Farewelling Colin Hepher after more than 40 years with Entura

September 28, 2023

Entura is saying farewell to Specialist Electrical Consultant Colin Hepher, who is hanging up his hard hat and retiring after almost 42 years at the business.

Colin (left) onsite in Malaysia, 2018. 

Colin joined the business as a Trainee Technical Officer, having spent much of his childhood at Tarraleah in Tasmania’s central highlands where his father worked for Entura’s parent company, Hydro Tasmania.

He started in the protection and test department, before moving into a project group where he travelled around Tasmania for 14 years testing and commissioning projects in substations or power stations

In 2000, he joined Entura’s design team for protection and control as a Senior Design Technician. During his career, he has worked on projects for Brisbane’s Powerlink, a protection and control system refurbishment for Malaysia’s Batang Ai hydropower station, Tasmania’s Gordon member 3 machine, Anthony Scheme and the number 1 and 2 machines at Hydro Tasmania’s Reece Power Station. He has also regularly provided consulting services for protection and control projects for TasNetworks.

“Reflecting on my career and achievements, it’s difficult to name one standout moment,” says Colin. “There have been many highlights, and they all stand out for different reasons.”

“I have been very fortunate to work with some very talented people. I’ve formed many relationships over some 40 years, and they are all deeply valued, especially with those whom I’ve worked with closely on a daily basis.”

“This organisation has always been one of opportunity for personal growth and diverse experiences, where you can expand your career in many directions thanks to the multitude of projects and ever-changing nature of the energy business,” he adds. 

“I’m forever grateful for the culture of supporting others, for the mentoring I received, and, in turn, the mentoring I have been able to provide to the next generation of professionals.”

“There’s no better evidence that Entura is a great place to work and grow one’s career than the retention of many highly valued Enturans who have remained with the business for decades – all the while staying abreast of change in our industry and continuing to lead in their fields,” says Tammy Chu, Entura’s Managing Director.

“Colin’s long contribution to Entura and the Hydro Tasmania business is extraordinary. He has played an important role in maintaining the safety and reliability of Tasmania’s power systems over many years, and we wish him all the best for a healthy and happy retirement.”