Meet our current committee:
Ian Porter: Chair
Ian has broad 45 years of experience in the oil, gas, nuclear and conventional power industries in roles ranging from R&D, project management, business development and over the last 20 years has concentrated on energy technology commercialisation with all of his current activities focused on renewable energy. He has strong belief and confidence that Australia can play a major role in the future renewables economy and is deeply committed to ensuring that happens.
Rob Meecham: Vice Chairperson
Rob is a retired state public sector employee whose career included working as a manager in the federal and state public services and in the union movement. His concern with global warming is the main motivator of his interest in seeing the Western Australian energy sector becoming sustainable as quickly as possible.
Sean Gomes: Secretary
Sean is a lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial law. He is interested in using his legal expertise to contribute to the renewable energy industry. Sean assists SEN in relation to advising on compliance and other legal matters.
Bruce Armstrong: Treasurer
Margo Keating: Events Coordinator
Margo has a varied history with work in public health, vocational education research, particularly in the construction industry and construction project management in corrections. She now focuses her energies on working towards a better environment through SEN.
Len has over 30 years’ experience as a control-systems engineer. He left the oil and gas industry in 2014 to promote sustainability and to advocate for the transition to renewable energy. Len co-founded and was director of the Plexal Group international engineering services consultancy from 2002 to 2013 and has specific skills and understanding spanning R&D though to detailed engineering, project management, business development and business analysis. Len is passionate about expediting a well-planned transition to a renewables-based economy in Australia and globally.
Rob Phillips: Policy Team Leader
Dr Rob Phillips is a retired academic with a background in Chemistry, Computer Science and Educational Technology. Later in his career, he contributed to university governance, and played leadership roles in policy development around educational and educational technology initiatives. He brings strong written communication skills to SEN.
He has a long-term interest in environmental sustainability and a long history of contributing to the broader community, having led a national professional association, been president of the Swiss Club of WA, and established a successful acoustic music festival. He is currently on the Committee of Management of the Wilderness Society (WA), and is a member of the Helena Aurora Range Advocates, Birdlife Australia, and, of course, Sustainable Energy Now.
Alastair Leith: Outreach Coordinator
Alastair has been involved in campaigning around climate change issues for many years using his skills in graphic design, radio and video production and communications with Beyond Zero Emissions and Yes2Renewables. He brings this commitment to addressing the impending dangers of catastrophic climate change, and it's urgency to his work with SEN. Alastair has a well developed understanding the technical side of renewable energy and the complexity of energy and climate change policy matters. He has a knack for putting words and images together to tell complex stories in simple and elegant ways.
Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He qualified with Arthur Andersen in Perth and has subsequently worked in senior management in 11 countries around the world including the UK, Canada, the UAE and Scandinavian and African countries. Michael is an experienced CFO of stock exchange listed companies. He has raised $175m for various companies and managed substantial bank loans.
Mike has worked in audit, privatisations and extensively in the mining industry. He had a key role in the negotiation and drafting of new mining law with the Government and World Bank in Tanzania which transformed that industry and served on and helped transform their Chamber of Mines.
He is an expert in project management and project economics and dedicated to sustainability. After living in the UAE where the transition to RE is proceeding at a pace, Mike now has a number of roles involving RE.
Ivan is leading a group to look at energy efficiency issues relating to energy demand, with particular interest in the built environment.