Our Board

Meet our Board members

The NERA executive team is governed by a board of industry experts to help drive projects that achieve the goals of improving collaboration, innovation, efficiencies, workforce skills and industry-led research to benefit the whole energy ecosystem in Australia.

The Board includes representatives with diverse industry experience and domain knowledge across the energy resources sector. It includes representatives from Western Australia and Queensland with experience drawn from major international operators, the research sector, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Ken Fitzpatrick, Chair

Ken Fitzpatrick brings over 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and overseas, holding a range of senior positions responsible for development, and production. Ken was CEO of PTTEP Australasia from 2011 to 2014 and has worked in senior positions in Ampolex, Mobil, Nexen and Woodside. He is a past WA State Chairman for Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and was a member of the APPEA Montara/Macondo Task Force Steering Committee.

Prof. Andrew Garnett, Non-Executive Director

Andrew Garnett is Professor and Director of onshore gas research at the University of Queensland's (UQ) Centre for Coal Seam Gas as well as Director of Carbon Capture and Storage within the UQ Energy Initiative. He has over 25 years' international experience in senior technical, management and executive roles in the upstream oil and gas sector, including with Shell and Schlumberger. Prior to moving into academia in 2012, he was the CEO and Project Director for the final stages of ZeroGen, a company investigating large scale, low emissions coal-fired power, which was funded by the Queensland and Federal governments and by the Australian Coal Association through the Coal21 Fund (low emissions technology).

Pia Turcinov, Non-Executive Director

Pia Turcinov is based in Perth and brings 25 years' experience within the public and private sectors, spanning a diverse range of industry segments. As a long-time commercial advisor, facilitator and innovation broker, Pia offers a deep knowledge of the innovation eco-system and the pathways available to industry and SMEs to commercialise innovations and build capacity within the supply chain of the oil and gas and resources sector. Pia is currently a facilitator with the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme, and holds board positions with Women in Technology WA and Regional Development Australia (Perth).

Bruce Denney, Non-Executive Director

Bruce has over 40 years of experience in the coal industry both within Australia and overseas, having worked variously as a mine site general manager, ASX listed company COO and as an independent consultant. He has particular expertise in mine operations, technical marketing, research, project development and stakeholder management. Bruce is currently a Director of ACA Low Emissions Technology (ACALET) and Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC). He has degrees in Engineering and Business Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Leisa Elder, Non-Executive Director

Leisa Elder is a resource industry executive with 30 years’ international experience in environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk assessment and management in both private and public sectors. She is on the Executive Leadership Team at Arrow Energy, one of Australia’s largest gas and power companies, owned jointly by Shell and PetroChina. Her current accountabilities include Arrow’s extensive co-development agreements with coal companies in the Bowen and Surat Basins, complex stakeholder management for innovative gas development in agricultural regions, and state and federal resource policy development. Leisa is a Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Board Director, representing more than 190 resource and energy companies and an Adjunct Professor with University of Queensland.

Dr Liz Dallimore, Non-Executive Director

Liz Dallimore is an innovation and commercialisation specialist, with over 20 years’ experience working in research and advisory, with both the start-up and SME community and large corporates. Liz is currently the Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub, where she works across a range of industries assisting in realising the value in data and analytics. Prior to this role, Liz spent 12 years in management consulting advising technology companies on research engagement, commercialisation, innovation and funding, with her most recent role leading KPMG Australia’s Research Engagement & Commercialisation Advisory team. Liz holds a PhD, MBA and BSc (Hons), is the co-Founder and Executive Chairman of technology start up Inspiring Holdings and is a Committee Member of the WA Chapter of AusBiotech.