Grid Connections: Who’s going where in Australia’s energy transition

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Week beginning October 25

Matt Armitage has wound up seven-plus years at the Australian Energy Market Operator to start a new role at EY as a director in the Power & Utilities team.

Week beginning October 18

Engineers Australia announced that the CEO of the professional body, Dr Bronwyn Evans AM, will retire in April 2022. During her tenure, Evans oversaw the inaugural Climate Smart Engineering conference, headlined by former US Vice President Al Gore

Week beginning October 11

AEMO says its head of WA operations for the past six years, Cameron Parrotte, has announced his decision to leave AEMO. Parrotte will leave AEMO early in the new year.

Week beginning October 04

David Swift has been appointed chair of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. The former deputy chair of the Energy Security Board replaces Brett Rowse and acting chair Lynne Williams.

Sun Cable has appointed Kiran Raj as chief financial officer, to lead the company’s finance division and, in particular, the funding required by October 2023 to develop Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink. Prior to joining Sun Cable, Raj was venture partner and head of Southeast Asia for Cordiant Capital, a global infrastructure fund with circa $US3 billion assets under management.

Former team Leader of market insights at the Australian Energy Market Operator, Jonathan Myrtle has taken up a new role at Hydro Tasmania as manager of their market modelling and insights team.

Week beginning September 27

Julien Turecek, former head of Yallourn at EnergyAustralia and Executive Director of Corporate Carbon, has been appointed to the board of community-based retailer Enova Energy.

EV fast charger manufacturers Tritium says it has appointed Edward T. Hightower, managing director of Motoring Ventures, and a former chief engineer at General Motors, to its board.

Week beginning September 20

RedEarth Energy Storage has announced the appointment of Peter Hasko as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, to lead the Australian battery manufacturer’s commercial operations nationwide.

RedEarth co-founder and CEO, Charles Walker said Hasko was an experienced executive, professional investor, board director and long term investor in RedEarth: “He has on-the-ground experience of growing businesses such as RedEarth from the ground up, to billion-dollar organisations.”

Australia’s first offshore wind project, the Star of the South has announced the resignation of its CEO Casper Frost Thorhauge, effective “around the end of the year.” Frost Thorhauge remain with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and lead a new project in the northern hemisphere. Star of the South said on Wednesday that it was embarking on an extensive global and Australian search for a new CEO “to lead Australia’s most exciting energy project.”

Week beginning September 13

International engineering and advisory company Aurecon has announced its managing director of energy, resources and water, Paul Gleeson, will also take on the newly created role of group director, sustainability, to  support the company’s climate change strategy and manage Aurecon’s corporate sustainability transparency.

Kristian Handberg, former Electric Vehicle lead at AGL Energy, has been hired as head of future mobility at Viva Energy.

AGL Energy’s recent executive shake-up has delivered a win for Sydney-based solar start-up, 5B, with Simeon Baker-Finch moving on from the gen-tailer’s Future Business team to become chief technology officer at the Malcolm Turnbull-backed PV innovator.

5B’s previous CTO, Dr Rhett Evans, who had filled the role for the past 18 months, takes up a new role at the company as Head of Performance & Reliability, to focus on optimising the performance and reliability of the Maverick solutions through its creation and operating lifecycle.

Week beginning September 6

Hydro Tasmania says its Chief Executive Officer Evangelista Albertini has resigned for personal reasons. It said Ian Brooksbank, Executive General Manager Finance and Strategy, will act as CEO on an interim basis.

Week beginning August 30

Solar tracking company Ideematec has appointed Linda Koschier to lead the establishment of its Australian subsidiary.

Former Queensland energy minister Dr Anthony Lynham has been appointed a director and chair of the Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC).

AGL Energy announces string of changes ahead of demerger, including departure of head of future business and technology, John Chambers, head of corporate affairs Liz McNamara and head of strategy and corporate development Joao Segorbe.

Week beginning August 23

Richard Gross is to step down as CEO of Ausgrid at the end of September.

The Electric Vehicle Council has appointed Ross De Rango as head of energy and infrastructure, who will start in the position in September.

New Zealand gen-tailer Meridian Energy says the CEO of the company’s Australian arm and of Powershop Australia, Jason Stein, has “signalled his intention to step away from the role” in December 2021. A replacement has not yet been named.

Craig Francis, formerly head of commercial finance, has been appointed CFO of Genex Power. He replaces Ben Guo, who becomes a non executive director.

Week beginning August 16

Advocacy group Energy Consumers Australia says Brian Spak has been appointed director, energy system transition. Spark most recently leader, grid renewable integration at CSIRO. 

Infinite Blue Energy has appointed former Woodside CEO Peter Coleman as chairman of its board.

Ratch-Australia has appointed Polagorn Kheosiplard is its new CEO.

Week beginning August 9

John Martin has been appointed as the new CEO of wind energy development company Windlab. Martin replaces Roger Price who stepped down from the role in July.

Liam Thomas will take over from John Martin as New Energy Solar‘s new CEO starting in October. Thomas currently serves as New Energy Solar’s chief investment officer and previously held positions with Origin Energy, Aurizon, and Orica.

AGL Energy has made a number of senior appointments in anticipation of the company’s demerger. AGL’s current COO, Markus Brokhof, will shift into the same role with Accel Energy. While AGL’s CFO, Damien Nicks will step into that same role for AGL Australia.

Graeme Hunt, AGL’s current CEO will serve as CEO of Accel Energy and AGL’s current chief customer officer, Christine Corbett, will take on the role of CEO of the rebranded AGL Australia, following the split.

Week beginning August 2

MPower appoints Amy Kean as a non-executive director. Kean is the former NSW Renewable Energy Advocate and co-owns and operates renewable energy advisory firm Stride Renewables.

Deion Campbell steps down as CEO of Tilt Renewables following completion of takeover of Australian assets by PowAR. Geoff Dutaillis will be CEO of the combined group.

Julian Turacek left EnergyAustralia, where he was head of Yallourn, to join Corporate Carbon as executive director.

Mark Shilliday, former connections manager at the Australian Energy Market Operator, joins Esco Pacific in newly created role of head of strategic projects.

Greg Elkins leave post as assistant connections manager at the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Amy Childs, head of Momentum Energy, the mainland energy retailer owned by Hydro Tasmania, has resigned. Naomi Morton, Momentum’s head of sales and marketing, will lead the business while a permanent replacement is sought.

Week beginning July 26:

Louis Chiam is appointed a partner in legal firm Allens‘ Projects and Development practice in Melbourne. Chiam joins from KWM.

Paul Italiano steps down as chief executive office of transmission company Transgrid, effective in September. Brian Salter is interim CEO. See: Paul Italiano steps down as head of transmission group Transgrid

Elyse Wise joins Neoen as project manager, Elyse previously worked as a project manager with Vestas, and before that at First Solar.

Llewellyn Owens left his job as CTO of Providence Asset Group and LAVO.

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