ARENA adds new board members


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has added new members to the ARENA board, including a new chair.

The new board members, who have been appointed for two year terms, are:

  • New chair, Justin Punch, an experienced environmental investor focused on climate and energy, who was previously a partner at Archer Capital, one of Australia’s most experienced private equity firms,
  • John Hirjee who is the executive director, Resources, Energy and Infrastructure at ANZ Banking Group,
  • Anna Matysek, an experienced economist and consultant, who is the founder and managing director of Northbridge Consulting Services,
  • Justin Butcher, a technology entrepreneur and business investor, who is the chief executive officer and founder of MXA Consulting a start-up technology consulting firm, and
  • Stephanie Unwin and Dougal McOmish have been reappointed and will serve for an additional 12 months, having joined the board in 2018.

ARENA’s board has overall responsibility for the operations of the Agency.

ARENA CEO, Darren Miller welcomed the new board members saying they bring skills and experience that will help ensure the Agency is in a strong position to support the continuation of Australia’s energy transition and broader efforts to help reduce our emissions.

“With the new board members and a strong existing management team we are well positioned to respond to opportunities and goals established through the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, Low Emissions Technology Statements and the recommendations outlined in the King Review.”

Darren Miller.

“I would like to thank Martijn Wilder AM, Meg McDonald, Samantha Hogg and Susan Jeanes for their leadership and governance during their time on the ARENA Board and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

“During their tenure, ARENA has played an instrumental role in delivering significant improvements in the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies such as large-scale solar, grid-scale batteries, bioenergy, and distributed energy technologies.

“As technologies have matured, the Board has overseen a shift in focus from supporting pure renewable energy generation technologies to looking more broadly at how manage a system powered by renewable energy, how we reduce emissions in harder-to-abate industries and how we position ourselves to be global exporter of hydrogen.”

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