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Our Board

Rachel Watson, Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Hydro

Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer and has held a number of positions including, Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal and General Manager Group Services with responsibility, at a group level, for human resources, external affairs, health and safety, legal and operations and development excellence and in the Australian business for energy markets.

In July 2017, Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager Australia, and is responsible for leading Pacific Hydro’s Australian portfolio of new business opportunities, projects under development and in construction, and operating assets.

Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier. Rachel began her career as a solicitor in private practice in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in major contracting transactions and other general commercial law issues. Rachel has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Rachel is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on the board of one other non-profit organisation.

Alex Beckitt, Deputy Chair

Manager, Policy and Engagement, Hydro Tasmania

Alex has worked for Hydro Tasmania since 2001 in a variety of roles and is currently Manager Policy & Engagement. With over a decade of renewable energy policy, industry development and national and international advocacy, Alex brings a strong focus on working across multiple government levels and with a variety of stakeholders. Alex has a long history and personal commitment to building an effective and sustainable national association, demonstrated through ongoing contributions in both executive and non‐executive roles with the CEC, and its predecessor associations.

Alex is focussed on the continual building of our industry profile particularly from an Australian Government perspective. Specific elements include communicating clean energy policy developments nationally and internationally; interfacing with political, technical, commercial, regulatory agents; and developing strategies to increase the share of renewable energy in national energy portfolios – thereby increasing commercial development opportunities for members.

Warwick Johnston

Managing Director, Sunwiz

Warwick Johnston is the managing director of SunWiz, a consultancy that services Australia’s solar industry. Warwick has worked in the solar industry. Warwick has worked in the solar industry since 2005 where he became well-known in the BCSE. Since founding SunWiz in 2009, Warwick has helped hundreds of solar businesses to improve their competitiveness, and authored dozens of reports on Australia’s solar industry.

Warwick has been contributing to the solar industry since 2005, through previous roles in ANZSES (Victorian Treasurer), SEIA (NSW President) and as the Chair of the CEC's PV Directorate. Warwick also sits on the CEC's Distributed Energy Leadership Forum and is Australia's representative to an International Energy Agency PV Task. In 2011, the ASC recognised Warwick's pro-bono contribution to overturning the NSW Government's retrospective feed-in tariff legislation with an Industry Leadership award.

Warwick is a fierce advocate for the role of solar energy in Australia’s energy supply. Warwick combines a passion for solar energy with a love of all renewable energy technologies, and his master’s degree in Renewable Energy provides a framework for considering broader energy policy, energy market operation, and energy economics.

Jenny Paradiso

Managing Director - Suntrix

Jenny is Managing Director of Suntrix, a solar PV company with head office in South Australia and operating in SA, VIC and NSW. Jenny established Suntrix in 2009 and drives the strategic direction of the company, with a focus on commercial solar, battery storage and solar/energy monitoring. Jenny is a regular speaker at renewable energy conferences, has worked in management roles for over 15 years and is a member of a number of committees and not-for-profit boards.

Jenny was the winner of the National Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award in 2016, as well as the South Australian Overall Telstra Business Woman of the Year. Her personal and professional drivers are around renewable energy, women in business and supporting start-up entrepreneurs.

Suntrix is a founding signatory of the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct and Jenny has represented Code members on the CEC PV Leadership Committee for three years.

Jenny aims to represent the views and needs of SME solar companies nationally, giving solar companies a voice and providing a point-of-view that reflects their segment of the industry.

Megan Wheatley

Manager, Communications & External Affairs, Senvion Australia

Megan is Manager, Communications and External Affairs at Senvion Australia a leading renewable energy company that has been delivering wind energy solutions since 2002.

Prior to joining Senvion, Megan was Head of Policy for the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE), which brought together the Chief Executives of the major energy companies in the UK to progress the sustainable energy agenda including shaping the UK's role in meeting the EU 20 per cent renewable energy target, and working with the Prime Minister’s office on energy efficiency policy.

Before moving to the UK, Megan was a senior manager at Sustainability Victoria where she led the development of the Victorian Wind Atlas, and the Government’s black balloons energy saving campaign. She also contributed to the development of a range of key policy initiatives, including the Wind Energy Policy and Planning Guidelines, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, and the National Framework for Energy Efficiency.

In 2009, Megan was awarded Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Alumni of the Year from Monash University. Megan has been a member of the Monash Engineering Foundation Board since 2013.

Megan is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Darryl Flukes

Chairman, ESCO Pacific

Darryl has near 20 years' experience across the energy supply chain with a strong focus on renewable energy and wholesale markets. Darryl held executive roles at Southern Hydro, including while owned by Meridian NZ as it developed an early wind presence in Australia.

As Chief Executive at lnfratil Energy Australia/Lumo Energy he built on his experience of the wholesale and retail markets. During this time Darryl was Chairman of Perth Energy, and a director of the Energy Retailers Association of Australia and the Australian Financial Markets Association. Darryl spent four years as an adviser to the board of Meridian Energy Australia, owner and operator of windfarms in Victoria and SA, while it built its Powershop retail brand.

He is currently Chairman of solar developer ESCO Pacific and a director of Blue NRG. He has provided advisory services to Tilt Renewables, Renu Energy, Hydro Tasmania, Snowy Hydro, Vestas and Solar Systems, and was on the Department of Environment panel for the Solar Cities Program.

Darryl has been a strong advocate for renewable energy since his time at Southern Hydro when he was involved in the development of the initial RET and standardising financial markets for LGCs (RECs)

Matt Rebbeck

Chief Executive Officer, RES Australia

Matt has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 20 years and has a wide range of international and local experience. He has worked in Australia for the last 14 years and has led the growth of the Australian business. During this time the RES team has been successful in the delivery of over 650 MW of wind farm and solar projects and managing the construction and operations of over 500 MW of projects.

RES Australia is part of the global RES Group, the world's largest independent renewable energy company with a 16 GW portfolio and the expertise to develop, engineer, construct, finance, and operate projects around the globe. RES is active in a range of energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission.

Matt has extensive knowledge of wind, solar and energy storage projects. He is an experienced director across a number of companies, has a BSc in Mathematics from Bath University and an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University.

Cameron Garnsworthy

Managing Director, juwi Renewable Energy

Cameron has 20 years of global experience spanning the development, construction and operation of solar, wind and battery technologies, providing a good insight into the many challenges involved for the clean energy industry to continue to develop and thrive.

Cameron is Managing Director of juwi Renewable Energy, an integrated renewables company which has delivered more than 5 GW of renewable projects globally and is also a leader in delivering hybrid renewable projects that combine solar, wind and battery technologies.

Previously, Cameron was the Managing Director of FRV Australia, an elected Board Member of the CEC and General Manager (Business Development) at EnergyAustralia.

Maria Cahir

Senior Manager, Sales and Business Development, Tesla

Maria has over a decade of experience in the Australian renewable energy industry, in the origination and development of pioneering large-scale solar and energy storage projects.

Maria joined Tesla in 2016 and helps direct the company’s Energy Storage Sales and Business Development strategy across Asia Pacific. At Tesla, Maria has worked extensively on the utility-scale storage market in Australia, including the world’s largest battery at Hornsdale and Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant in South Australia. Maria brings a wealth of experience managing various government and industry stakeholders and has proven to be a passionate advocate for accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Prior to Tesla, Maria held Business Development roles at both Trina Solar and BP Solar, in the fledgeling utility-scale solar PV industry. At BP Solar, Maria led the company’s bid for the Commonwealth’s Solar Flagships program in 2010, which ultimately resulted in the construction of Moree Solar Farm, one of the first utility-scale solar farms to be connected in Australia. During her time at Trina, Maria created significant opportunities for the business in the utility solar market and actively participated in CEC’s Utility PV Directorate to advocate for the retention of the Renewable Energy Target (RET).

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin, a post-graduate diploma in Accounting and Finance from the ACCA and has completed the Foundation of Directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Charles Davis

Executive Director, Energy, Commonwealth Bank

Charles has over 20 years’ experience in the energy, utilities and renewable industries. He currently leads the energy team at the Commonwealth Bank, focussing on the financing of clean energy projects. During Charles’ 12 year tenure with the Commonwealth Bank, he has delivered project, acquisition and corporate financing transactions in Australia and globally. He has also been involved in many of the clean energy initiatives undertaken by the Commonwealth Bank, including the issuance of climate bonds.

Prior to moving to Australia, Charles worked for ConocoPhillips in London for over 10 years with roles in finance, business development, project finance and origination/trading across the energy and renewables sectors in Europe.

Charles is a Chartered Management Accountant and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Charles currently holds one other board appointment for a not for profit organisation.