Energy Policy Institute of Australia
The Institute supports free market choices within a sound national and global policy framework.
provides an objective view of international and domestic developments that have an impact on energy policy
provides a trusted channel for dialogue with governments
liaises with inter-governmental, non-governmental and community organisations
provides a voice for Australian business in international organisations, including counterpart bodies in other countries
recognises the independent and key role of all energy industry organisations
encourages Australian young professionals and youth to engage in energy matters
contributes to the maintenance of an investment climate in which capital may be invested on secure and predictable terms.
The Energy Policy Institute does not cater for individual membership. It recommends that energy professionals consider joining the Australian Institute of Energy (www.aie.org.au)
The Institute works closely with the US Enery Association and has receiprocal membership rights.
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Executive Director – Corporate Services & Company Secretary, Alinta Energy
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.
General Manager Public Policy and Government Engagement, Origin Energy
Tim 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.
Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International, Australia
In 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 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 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.