Our Team

  • Ken Fitzpatrick

    Chair

    Ken Fitzpatrick

    Chair

    Ken Fitzpatrick is the inaugural chair of NERA and brings over 40 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. Ken is currently chair of the NOPSEMA Advisory Board, a past chair of the CSIRO Energy Advisory Group and a past member of the CSIRO Oceans and Atmospheres Advisory Group. Ken was CEO of PTTEP Australasia from 2011 to 2014 and previously worked in senior positions in Ampolex, Mobil, Nexen and Woodside both in Australia and overseas.

  • Miranda Taylor

    CEO

    Miranda Taylor

    CEO

    Miranda is a strategic and adaptive leader driving collaboration and innovation to improve productivity performance of the energy resources sector and to decarbonise, diversify and digitise and transform Australia’s economy through the commercialisation of low emissions and smart technology supply chains.

    CEO of NERA since its inception in 2016, Miranda brings a deep and broad range of energy and resources industry experience, 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.

  • 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.

  • Leigh Kennedy

    General Manager Hydrogen

    Leigh Kennedy

    General Manager Hydrogen

    As NERA’s General Manager Hydrogen, 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

    Program and Partnerships Manager, Technology and Innovation

    Melissa Tremlett

    Program and Partnerships Manager, Technology and Innovation

    Melissa drives innovation programs and supports innovative Australian businesses with low emissions technologies to commercialise their products and gain exposure to organisations looking to diversify and decarbonisation operations.

    Melissa brings a wealth of experience in program and business development, works with key stakeholders to build local capability, and seeks opportunities for low emissions technologies participation in domestic and global supply chain programs.

  • 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.

  • Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst

    Cormac Dawson

    Strategy Analyst

  • Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor

    Lindsey Macqueen

    Communications Advisor


  • Kerrin Simmonds

    Business & Events Manager

    Kerrin Simmonds

    Business & Events Manager

    As NERA’s Business and Events Manager, Kerrin is responsible for office management and the development and delivery of NERA’s events, speaking engagements and trade missions, as well as assisting in communications and promotional activities.

    Kerrin has significant experience within the Perth business community, previously holding roles as a General Manager for the Institute of Public Accountants and events, communications and membership roles for Finsia, The Law Society of WA, Tourism WA and the Swan River Trust. Kerrin has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.