Speakers include:

  • Coretta Bessi
    Head of Procurement, People & Transformation, Ausgrid

    Coretta Bessi is a well-recognised and highly respected Procurement thought leader.  Her previous executive experience spans across the mining industry with BHP Billiton, heavy manufacturing with BlueScope Steel and telecommunications with Australia's National Broadband Network. 

    She has broad exposure having been engaged across the private sector and the public sector as a consultant and is sought after as a regular speaker at large Australia and APAC Procurement events.

    Coretta is passionate about the professionalism of Procurement so has lectured for in excess of twelve years to university masters students.  Her other topics of interest are sustainable procurement, digital transformation and talent diversity across females and millennials.

    Coretta is currently the Chief Procurement Officer of Ausgrid, where Procurement is enabling the business throughout a major transformation to become more affordable, reliable and sustainable.

  • David Bones
    Technical Committee Chair, CIGRE

    David is currently Service Group Manager - Power SQ at GHD. This role involves managing some 40 power engineers across Australia and keeps David in contact with the issues in the power industry and the senior industry leaders managing these issues.

    David has had a long involvement in CIGRE (since 1998) and held senior roles representing CIGRE Australia including being a Panel Convenor of Panel 38, “Power System analysis techniques and tools”. He was a member of Australian Panel C1 from 2002 and appointed the Panel Convenor in 2008-2014.

    In 2009 David was appointed as Convenor of the International Working Group C1.24 charged with investigating tools for developing optimum transmission network development plans.
    David has also written several papers on power system planning that have been published by CIGRE.

  • Jacqui Bridge
    Transmission Network Development Manager, Ausnet Services

    Jacqui is an experienced energy industry professional with expertise in electricity network strategy, planning, asset management and regulation across both transmission and distribution. As Transmission Network Development Manager at AusNet Services, a major utility infrastructure business, Jacqui has responsibility for managing AusNet Services' interests in the transformation of the Victorian transmission network to enable to transitions to renewable and low emissions generations. Previously Jacqui led the Networks Planning team at AusNet Services conducting network planning activities for both electricity transmission and distribution networks.

    Prior to joining AusNet Services, Jacqui led Power and Energy Strategic Consulting teams at two of Australia’s leading technical consultancy firms, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM now Jacobs) and Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB now WSP). Jacqui’s successful energy consulting career spanned more than 15 years, working with electricity network businesses throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines. Jacqui led assignments and provided strategic advice on asset management, regulatory price reviews and processes, and utility mergers and acquisitions.

    Jacqui has a diverse range of experience including communication and management of external stakeholders, executive management and Board level experience, personnel management, commercial acumen, risk and safety management, business development, and project management. She enjoys leading teams of technical experts, motivating and drawing high performance from individuals and teams.

    Jacqui’s holds a Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class honours from the University of NSW, and has played an active role in the Engineering profession serving on the Victorian Division Committee of Engineers Australia, and presenting at various industry conferences.

  • Christopher Dare
    Former Manager Environment, Quality and Systems, Evoenergy

    Chris Dare is an authentic, experienced and pragmatic leader bringing empathy and real-world application to every role he takes on.

    This coupled with a deep understanding of resource and bushfire management, electricity and gas distribution allow him to focus on real opportunities to deliver value to the business including climate change adaption and resilience.

  • Tracy Deveugle-Frink
    Head of Change & Innovation, 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.

  • Scott Ferraro
    Net Zero Program Director, Monash University

    Scott is a leader in net zero emission strategy development and implementation, with a deep understanding of the opportunities to reduce emissions across the energy, transport and buildings sectors.

    Currently as Program Director of Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative, Scott and his team are focused on transitioning Monash’s Australian operations to net zero emissions by 2030.

    The program aims to find translatable solutions to enable the broader transition to net zero emissions required under the Paris Agreement.

  • Ross Gawler
    Senior Research Fellow - Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

    My professional experience has spanned the technical and economic factors in the development and operation of electricity generation and transmission. I have worked under both centrally planned and competitive industry structures.

    My professional goals have mainly centred on conducting realistic economic and risk analysis which leads to effective investments in generation and transmission assets.

    I have an excellent track record in forecasting development requirements in Australian electricity markets.

    I have a creative and innovative mind with an uncanny ability to see where the numbers are wrong and to get the analysis on a productive path to success.

  • Tim Hart
    General Manager Asset Lifecycle Management, Energy Queensland

    Tim Hart is the General Manager Asset Lifecycle Management at Energy Queensland.

    He is responsible for the asset safety and life extension of Energy Queensland through inspection, maintenance and asset replacement policies.

  • Andre Harvey
    General Manager, Procurement and Supply, Stanwell Corporation

    With a career spanning over 17 years, Andre has held senior management and executive consulting roles in Strategy, ICT, Finance, Government, Utilities and Retail.

    He has a reputation as an exceptional leader with strong commitment to operations excellence and innovative approaches to business problems - that's led to a renowned ability to build teams and deliver successful commercial outcomes.

    Throughout Andre's career he has repeatedly received accolades and recognition for achieving sustainable benefits, client satisfaction and financial results. He has an excellent and acknowledged track record in the delivery of key business objectives; and has proven experience in all aspects of development and delivery disciplines.

    He is a skilled communicator wWith a career spanning over 17 years, Andre has held senior management and executive consulting roles in Strategy, ICT, Finance, Government, Utilities and Retail.

    He has a reputation as an exceptional leader with strong commitment to operations excellence and innovative approaches to business problems - that's led to a renowned ability to build teams and deliver successful commercial outcomes.

    Throughout Andre's career he has repeatedly received accolades and recognition for achieving sustainable benefits, client satisfaction and financial results. He has an excellent and acknowledged track record in the delivery of key business objectives; and has proven experience in all aspects of development and delivery disciplines.

    He is a skilled communicator who is comfortable dealing with all levels of leadership and has a knack for exhibiting the right amount of personal leadership to deliver and achieve sustainable results.ho is comfortable dealing with all levels of leadership and has a knack for exhibiting the right amount of personal leadership to deliver and achieve sustainable results.

  • Geoff James
    Research Principal - Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

    Dr Geoff James is consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following more than 25 years of multidisciplinary research with government and private-sector clients.

    His research and consulting interests include integrating renewable energy in power systems, distribution network evolution, international clean energy trade, energy market development in Asia, and energy storage technology and applications.

    Geoff’s personal goal is to speed regional progress towards clean electrification through a balanced mix of local energy systems, grid transformation, and international clean energy trading.

  • Mark Jones
    Digital Infrastructure Asset Manager, Transgrid

    Mark is the Digital Infrastructure Asset Manager for TransGrid – the electricity transmission authority in NSW. He has worked in various roles in the electricity industry covering the entire lifecycle of High Voltage assets and has used this breadth of experience to help operationalise TransGrid’s ISO-5500X certified Asset Management System.

    Mark has a specific focus on leveraging technology to improve asset capability, better understand and monitor asset condition and increase operational awareness. He has spearheaded a 15 year strategy to upgrade TransGrid’s technology capability to keep pace with the rapid change in the electricity market.

  • Laura Jones
    Senior Innovation Engineer, Tasnetworks

    Laura is a Senior Network Innovation engineer at TasNetworks.

    This broad-ranging job includes merging technical, customer, and commercial requirements into workable projects. A key example of this being the CONSORT Bruny Island Battery trial. She has led the implementation of this multi-award-winning project which has turned 34 Bruny Island residents in to power station owners. Prior to this she has had extensive energy experience including network planning, generator connection, and power system modelling.

  • Andrew Kingsmill
    Manager Network Planning, Transgrid

    Andrew Kingsmill is the Manager/Network Planning at TransGrid, the transmission network service provider and operator in New South Wales. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry in planning, operations, asset management and regulatory roles. Andrew’s experience has provided him with an understanding and perspective of the overall integration of storage into the power system and the value streams it can bring to the NEM.

  • Shayne Kumar
    Innovation Manager - New Energy, Alinta Energy

    Shayne Kumar is the Innovation Manager at Alinta Energy.

    He is responsible for the commercial, strategic and technical development of innovative business models relating to New Energy technologies in the energy sector.

    Shayne’s key areas of expertise include Strategy, Innovation, Renewable Energy and Engineering.

  • Adrian Lloyd
    Technology Innovation Engineer, Ergon Energy

  • Cameron Potter
    Future Energy Market Strategist, Hydro Tasmania

    A passion for data driven decision making and being at the edge of new technology has driven Cameron’s career.

    Cameron has championed risk-driven analysis of renewable energy, power system integration studies, and research and product development related to wind and solar energy modelling for commercial and/or government purposes.

    Cameron is now the Future Energy Market Strategist for the Battery of the Nation initiative

  • Stephen Richardson
    Technology Innovation Engineer, Ergon Energy

    Stephen Richardson is a motivated professional engineer with extensive experience with energy storage integration and management of innovative projects within the utility sector.

    He has over 10 years of experience developing and implementing new technologies for the Queensland electricity industry. Through his current and previous roles he has gained experience in project management, system modelling and evaluation, communication designs and implementation, testing and evaluation of emerging renewable energy technologies, implementation and commissioning and data collection, management and analysis to provide insights.

    Stephen has a strong focus on rural and remote customers and how the application of new technologies can facilitate improved efficiencies and safety.

  • David Salisbury
    Executive Manager Engineering, Essential Energy

    David Salisbury, Executive Manager Engineering at Essential Energy is an experienced executive and an accomplished engineer with expertise in the gas distribution and electricity and gas transmission across the United Kingdom.

    David has a strong technical background with in-depth commercial and regulatory experience and first-hand knowledge of using technology to enable transformation.

    David previously held the position of Head of Network Engineering and Asset Management at National Grid Gas Transmission in the United Kingdom. At National Grid Gas Transmission, David led the development of system capability, network strategy, asset strategy, innovation and benchmarking as well as providing engineering expertise and engineering policy, with accountability for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the network. Prior to that he held executive roles as Head of Data and Technology across National Grid’s UK Transmission Businesses and Head of Process for the former National Grid UK Gas Distribution business now known as Cadent.

    David has been an Essential Energy Executive, leading Essential Energy’s Asset Management and Engineering team since November 2017.

    David holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineering Executive and Fellow of The Institute of Engineers Australia and in the UK a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of the Institute of Asset Management.

  • Glenn Stapleton
    Principal Engineer Transmission Lines – Electrical, Powerlink Queensland

    Mr. Stapleton has more than two decades of experience at Powerlink Queensland – the transmission network owner, operator and maintainer in Queensland, Australia.

    During this time, he has held a number of senior engineering roles across a portfolio of transmission projects, with primary responsibilities including project electrical design and transmission line construction management.

    Presently, he is responsible for electrical design standards, including overhead and underground cable primary procurement standards, including those for transmission line insulators. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and presently chairs the Standards Australia Committee EL-010 Overhead Lines.

    He also serves a post-graduate lecturing role at Queensland University of Technology, specializing in overhead and underground cable ratings.

  • Kate Summers
    Manager, Electrical Engineering, Pacific Hydro

    An internationally renowned electrical and power system control engineer, Kate has over two decades of experience in power system control, planning, and system operations in Australia.

    She has made significant contributions to the national debate on the technical standards and integration of renewable energy, both into the market and physically into the NEM grid; led the development of detailed technical submissions to government inquiries (most recently preparing Pacific Hydro’s submission to the Finkel Review about frequency control issues in the NEM).

    Kate also served as the technical director for the Australian Wind Energy Association from 2004 – 2007, and a further five years as the Chair of the Clean Energy Council’s Grid Directorate.

  • Yogendra Vashishtha
    Senior Demand Management Engineer, Jemena

    Yogendra has nearly 35 years of professional experience including 13 years in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai and 22 years in Australian power transmission and distribution utilities as Senior/Principal Engineer and Manager/Senior Manager. Yogendra is an experienced asset management professional and has been active in innovation and research including management and  commercialisation. Yogendra has followed through the energy industry transformation and is currently working in the area of smart grid particularly distributed energy resources such as energy storage and demand management.

    Yogendra played a key role in Australia’s first utility scale battery storage in Thomastown (AusNet Services) and behavioural demand response pilot (Power Changers at Jemena) for residential customers. Yogendra is actively pursuing to understand impact distributed energy resources (DER)  will have on networks and also how to leverage DERs to meet new challenges of the electricity networks.

    Yogendra Vashishtha obtained his bachelor of engineering (Electrical) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee (formerly known as University of Roorkee) in 1983, post graduate diploma in  Management from Bajaj Institute (Bombay University) in 1987 and Ph.D. from IIT Mumbai in 1995.

    Yogendra is a chartered professional engineer, Fellow of Institution of Australia (Engineers Australia) and a senior member of IEEE.