The Australian Wind Alliance currently has around 600 financial members, who are the core of our organisation. We have staff in regional New South Wales and are governed by a diverse Management Committee. The committee, Secretary and Treasurer are volunteers who generously give their time in a personal capacity.
Daryl is an oversized pilot who leads the way for trucks transporting the enormous components that wind farms require – 40m long blades and enormous wind tower sections. He is based in Hamilton, and has been working with wind farm components for 20 years. Work is beginning to dry up now as energy companies put projects on hold due to political uncertainty, and that bothers Daryl. He thinks a lot of young people wouldn’t have had work opportunities without wind farms.
Charlie Prell - NSW Organiser
Charlie Prell is a fourth generation family farmer from Crookwell in NSW. He is passionate about farming and has expanded this passion to include wind farms. Since the construction of the Crookwell I wind farm next to his family property in 1998, Charlie has been aware of the potential to erect turbines on his own farm. He is a committed member of the Crookwell community and actively contributes to many local causes. Charlie has been championing wind farms and the potential benefits they can bring to regional communities for many years. He strongly endorses moves towards a benefit sharing planning and development model for wind farms. Working for AWA has allowed Charlie to combine his passions for wind farms and agriculture.
Andrew Bray - National Coordinator
Andrew joined AWA in February 2013 after spending two years on the 100% Renewable Campaign, building skills and leadership in local communities to help them speak out in support for renewable energy. Based in one of New South Wales' prime wind districts of the Southern Tablelands, Andrew has a particular fondness for wind power and the contribution it can make to the local economy while at the same time helping Australia transition to a cleaner energy supply.
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.
Peter Dreher - Secretary
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).
Simon Holmes à Court
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.
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.
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.
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.