Anne Freeman

Partner, Piper Alderman

Anne FreemanAnne 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.

Tim O'Grady

General Manager Public Policy and Government Engagement, Origin Energy

OGradyTim PhotoTim O’Grady is responsible for developing and co-ordinating carbon, energy market and general policy positions across Origin’s portfolio of business interests. 
Tim has 25 years experience in the energy industry with senior positions in policy, strategy and wholesale and retail energy markets.  He holds degrees in engineering, mathematics and business.

Daniel McClelland

Executive Director – Corporate Services & Company Secretary, Alinta Energy

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Daniel has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate assurance and governance roles, developing out of a background in enterprise risk management, health, safety and asset protection and workers’ compensation. 

In his current role with Alinta Energy, Daniel is responsible for corporate governance, people and culture, safety, sustainability and asset protection as well as oversight of strategic support functions including legal and company secretarial, government relations, regulatory compliance and communications. Daniel joined Alinta Energy in 2011 as Chief Risk Officer, and took on responsibility for Corporate Services in late 2013. 

Prior to joining Alinta Energy, Daniel’s experience included roles at Qantas, followed by almost 10 years with Goodman Fielder in a range of senior roles including Group Insurance Manager and Chief Risk Officer.

Robert Pritchard

Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International, Australia

PritchardRsquare_CroppedIn addition to serving as Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute, Robert Pritchard is Managing Director of ResourcesLaw International, a Sydney-based consultancy in the energy and natural resources industries. He specialises in international energy policy and strategy. He was the founding Chairman of the Section on Energy and Resources Law of the International Bar Association and served for nine years on the Finance Committee of the World Energy Council.
Robert is the editor of the book "Economic Development, Foreign Investment and the Law", published by the International Bar Association in 1996 and is the author of many other publications in the field of energy and natural resources.
Robert is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the CSIRO Energy Transformed Research Flagship.

Trevor St Baker AO

Director, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund   

Trevor-StBakerTrevor 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.

Bill Townsend

General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture, INPEX Australia


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.

Mike Walkington AM

Managing Director, Jacobs Australia


Mike Walkington commenced as the Managing Director of Jacobs Australia in November 2016 after a 35-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, Mike had a wide range of engineering, project management and senior leadership roles. In his final few years with the Air Force, Mike was responsible for: acquisition and sustainment of the Australian Defence Force's Airspace Battle Management, Air Traffic Control, Over the Horizon Radar, Test and Evaluation and Weapons Ranges, and GPS capabilities; developing and seeking Government approval for Defence capability proposals; and leading Defence's Capability Integration, and Joint Test & Evaluation effort.

Mike has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering, a Master's Degree in Military Electronics Systems Engineering, a Master's Degree in Business Administration; is a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff Course and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. Mike is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Prof Stephen Wilson

Professor at the University of Queensland

stephen wilsonStephen Wilson is Professor at the University of Queensland and Managing Director of Cape Otway Associates. At UQ he has a leadership role in the UQ Energy Initiative, based in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, contribute to the Rapid Switch™ project. He is also Managing Director of Cape Otway Associates, which provides commercial and policy advice, drawing on economic analysis and strategy in energy and resources for financial, corporate and government clients. Stephen was previously General Manager — Market & Industry Analysis in the Energy Product Group at Rio Tinto.

Dr Graham Winkelman

Practice Lead Climate Change, BHP Billiton

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Dr Graham Winkelman is Practice Lead Climate Change at BHP Billiton based in Melbourne, where his global role covers BHP Billiton's response to climate change and energy policy, leadership of carbon capture and storage initiatives, and accountability for the strategic design of the Company's public climate change targets. Graham represents BHP Billiton through a number of high-profile fora, including the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC).

Graham is a key representative for BHP Billiton on the Energy Transitions Commission, which 'aims to identify pathways for change in our energy systems to ensure both better growth and a better climate' and is a Board Member of the International Carbon Capture and Storage Knowledge Centre and the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN). Graham has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University, and has been contributing to the resource sector's response to climate change for 10 years in both direct and consulting roles.


What's New

EPIA's Executive Director presentation to the USEA - Nov 2019

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EPIA Submission to Government - July 2019

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EPIA's Executive Director interviewed by Alan Jones: 'Forced penetration' of renewables is 'destabilising the entire power system'.  

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The ESB’s Alarming Report on the ‘Health of the National Electricity Market"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.

Policy Papers

Policy Paper 3/19 "Finding the Right Balance: Power System Flexibility in an Era of Decarbonisation: An Annotated Bibliography"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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Policy Paper 2/19 "One judgment brings upheaval for energy and climate policy in Australia"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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Policy Paper 1/19 "Why no Energy Policy?"

Author: John McDonnell, Principal, McDonnell Policy Analysis

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Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to April 2019) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 24 Public Policy Papers.

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Public Policy Papers : A Compendium of Key Points (Aug 2016)

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Since May 2013 the Institute has published twelve Public Policy Papers.

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