EECON 2020 SPEAKERS

Jeff Allen - National President, EESA

Jeff started as a cadet engineer with the Prospect County Council in 1963 and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University in 1968. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, has business management qualifications from Deakin University and has been a member of EESA (and its predecessor organisation ESEA) since 1977.
He has had an engineering and executive management career in the electricity and related industries for over 50 years, with a background in both management and operational areas of electricity network and associated businesses as well as the retail energy area. He has held a variety of positions including Managing Director/CEO, GM Networks, GM Network Services, Manager System Control and various other engineering roles at Integral (now Endeavour) Energy and its predecessor organisations . In addition he has had executive roles at Energy Auctions (now Energy Action Ltd), AK Power Solutions (now Insulect) and EMS Solutions. Through his own company he has consulted widely in Australia and New Zealand in the areas of network regulatory and pricing submissions, best practice asset management, engineering consulting, business process re-engineering, procurement best practice and culture change management. He has also held a number of board positions with various companies.

Kate Summers, WSP

Kate is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and an experienced power systems and control engineer with extensive electrical, market and regulatory experience and knowledge, passionate about renewable energy and dedicated to bringing about an orderly transition to a low carbon future. She has broad engineering knowledge with over two decades of engineering practice covering a wide range of practical field experience, power system analysis, transmission planning, operational control, regulatory compliance and project connection negotiation. 

Kate’s current focus is on control philosophy, shedding light on the unintended consequences of market based decisions in respect of control theory, the loss of power system engineering practices and the escalating complexity of regulation imposed on engineering. 

Peter Price, Energy Queensland

Peter Price was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive Committee in November 2016 and is responsible for leading our engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the Group’s electricity distribution networks.

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Peter was a member of Energex’s executive management team for ten years. His career with Energex included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial businesses.

Peter holds both a bachelor degree (with honours) and a masters degree in engineering from the University of Queensland, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is also Chair of Energy Skills Queensland and Deputy Chair of TAFE Queensland.

Anna Evans, MIT Energy Initiative

Having recently completed a Masters in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Anna is now working as a senior policy officer in the Energy Transition branch of the Commonwealth Government.

Over the past two-years, Anna has worked for the MIT Energy Initiative, researching Non-Network Options (NNO). Through her thesis, she applied financial techniques to value the flexibility, ‘option value’, of NNO, and is now working to better integrate option valuation into distribution network decision making.

Anna has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Physics with Distinction. Specialising in energy technology and policy, Anna has improved solar cell efficiency with the CSIRO, worked as an engineer in a coal fired power station, and developed national policies to reduce emissions from the electricity sector. 

Felipe Arrano-Vargas, UNSW Sydney

Felipe Arrano-Vargas received the B.Sc. degree and the Professional Title in electrical engineering from the University of Chile, Chile, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. From 2014 to 2016, he worked as a Power System Analyst at Transelec, Chile. In 2017, he was awarded the Becas-Chile scholarship to pursue a PhD degree at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW Sydney, Australia. His research interests include power system modelling, power system stability, real-time digital simulations, phasor-measurement units (PMU), high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission, and multi-terminal HVDC systems (MTDC).

Prajit Parameswar, Hydro Tasmania

Prajit leads the commercialisation of the Battery of the Nation initiative, including relationships with wholesale trading counterparties across the National Electricity Market.

With a Masters of Business and a Masters of Professional Accounting, Prajit has spent the last 12 years working on the full spectrum of Hydro Tasmania’s commercial and operations groups, developing commercial models and products, including contract support mechanisms and structures to de-risk investments, demonstrating commercial viability for traditional and pumped hydro projects.

Stephen Clarke, Project Marinus - TasNetworks

Stephen has +25 years experience in the energy industry. He has held executive roles in Asset Management, Power System Planning, Engineering and project delivery.

Stephen is a member of the AEMC reliability panel and a Director of CIGRE Australia.

As Project Director Stephen’s role is to oversee the design and integration of Marinus Link into the power systems at each end. His team are also tasked with investigating the cost/benefit analysis of a 1500 MW second Bass Strait interconnector, that could play a significant role in Australia’s future electricity grid.

Ben Bristow, Western Power

Tracy Deveugle-Frink, Western Power

With over eight years’ experience in consulting to disrupted industries, Tracy’s diverse experience and passion for innovation and strategy drives her to constantly challenge the status quo, to build the world we all deserve.

Tracy’s experience offers a fresh approach to change, innovation and strategy implementation at Western Power. She is combining her strong innovation background with a history in creative industry to deliver the future.

Tracy has worked with Western Australian businesses to launch their innovation hub and new, agile ways of working. She has also been involved in major transformational projects. 

Tracy has now set her sights on transforming the energy industry in WA - one idea at a time. 

Tracy is also passionate about public speaking and plays a key role in TEDx Perth as an active Board member and Corporate Secretary. Tracy is also Chair of Friends of Perth Festival.

Joseph Kassouf, SwitchDin

Joseph is a solar engineer with nearly a decade of experience in the Australian renewables industry. His former roles include application engineer, technical sales engineer and product manager for ABB and Power-one covering residential, commercial and industrial products.

A well-recognised face and respected engineer in the Australian solar & renewables industry, he is chair of the Clean Energy Council's inverter listing working group, and a member of the AS4777 (inverter) technical subcommittee with Standards Australia.

Lee Ucich, Horizon Power

Lee Ucich is the lead engineer for the DERMS project in Horizon Power. Lee has expertise in electrical power systems, renewable energy, DERs, grid automation and control system development. His passion lies with renewable energy and using its potential to transform the environment, economy and humanity. His career objective is to change the way we access, consume and understand energy and to support business, government and society to realise a clean and efficient energy future.

Dr Hedy Dalvand, United Energy

Hedy Dalvand is the Manager Future Networks at United Energy and responsible for leading and developing future-state network capabilities to manage peak demand and quality of supply; embracing non-network solutions and advanced network capabilities. Hedy holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering majoring in Energy Systems from the University of New South Wales. Hedy has over 15 years’ experience in the field of electricity distribution and generation and is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Neil Smith, Neil Smith And Associates

Neil has over 30 years’ experience in Power System Operations, including 8 years as Operations Manager with TransGrid before joining TransGrid’s executive team in 2009 as General Manager, System Operations.  Prior to this he spent 15 years in senior & junior roles with National Grid UK (the UK transmission owner & operator). 

His primary responsibility at TransGrid was concerning the Management of the NSW High-Voltage Transmission Network such that a number of essential criteria were met, including discharging TransGrid’s responsibilities in relation to compliance with the National Electricity Rules whilst meeting stakeholder expectations.  A particular area of interest was electrical safety and a significant achievement was the complete overhaul of TransGrid’s Electrical Safety Rules.

After departing TransGrid in April 2015, he started his own engineering management consultancy, providing advice on matters related to Power System Operations.  

Neil is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAus), and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

David Newton, Middleton Group

David Newton has over 40 years electrical engineering experience, mainly in the water and power industries. 

He worked with SA Water for 11 years, KBR for 10 years and CH2MHill (now Jacobs) for 10 years, and has been a mentor and coach with Middleton Group since its inception.

David has lived and worked extensively throughout Australia, with long assignments in the UK, Singapore and UAE. He has also undertaken factory inspections and witness testing in Malaysia, Taiwan, USA and most recently this year in Vietnam. His experience has enabled him to practice as an expert witness in accident investigation, reporting to courts in Australia.

As you will find from his presentation, David’s passion is electrical safety; with a detailed understanding of the theory, rules and risks of the practical applications in engineering activities.

Rob Oldfield, ESV

Rob has spent 31 years in the Electrical  Supply Industry in Victoria and 8 years with Energy Safe Victoria.

Rob Oldfield started with the State Electricity Commission in 1981 as an apprentice lineworker.

After competing his lineworker  apprenticeship he was trained as a HV live worker, HV operator and Workplace trainer and assessor.

Thirty of these years were with SECV then Powercor with a 8 month stint with AusNet services before starting with Energy safe Victoria.

His work covered a  wide range of activities and job roles from this industry with the last roles of work practice development being one of the most rewarding roles.

Rob has been a key supporter for the Live HV work forum in Australia and chaired this group for a number of years when it was under the ENA banner.

He has presented at a number of conferences in Australia and new Zealand and is passionate about safety in this great industry.

Rob is enjoying the diverse roles and activities that his current role at ESV provides.

He is keen to share his knowledge and experience with all and has an interest in innovation and improvements in this industry.

Outside of work enjoys Golf and audio engineering.

Mark Appleton, Ausgrid

Mark has almost two decades of experience  within Ausgrid primarily in the planning and asset investment functions focusing on distribution planning and reliability.

He has recently been seconded as the Community Battery Project Manager.

Chris Wilson, Firm Power

Chris has over 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry developing, designing, constructing and financing renewable energy projects throughout Australia and South East Asia. Working with network service providers and other key stakeholders he is a specialist in the grid-connection process for embedded generation and has developed, engineered or constructed over 1GW of renewable energy projects, the majority of which are operational or under construction. In addition to co-founding Firm Power, Chris is also a co-founder and director of Terrain Solar.

Hsiang-Sheng Chen

Hsiang-Sheng Chen has a master’s degree in chemistry in National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He worked with Professor Michael Huang on the synthesis and applications of well-defined semiconductor materials. He joined a joint lab by UC Berkeley and British Petroleum, supervised by Prof. Alexis Bell in 2014-2015 for a one-year research program working catalysis using zeolite catalysts to boost biofuel production. He started his PhD in UNSW, Sydney, and is currently working with Prof. Justin Gooding and Richard Tilley on designing electro-chemical catalysts at atomic level. 

Kin Yu Lam, Cargill

Kin Yu is currently the South East Asia and Pacific Regional Technical Service Representative with the Dielectric Solution business of Cargill Bioindustrial based in Singapore. Kin Yu holds a bachelor and a doctorate degree in chemistry from the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Cargill, Kin Yu has over twenty years of experience in the lubricants business, holding various technical and managerial positions in charge of product development, technical support and training, as well as product compliance and quality management. 

Gary Brennan

Scott Ryan, Endeavour Energy

With over 30 years' experience in the energy industry, Scott is a senior executive with a track record in transforming business and people to provide a step change in organisational performance.

He brings a deep knowledge of Endeavour Energy to the executive team, having worked in many aspects of the business including commercial experience with billing and retail, regulatory and network pricing, technical experience in asset management, and a focus on network operations and delivery via an internal workforce as well as delivery via contract management.  His people management capabilities have led to major reform of the workforce and business.

Scott was the Endeavour Energy incident manager for the 2020 bushfire response on the South Coast of NSW.

Scott's current role of General Manager Operations has responsibility for the safe and reliable supply of electricity to over one million customers, leading a team of over 1,100 engineers, project managers, technicians, designers and field staff.

Jason David, University of Wollongong

Jason works with the Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre as an Associate Research Fellow, undertaking projects concentrating on the effects of power quality on consumer devices and the impact of renewable energy sources on the transmission and distribution network.

Matthew Browne, Endeavour Energy

Combined Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Diploma in Engineering Practice with (Hons), Graduate Certificate (Electrical Power Systems), Master of Engineering (Systems), Graduate Certificate in Risk Management.

Joined Endeavour Energy 15 years ago as a graduate engineer. Several placements, and then many years as a protection engineer and then protection Manger. Now Secondary Systems Manager. Particular interest in risk management, quantitative risk analysis and bringing risk costs into financial evaluations.

Tery Lampard, EESA

Terry has over 40 years experience in the Electricity Supply Industry. He spent 37 years at Ausgrid in a variety of technical and managerial roles, finally as General Manager – Design and Engineering. He was the Lead Technical Advisor at NSW Treasury for the Electricity Network Lease transactions, which realised over $34B. He has been a participant and/or Chair of numerous industry standards committees in StandardsAustralia and the Energy Networks Association, was a Board Director of the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy, has lectured in High Voltage Engineering at Sydney University and is currently Chair of the NSW/ACT Chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.

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