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Principal, Lloyd Mine Consulting
Andy has over 30 years experience in the resources industry. He retired from Rio Tinto in July 2013, having held a number of commercial positions with the Rio Tinto group in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the UK within the copper, aluminium and energy businesses.
Andy is currently a member of the Federal Government's Emission Reduction Assurance Committee which oversees the methodologies for the creation of carbon credits required for the operation of the Emission Reduction Fund.
Until 2012 he was a member of the Federal Governments' advisory group for the Energy White Paper. He played a leading role in the development of Rio Tinto's response to climate change, and the development of low emission coal technologies.
Andy was a founding director of Global Coal Ltd, a successful on-line coal exchange developed in 2001 by the coal industry. He has served on the Boards of the World Coal Institute and Australian Coal Association.
He is currently a Director of Developing East Arnhem Ltd, which has recently been created by the Northern Territory Government and Rio Tinto Alcan to promote economic development of the East Arnhem region in the light of the curtailment of the alumina refinery in Gove. Andy's past directorships include ASX listed Coal and Allied Industries (CNA), and Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), and in Namibia of Rössin Uranium Ltd.
Andy holds a degree in Business Administration and Natural Resource Management, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chairman, Energy & Natural Resources, KPMG, Australia and Asia Pacific
Michael Bray has 30 years auditing and advisory experience, principally in the energy and natural resources industries. He has substantial experience working with senior management, boards and audit committees.
Michael is Chairman of KPMG's Australian and Asia Pacific Energy & Natural Resources Group and was Global Executive Partner of KPMG's Global Energy & Natural Resources Practice between 2000 and 2005. Michael is also a director of The Energy Policy Institute.
Michael is a foundation member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia's Broad Based Business Reporting Advisory Panel and Leader of KPMG Australia's Better Business Reporting Group (BBRG). He has been working with, among others, The Society for Knowledge Economics in establishing the Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum, which is building awareness of the importance of better business reporting in Australia and working with the International Integrated Reporting Committee.
Partner, Piper Alderman
Anne is a Partner of the national law firm, Piper Alderman.
She specialises in dispute resolution and commercial litigation, and for over 20 years has acted for clients in a range of industries and sectors, including energy and resources. She regularly advises on joint venture issues, and contractual and other disputes.
Anne has also worked at international law firms in London and Sydney. She has a first class Honours degree in Law from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence), majoring in politics.
Director, UQ Energy Initiative
Greig Chris is Professor of Energy Strategy at University of Queensland and Director of the UQ Energy Initiative. This is a university wide initiative providing strategic leadership for energy research across all of the faculties and institutes within the university. The initiative covers energy production and utilisation, electricity generation and distribution and transportation fuels for both fossil fuels and renewable resources. The scope of research activities ranges from engineering, material sciences and mining research, to social policy, economics and environment, reflecting the specific challenges facing Australia with its abundant and cost competitive coal and gas resources and an economy that is heavily reliant on fossil fuels.
Prior to joining the University, Chris had 25 years of project and executive experience in the industrial, mining and energy sectors, both within Australia and abroad. Most recently he was Project Director for ZeroGen Pty Ltd which undertook a comprehensive study of the feasibility a large scale IGCC plant integrated with CCS in Queensland. That project also completed one of the largest onshore CO2 storage exploration and appraisal programs undertaken globally.
Chris has Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Master of Engineering Science and PhD, all from the University of Queensland.
General Manager Public Policy and Government Engagement, Origin Energy
Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International, Australia
Executive General Manager - Power and Gas, Wind Power and Renewables, Power Generation Services, Siemens Ltd
David oversees a portfolio of innovative products and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
He has over 30 years experience in the energy industry. His introduction to the field of power generation came in 1981 when he was involved in the construction of large coal-fired power plants in New South Wales, as well as the major half-life refits of existing power plants. In 1990, David was responsible for constructing and managing Australia's largest maintenance facility for steam turbine generator plant. Shortly thereafter he was responsible for the acquisition of large hydro generator maintenance facilities in Hobart as part of a government privatisation process.
David joined Siemens in 1999, as the head of Power Generation. The business quickly became a leader in the service segment of the market. A leading position as a supplier of new equipment and turnkey solutions was also subsequently established within the segments of wind power, fossil power generation, and oil & gas. Continual expansion of Siemens through acquisition and organic growth has resulted in an ever-expanding range of high-quality offerings to the local market.
David has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Project Management.
Executive Director, Corporate Services and General Counsel, Alinta Energy
Michael joined Alinta as part of its restructure in early 2011 as part of the executive leadership team in the role of Executive Director of Corporate Services and General Counsel. In addition to managing the Alinta Energy legal team and company secretarial function, Michael’s current role involves development of strategy around engagement with government, regulators, the media and other key industry stakeholders.
Prior to joining Alinta Energy Michael spent 17 years in private practice, 10 of those years as a partner at Minter Ellison and Clayton Utz. In that time Michael built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading banking and finance lawyers focusing on high-value, complex merger and acquisitions and infrastructure development transactions across multiple industry sectors. Michael was the head of the banking and finance group at Clayton Utz for 2 years and was on the Clayton Utz board in his final 2 years with Clayton Utz.
Michael holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the
Founder, Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman, ERM Power Limited
Trevor has over 50 years experience in the energy industry, including 23 years in planning and leadership roles within NSW and Qld public utilities.
In 1980 Trevor founded companies which have evolved into ERM Power. For the first 15 years it operated as a successful boutique energy advisory firm. In the late 1990’s it transformed into a private power development company. Since 2006 it has successfully diversified to become an integrated energy company which operates electricity sales, generation and gas businesses. Today ERM Power is well on its way to achieving its aspiration to become the preferred energy supplier to business customers across Australia.
Trevor plays an active role in the broader energy industry with current positions including Chairman of the National Generators Forum Limited, and non-executive director roles on the boards of Queensland Resources Council Ltd, Master Electricians Australia Limited and Safety Connect Australian Pty Ltd. Trevor is also founding director of SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd, and is an investor and director of an electric vehicle fast charge developer and energy storage research company, Tritium Pty Ltd. He also co-founded St Baker Wilkes Indigenous Educational Foundation Limited, of which he is the Chairman, and the St. Baker Family Philanthropic Trust.
General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture, INPEX
Bill Townsend is General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture at INPEX.
In this role, he leads a 30-person team responsible for managing the company's government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, regulatory approvals and compliance, communications, media relations and branding as well as joint venture management.
Bill joined INPEX in 2006 and is a member of the Ichthys LNG Project Executive Committee.
Beginning his career as a US Navy submarine officer, Bill entered the oil and gas industry in 1994 as a Business Advisor to BP Russia based in Moscow. Further commercial and external affairs assignments with BP followed and include the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project in Georgia as well as additional roles with BP in the Caspian region.
Bill arrived in Australia in 2004 to take up his immediate past role as the Joint Venture Coordination Manager for the North West Shelf Ventures at Woodside Energy.
He has a BA (Political Science) from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth College.
Principal Adviser Product Stewardship, Rio Tinto Energy
Since 2006, Alex has held a number of roles in Rio Tinto Energy with a focus on energy and climate policy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas management and product stewardship as applied to coal and uranium. He is currently the Principal Adviser Product Stewardship, where he is accountable for the development and implementation of Rio Tinto Energy's Product Stewardship Strategy. Alex is also an Alternate Member of the Board of the World Coal Association and the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.
Alex joined Rio Tinto in 2004 as Manager Environment Safety & Health at Ranger Uranium Mine. For the five years prior to that, Alex was Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Supervising Scientist, accountable for policy and regulatory functions related to uranium mining within the Commonwealth Environment Department.
Alex's early career was in radiation safety in Queensland Government and at Queensland University of Technology.
The Energy Exchange Series breakfast - 9 February, Brisbane
Keynote speaker: Professor Emeritus Robert H. Socolow
Topic: "Fossil fuels and climate change - limiting the damage from the collision"
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Public Policy Paper 1/2016 - Australian climate change policies in 2016: finding the best policies to meet the target
Author: Tony Wood, Program Director, Grattan Institute
'Pritchard clearing path to energy innovation'. An op-ed by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA published on 5 February 2016 in Business Spectator.
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'More pragmatism is needed for energy innovation'. An op-ed by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA published on 7 December 2015 in Business Spectator.
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