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Our Board

Peter Cowling, Chair

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 Clean Energy Council.

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 a lawyer by training and a graduate of the AICD.

Karen Gould, Deputy Chair

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.

Philip Cullum

Principal, Consumer-wise Consulting

Philip is an experienced director, regulator and consumer advocate, based in Melbourne. He set up Consumer-wise Consulting, working on strategy, policy, engagement and governance. He is a member of the Boards of the Financial Basics Foundation (which he chairs), Clean Energy Council, Consumer Action Law Centre and Consumers’ Federation of Australia, and chairs the Customer Advisory Panel for the energy networks Powercor, Citipower and United Energy. He is a member of the Customer Owned Banking Code Compliance Committee and the expert panel at the financial ombudsman AFCA, and is a graduate of the AICD.

He previously worked at the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the UK energy regulator Ofgem. In the UK he also held senior roles at three consumer organisations, worked as an associate partner at Accenture, and was a member of cross-sectoral bodies advising UK ministers on better regulation.

Dennis Freedman

Managing Director ANZ, Aquila Clean Energy APAC

Dennis brings more than 15 years of Australian energy experience to the board, across renewable generation and electricity transmission. Aquila Clean Energy APAC has a pipeline of over 3GW in wind, solar, BESS and Solar - BESS hybrids across Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Alex Moran

Manager – Network Innovation & Intelligence, Ausgrid

Alex is a customer-focused, professional engineering leader with 20 years’ experience in utilities and a passion for delivering innovative ideas, with the aim of transforming Australia’s energy landscape for a cleaner and smarter future.

Alex is an electrical engineer and currently holds the position of Manager – Network Innovation & Intelligence at Ausgrid, where she is responsible for managing a large program of trials aimed at encouraging the uptake and better integration of customer energy resources. Alex has deep knowledge of the Australian regulatory framework across economic regulation, metering and connections, as well as strong skills in asset and risk management.

Lillian Patterson

Director of Renewables, WSP

Lillian is a recognised industry leader and trusted industry advisor. She is the Director of Renewables at WSP where she leads a national team providing engineering consulting services across large-scale solar, BESS, onshore wind and offshore wind. Previously, she worked in AusNet’s commercial business where she worked with developers to identify and deliver the key infrastructure – connections, transmission and BESS – that will underpin the transition of Australia’s energy system. Earlier roles at the Clean Energy Council, Origin Energy, International Energy Agency and in government further highlight her policy, advocacy, strategic and commercial capabilities.

Lillian was recognised as a top 100 Green Power Player in 2023, the only non-CEO amongst the 14 individuals in the Renewables Category. She has sat on the Clean Energy Council Board since 2021, is an AICD graduate and is a member of the Swinburne Industry Research Advisory Board.

Steven Oswald

Commercial Director, RES

Steven is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the development, construction, and operation of renewable projects. He holds degrees in Engineering and Law and is a graduate of AICD. During an eight-year career at AGL Energy he held various roles including Head of Special Projects & Delivery and led the delivery of AGL’s first wind farms. Steven then moved to General Electric and over 14 years was instrumental in establishing GE’s onshore wind business in Australia and APAC, holding the positions of Executive General Manager, Commercial Operations APAC and Country Executive, ANZ. Steven joined RES Australia in 2022 as Commercial Director and Director of Central Queensland Power.

Steven is passionate about advancing the energy transition and wants to leverage his strong commercial skills and board experience to play an active role in promoting our industry and supporting the people within it, with a particular focus on workplace health and safety, building industry capability and community engagement, and workplace diversity and inclusion.