Advisory Board

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official 2019 event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the energy sector.


  • Sarea Coates
    Director, NEAR Taskforce, Economics & Analysis Branch, Department of the Environment and Energy

    Sarea has a broad background leading on Commonwealth and COAG energy policy reform agendas. Currently she is leading new work in energy data and consumer analysis, including the energy Consumer Data Right and the Energy Use Data Model.  She has also led: the creation of the National Energy Productivity Plan, demand response, national smart meter roll out, network regulation reforms, wind policy and renewables integration.  Her previous background is as a strategy consultant (McKinsey), economist and engineer.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.