Luke has been a leading voice in the wind energy industry for over a decade. He entered the industry as a landholder (a number of Capital Wind Farm's turbines are on his family property "Ellendon") and subsequently played a leading role in the growth of Canberra based wind energy company Windlab. He was Chief Operating Officer at Windlab which is now one of Australia’s most successful renewable energy companies with operations in Australia, North America and Africa.
He has been an advocate for the industry, frequently defending it in print, radio and television - most notably with the creation of 'George the Bull' who challenged Joe Hockey to a bull fight in 2014.
His unique perspective on the industry has lead him to become a strong voice for improved wind energy development models. He argues that wind energy needs to evolve to be more inclusive of neighbouring landholders if it is to thrive in Australia. In 2013 he stepped down from the COO position at Windlab to lead the development of the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, which includes neighbours as shareholders. The project was the first to receive development approval in over 2 years in Victoria, was developed in just 6 months, and attained the lowest ever renewable energy price in Australia. The output was purchased by the Australian Capital Territory.
In 2013 Luke joined the board and executive team at Reposit, a start up company seeking to employ home batteries en mass in the wholesale energy markets. This technology allows wind and solar to work in a complementary fashion to deliver affordable and reliable power.
Richard is one of the most experienced people in the Australian wind industry. He has been involved since 1994, as a project and business development manager. Richard agreed to give his time to be Treasurer of AWA because he believes Australia is missing out on great benefits in regional areas. Richard has a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an engineering Masters degree and an eMBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is currently the Managing Director of Advanced Energy Consulting.
Simon has qualifications in Cognitive and Computer Science and Applied Finance and Investment. He has a broad range of commercial experience, and was previously a director of Heytesbury Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest private companies. He is now the Chairman of Observant Pty Ltd, which designs and manufactures infrastructure monitoring, control and automation solutions. Simon is also the founding Chairman of Hepburn Wind, Australia's first community-run wind farm, and the founder of Embark, an organisation working to eliminate the barriers holding back the growth of a powerful, community renewable energy sector in Australia.
Peter is a corporate and projects Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. His expertise is in corporate, commercial and construction law, with particular emphasis in infrastructure and energy projects, business structures, sales acquisitions and the commercialisation of product. Peter is a market leader for legal expertise in the renewable energy sector, having advised in relation to more than 25 renewable energy projects in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. He has also advised in the operation of energy project development, generation and retail businesses. Peter has a number of clients in and from Europe (particularly German speaking countries).
Taryn is Community Officer at Hepburn Wind, Australia's first community-owned wind farm, and has delivered industry-best standards in community engagement. She has extensive local and international community development experience. She is giving her services as a Director of AWA because she wants more Victorians to understand the community benefits of working together to build clean wind energy. Taryn holds a BA in International Studies and and MA in Integrative & Transformative Studies and is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Future Sustainability Leaders course.
Steve is General Manager at Keppel Prince Engineering, a Portland-based engineering firm which specialises in the construction, fabrication and maintenance of industrial structures and equipment, including wind farms. He is responsible for over 400 employees and offered his time as a Director of AWA because he wants to see more Victorians employed in the emerging renewables energy sector. Steve has worked in the engineering industry for over 37 years. Keppel Prince Engineering is now considered a leader in the wind energy industry having completed numerous major projects.
Felicity is Principal Solicitor at the Environment Defenders' Office (Vic), a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. Felicity has worked in environmental and planning law throughout her career and been involved in a several significant public interest environmental law cases. Before joining EDO Victoria, she worked as a Senior Solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office in NSW and as a solicitor in private practice at a firm specialising in Local Government, Planning and Environment law. In 2011, Felicity was named Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia.