Professor Simon Bartlett AM


The Powerlink Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission, Professor Bartlett is responsible for providing leadership to the Australian academic sector that supports the Australian Power Industry. The role includes establishing and maintaining strong links with the power industry in Australia and internationally to ensure that the educational and research services provided by the University are aligned with and meet the evolving needs of the power industry.

Professor Simon Bartlett AM was educated in Engineering and Science at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He was awarded the IET Sir Lionel Hooke Award in 2007, Queensland Electrical Engineer of the Year in 2008 and Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2009. His outstanding contribution to the Australian Power Industry and the Engineering Profession was also recognized in 2012 through the award of Member of the Order of Australia.

Simon has forty years’ experience in the Power industry in electricity transmission and power generation in Australia, Europe and Canada.  His recent industry roles have included Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive of Powerlink Queensland, Director of Electranet SA, Chairman of the Australian Power Institute, Deputy Chairman of Cigre Australia, and member of the AEMC Reliability Panel and AEMO Operating Committees.

In late 2012, Simon retired from his operating roles in the Power Industry to take up a full time position as Professor at the University of Queensland as the API/Powerlink Chair in Electricity Transmission.