From November 2012
Chair: Sean Webb, Centre Manager, Centre for Microscopy Analysis and Characterisation, The University of Western Australia. (Board Term - 2013)
Vice Chair: Prof Ray Wills, Director, Duda&Wills; Chief Adviser to SEA (Board Term - 2014)
Carl Barrett, Manager, Energy and Environmental Affairs, BGC (Australia) (Board Term - 2014)
Regina Flugge, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, RAC (WA) (Board Term - 2014)
Kelli Friar, Manager, Strategy Implementation and Integration, Horizon Power (Board Term - 2013)
Mike Laughton-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Balance Utility Solutions (Board Term - 2014)
Hon Alannah MacTiernan, Mayor, City of Vincent; Director, Energy Made Clean (Board Term - 2013)
Harry Porrins, Principal, Red Cat Marketing (Board Term - 2013)
Chair: Sean Webb (Centre for Microscopy Analysis and Characterisation - The University of WA)
Sean is the business manager and a board member of the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence. The centre was established in early 2008 (launched in 2009) by the state Department of Commerce to lead world class research and foster geothermal initiatives in WA. The centre is a collaboration between the University of Western Australia, CSIRO and Curtin University - UWA and Curtin are both Corporate Member businesses of SEA.
Before moving to Australia, Sean worked in both the finance and the aircraft leasing and operations industries where he gained 15 years of experience, including working directly for the founder of largest commercial aircraft leasing company in the world (Dr Tony Ryan & GPA).
Besides his commercial experience, he holds a BBS(Hons) degree, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Fellowship from the Financial Services Institute of Australia and is a prize winning MBA graduate from UWA.
Sean's previous board experience includes positions on a number of not for profit organisations and a two-year position as chair of a National Sporting Association in Ireland.
Sean has been a SEA Board Member since 2009, and Chair since June 2012.
Deputy Chair: Professor Ray Wills (Duda&Wills)
Professor Ray Wills has had a wide-ranging career at different times as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager and executive. Ray has substantial expertise in ecology, sustainability, climate change science and the effects of expected future climates on Australia, and is recognised as an authoritative commentator on policy and functional responses to mitigate and adapt to global warming.
Ray is a Director and joint-owner of Duda&Wills, a Corporate Member business of SEA, is a trusted and well regarded advisory firm for business-to-business and government relations, and sustainability.
Ray continues his sixteen year long relationship with the School of Earth and Environment at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program and lecturing on the science, economics and politics of environmental change. Ray was conferred the title Adjunct Professor in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the University. The services of Ray's own consultancy, Future Smart Strategies, which provides strategic advice on ecology and sustainability and extends on Ray's previous career as an ecologist, now operates entriely under Duda&Wills, although Future Smart Strategies remains a SEA member business!
Ray was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011.
More information about Ray can be found here.
Ray was Chief Executive of SEA from 2007 to 2012 and has been Chief Adviser since June 2012.
Member: Carl Barrett (BGC)
Carl is the head of energy and environmental affairs at BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, one of Australia's largest home builders that manufactures nearly all products which form part of the construction.
Responsible for the development and implementation of the Group's sustainability strategy, Carl has helped BGC to become a lead advocate of energy efficiency performance standards
in housing, won two housing energy efficiency awards, become one of WA's largest users of biofuels, and recognised by the Australian Government for its achievements in industrial energy management. Carl also leads procurement of the group's diesel, gas and electricity contracts and market participation in demand side management.
Prior to this, Carl worked in a variety of State and Commonwealth Government roles, including the Australian Trade Commission, and 5 years at the (then) Sustainable Energy Development Office where he was involved with some of the earliest wind farm and solar projects in Western Australia.
Carl has a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in natural resource management, and a Master of Business Administration.
Carl has been a SEA board member since 2012.
Member: Regina Flugge (RAC)
Regina is the Senior Manager Environmental Sustainability at the Royal Automobile Club of WA. She is responsible for developing and implementing the RAC's environmental sustainability strategy to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles in WA. In 2012, Regina managed the development and delivery of the RAC's Less Emissions Mission.
Regina has over 25 years' experience in environment, climate change and sustainability. Previously, Regina worked in the resources industry including as Executive Officer Environment & Land Access at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and as Principal Advisor Sustainable Development with Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
Regina has sound governance skills and is currently a member of a number of boards and committees, including the Conservation Commission of Western Australia; Rangelands NRM WA; the Coastal Planning and Coordination Council; and the Air Quality Coordinating Committee.
Regina has a Bachelor of Science; Master's degrees in Science, Business Administration and Management; and has completed her thesis for examination for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration.
Regina is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Australian Institute of Management; National Environmental Law Association; and Environment Institute of Australia
and New Zealand.
Regina has been a SEA board member since 2012.
Member: Kelli Friar (Horizon Power)
Kelli is Manager, Strategy Implementation & Integration at Horizon Power, a WA Government trading entity delivering power solutions to regional WA. Kelli has been working with the executive team at Horizon in the development and implementation of corporate strategies and business decision processes. Horizon Power is a Corporate Member business of SEA.
Kelli is also chair of Horizon's corporate environmental management committee responsible for setting environmental policies, strategic direction, developing responses to compliance obligations and developing environmental awareness programs and sustainable practices for the employees through to the customer.
Prior to this Kelli worked for BP Australia spanning a number of roles including process engineering, operations, procurement, business development, change management, compliance and leadership roles. Kelli was project manager at the refinery in delivering the first round of cleaner fuels for WA in 2000. Kelli was inspired by the clean fuels revolution where the environment, community and shareholders can all benefit.
Kelli, who holds a BcS in Chemical Engineering, has also been involved in biofuels feasibility strategies for BP.
Kelli has been been a SEA Board Member since 2009.
Member: Mike Laughton-Smith (Balance Utility Solutions)
Mike Laughton-Smith holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Curtin University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Deakin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In a career spanning over 28 years in the electricity utility industry, much of it in the service of mining, remote towns and Indigenous communities across Western Australia, Mike has developed a deep understanding of remote community utility service needs and delivery challenges.
His career experience includes many years in senior engineering and executive leadership of the Pilbara and Regional Power divisions of Western Power, prior to joining Horizon Power as a General Manager at its establishment in 2006. Here he led Horizon's development of regularised, integrated electricity services to 30 remote Aboriginal communities and established the world-first hybrid solar power stations at Marble Bar & Nullagine.
In 2011 Mike was awarded an Australian Honour - the Public Service Medal, for outstanding public service in the development and implementation of improved and sustainable electricity
supplies to Indigenous communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA.
Mike is currently Chief Executive of Balance Utility Solutions with responsibility for Balance's project development and strategic consulting activities.
Mike has been a SEA board member since 2012.
Member: Hon Alannah MacTiernan (City of Vincent; Energy Made Clean)
Alannah was WA's Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2008. During that time she drove many projects designed to reduce our carbon footprint and promote the new energy technologies.
Perth's rail network was doubled in size. Transport and land-use planning was integrated to foster more development within the existing urban boundary by and more intense development around public transport corridors. Alannah promoted energy higher performance standards in Perth's new homes.
Alannah's other initiatives included the:
• introduction of Perth's fleet of Hybrid Taxis
• introduction hybrid vehicles into the Government fleet
• prohibiting planning by-laws that constrained the siting of solar collectors in residential developments
• providing planning approval for the Esperance wind farm
• overseeing Australia's first trial of hydrogen fuel cell technology buses
• commissioning WA's first 5 star rated commercial building at 140 William Street
Alannah was the Shadow minister for climate change from October 2008 to February 2010, when she announced her resignation from State Parliament. Alannah is a very public advocate for a price on carbon.
Prior to entering Parliament Alannah was a partner in the commercial division of a Perth law firm.
Alannah is on the board of renewable energy company EMC Limited.
Alannah was elected as the Mayor of the City of Vincent in 2011.
Alannah has been a SEA Board Member since 2010.
Member: Harry Porrins (Red Cat Marketing)
Harry has been involved in the supply side of the building industry for over twenty years. This involvement gradually became focused on environmentally and sustainable buildings. An important aspect was the focus on introducing natural light into buildings for better energy performance and the health and wellbeing benefits.
He has helped form and then lead a national association for a period of four years which introduced him to the intricacies of running an association.
Harry's current business is as the strategic marketing manager for a company that provides scientific and technical consultancy services in the energy, environment and risk management fields.
Harry is one of the founding members of SEA and has previously held the position of Secretary and for the last two years held the position of Treasurer. He would like to continue in this role.
A long standing member of the Board, Harry has been a SEA Board Member since 2002.