Our Team

  • Miranda Taylor

    CEO

    Miranda Taylor

    CEO

    Miranda is a strategic and adaptive leader at the forefront of collaboration and innovation across the Australian energy resources sector.

    Chief Executive of NERA since its inception in 2016, Miranda brings a deep and broad range of energy and resources industry experiences, skills and capabilities. Her leadership of NERA is bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise to achieve NERA’s vision of Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination of investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions.

    NERA is working with industry, universities and researchers, entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, skills initiatives and governments to support the cultural change and new thinking required to overcome barriers to collaboration and innovation, and to ensure Australia’s energy resources sector is staying ahead of the global automation technology transformation.

  • Dr Francis Norman

    GM Decommissioning & Strategy

    Dr Francis Norman

    GM Decommissioning & Strategy

    Francis is NERA’s General Manager Decommissioning and Strategy, leading the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA).

    His current role is informed by over 40 years of experience in resource project engineering and business leadership. For the past five years, he has helped lead NERA’s work in supporting technology companies translate their ideas into business offerings for the energy sector, working with researchers, the service sector, producers and government to build relationships and grow the Australian economy.

    A former WA division President for Engineers Australia, Francis holds a MSc in project management and a PhD in management.

  • Polly Whakaari

    Commercial Manager & Company Secretary

    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.

  • Tim Duff

    Project Portfolio and Business Development Manager

    Tim Duff

    Project Portfolio and Business Development Manager

    As Project Portfolio and Business Development Manager at NERA, Tim’s role is to ensure the effective delivery of programs and designated projects. This includes managing key stakeholder relationships, promoting project outcomes and identifying opportunities for collaboration in the energy resources sector. Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

  • Gavin Asikas

    Manager Energy Industry Supply Chain (SA and NT)

    Gavin Asikas

    Manager Energy Industry Supply Chain (SA and NT)

    Joining NERA in 2019, Gavin brings broad operational experience in manufacturing and mining production and technical management positions, gained within South Australian industry.

    As Manager Energy Industry Supply Chain (SA and NT), Gavin is responsible for building and maximising the capability and capacity of supply chains in South Australia and the Northern Territory, associated with the lifecycle of onshore and offshore oil and gas projects and hybrid and emerging cleantech and renewable energy technologies, to help improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint.

  • Russell Yeo

    Communications Manager

    Russell Yeo

    Communications Manager

    A strategic thinker with a wealth of experience, Russell joined NERA in 2020 to devise and implement compelling and engaging stories to build advocacy and drive reputational capital.

    At NERA Russell leads the communications team which oversees all external communication strategies, media liaison, events and social media.

    Russell holds a BA (Hons.) in English language and literature from the University of Liverpool and has worked in the UK’s most high-profile newsrooms as well as numerous corporate affairs divisions in WA’s public and private sector.

  • Alex Ogg

    Ocean Energy Program Manager

    Alex Ogg

    Ocean Energy Program Manager

    Alex is NERA’s program manager for the emerging ocean energy renewable sector. Currently, Alex is focussed on planning an integrated wave energy demonstration showcase in the Great Southern — in collaboration with the Australian Ocean Energy Group and UWA’s Wave Energy Research Centre.

    Alex has worked on, under or near the sea for most of his three decades in Australia and has held executive leadership positions in pearling, fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries. Formerly CEO of the Western Australian Seafood Industry Council, he holds an international MBA from Melbourne and has served on numerous state and federal Ministerial advisory councils and steering committees.

    In collaboration with NERA’s subsea and hydrogen innovation clusters, Alex now combines his diverse business and stakeholder engagement experience and his affinity for our oceans with a commitment to accelerate adoption of ocean renewable energy as a mainstream contributor to Australia’s decarbonisation.

  • Leigh Kennedy

    National Cluster Development Manager

    Leigh Kennedy

    National Cluster Development Manager

    As NERA’s National Cluster Development Manager, Leigh is focussed on working collaboratively with regional clusters to build an Australian hydrogen technology cluster that can be promoted around the world.

    Leigh has significant experience in working with all Australian state and territory governments along with key Australian Government agencies clients, as well as with investors across the industry and the world. At Austrade for almost a decade, Leigh worked with international network and government partners to drive Austrade's global resources and energy investment attraction and facilitation strategy and assist clients (developers, capital and technology companies) deliver on their Australian expansion plans. Aligned to many global companies’ transitions to becoming green and announcing net-zero emission targets, the focus honed in on renewable energy and hydrogen investment opportunities.

  • Melissa Tremlett

    National Cluster Program Coordinator

    Melissa Tremlett

    National Cluster Program Coordinator

  • Richard Reilly

    Victorian Hydrogen Cluster Network Lead

    Richard Reilly

    Victorian Hydrogen Cluster Network Lead

    Richard brings to the role of NERA Victorian Hydrogen Cluster Network Lead experience in stakeholder management and industry development, and will work with Victorian clusters to develop their networks and skills and to progress opportunities in the emerging hydrogen industry.

    He recently worked with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) in the Victorian Government developing several COVID-19 related business assistance programs. He has been chief executive officer of the national industry associations, the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) and the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers (FAPM). This followed a nine-year career with professional services firm, Deloitte, advising leading Australian and multinational companies on their technology and R&D programs.

  • Samantha Jarvis

    NDRI Program Director

    Samantha Jarvis

    NDRI Program Director

    As NDRI Program Director, Sam is focussed on supporting the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI) to develop a better understand the impacts of decommissioning oil and gas structures on the Australian marine environment.

    Sam brings extensive experience working with operators and the research community across collaborative projects, and also draws from her own significant experience working on environmental impact with Chevron, Santos, Woodside and Alcoa.

  • Samara Groves

    CODA Project Coordinator

    Samara Groves

    CODA Project Coordinator

  • Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst

    Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst

  • Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor

    Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor