Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official 2021 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.
Stephanie BashirFounder , Nexa Advisory
Stephanie is the principle of Nexa Advisory. Stephanie has more than 18 years experience spanning the energy value chain in technical, commercial, strategic, policy and advisory roles; with expertise in energy market policy and regulation, new energy technologies, electrification of transport, service innovation, and networks & grid modernisation. She previously led the policy vision and strategy at AGL Energy as Senior Director of Public Policy- accelerating the new energy customer led transformation agenda including Network regulatory reforms, Virtual Power Plants and smart metering competition.
Stephanie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has Co-Authored published papers and chapter in an internationally published book. She is passionate about making a difference and accelerating the new energy transition through service innovation in the energy market and converging sectors.
Michael DartExecutive General Manager Community, Customer and Corporate Affairs , Energy Queensland
Michael Dart is the Executive General Manager Community, Customer and Corporate Affairs at Energy Queensland.
Energy Queensland is a Government Owned Corporation and Australia’s largest electricity distribution company, connecting electricity supply to 2.3 million customers across Queensland. They develop and deliver innovative solutions for the energy challenges faced by customer and communities. Energy Queensland includes Ergon Energy, Energex, Ergon Energy Retail and Yurika.
Michael has championed Energy Queensland’s customer and community strategies, engaging with our significant stakeholders and customers to implement energy policy on behalf of the Board of Energy Queensland. His portfolio includes customer and community strategy, media management, investor relations, internal communications, marketing, brand and customer digital needs. He is the Chief Customer Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.
Michael has executive management, stakeholder relations, policy development, media, social media and communications experience reaching over 20 years. He is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chair in the government, arts and environmental health fields. Michael has also worked for a major utility, State and Local Governments and as a private sector consultant.
He is a proven leader, policy and communications specialist, having spent more than a decade as an Energy industry leader and consultant to the public and private sectors.
Michael is also involved in several volunteer organisations including the Arts, Business and Environment sectors.
Glenne Drover, Energy Sector Advisor
Glenne is an energy sector advisor with an extremely broad knowledge of the Australian energy market and business development in the sector. His previous role as the Manager of the Victorian Government’s New Energy Technology Strategy included business development and client management. Glenne's current roles include Corporate Secretary for the Yarra Energy Foundation, Secretary for the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Energy, Advisory Board member at EMC Renewables, and advisor to a large flow battery manufacturer.
His experience spans 40 years in the Victorian energy sector and his previous roles have included: 20 years of power station design, project management, and construction; several years of health and safety and risk management consulting; and 17 years of economic development facilitation, predominantly in the energy sector, with the Victorian Government. His recent or current clients include international wind, energy storage, and biofuel companies and an Australian solar developer.
Glenne has worked in the consulting companies HAZCON, GHD Australia, and Worely Parsons New York. He has a Diploma of Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering Electro/Mechanical, and a Masters of Business Administration – Technology Management.
Tim Finnigan, Consultant
Tim has been working in the energy sector for 18 years. Most recently, he was the Director of CSIRO’s Energy Business Unit, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, economists and business professionals, all focused on solving current and future energy challenges. He is Founder, and formerly CEO and Managing Director of BioPower Systems Pty Ltd, a marine renewable energy design and development organisation; and for over 10 years held an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT. Tim has held positions in private engineering consulting, research organisations, universities, and start-up technology companies, in Canada, the USA and Australia.
Scott GriersonManaging Director , Pacific Heat & Power (PHP)
Scott Grierson is a clean tech entrepreneur, research commercialisation, consulting engineering and management professional currently living in Melbourne, Australia, with a background in renewable energy, biotechnology, sustainable development and environmental science.
He is currently the Managing Director of emerging clean energy developer, Pacific Heat & Power, where his project work is largely focused on bioenergy, waste-to-energy, hydrogen and solar hybrid systems, and industrial ecology opportunities. He has served both on the expert Advisory Panel of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and as a member of the Business Development & Transactions team in the same organisation, and has been involved in supporting technical and commercial innovation across many elements of the renewable energy value chain for more than a decade. In recent years, as Acting CEO, he raised the funds and led a consortium of domestic and international research and industry partners to successfully launch the Blue Economy Co-Operative Research Centre in mid-2019, a $329m, 10-year research and commercialisation program targeting innovation in offshore food and energy production, including in relation to marine energy, offshore wind and hydrogen production. Scott holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Macquarie University, where his foundation research work centred on the thermochemical properties of biomass and the prospects for large scale biological carbon capture and storage through biochar added to soil.
Jon PembertonManaging Director , Zest Energy
Jon is the Managing Director of Zest Energy Pty Ltd a company he formed in 2007, along with fellow Director Prof. 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 world leader in Lithium Polymer based energy storage solutions
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 Managing Director level, having run divisions of Australian National industries and Evans Deakin Industries, with turnovers in excess of $120m. At that time these companies were both leading public 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 a 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 and generators, and transformers.
Gus RiggsStrategy Manager , Western Power
Gus is the Strategy Manager for Western Power, a Government Trading Enterprise that owns and operates a transmission and distribution network connecting Western Australians to a wide range of both traditional and renewable energy sources to power a vibrant modern lifestyle.
He is currently focused on developing the next evolution of Western Power's corporate strategy as it responds to a rapidly changing energy landscape. Gus has extensive experience in the Western Australian energy sector having previously served as Western Power's Government Relations Manager and as a senior advisor at Synergy. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Politics), a Masters of International Relations and a Master of Business Administration.