Board Members

From 30 October 2013

Chair: Mike Laughton-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Balance Utility Solutions (Board Term - 2014) 

Vice Chair: Prof Ray Wills, Director, Duda&Wills, Chief Advisor to SEA (Board Term - 2014)

 

Ordinary Members

Carl Barrett, Group Manager, Energy and Environmental, 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 - 2015)

Sean Webb, Centre Manager, Centre for Microscopy Analysis and Characterisation, The University of Western Australia (Board Term - 2015)

Rod Littlejohn, Managing Director, Tersum Energy (Board Term - 2015)

Antony Piccinini, FRV Services Australia (Board Term - 2015) 

 

Chair: 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 and was elected to the Chair role in October 2013. 

 

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 Co-owner of Duda&Wills, which is a trusted and well regarded advisory firm for business-to-business and government relations, and sustainability.   He also 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. 

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 Group Manager Energy and Environment 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: 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 held the Chair position from June 2012 to October 2013.

 

Member: Rod Littlejohn (Tersum Energy)

A seasoned professional with more than 15 years commercial experience, Rod has taken on the challenge of finding sustainable energy solutions by developing Tersum Energy, a new competitor in the Australian market.

As managing director, he is leading the drive to establish Tersum as a generator of sustainable energy through the implementation of hybrid solutions involving large scale solar and energy-from-waste.

Rod resettled back in Perth in late 2010 with his wife and daughters after spending much of his career overseas. He has worked in a variety of leadership roles for BP in Azerbaijan and in London for BHP Billiton Petroleum in finance, supply chain, planning and performance management and joint venture management.

His wealth of experience has driven him to establish Tersum and position the company to identify gaps in Australia's energy market, particularly where regional communities are under-serviced or traditional systems are cost prohibitive and inefficient.

Rod has a Bachelor of Business and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rod has been a SEA Board Member since October 2013. 

 

Member: Antony Piccinini (FRV Services)

Antony leads the development of large scale solar farm projects for FRV in Western Australia. He commenced his career in maintenance roles for conventional coal and gas fired power stations before moving into sustainable energy in 2000. Antony was part of the team in the vertically integrated Western Power that led and delivered a range of projects including the original Albany wind farm, Esperance Nine Mile Beach wind farm, Narrogin Integrated Wood Processing (IWP) plant and a variety of innovative wind / diesel power systems across regional WA which achieved overall savings in annual diesel consumption of up to 50% for their communities.

Following the break-up of Western Power, Antony spent a brief period of time with Horizon Power in Karratha before moving to Tasmania to work on a portfolio of utility scale wind farm development projects with Roaring 40s, across a range of markets including Australia, China and New Zealand. More recently, he has spent four years as a consultant with WorleyParsons in Perth, working on both renewable energy and broader power options and feasibility studies for clients predominantly in the mining and resource industries. His skills and experience encompass the technical, commercial and financial issues associated with both conventional and renewable energy infrastructure development, from grid connected utility scale through to smaller scale off-grid and fringe-of-grid power systems, including those within the mining industry.

Antony holds Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Commerce and a Masters degree in HR from the University of Western Australia.

 Antony has been a SEA Board Member since October 2013.

 
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