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Our People

Pioneers in renewable energy research and technology

Our team includes experts and specialist engineers who advise local policy makers and work together to advise you and to provide unique insights into the opportunities, challenges and risks involved in your project.


Simon Franklin

Managing Director

Simon has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector. He has worked on large and commercial scale grid-connected photovoltaic PV systems, hybrid off-grid power stations, financial modelling, energy efficiency audits and PV system performance modelling.Simon is an experienced project manager and has a strong background in renewable energy, with a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology from the Australian National University.Before joining ITP Renewables, Simon was an Electrical Engineer with Connell Wagner (Aurecon) where he undertook project management, electrical design and risk management work on rail infrastructure and defence projects. Simon has also worked with the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, investigating the feasibility of carbon capture and storage technologies.

Simon is a former Director of the Australian Solar Council (ASC), previously the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).


Philippe McCracken

Engineering Manager

Philippe is the Engineering Manager at ITP Renewables. He has extensive experience in remote area PV hybrid mini-grids in the Pacific, as well as large-scale grid-connected PV experience in the Pacific and in Australia. His skillset bridges the technical, managerial and financial aspects of renewable energy projects, having worked variously as lead design engineer, project manager, contract manager, and financial analyst. His experience both as client-side engineer and as lead design engineer on implementation projects have given him a good understanding of the real-world challenges of implementing renewable energy projects. He brings this practical experience to the Engineering Team at ITP Renewables.


Oliver Woldring

Strategy and Policy Group Manager

Oliver has 17 years’ experience in climate and energy policy advising and consulting. He has held a range of government, non-government organisation and private sector roles in Australia and the United States and has particular expertise in the design and implementation of renewable energy and emission abatement programmes. Oliver has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Masters in Environmental Management and Development. His knowledge and experience extends to domestic and international climate change policy, financial benefit-cost analysis, and sustainable development.

At ITP Oliver is responsible for the development and delivery of a wide range of advisory projects, including assignments related to energy system analysis and renewable energy policy development for Australian and international private sector and government clients. In addition he has responsibilities relating new business and project development.

Oliver is also a Board Member of the Australian Photovoltaic Institute.


Clara Mazzone

Construction Manager

Clara Mazzone is a versatile renewable energy engineer with over eight years of project management experience, she holds a PRINCE2® Practitioner certification bringing international standards to tracking, reporting and delivery of complex projects in the renewable energy industry in Australia, the Pacific Islands and India. Her diverse educational background holding a Bachelor of Engineering in Renewable Energy and a Bachelor of Arts brings a unique set of skills in communication and technical ability.

Areas of expertise include implementation of specialised engineering projects in remote areas including, stand-alone power stations, mini-grid and micro-grid renewable energy systems, high penetration solar grids, building construction supervision, lithium ion residential battery systems and solar landfill sites and experience working with international donors.


Keith Lovegrove

Managing Director of ITP Thermal Pty Limited 

Keith is a leading expert in concentrating solar power (CSP) and has more than 20 years’ experience in leading solar thermal research, including 15 years teaching at the ANU as leader of the Solar Thermal Group. A major achievement was leading the design and construction of the largest concentrating solar dish in the world (500m2) in 2010. Keith has won a number of prestigious research awards, was a Member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council working group on Energy Water Carbon intersections, has advised the Australian Office of Chief Scientist on Solar Thermal Power and edited the 2012 book, Concentrating Solar Power Technology – Principles, Developments and Applications.

Keith has spoken extensively around the world at conferences and in the media on Concentrating Solar and related topics. He has held board positions in the ANZ Solar Energy Society, and been a key contributor to the International Energy Agency SolarPACES program.


Graham Henricksen

Manager of New Zealand Operations

Graham is an experienced relationship-focused project manager who draws on more than 25 years of leadership and project management experience in a range of technical and non-technical disciplines.Graham provides added value to many of our clients through his experience and practice in relationship and stakeholder management.Prior to joining ITP Renewables, Graham was a senior project manager with Opus International Consultants where he led a number of multi-disciplinary and multi-consultancy projects in the infrastructure, property and renewable energy sectors.


Muriel Watt

Principal Consultant

Muriel Watt old web photo B&WMuriel is highly regarded internationally for her expertise in solar and energy policy. She has worked with government agencies, universities and industry in the areas of renewable energy development, policy and application since 1980.

Significant past appointments include Associate Professor, School of PV and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW, Chair of the Australian PV Institute, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Chair of the Policy Group for the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy, Australian Executive Committee member on the IEA PV Power Systems (PVPS) Implementing Agreement, member of the Australian Solar Institute Research Advisory Committee and member of the Solar Flagship Education Infrastructure Fund Advisory Board.

Current appointments include member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Advisory Panel and Director of Zero Emissions Byron.


Oliver Bryant

Business Development Consultant

Oliver has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and business development and has been working with ITP Renewables in Melbourne, Victoria for over five years.
Oliver has a Master of Environment (majoring in policy, strategy and communications), a Bachelor of Science (Economics) and has guest lectured at AGSM on ‘Building Sustainable Brands’ as part of their MBA Marketing program.

Prior to joining ITP Renewables, Oliver worked in both London and Melbourne for consultancies specialising in sustainability, brand and communications.


Paige Campbell

Project and Administration Assistant

Paige came to ITP four years ago as a casual administrative assistant, and has since immersed herself in all aspects of the company, and its day to day operations. She has worked primarily within the CER Inspections Team, liaising between small scale PV owners and government approved inspectors to organise inspections intended to ensure Australian standards are met and upheld. Paige is now looking toward becoming an apprentice electrician with the ITP company and affiliates in 2018.


Keira Doherty

Engineer

Keira is a renewable energy engineer who has been working at ITP Renewables since graduating at the end of 2015, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Science double degree from ANU. One of her main roles at ITP is as the Inspections Coordinator, which involves liaising with homeowners and contractors to organise inspections of PV systems around Australia. These inspections are performed on behalf of the Clean Energy Regulator to check system compliance with Australian standards.
Between inspections rounds she undertakes consultancy and implementation work for Australian and international clients. She is currently Project Manager of the installation of a containerised PV and battery system in rural South Australia. This project involves fit-out of the batteries and inverters inside a 10-foot shipping container, transportation of the container to South Australia, and then installation and wiring of the PV system on site.


Ben Elliston

Senior Consultant

Ben Elliston is a Senior Consultant at IT Power Australia. He has a diverse background in renewable energy and computer engineering having turned to renewable energy mid-career. Prior to 2010, he worked in private computer companies in Australia and the USA developing operating systems and related software for high-performance computers. He has particular expertise in developing techno-economic models and other analytical tools. His PhD thesis, completed at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at UNSW modelled future scenarios of the Australian National Electricity Market with high shares of renewable energy using a model which is now open source software. He has a broad interest in the renewable energy field including energy economics, grid integration of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and sustainable buildings. He is a member of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG), the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Passive House Association.


Nic Jacobson

Manager of South Australian Operations

Nic is a renewable energy engineer and consultant based in Adelaide. He works on a range of our technical, project management and energy policy projects providing advice including resource assessment, technology evaluation and selection, project conception, project design, project approvals and project delivery, policy development and board level advisory. Nic draws on 17 years’ experience in renewable energy related roles across government, non-government organisations, universities, project developers, consulting and as a volunteer and time working in Europe, South East Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Prior to joining ITP Renewables Nic worked in the South Australian Government, for a wind farm developer, wind energy consultancy and installing solar power systems.


Lachlan James

Principal of New Ventures

Lachlan has a broad background spanning venture capital, entrepreneurship, renewable energy, finance and government policy. He was Investment Manager with Sydney-based venture firm, Innovation Capital where he led all aspects of the venture process, including deal origination, structuring, negotiations, active investee management, and capital and fund raising, and investing in companies such as wind development company, Windlab. He was head of commercialisation for Australia’s leading ICT research organisation in Queensland, and has been a commercial adviser and mentor to a broad range of companies including battery storage company, Reposit Power. Most recently, Lachlan was head of Renewable Energy Industry Development & Investments in the ACT Government’s 100% renewables by 2020 program, leveraging the Territory’s 640+ MW of renewable energy reverse auctions to secure over $600 million in local investment, developing the Territory’s Renewable Energy Industry Development Strategy, and establishing the $12 million Renewable Energy Innovation Fund, a Renewable Energy Hub co-working space, the $25 million Next Generation Energy Storage Grants program, and the $8 million Battery Storage Research program at the Australian National University. Underpinning his background, Lachlan holds degrees in engineering, law, business and finance from Cambridge University, Melbourne University, the Australian National University, and Harvard Business School.


Annie Ngo

Senior Consultant

Annie has over a decade of experience in the Australian energy sector in specialist advisory roles to government and industry. In these roles she has provided advice on energy policy, regulation and market development. She spent seven years as Principal Adviser to the South Australian Government on renewable energy policy and project facilitation. She has worked on national electricity market policy and regulatory development as Senior Energy Analyst with the Energy Users Association of Australia and federal contract and project management as a Senior Performance Analyst with the Australian National Audit Office.
Annie has a Bachelor of Applied Economics / Business from the University of Canberra and is a committee member of the Australian Institute of Energy (South Australian branch). She was awarded South Australian Young Energy Professional of the Year by the AIE in 2015.


Rob Passey

Senior Consultant


Rob Passey old web photo B&W 2Rob’s policy research and analysis focus includes renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency and emissions trading.He is especially interested in developing market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase uptake of low emission technologies and drive energy efficiency. In addition, Rob is researching areas such as smart grids, electric vehicles, and technical assessments of low emissions technologies.As well as his senior consulting role with ITP Renewables, Rob is also a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (UNSW).

Joe Wyder

Projects Manager


Joe manages a range of our energy policy, feasibility studies and deployment projects. His experience includes work on renewable generation and energy efficiency projects in remote locations in Australia and the Pacific. In 2015, Joe was seconded to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to assist with technical and knowledge sharing aspects for the Regional Australia’s Renewables program.
Joe has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, covering research, modelling, economics, regulations, micro-grids and integrating renewable generation into diesel powered mini-grids. This includes working within the Australian Government on energy market reform, the development of the Renewable Energy Target, as well as designing and delivering renewable energy programs and assessing proposals. Before completing his Postgraduate Energy Studies, Joe worked as a Civil Engineer on road and rail infrastructure projects.