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Meet our Committee

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport particularly for his work in saving and rebuilding Perth's rail system. Peter served on the Board of Infrastructure Australia from 2010 -14 and in 2018/19 he was recognised as the WA Scientist of the Year.

Colleen has been the CEO with Regional Development Australia Perth since 2013, having led a number of initiatives to drive new business investment and job growth for the State, in particular the Perth region. These include: Driving Change: Perth and Peel an Economic Development Strategy and Infrastructure Priorities Plan (2016); Security and Defence in Western Australia: An Economic Perspective (2017); Lithium Valley: Building the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in WA (2018) and Establishing the Perth DroneHub (2019). Colleen has over 35 years in a number of multi-faceted, composite and challenging roles within the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Colleen holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and is on the Board of a number of organisations.

Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, Cameron has over 20 years’ experience across infrastructure investment, consulting, financial advisory, investment banking, operational and executive management roles both domestically and globally. Cameron focuses on economic infrastructure development, project financing, risk & credit, renewables, water, transport, fuel terminals and ports. Cameron is the Founder and Director of InfraNomics, Non-Executive Director International Graphite and Non-Executive Director of Magellan Powertronics.

Michelle is Director/Principal of 360 Environmental Pty Ltd and the Chair of the 360 Environmental Board. Michelle is multi-degree qualified, having completed a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment, a Masters of Environmental Management. In 2008, Michelle graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2006, Michelle was awarded the Western Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year award in the Zaffyre Category. In 2008, Michelle was listed in the State’s Edition of Western Australia’s Who’s Who. In 2009, Michelle was listed in the 40Under40 top business leaders. In 2014, Michelle was an Ernst and Young: Entrepreneur of the Year Western Region Finalist.

As a Partner/Principal at Ernst & Young, and from early 2020 a Director of On Point Incentives, Peter has over 22 years’ professional experience working with and assisting companies of all sizes to fund their innovation and R&D. He has experience working across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, engineering, renewable energy, resources and mining, agribusiness, defence, information technology and retail.  Peter’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science and MBA. He has long standing relationships with a broad range of small to medium sized companies, and has managed consulting projects at Executive, CFO and CEO level with large diversified global companies. He has a track record of establishing and managing complex multi-sector, multi-partner relationships throughout the supply chain and delivering quality strategic commercial outcomes including developing, working with, and leading diverse multi-disciplinary teams.

Gwen is a Senior Specialist with Dassault Systèmes covering Business Transformation and has over 20 years of experience in energy and natural resources,

Rohan is a highly experienced Industry professional with over 25 years extensive leadership experience across a wide variety of industry sectors, including mining, infrastructure and defence and provides his skills across a number of organisations.

He is the founding Chairperson of the Henderson Alliance, a SME advocacy group, as well as the founding committee of the Australian Defence Alliance.  Rohan currently sits on a number of Boards and committees representing the interests of Western Australian Defence Industry SME’s.

Masoud is the Managing Director of Magellan Powertronics Pty Ltd, an innovative power storage company located here in WA. Masoud is truly passionate about local technology and know-how and strongly feels the only way to truly achieve this is through local manufacturing. Against all trends for the past 29 years, Magellan has produced innovative products and solutions which have served our society and industries. Smart jobs have been created in power electronics where there were none, and millions of dollars’ worth of imports have been replaced through their technologies.

Martin is an environmental engineer with over 30 years experience in the energy, water and construction sectors since completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree. After working with consulting engineering firms on large industrial energy projects, he spent 15 years working with remote indigenous communities across Australia and developing countries and completed a PhD during this time. He joined Murdoch University and became Research Manager then Director of the UNEP Environmental Technology Centre, later chairing the Environmental Engineering undergraduate program. Today he manages postgraduate researchers in a group called Environmental Engineering & Living Systems (EELS) on industry focused research projects. He conducts a range of renewable energy, water and waste related projects and teaching across Australia and Indonesia.

Chris has a background in local government and private sector senior management roles and has been the Director of the Kwinana Industries Council since 2007.

Chris holds an Executive MBA from University of Western Australia and has graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lithium Valley WA

An ideal location with full infrastructure services, abundant energy and a highly trained workforce exist for businesses who wish to establish their company in Western Australia. Lithium Valley engenders technical excellence, major projects, R&D and has can provide members with access to finance and expertise

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