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Our Board

Peter Cowling, Chair

Country Head, Vestas Australia and New Zealand

With over 20 years’ experience and responsibility for over 5 GW of renewables projects, Peter brings a wealth of industry experience as well as past experience on the board of the CEC.

Peter has been a key supporter of the Connections Reform Initiative and is keen to ensure a strong collaborative relationship with our industry’s connections stakeholders. Grid connection clarity and new grid rollout will remain the biggest challenges to our transition to renewables and are a key focus for Peter.

Peter is the Country Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand, a lawyer by training and a graduate of the AICD.

Alex Beckitt, Deputy Chair

Head of Strategic Policy, Hydro Tasmania

Alex has worked for Hydro Tasmania since 2001 in a variety of roles and is currently Head of Strategic Policy. 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.

Alex is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Philip Cullum

Principal, Consumer-wise Consulting

Philip is an experienced regulator and consumer advocate, based in Melbourne. He recently set up Consumer-wise Consulting, working on regulatory strategy, policy, engagement and governance. He is a member of the Boards of Consumer Action and Consumers’ Federation of Australia, the code committee for mutual banks, and the expert panel at the financial ombudsman AFCA.

He was a senior advisor to the Australian Energy Regulator in 2017–2020, focused on strategy, governance and change. Before that, Philip was at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, on secondment from the UK energy regulator Ofgem, where he was the Consumers and Sustainability Partner. In the UK he also held senior roles at three consumer organisations, worked as an associate partner at Accenture, and was a member of advisory committees in financial services, food safety, aviation and water. He was appointed by the UK Government to its Better Regulation Commission, Risk and Regulation Advisory Council and Regulatory Policy Committee.

Annette Deveson

Director of Development, RES

Annette has two decades of experience in renewables spanning the UK, Japan and Australia.

As Development Director of RES – the world’s largest independent renewable energy company - Annette leads the development of a +5 GW portfolio of wind, solar and storage.

Commercially astute, she has a track record of delivering renewable projects – bringing +1.2 GW to financial close. Annette also established RES’ growing construction and asset management business, with 1.1 GW managed for range of clients.

Her experience would bring a deep knowledge of the renewables sector to the CEC Board from the point of view of development, investment, construction and operations.

Dennis Freedman

Director & Head of Investments and Development, Octopus Australia

I am a Director and Head of Investments and Development at Octopus Australia. I currently manage over $1 billion of assets in Australia and sit on the Board of Octopus Australia, the Darlington Point Solar Farm (333 MWp) and the Dulacca Wind Farm (180 MW).

I have over 15 years' experience in the energy sector with a strong background in transmission and hold a thought leadership role in regards to policy through the lens of the investor.

It is this unique blend of both the transmission and investor challenges facing our industry that I believe will be extremely valuable to the CEC Board.

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 that 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 for both local communities and mining sites.

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

Karen Gould

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Palisade

Karen is committed to renewables advocacy and has had a diverse career in the industry spanning 17 years.

She has extensive governance experience and is a Non-Executive Director on five boards, including the CEC.

She is also an Executive Director of Palisade where her role includes developing, financing and managing large-scale Australian renewables projects.

Karen was previously an Associate Director with Macquarie where she invested in global renewables projects.

Prior to this, she was a renewables and climate lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, a policymaker and UN climate change negotiator with the Australian Government and an engineer with CH2M Hill.

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 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), on the CEC's Distributed Energy Leadership Forum and Chair of the CEC's PV Directorate. Warwick was also 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 20 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 and named in AFR’s 100 women of influence in 2019. Her personal and professional drivers are around renewable energy, women in business and supporting start-up entrepreneurs.

As a member of the Clean Energy Council board, 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.

Lillian Patterson

Infrastructure Development Manager, AusNet Services

Lillian brings a unique offering to the CEC board. As the CEC’s previous market and grid policy director, she has been a strong voice for the renewable energy industry on its most significant matters and has firsthand insights into the CEC’s vision, strategy, programs and operations. She recently moved to AusNet’s commercial arm where she continues to work on the vital enablers for the energy transition – connections, transmission development and batteries.

Lillian’s earlier roles at Origin Energy, the International Energy Agency and in government further highlight her capabilities across the political, regulatory, technical, commercial and strategic spheres of the industry.