Gerry is a consultant on energy and environment issues and currently advising on a range of renewable energy, low emission technologies and waste management. He was a senior executive in the Australian government where he was responsible for high level policy and program advice to Ministers on a range of issues including environmental assessment, coastal and marine policies, climate change, energy, and sustainable industry development.
Gerry has extensive high level experience in Australian and international organisations including work at the United Nations Headquarters. He previously chaired the Boards of Conservation Volunteers in Australia and New Zealand, and Tyre Stewardship Australia.
Dr Noel Simento
Noel is the Managing Director of the Australian National Low Emissions Coal R&D (ANLEC R&D). ANLEC R&D has commenced a 150 million dollar research initiative over 6 years to accelerate and de‑risk investment in demonstrating low emissions coal technologies in Australian conditions.
Noel has significant industry experience having held technical development roles in minerals processing and metal production operations. His research management experience includes technology transfer and corporate communication responsibilities for two black coal CRCs. He is passionate about research that is defined around clear paths to application.
Noel is a Board Member of Coal Innovation NSW. He is also Chair of the Australian Membership of the IEA – CCC and a member of their Executive Committee. Other roles include membership of the CO2CRC Operations and Program Advisory Committees.
Dr Phil Gurney
Phil is the CEO of the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) and co-chair AeRO (Australasian eResearch Organisations). He was the CEO of Brown Coal Innovation Australia until April 2017, and has over 25 years experience at senior levels of commercial and R&D management. His career spans a diverse range of business sectors, including minerals, energy, health, telecommunications, IT, defence and consultancy. The common theme of his career has been identifying and delivering the best technical and commercial outcomes from R&D projects, securing the necessary funding, and ensuring that research teams look to the big picture.
Dr Gurney has held board positions in the US and Australia, and participated in Government advisory committees, including as an author on the Rudd Government’s Clinical Trials Action Group report.
From 1996 to 2001, Dr Gurney was a founder, and Managing Director, of telecommunications design company VPIsystems, and managed the expansion of the company from Australia to the US, Europe and Asia. He has led research teams in the university and CRC sector, and with DSTG and CSIRO; he has run large-scale research programs in industry, and has advised SMEs and not-for-profit organisations on growth strategies.