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.

  • Francis Norman

    GM Innovation & Strategy

    Francis Norman

    GM 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 has completed a PhD in management through Curtin University.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Taylor

    General Manager Decommissioning

    Andrew Taylor

    General Manager Decommissioning

    Andrew is responsible for improving understanding of the potential benefit of manmade infrastructure on the marine environment. Prior to NERA, Andrew spent more than 13 years working in public policy, project management and business development across mining, petroleum and agricultural sectors, including most recently providing strategic leadership for HSE and decommissioning projects in oil and gas.

  • Tim Duff

    Project Portfolio and Business Development Manager

    Tim Duff

    Project Portfolio and Business Development Manager

    As Project 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.

  • Roma Sharp

    Innovation Programs & Partnerships

    Roma Sharp

    Innovation Programs & Partnerships

    Roma’s background is in industry consultation, communications, advocacy and policy development in a range of portfolios and sectors. Roma has a lead role in facilitating discussions between innovative small businesses and large energy resources companies to identify mutual opportunities for growth and efficiency. In partnership with other organisations, she develops programs to grow SME capability and collaboration across domestic and global supply chains.

    Roma has a BA (Social & Political Theory) with first class honours.

  • 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

  • Samara Groves

    CODA Project Coordinator

    Samara Groves

    CODA Project Coordinator

  • Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor

    Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor

    Lindsey joined the NERA team in mid-2018, offering support to the communications team in an exciting time of exponential growth. She assists with the production and editing of internal and external communications, and maintains and updates the website and social media platforms. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Arts (English and Writing) and a Master of Media and Communication (Professional Writing and Publishing).

  • Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst

    Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst