API announces Dr David Pointing as new CEO

API Board Chair Wayne Tucker today announced that following an extensive search the Australian Power Institute has appointed experienced engineering executive Dr David Pointing as the next CEO of the API.


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Dr Pointing is currently the General Manager of Engineers Australia’s Tasmanian Division and his appointment follows the retirement of current API CEO Mike Griffin after 13 years in the role.

Chair of the API Board, Wayne Tucker says, “After a very successful first fifteen years led by Mike Griffin, the API is entering a new phase. We are excited to have David joining the API as the new CEO. David brings a wealth of experience in working with employers, the Tertiary and broader education sector and the energy industry to build a pipeline of future professional engineering and technology talent so that we can continue to support communities, maintain competitiveness and to develop new opportunities”.

David is a Chartered engineer and seasoned executive, leader and strategist, with 20+ years experience in the engineering sector covering private, tertiary, energy and NGO and not-for-profit sectors. His career has focused on sustainable development and energy solutions and initiatives that build capacity and capability in communities.

David’s background includes a PhD on wind-hydrogen energy systems for Antarctic operations, working with the UN Environment Program on supporting Arctic communities to introduce sustainable energy systems, and almost 10 years with Engineers Australia in roles focused on building a capable and diverse engineering workforce.

In speaking about the role, David shared “I am very excited to be joining the API - it has a very important role in the power sector and under Mike and the Board’s leadership has successfully shaped a generation of power engineering and technology professionals. I am honoured to have the opportunity to build on the strong foundations that Mike and the partner organisations have created in the API.”

“I am passionate about enhancing the capabilities of our energy sector and strengthening career pathways for power engineering and technology students and graduates,” says David “and I am thrilled to be taking on the CEO role at such a significant time for the Australian community, our energy sector, and for the professional power engineering and technology workforce. We face many challenges and significant opportunities such as disruptive changes in technology, community expectations, markets and workforce and I look forward to contributing to solutions with the API”.

Founder and inaugural CEO of the Australian Power Institute, Mike Griffin says “I’m proud to see the API enter its next chapter with a strong team of partners and staff.”

David will transition into the role from early December 2020 and Mike will formally step away from the API at the end of March 2020.

David’s CV highlights

  • 2011 – 2019 Engineers Australia: various roles including General Manager, Tasmania, National Manager Tertiary & Careers, Engineers Australia and other roles.
  • 2007 – 2011 Program Manager, Nordic Network for Sustainable Energy Systems In Isolated Communities at the UNEP Riso Centre for Energy, Climate & Sustainable Development (Denmark).
  • 2002-2007 PhD UTAS: Wind and hydrogen energy systems for isolated communities (using Antarctic research stations as a case study). 



David grew up and was educated in NSW, and is 44 years old. He is married to Sharon, has two children and resides in Hobart.

Connect with David on LinkedIn

David invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn and looks forward to meeting with API members and stakeholders over the coming months.