Advisory Board

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official 2022 event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event was timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the energy sector.

 

  • Jacqui Bridge
    Executive General Manager Energy Futures, Powerlink Queensland

    Jacqui has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and brings a detailed understanding of the electricity supply chain, regulation and energy markets. Her energy consulting career included working with electricity, gas and water utilities throughout the Australia Pacific region. As Executive General Manager Energy Futures at Powerlink Queensland, Jacqui engages with a range of stakeholders to understand customer needs and influence the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for the future power system. Jacqui is responsible for leading Powerlink’s corporate strategy, energy regulation, energy markets and energy policy functions.

  • Simon Camroux
    BDM LPG Generation Solutions, Origin Energy

    Simon Camroux has been working for twenty years to achieve the end goal of a more reliable, efficient and lower-emissions energy sector that provides the lowest possible cost to all consumers.

    The energy industry is a fascinating space with multiple, competing objectives that span engineering, physics, politics, economics and the environment. Tip the balance, and issues pop up like fairground wack-a-mole. For example, small and large renewable investments have outgrown the market’s ability to deal with them, while baseload coal assets are closing without ready replacements in place.

    These are the kind of issues Simon has come to be involved in. His successes have been brought about by a combination of influencing stakeholders, market knowledge, and a passion for change. He has introduced market-wide rule changes, unlocked government investment, represented the Victorian Government at the United Nations Conference of Parties 15, and authored green and white papers outlining options and providing recommendations on actions to reduce emissions.

  • Craig Chambers
    Managing Director, Engevity

    Craig’s background spans founding a successful start-up, over 10 years leading Australian and NZ divisions of international professional services firms and being responsible for corporate strategy, audit, risk, innovation, customer & stakeholder engagement, regulation and pricing at Australia’s largest utility group.

    Craig founded Engevity in 2018 and leads the firm growth into new sectors and services. As a thought leader in the energy and sustainability sectors, he has advised governments, regulators, and industry to adapt to new technologies, adjust to changes in customer’s behaviour, and deploy innovative models to achieve effective improvements and enable systemic change.

  • Mark Coughlin
    Managing Director and Founder, Coughlin Advisory

    Mark has over 35 years experience as an executive and strategic advisor to utility and infrastructure businesses in Australia and internationally.  His experience covers Strategy, Growth, Transformation, Finance, Commercial and Operations and covers the energy value chain from generation, trading, networks and retail. His career has focused on building and leading successful businesses, energy policy reform, building new strategies and leading business model evolution.

    In June 2020 Mark completed 13 years as a partner with PwC.  From 2015 to 2020 Mark led PwC’s Australian Energy, Utilities and Resources practice, and was a member of the PwC global leadership team for power and utilities, He was PwC’s global power and utilities advisory leader when he left the firm.

    Mark left PwC to found a new energy and utilities advisory business, Coughlin Advisory, which provides strategy, policy commercial and project development services to clients from energy start-ups & scale-ups to large and small utilities, governments and infrastructure investors.
    Mark has held senior executive roles in ASX-50 companies and State Treasuries. Mark was the Executive Director Policy Development in the SA Treasury in the early 2000s.

    Mark has spent the last 10 years working with Australian utility companies on transformation and strategy programs and working with various Australian and international governments on their reform agendas.  He has written widely on the topic.

  • Royce De Sousa
    Director, Eastern Energy Buyers

    Royce De Sousa (BE Hons IIA / LLB) is currently Director, poweRD Consulting – a small consultancy aimed at identifying and delivering opportunities in energy for corporates with a particular focus on Commercial and Industrials energy users.

    Royce is also Director, Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) – a buying group of a range of Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural energy users which leverages group expertise and consolidated buying power to achieve lower procured price of Electricity and Natural Gas.

    Prior to establishing poweRD Consulting, Royce was General Manager – Energy & Sustainability for Visy Industries Australia – Australia’s largest packaging and recycling company. Royce’s two decade-long focus on Energy at Visy included procurement and supply of energy to Visy’s facilities, Visy’s alternative and renewable energy generation, as well as driving Visy’s carbon strategy and energy efficiency programmes.
    Royce was a Discretionary Member of the Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) Reliability Panel which focuses on improving the security and reliability of Australia’s energy supply and infrastructure. Royce represented Large User interests on the Panel between 2015 and 2018.

    Prior to working in energy, Royce was a process, project and maintenance engineer in Visy’s Paper Mills.
     

  • Hamish Fitzsimmons
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Australian Energy Council
  • Peter Lambert
    Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Peter Lambert has for 25 years helped some of the world’s largest energy companies and institutions create and deliver long term value. He is a Partner based in McKinsey and Company’s Sydney office.

    Peter has led McKinsey’s Oil and Gas Practice in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Asia Pacific’s gas service line, since 2015. Prior to this he spent almost two decades in London, serving energy clients on issues related to performance and growth across the gas value chain.

    Peter has worked as an economist for Ofgas, the UK gas industry regulator, developing competitive markets in gas supply, trading and shipping, and in negotiating price controls.

    Peter serves as an advisor to Australian Energy Week.

    Peter holds an honours degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.

  • Rob Amphlett Lewis
    Chief Customer Officer, Ausgrid

    Rob has more than 18 years’ experience in energy markets and utilities infrastructure in Australia and the United Kingdom. At Ausgrid, Rob leads the Customer and Partner Experience, Customer Transformation, Strategy, Regulation and Corporate Affairs functions.

    His experience within the energy industry includes regulatory, commercial management, planning, business development and strategic accountabilities and a career in professional services, specialising as a Mergers and Acquisitions advisor within the energy, infrastructure and resources sectors. Before moving to Australia, Rob was an energy trader with TXU European Energy Trading based in the United Kingdom.

    Rob is accountable for driving Ausgrid’s journey to customer centricity, through improving customer outcomes today and positioning the business to deliver on customers’ future expectations.

  • Alex Marks
    Director of Policy, Allume

    Alex Marks is Director of Policy for Allume Energy, a company committed to expanding access to rooftop solar to everyone. Allume Energy has invented the SolShare, the world's first hardware-based solution for sharing rooftop solar in apartment buildings. Over 1000 apartments in Australia have been connected to rooftop solar using the SolShare, and Allume Energy is expanding into new markets in Europe and USA in 2022. The SolShare won the Clean Energy Council's Innovation Award in 2020.

    Alex's role at Allume Energy involves working with government and advocacy organisations to expand access to rooftop solar. Alex has previously led on business development, operations and finance during Allume's startup phase.
    Alex has previously worked in natural resources governance and social enterprise in Southeast Asia and East Africa, and as a policy adviser in the Victorian Parliament.

  • Lillian Patterson
    Infrastructure Development Manager, AusNet Services

    Lillian’s career has spanned the political, regulatory, commercial and strategic spheres of the energy industry. As Infrastructure Development Manager at AusNet Services, she currently manages prospective commercial infrastructure developments including utility-scale batteries, major transmission projects and contestable connections for renewable energy and storage developers across the National Electricity Market. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Clean Energy Council (CEC), Australia’s peak body for the renewable energy sector.

    Previously, Lillian was Policy Director, Energy Transformation at the CEC. During a period of intense focus on electricity market design, transmission network development and utility-scale grid connections, she was responsible for leading the CEC’s policy and advocacy work on these matters. She has also held roles at Origin Energy, the International Energy Agency and in the Federal Government.

    Lillian holds a Master in Sustainability and Energy Management from Bocconi University in Italy (for which she received a full scholarship from the Enel Foundation) and a Bachelor of Business (1st Class Honours in Economics and Finance) and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Jon Pemberton
    Managing Director , Zest Energy

    Jon is the Managing Director of Zest Energy Pty Ltd a company he formed in 2007, along with fellow Director Dr.Tony Vassallo. Zest Energy is an Australian company specialising in Renewable Energy and Energy Storage solutions. Since 2014 until March 2020, Zest worked with Kokam of South Korea, a global leader in Lithium Polymer based energy storage solutions. Jon led the Australian operation and introduced ultra-high-power lithium batteries for applications, such as the 35MW/12MWh spinning reserve displacement project for Alinta Energy, a world first at the time.  More recently Zest is now involved in green hydrogen production technology.

    Jon has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London University. He is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers London and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy. Jon's has extensive experience in heavy industry at Executive General Manager level, having run divisions of Australian National industries and Evans Deakin Industries, with turnovers in excess of $120m. At that time these companies were leading ASX listed companies in the Australian marketplace.

    Prior to forming Zest Energy, Jon filled the position of Managing Director of CCI Pope, now acquired by Bureau Veritas. CCI Pope was the Australian market leader in the provision of outsourced reliability engineering solutions for the mining and process industry sectors.

    Jon is also Chairman/ Non-Executive Director and a major shareholder of Machinemonitor Pty Ltd, a company focused on condition monitoring and assessment of critical electrical assets, such as high voltage motors, generators, and transformers.

  • Melissa Perrow
    General Manager, Energy, Brickworks

    Melissa Perrow is the General Manager Energy at Brickworks Limited and is responsible for managing the energy needs as a large user of electricity and gas. Melissa has transformed Brickwork’s east coast gas strategy, transitioning from a retail customer to a wholesale gas participant in all of the Short Term Trading Markets and the Victorian gas market. The transition to wholesale gas markets has provided Brickworks with cost and flexibility benefits. Melissa has 20 years of wholesale energy trading experience gained across electricity, gas, carbon and green markets and holds a Bachelor in Applied Science, a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Technology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. She is currently studying a Global Masters of Business Administration.

  • Owen Sharpe
    Acting Head of Strategy and Innovation, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    Owen Sharpe has multidisciplinary experience in hydrogen and broader energy industry development encompassing policy, scoping and procurement, project management, contract management.

    He is an experienced analyser of complex issues to various audiences including development of South Australia's Hydrogen Action Plan (2019) and SA Government's response to the Nuclear Royal Commission (2016). 2018 South Australian Young Energy Professional of the Year.