as Principal Consultant at Entura, Donald led Hydro Tasmania’s Power Systems Performance team through the business’s entry into the Australian National Electricity Market, and the connection and commissioning of Basslink.

David Wilkey
Principal Consultant, Secondary Electrical Engineering

David has more than 25 years’ consulting experience in electrical engineering across Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the delivery of secondary systems, power systems engineering and advisory to clients in the power sector.   

David’s expertise spans all areas of electrical engineering with a particular focus on electrical protection, power system studies and rotating electrical machines. He has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma in Science (Mathematics) from Massey University.

Prior to joining Entura in 2006, David held a number of consulting and technical roles in organisations including SKM Australia, SKM New Zealand, Beca and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd.


Eleni Taylor-Wood
Principal Consultant, Environmental and Social Science

Eleni has 20 years’ experience successfully managing large-scale, complex projects that run over several years, as well as providing expert advice and independent review for a range of infrastructure and planning projects. She has worked on projects around the world including in Australia, Mozambique, South Africa, Iceland, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Mekong, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Her experience covers a vast gamut of studies including: environmental and social impact assessment and management; strategic management of wetlands and waterway; feasibility and approvals for new hydropower projects, environmental flow determination and assessment, and sustainability assessments. Eleni is currently one of eleven Accredited Assessors under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol worldwide. 

Eleni has also been involved in the development and provision of environmental, social and sustainability training and capacity building, especially around the development and operation of hydropower schemes and water supply management, for delegations from Bhutan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Laos.

She has been a committee member (currently Secretary) of the Coast and Wetlands Society of Australia since 1997 and is a member of the environmental chamber of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Governance Council. During 2001-2005, she was appointed to the Independent Expert Panel for the Hawkesbury-Nepean, Shoalhaven and Woronora Rivers.

Eleni graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science with honours in marine biology/botany. She obtained her PhD in marine botany in 1997, also from the University of New South Wales.

Richard Herweynen  

Richard Herweynen
Principal Consultant, Civil Engineering

Richard has more than 25 years’ experience in dam and hydro power engineering, covering all aspects including investigations, feasibility studies, detailed design, construction liaison, operation and maintenance and risk assessment, for both new and existing projects. Richard has worked throughout the Asia-Pacific region on both dam and hydro power projects. In recent years, Richard has led the design of three RCC dams within Australia, a number of significant dam upgrades, and the tender design and documentation of a hydropower project in Malaysia. 

Richard was part of the ANCOLD working group for Concrete Gravity Dams, and is the Chairman of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Engineering Activities in the Planning Process for Water Resources Projects.

He has published over 30 technical papers predominantly on dam engineering including dam safety, risk assessment, concrete faced rockfill dam design, RCC dam design, and the unique challenges of older style post-tensioned anchors. He has also published papers on other interesting issues such as sedimentation caused by landslides, fish passage on dams and the displacement of diesel generation with hydropower.

Richard graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1989 with first class honours in Civil Engineering. He has continued with his studies to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Management (Technology) from Deakin University in 1998, and a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of NSW in 2014. In 1995 he was awarded the IEAust Tasmanian Young Professional Engineer of the Year, and in 2012 was awarded the Tasmanian Professional Engineer of the Year Award.

Ambrose Canning

Ambrose Canning
Principal Consultant, Mechanical Engineering

 Ambrose has more than 30 years’ experience working on hydropower and water infrastructure projects in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Nepal, Philippines and Indonesia. 

He specialises in all aspects of hydropower development and redevelopment, upgrade and rehabilitation. He also has expertise in aspects of water infrastructure, such as dam electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment, pipelines, valves, pumps, screens, gates, valves and bulkheads.

Ambrose graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1984 with a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in both Mechanical and Electrical. He is a member of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, a member of the Institution of Engineers Papua New Guinea and Registered Engineer with the Professional Engineers Registration Board PNG, and is a member of the International Hydropower Association.