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Brian Davey
Chief Executive Officer
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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.

Dr David McManus
Research Investment Manager
Kirstyn Krausz
Membership Support Manager

David is a chemical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in industrial R&D, and a passion for translating research into commercial reality. He has held a number of senior executive positions in Australian research organisations throughout his career, most recently as CEO of Nutrifina; a specialist R&D company within the ICM Australia group.

David started out in the steel industry but soon moved into biotechnology, where he played a lead role in the development and commercialisation of new bio-processes and bio-products. David has worked closely with university and CSIRO research groups to demonstrate the feasibility of new bio-processes at industrial scale, particularly large-scale fermentation and product recovery.

David has held senior positions in two Cooperative Research Centres, the CRC for Industrial Plant Biopolymers and the CRC for Bioproducts. As a member of the executive management team in both CRCs, he was involved in financial management, intellectual property development and technology transfer. He designed and operated a fermentation demonstration facility, and was responsible for managing 16 research projects which involved universities, CSIRO and industry in five sites across three states.

Prior to joining BCIA, David was involved in developing new bio-processes and bio-products for a privately-owned agribusiness group. He patented a way to convert pineapple waste into a novel antioxidant-rich dietary fibre product, and developed a new type of microbial biofertiliser to improve crop yields. In both cases, he was actively involved in the commercialisation process.

David has specialised in working at the interface between research institutions and industry, demonstrating a skill set essential to the role of Research Investment Manager.

Kirstyn has over 15 years experience in the brown coal industry having worked for a major Victorian power generator and brown coal mine.

During Kirstyn’s career she has held a number of roles assisting high level management, Board and CEOs and playing a critical part of a team in providing strong organisational and communication skills and a track record in event management.

Prior to joining BCIA, Kirstyn worked with the Department of Primary Industries, Energy Technology Innovation Department on the 2012 Low Rank Coal Symposium, working with national and international speakers in the low rank coal industry.

Previous to this Kirstyn worked for Loy Yang Power; Victoria’s largest power generator with the largest open cut brown coal mine in the southern hemisphere. Kirstyn provided high level support to the Chief Executive for six years prior to moving into the Corporate and Environmental Affairs department in a communications role, assisting the Executive General Manager in managing Loy Yang Power’s communications process to develop and facilitate effective and efficient internal and external messaging.

In addition to ACI, Kirstyn also manages a Corporate Event Management business in Gippsland, Gippsland Event Management.

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