Four positions on the Clean Energy Council Board are up for grabs at our Annual General Meeting on Friday, 18 November. All four of the current directors have nominated for re-election.
So who might be helping to shape our renewable energy future as of the end of the month? Let’s meet the nominees and get to know them a bit better below.
Alex Beckitt, Hydro Tasmania
Alex has worked for over a decade on renewable energy policy, industry development and advocacy. He has been involved in a variety of executive and non-executive roles with the Clean Energy Council and its predecessor organisations. He is interested in continuing to build the profile of the organisation through communication and strategies to increase the share of renewable
energy nationally, creating commercial development opportunities
for the organisation’s members. Alex is a current Clean Energy
Council Board Member.
Samantha Coras, First Solar
First Solar has delivered 70 per cent of the large-scale solar PV market in Australia to date, and Samantha has been fundamental
to this achievement. She draws on 15 years of engineering science and design experience spanning a range of industries, including
test engineering, research and design, and project management across the defence, commercial and research sectors. Samantha
regularly represents the renewable energy industry in public
outreach events, and is a current Clean Energy Council Board
Peter Cowling, GE Wind Power
Peter has worked in renewable energy for almost 15 years in Australia and Asia. He has previously served
on the Board of both the Clean Energy Council and the Australian Wind Energy Association. He is passionate about the industry in Australia and has completed a Company Director’s Course with
the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is a long-term supporter of the work of the Clean Energy Council and is keen to
use his skillset to guide the industry through its myriad challenges
and opportunities in the coming years.
Cameron Garnsworthy, FRV Australia
Cameron has almost two decades’ of global energy experience,
and has previously worked on the development of both solar and wind projects worldwide. His direct experience in this area gives
him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the Australian renewable energy industry meeting current and future targets. He
is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors,
holds a Bachelor of Science from Kingston University in London
and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Clean Energy Council
since February 2016.
Warwick Johnston, Sunwiz
Warwick is a fierce proponent of Australian solar and his Market Intelligence subscriptions and PVsell software are used by hundreds of solar businesses. This means Warwick is
highly aware of the day-to-day concerns of the solar industry, while remaining independent of the interests of any one company. Since joining the Board in 2016, he has actively campaigned for improved
representation of solar and storage technologies at the board level,
and advocated for the CEC to increased its activities in battery
storage. Warwick was Chair of the Clean Energy Council PV
Directorate in 2014 and 2015.
Jayne Miller, Canberra Institute of Technology
Jayne leads the development of the Renewable Energy Centre and wind energy training programs at the Canberra Institute of Technology. SShe has previously worked as a VET teacher, a designer in the construction industry and in the development of teacher training resources and curriculum development. As a member of the Board, Jayne would ensure commitment to the industry through a clear education and training strategy for the
renewable industry, across all industries and levels of education,
facilitating a sustainable industry that is able to support national
Kate O’Carroll, Greensync
When it comes to energy innovation, Kate is leading from the front. She is running GreenSync’s implementation of the AusNet
Services Mooroolbark Community Mini Grid – an innovative project showcasing peer-to-peer power sharing and distributed energy exchange. She offers a diverse skillset across business and
project finance, market strategy, resourcing and governance. Prior to GreenSync, Kate delivered major projects in the transmission
and distribution sector for a Fortune 500 company, where she
managed the design component of augmentation works across a
project portfolio of $22 million. She is a Director of the Not For Profit
organisation Women in Energy.
Tony Pfeiffer, Energy Queensland
As the Executive General Manager Energy Services for Energy Queensland, Tony’s position is integral to helping the organisation
to grow and respond to the changing energy supply market, as
well as offering new products to homes, businesses and communities. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony
is a Non-Executive Director of Enova Community Energy, as well
as a board member on the Australian Power Institute and the
Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence advisory
Natalie Roney, Vector Limited
Natalie is an excellent communicator and ethical business leader who builds strong relationships and is passionate about
contributing to the broader community. She leads Vector’s Australian renewable energy and energy storage solutions business. Her interest and experience with disruptive business models and technologies extends across industries bringing a
wealth of experience from executive positions with Qantas, Virgin
Group, Dental Corporation and others. Natalie’s skillset includes
strategic planning, innovation and business development and
stakeholder engagement. She has previously advised directors of
Virgin Blue, Virgin Money and Fiji Airways.
Andy Winter, Jacobs Engineering Group (formerly SKM)
Andy has more than two decades of experience in the renewable energy industry across the Asia-Pacific and Europe, and heads a team of more than 80 renewable energy specialists at Jacobs. Jacobs supports over 70 per cent of Clean Energy Council members with comprehensive services across the entire lifecycle of all renewable technologies including wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy, geothermal, T&D, storage and micro-grids. Andy is a Member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors
and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of
Warwick in the UK.