Andrew is the founding National Coordinator of the Australian Wind Alliance, a community advocacy group championing wind power as a means to fight climate change and deliver benefits to local communities. He has a background in community organising and climate advocacy and before that careers in music and computer programming.
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Australian Wind Alliance
Maria has been with Prevailing since 2013. She joined the Bristol office, initially undertaking on- and offshore wind farm energy yield assessment before managing the onshore technical advisory and solar functions. In 2017, Maria re-patriated to Melbourne to launch Prevailing Australia. Prior to joining Prevailing, she held senior management positions at BOC and BP, affording her a wealth of project management and plant O&M experience.
Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate
Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets.
Simon was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the ACT and served in the ACT Legislative Assembly between 1997 -2016.
In these roles he championed policy which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.
Simon was a joint winner of the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.
He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra.
Ian is a senior consultant at Frazer-Nash Consultancy responsible for loads, aerodynamics and control services in the wind sector. He has worked for both developers and OEMs on projects spanning wake modelling, site specific load calculations and turbine technology development. Prior to joining Frazer-Nash, Ian worked for Vestas designing control systems for the next generation of wind turbine at both the turbine and park level. This included working on the first multi megawatt floating turbine to be installed in the Atlantic.
From 2002 – 2015 Quentin was employed with Acapella an acoustics consultant In France specializing in environment / building / industry acoustics measurements and studies. Quentin quickly specialized in environmental acoustics (roads, rails, bar/clubs) focusing on wind farms, with topics including measurements, calculations and technical reports, and >1GW noise studies on wind farms in France. Since 2015 Quentin has been employed by Nordex based in Paris, within the Project Development Team providing support to developers, consultants, clients and product and engineering teams on acoustics. Quentin is a member of ex NFS31-114 workgroup (work on a adapted measurement standard for windfarms) and of the acoustics workgroup at France Energie Eolienne (French Wind Industry Association).
National Wind Farm Commisioner
Andrew commenced the role of National Wind Farm Commissioner in November 2015. He is an experienced executive, chairman and company director. Andrew serves on a number of boards including the Cancer Council Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Monash University.
Previous board roles include Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council and serving on the boards of the Transport Accident Commission, Grampians Water and the East Grampians Health Service.
Immediately prior to his current board career, Andrew was the Victorian Government Commissioner to the Americas, based in San Francisco.
Andrew’s professional career includes executive and operational roles in the utilities, telecommunications, information technology and professional services industries, primarily in Australia and North America.
Greenview Strategic Consulting
Jonathon is the Director of a boutique consulting firm specialising in electricity plant operations and market integration, with a particular focus on NEM FCAS markets. Jonathon has nearly 20 years practical experience in NEM operations, including integration of new wind, solar and the recent SA battery reserve.
Senior Engineer – Renewable Energy
Gareth is a Senior Engineer at AECOM with 7 years’ experience in technical and advisory roles for a range of large-scale solar PV project stakeholders in Australia and South Africa. His core strengths lie in PV system optimisation and the provision of technical advice in the commercial, financial and contractual environment of large-scale PV projects.
Gareth has developed his expertise in roles with global consultants, research organisations and a PV module manufacturer. Having provided services for a range of stakeholders including lenders, insurers, financiers/developers and contractors Gareth has a sound understanding of the various facets of renewable energy project development.
Technical Director Energy Markets
Walter is a respected Principal Consultant at Jacobs with more than 25 years’ experience in economic and strategic analysis of energy industries, and applying economic and technical analysis to key energy and environmental issues.
Walter has been involved in number of areas relating to energy economics, most recently the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review). The main areas of his work covers costs of policy changes, design of market based policy instruments, analysing the structure of markets, understanding the key drivers and making predictions on market prices.
Head of Section - Developer Support Services Associate - Environment, Planning and Acoustics
Trenton is the Head of Section for Developer Support Services in the Pacific region for DNV GL. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and a BE in Aerospace. Trenton has worked on many wind farm projects throughout Australasia and Southeast Asia in support of developers and lenders, and is responsible for the delivery of a range of services including site identification, wind flow modelling, feasibility studies, wind monitoring programs, layout development and optimisation, and technical inputs to environmental and planning assessments, including shadow flicker, electromagnetic interference (EMI) and visual impact assessments.
Technical Manager- Wind Engineering
Heather Hurree joined WSP in November 2017. Heather's career in the renewables industry started with a Master's Degree in Developing Technologies from the University of Melbourne before joining Garrad Hassan (now DNV GL) in 2008. She has been involved in a range of activities including pre-construction energy predictions for investors and financiers as well as various developer support activities for several projects across Australia, New Zealand, India and South-east Asia.
Heather also has significant experience with the assessment of operating wind farms, including: financial-grade energy assessments based on operational data, wind farm extension analyses, reconciliation analyses, wind farm performance reviews and availability audits.
Executive Manager, Business Growth
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in Australian and international markets in mergers and acquisitions, financing and operations in the infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.
In a career spanning commercial law, project finance and investment banking across Australasia and Asia. Richard has led successful bids and financed major projects and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion. He has a proven ability to implement customer-oriented solutions and develop new revenue streams in multiple infrastructure markets.
Richard’s management experience encompasses private and publicly listed infrastructure businesses in executive director, non-executive director, investment committee and risk management roles.
Harley Mackenzie has been the Managing Director of HARD software that has been operating in the energy industry for nearly 20 years and recently started Dispatch Solutions with Jonathon Dyson (Greenview Strategic Consulting) after having worked with Yallourn Energy and completing his Phd on modelling combustion processes. Dispatch Solutions is a new company setup to address the complex needs of intermittent generators in the Australian National Electricity Market to accurately forecast wind and solar dispatch to reduce FCAS costs and provide FCAS services, efficiently manage and trade dispatched renewable plant such as batteries and solar thermal storage and optimise revenue streams from renewable generation through smart trading.
Bruce currently manages a team of highly skilled engineering and software specialists at Advisian who carry out planning, technical and commercial studies for clients to assist them in obtaining low cost, clean energy which is safe and reliable.
Current challenges include providing solutions to the posed by New Energy Technologies (Wind, Solar and Battery Storage) to existing Power Infrastructure.
Senior Environment and Develpment Planner
Catherine is an anvironmental professional with 15 years’ experience working in environmental impact assessment and management. Having spent seven years working in the UK as an ecologist undertaking flora and fauna assessments and assessing impacts. She has worked in Australia since 2010 across the infrastructure sector, the last two of which have been with Pacific Hydro as part of the Development Team. Catherine has a degree in Zoology and an MSc in Coastal Conservation and Management.
White & Case
Kyra heads the Environment, Climate Change and Planning practice at Finlaysons Lawyers in Adelaide, and has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Law. Kyra assists energy developments throughout the project approval process, from identifying available approval pathways, to preparation of application documentation, responding to public and government agency submissions and negotiating conditions of consent. Kyra also provides project developers with advice about compliance, noise, landowner agreements and variations to conditions of consent. She led the defence of the Palmer Wind Farm planning appeal.
Global Head of Mesoscale Modeling
Daran is the Global Head of Mesoscale Modeling at DNV GL, the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy. With over 22 years of extensive experience, he maintains expertise in numerical weather and climate prediction, mesoscale meteorology, Monte-Carlo-based methods, atmospheric reanalysis, wind energy, boundary layer meteorology, and statistical methods. His research and development (R&D) efforts have led to 20 articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed scholarly journals and numerous conference presentations. He served as Associate Editor for the scholarly journal Weather and Forecasting from 2009-2014. In 2013 he was honored with the American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award for that same journal.
Asset management for the growing wind energy sector
Amy has 9 years experience in engineering and holds a PhD in corrosion science. She is a Senior Engineer within AECOM’s Strategic Asset Management and Advanced Materials team in Victoria.
Amy has worked on numerous projects in durability/ materials engineering and asset management. This included working on the durability design and operations and maintenance phase of the Victorian Desalination Project. She was involved in managing the delivery of the Water Services Association of Australia’s international Asset Management Customer Value benchmarking project in 2016. More recently she has been providing asset management support in the renewable energy industry.
Nathan is a co-founder of Windlab and has been integrally involved in prospecting and project development activities across Windlab’s global portfolio. As Technical Director, Nathan leads all technical activities including the application of WindScape technology, wind turbine procurement and project finance due diligence. Before Windlab, Nathan was employed as a post-doctoral fellow at leading research institutes in the UK (EnFlo) and Australia (CSIRO) where he was the lead developer of WindScape. Nathan is an Adjunct Fellow at the Australian National University’s Energy Change Institute where Windlab teaches a post-graduate level course in Wind Energy.
Dr. Katrina Swalwell
Team Lead - Plant Performance APAC
Dr. Katrina Swalwell did her PhD at Monash University on turbulence and wind turbine performance and has since worked in the wind energy industry for over 10 years. Katrina joined Senvion as a wind engineer in 2007 and now leads the Plant Performance team for the APAC region. The team is responsible for maximise the energy output of wind farm while meeting noise and other planning constraints and ensuring the turbines will be suitable for their operating life on the site.
Manager - Network Customers
Simon Taylor has 30 years experience across various roles in the electricity transmission and oil industries. Simon is a highly experienced leader and is currently Manager of Network Customers at Powerlink, which provides high voltage electrivity transmission services in Australia.
Prior to his time at Powerlink, Simon worked in an extensive range of roles at InterGen Australia, Ergon Energy and Shell Australia.