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

CHAIRMAN

Mr. Wayne Tucker, Grad Dip Eng Maint, Ass Dip Elect Eng, MBA, GAICD
  • General Manager 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.

BOARD MEMBERS



Mr. 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) and has 15 years’ experience in the manufacturing and energy industry. Ed is third generation of Wilson family and is now leading WTC as the largest Australian-owned and based manufacturer of power and distribution transformers in Australia. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer (Hons) at Monash University in 2001, he has enjoyed many roles, including Industrial Engineering, Quality & Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Management, Sales, General Manager of the Power Transformer Business, and Managing Director since August 2015. WTC has been an active supporter of the API since its inception and recognises the need for young engineers to gain early industry experience as part of their development, regularly providing employment for API Bursary holders.

As well as being a member of the Australian Power Institute (API), Ed is also the Deputy Chairman of the Australian National Committee of Cigre and a member of the Finance Risk and Audit sub-committee of CIGRE, an international organisation whose members include leading electrical utilities and suppliers.


boardmember_heidi_sick Heidi Sick

  • Client Director, Aurecon.

Heidi is the Client 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 xxx? and regularly provides early industry experience and employment for API Bursary holders. As well as being a member 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.


Mr. Gerard Reiter, B.Eng, RPEQ, AIPM, Grad Dip Bus. Admin.
  • Executive General Manager, Transgrid.

Gerard is the Executive General Manager of Asset Management of TransGrid, NSW’s transmission network service provider. He is responsible for determining TransGrid’s strategic asset management decisions, investment strategies in addition to asset performance, environmental approvals and non-network solutions. With more than 22 years of experience in the Australian electricity supply industry, Gerard has worked in a number of areas including design, project management as well as procurement and contractor engagement. His continued professional interest is focused on the development of technology in the energy industry.

boardmember_rakesh_solanki Mr. Rakesh Solanki, B. Eng (Hons), EMBA.
  • General Manager Design Solutions, Powerlink Queensland.

Rakesh has over 15 years of experience in the industry in a wide range of activities including design, construction and project management. He joined Powerlink in 2018. Powerlink recognises the need for good quality graduate engineers. Internally, Powerlink has a dedicated development scheme for new graduates and Design plays an important role in their development. Externally, Powerlink supports API in ensuring a continuous supply of suitably qualified graduates for all facets of the electricity industry including utilities, consultants, suppliers and contractors.

boardmember_gair_landsborough 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.


Mr. Craig Moody B. Eng (Hons), Grad Dip BA
  • Head of Transmission, Ausgrid.

Craig is responsible for the operations, maintenance and construction programs for Ausgrid's Transmission, Sub Transmission and Secondary system (Control and Protection) assets. The complexity of Sydney's interconnected inner metropolitan Transmission network combined with an asset base that includes Towers, Fluid filled cables and a Triplex CBD network provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities. The group has over 350 highly experienced specialist people providing operational engineering , maintenance, construction, testing and emergency response capability to ensure ongoing network safety, reliability and security. Commencing with a cadetship program and 30 years experience across all key areas of the Transmission and Distribution network business Craig brings both an experience base, contemporary thinking and drive for new approaches to the API Board.

Commencing with a cadetship program and 30 years experience across all key areas of the Transmission and Distribution network business Craig brings both an experience base, contemporary thinking and drive for new approaches to the API Board.


boardmemberpatrick Mr. 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.


jhall Mr. Jason Hall, BEng(Hons), GradCertMgt, RPEQ, MAICD
  • General Manager, Asset Standards, Energy Queensland.

Jason Hall is the General Manager Asset Standards 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 developing policies, strategies, standards, technical specifications and processes for the design, construction and operation of all network assets. He is also accountable for the delivery of operational protection settings for all network protection systems.

Jason has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computer) Honours Degree from 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 experience in the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry comprising of positions in generation, transmission and distribution. Jason is a Member of Engineers Australia and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland. He is also Energy Queensland’s member representative of CIGRE Australia.


boardmember_langdon Mr. Peter Langdon, BEng (Hon), MBA
  • Manager, Asset Strategy and Planning, Endeavour Energy.

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian electricity supply industry. In his current role of Manager Asset Strategy and Planning 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.


API CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER



davidpointing100 Dr 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 PhD (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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