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Our Team

NERA is an industry-led, forward-thinking organisation with key executives with extensive experience in industry, research and government.

Miranda Taylor, CEO

As NERA chief executive, Miranda is a strategic leader at the forefront of innovation and collaboration within the Australian energy resources sector. It is a role she is passionate about, bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise, all with the aim of building a more sustainable and efficient energy resources sector.

Her work at NERA transforms thinking and processes within the sector for the benefit of the Australian economy – now and into the future. With more than 20 years’ experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, Miranda has a great understanding of the challenges being faced by the sector - one of the country’s biggest economic contributors and employers. Her interest in transformative and disruptive thinking, coupled with her significant industry experience, ensures NERA plays a vital role in leading the future of the energy resources sector.

Miranda has overseen NERA since its inception in 2016. Previously she held senior roles at APPEA, Australia’s peak oil and gas representative. She has an Honours Degree in International Economics, History & Politics from the London School of Economics, London University and a Post Graduate Degree in Labour Relations. Prior to appointment as CEO of National Energy Resources Australia, Miranda was the Director Environment, Safety & Operational Performance for APPEA.

Polly Whakaari, Commercial Manager & Company Secretary

Polly is responsible for supporting the CEO and General Managers at NERA on commercial, business strategy, business risk and business administration issues. She manages the stakeholder engagement strategy, communications plan, branding and coordinates statutory reporting to the Commonwealth.

Polly has a wealth of experience in corporate strategy development and execution, financial management, program and project management. Prior to NERA, she held a number of senior positions at State Trustees, including Strategy Execution Manager and Acting General Manager of Corporate Operations. She holds a Bachelor in Management Studies, majoring in finance and human resource management from Waikato University, New Zealand.

Francis Norman, General Manager – Innovation & Strategy

Francis holds the role of NERA General Manager, Innovation and Strategy, where his responsibilities include monitoring emerging developments in the energy resources sector and the development of key documents such as NERA’s Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP).

Francis began his career as an instrumentation engineer in the UK, moving to Australia in 1993. His career has seen him live and work for extended periods in Brazil, South Korea, India, Germany and Norway on a range of process intensive resource projects. Since settling in Perth in 2003 Francis has overseen the delivery of a number of major projects into the Western Australian resources sector and, from 2006, has held senior leadership roles in major engineering companies where his responsibilities included strategic planning for both the business environment and future workforce requirements. Francis is a Chartered Fellow and Engineering Executive with Engineers Australia where he was also the 2015 Western Australian Division President, he is a member of the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He holds an MSc in Project Management and is completing a PhD in management through Curtin University.

Alana Buckley-Carr, Communications Manager

Alana is responsible for building the profile and reputation of NERA as a national leader in innovation, technology and energy resources through developing strategic opportunities for the business and growing relationships with key stakeholders. Alana is an experienced communications professional, achieved through her strong network of media relationships and reputation for developing and implementing successful strategic communications campaigns.

Prior to joining NERA, Alana held several corporate and media communications roles for a range of companies including Western Australia's peak resources membership lobby, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy. Alana has over 15 years’ experience in print journalism, working across national and state publications including The Australian, Sunday Times and West Australian.