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 Phil Gurney
CEO & Interim Director
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.
Brian Davey has a background in the coal and power sector with more than 30 years experience in the operations, financial, marketing and technology sectors of the industry.
Brian commenced his career with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) in the Latrobe Valley and worked in a variety of roles and was promoted to General Manager level. On privatisation Brian joined a newly created private power entity in a senior management role and took up management positions in HR, Operations and Marketing.
In 2004 Brian left the company to form a consultancy that specialised in HR and business advice and undertook a range of projects that included Business and HR restructuring, negotiation of individual workplace agreements with a start-up coal technology company and strategic HR advice to a large logistics company.
In 2005 Brian was recruited to develop, implement and manage an advanced coal technology program for the Victorian State government. A succession of technology programs followed until Brian left government service in 2013 and returned to full-time consultancy working with international clients to advance lignite projects in India and Indonesia.
In May 2017 Brian joined Australian Carbon Innovation as CEO. ACI is committed to the long-term sustainable use of lignite on a low emissions basis for the good of the Victorian people. The potential for lignite as a raw material in the manufacture of advanced carbon materials is significant and offers an alternate use for a resource other than traditional power generation.
Outside of work Brian has been an experienced Board member with more than 11 years as a member of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group and has served as Chair and vice-Chair for seven of those years. In addition he has been a member of the Agribusiness Gippsland board for four years. He is currently a board member of Food and Fibre Gippsland.
Along with his wife he runs a small stud beef farm in West Gippsland.