OUR PEOPLE

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

The Australian Power Institute is governed by a Board consisting of the following members:

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CEO

David Pointing, PhD, FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec, NER, MAICD

Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Power Institute

Appointed by the API Board in December 2019, David is an engineering-sector executive and leader with extensive experience in creating and delivering projects and initiatives that build capacity and capability in communities, with a focus on sustainable development solutions and energy systems.
David has a deep portfolio of skills and experience in program development, project management, business development, stakeholder engagement, and the creation of collaborative solutions, including research and development projects, tertiary education and workforce development initiatives.


David’s key career achievements include:

  • Research into the use of wind and hydrogen energy technologies to support remote area power systems and operations (using the case studies of Antarctic research communities of the Australian and Norwegian governments),

  • Developing international partnerships focused on empowering communities to access sustainability solutions for the UN Environment Program (based in Copenhagen),

  • Establishing a strategic program to drive national and international engagement with the Tertiary sector for Australia’s professional body for engineers (Engineers Australia), and

  • Leading workforce development initiatives for the engineering sector in Tasmania as the state General Manager for Engineers Australia (following a decade of involvement as an active volunteer member).

  • Teaching university courses on engineering ethics, sustainability, engineering design, and project management to undergraduate and Masters level student engineers.

 

David has qualifications in Materials Engineering (UNSW), Antarctic Studies (UTAS), and completed a Ph.D. (UTAS) on the implementation of sustainable energy solutions in isolated communities.

David is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has been recognized with the EngExec credential and is Chartered in engineering leadership and management.

David is originally from Sydney and is now based in Tasmania with his wife and two children.

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Chair

Peter Langdon, BEng (Hon), MBA

Head of Asset Planning and Performance, Endeavour Energy

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian electricity supply industry. In his current role of Head of Asset Planning and Performance, he is responsible for developing the long term investment and maintenance plans for Endeavour Energy’s electricity network as well as the ongoing development the organisation’s asset management systems and strategies. Prior to this Peter has held a variety of roles in areas such as regional management, system control and project management.

Peter has a keen interest in developing the next generation of engineers for our industry and for the last 10 years has led his organisation’s engineer development program. Peter is also an active member of the NSW chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.

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Board Member

Ed Wilson, B.Eng.(Hons) 

Managing Director, Wilson Transformer Company Pty Ltd (WTC)

Ed is the Managing Director of Wilson Transformer Company Pty Ltd (WTC) with more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and energy industries. Ed is a third-generation member of the Wilson family and is now leading WTC as the largest Australian-owned and based manufacturer and solution provider of power and distribution transformers. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer (Hons) from Monash University in 2001, he has enjoyed many roles across various business functions, including Industrial Engineering, Quality and Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Management, Sales and General Management of the Power Transformer Business. In August 2015, Ed was appointed Managing Director with overall responsibility for the transformer business.
 
As well as being a member of the Australian Power Institute (API), Ed is a director of the Australian National Committee of CIGRE and a member of the Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee of CIGRE, an international organization whose members include leading electrical utilities and suppliers.
 
WTC has been an active supporter of the API since its inception. The Company regularly provides employment for API Bursary holders to help young engineers gain early industry experience as part of their professional development.

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Board Member

Rakesh Solanki, B. Eng (Hons), EMBA(Hons), AAICD

General Manager Design Solutions, Powerlink Queensland

Rakesh is an experienced senior leader with over 15 years of experience in the electricity industry in both the private and public sectors. His experience ranges from distribution through to transmission and generation of electricity. At Powerlink, Rakesh is responsible for the design and procurement of plant and equipment for Powerlink's infrastructure delivery program which includes capital, both regulated and non regulated, and operational projects. 

Powerlink recognizes the need for good quality graduate engineers and supports API in ensuring a continuous supply of suitably qualified graduates for all facets of the electricity industry.

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Board Member

Gair Landsborough, 

Executive Manager, Asset Management, Western Power

Gair joined Western Power in December 1993 as a cadet engineer, commencing his graduate program in 1995.

His career spans senior management roles since 2006 in operations, program and project management, contracts and finance.  Technical roles have included network planning, maintenance strategy and investigations.  Gair’s financial background focused on strategic financial modelling that involved working closely with Government stakeholders to implement electricity market reforms.

Gair holds a Master of Applied Finance, Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Western Australia.

Asset Management is accountable for managing overall asset lifecycles, asset performance management strategies, network planning, engineering and design and safety, environment, quality and training. As the major network operator in Western Australia, Western Power is a significant employer of engineers and is a foundation member of the API.

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Board Member

Patrick Matweew

Chief Executive Officer, Redback Technologies

Driven by the idea of a greener future through technology, Patrick is the CEO at Redback Technologies and is responsible to scale the business through operational excellence and forming and growing partnerships. Being involved in renewables and in residential solar in particular continuously since 2005, Patrick is an industry veteran and experienced executive. He holds a Master Degree in Business and has worked in different roles in Germany, China, Singapore and Australia before joining Redback.

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Board Member

Violette Mouchaileh 

Executive General Manager, Emerging Markets and Services, AEMO

"Violette has over 18 years experience in the energy industry.  In December 2018, Violette was appointed in the EGM Emerging Markets role at AEMO, which focuses on developing and implementing strategies for emerging areas, including integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and developing value-add data and information services. Prior to this role,  Violette held various roles at AEMO across gas and electricity in market design development, market change implementation and operations.

Prior to joining AEMO, Violette held roles driving energy market policy in the Commonwealth government and working on competition policy initiatives at the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Her experience includes economic regulation, energy policy development, development of regulatory frameworks, market development and design, and market change implementation."

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Board Member

Lance Wee

Head of Asset Management, TransGrid

"Lance has more than 20 years of experience in the Australian energy and infrastructure industries. In February 2015 Lance was appointed to the role of Head of Asset Management, accountable for asset management activities that optimally balances asset risk, cost and performance of TransGrid’s network.

Prior to that role, Lance gained his extensive experience in developing, designing, constructing and maintaining substations and transmission lines throughout Australia in different roles at TransGrid, Downer Australia and Powerlink Queensland.

He has a passion and reputation for building and leading strong professional teams while providing the direction and support needed to implement sustainable competitive commercial strategies in line with stakeholder and customer expectations.

Lance has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Honours Degree from the University of Queensland and Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England. He is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management."

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Deputy Chair

Heidi Sick

Industry Director for Energy in Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon

Heidi is the Industry Director for Energy (ANZ) for Aurecon with 20 years of experience. Heidi's experience stretches across three continents within a number of industries, covering the complete lifecycle of multidisciplinary complex projects. Over the last 10 years Heidi has been an advisor to the energy sector, with a focus on renewable and low emission technologies and the integration of these into the overall energy system. Heidi was awarded the inaugural 2019 Clean Energy Council and Monash University Women in Renewables Your Leadership Voice scholarship for her experience in establishing diverse high performing teams to help clients through the energy transition.

Aurecon has been an active supporter of the API since 2008 and regularly provides early industry experience and employment for API Bursary holders. As well as being the Deputy Chair of the Australian Power Institute (API), Heidi is a Technical Advisor on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Advisory Panel, assessing program funding applications across a broad range of renewable and emerging/enabling technologies to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy.

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Board Member

Wayne Tucker, Grad Dip Eng Maint, Ass Dip Elect Eng, MBA, GAICD

General Manager Regulation, Policy and Strategic Asset Management, TasNetworks

Wayne has over 30 years' experience in the Australian electricity supply industry. In his current role of General Manager Strategic Asset Management at TasNetworks, he is responsible for transmission and distribution network planning and performance, network innovation and the development of asset management systems and strategies. Wayne is actively involved with TasNetwork’s graduate and mentoring programs and is also a member of ENA Asset Management Committee and represented API on the ENA/API Innovation Joint Working Group.

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Board Member

Jason Hall, BEng(Hons), GradCertMgt, RPEQ, MAICD

General Manager Grid Technology, Energy Queensland.

Jason Hall is the General Manager Grid Technology at Energy Queensland, a government owned corporation responsible for the distribution of electricity across Queensland via their two electricity distributors - Energex and Ergon Energy. He is accountable for ensuring safe and reliable protection, telecommunications, and control systems exist for the Energy Queensland electricity network including the introduction of new technologies to transition to an intelligent grid.

Jason has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer) Honours Degree from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University. He is also a trade qualified electrical fitter mechanic and has over 30 years of experience in the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry comprising of positions in generation, transmission, and distribution. Jason is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and is also Energy Queensland’s member representative of CIGRE Australia.

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Board Member

Jess Hui

Asset Investment Strategy Manager, Ausgrid

"Jessica is an experienced senior leader in the electricity utilities industry, with an extensive background in distribution network design, performance, operations, customer strategy, and business transformation. Jessica currently leads the Asset Investment Strategy team at Ausgrid, where she delivers investment strategies for Ausgrid’s future networks.

Jessica is committed to supporting the professional development of engineers in the energy industry. She is a committee member and membership coordinator of the NSW/ACT Chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia, and she teaches a Master of Engineering course in Distribution Reliability at the University of Wollongong.

 

Jessica is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and is a member of Ausgrid’s Inclusion and Diversity Council. At home, she has three young children, two with disability. Through her life experience and skills gained from her career, she and her husband have co-founded a disability tech startup called sameview, to improve the lives of families like theirs through better coordination of disability care."