Board Members and Advisors
- Dr Noel DunlopExecutive DirectorDr Noel DunlopExecutive Director
Noel is the Executive Director of ANT Energy Solutions. He has 20 years’ experience bringing science and engineering products to market, both nationally and internationally.
Noel has worked for multinationals and SMEs in Australia and internationally including Orica, Rio Tinto and the Kilfrost Group. Noel has successfully run multi-disciplinary research projects around the globe for businesses looking to develop products and processes that drive business outcomes. Research partners have included The University of Melbourne, Monash University, ANU, UQ, York UK, Oxford, Imperial UK, UCL UK, Chicago, Argon National Energy Research Laboratories US, CSIRO, and Durham UK.
Noel is also the Director and owner of Dunlop International where he continues to consult for business clients. He was awarded his doctorate in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering by the University of Melbourne in 1999 and an MBA in international management by RMIT in 2006.
- Brian PowerExecutive DirectorBrian PowerExecutive Director
Brian has over 30 years’ experience trading globally in advanced manufacturing technologies, operating businesses turning over tens of millions of dollars and running sales and marketing teams with offices in Tokyo, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Brian is former Chairman of the Innovation and Technology Committee of the Howard government’s Advanced Manufacturing Action Agenda, former Chairman and Director of the Australian Nano Business Forum (ANBF) and founding Director of AMTIL.
His experience as the ANBF Chair brought many insights and relationships across the global advanced manufacturing and research sectors. He has been involved in many start-ups and is both an early adopter and translator of technologies, both B2B and B2C.
Brian also has practical experience with the development, set up and improvement of manufacturing processes and plants.
- Jane NiallNon-Executive Director and Company SecretaryJane NiallNon-Executive Director and Company Secretary
Jane is a former Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development, where she was responsible for the Governments’ science, technology and innovation (STI) initiatives for over ten years. She also headed up, developed and implemented the Governments’ commercialisation program, based on her work as an investment manager in a venture capital company.
During this period Jane was responsible for the delivery of a number of major capital projects including the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanotechnology and Bio21.
Prior to joining the Victorian Department of Industry, Jane held senior positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Conservation and the Department of Management and Budget. She also worked in the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne and Trade Policy Research Centre in London.
Jane was also the VP of the Asia Pacific, Micro and Nano Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) and a founding member of the Asia Nano Forum.
- Michael WilkinsonNon-Executive DirectorMichael WilkinsonNon-Executive Director
Michael Wilkinson is chairman, major shareholder and co-founder of Minifab, a $60 million-dollar microfabrication facility that supplies micro fluidics sensors into bio-medical device and environmental markets both nationally and internationally.
Michael is former Chairman and founder of the Small Technologies Cluster (STC), an incubator designed to encourage high tech start-ups. STC continues to support entrepreneurs to translate research into entrepreneurial businesses through numerous programs and the provision of incubation spaces.
Michael has also served as an advisor for both State and Federal governments in emerging markets.
- Jim WalkerNon-Executive ChairJim WalkerNon-Executive Chair
Jim is passionate about alternative energy solutions and is the ANT Energy Solutions Board Chairman. His career has encompassed senior executive roles in insurance, technology and professional services.
Jim has held senior executive and partnership roles with KPMG Canada and Australia, IBM Canada and Australia, and SAP Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. While at KPMG Jim was a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
- Dr Erol HarveyBusiness CoachDr Erol HarveyBusiness Coach
Erol Harvey, Co-Founder, Director and former CEO of MiniFAB has a solid history of assisting small scale start-ups to develop into international companies. He formed the Small Technologies Cluster; an incubator supporting the commercialisation of novel, high-value medical device technologies and has served on many Government and Academy of Technology and Engineering selection panels and working groups.
Dr Harvey gained a PhD in Plasma and Laser Physics from Monash University and worked as a researcher in Oxford, UK, before joining his first start-up to commercialise laser micromachining. He returned to Australia to become a Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University and co-founded MiniFAB in 2002. Mentor and board member to several young enterprises, Erol was 2018 Clunies Ross Entrepreneurship award winner and part of the founding ANT Energy Solutions team. His experience is vital in assisting our expansion through his multi-disciplinary approach and thorough methodologies.
- Matt WagenfeldOperationsMatt WagenfeldOperations
Matt brings to ANT Energy Solutions outstanding skills acquired through working for more than 35 years in leadership roles in Australia, Germany and China, mainly within first tier automotive industry suppliers, such as Bosch and Denso.
Matt’s previous roles include having the responsibility for advanced engineering and quality systems which delivered Australian manufactured, safety critical components to Mercedes Benz, Mazda and Audi. He also created an R&D Centre for SAIC, a State-Owned fortune 500 enterprise in Shanghai and developed successful sales strategies including cost of ownership models for a local advanced technology equipment provider.
Matt has professional qualifications in engineering as well as in applied statistics and operational research, with extensive experience and a passion for enterprise excellence and advanced manufacturing.
Over the years, Matt has acquired an in-depth working knowledge of lean manufacturing, organisational culture change, systems modelling and managing the development of advanced engineering solutions and systems. Matt is a full member of the Australian Standards Committee ME-093 for Hydrogen Technologies, representing the Australian Industry Group.
- Dr Joe VargaResearch and DevelopmentDr Joe VargaResearch and Development
As part of the ANT Energy Solutions Research & Development program, Dr. Joe Varga is leading the Commonwealth Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) consortium. The objective of this project is to develop the next-generation electrolyser that will be used as part of a greater ANT system, delivering a hydrogen-based renewable energy solution.
Joe has previously worked in strategy and business development for the Research and Development Sector in both private and public spheres and has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne, having investigated the chemistry associated with photovoltaics.
- Aldo PaceTeam LeaderAldo PaceTeam Leader
Awarded his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Major in Project Management from RMIT in 1982, Aldo is a Project Management/Operations specialist who has more than 36 years of experience managing large scale lump sum EPC and long-term frame agreement contracts with solid experience in the Oil and Gas and Mining Industries in both tier 1 and start-up companies. Career highlights include more than 23 years in executive management positions in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and Brazil. Aldo has formal training and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of operations and financial management and in previous roles has had full P&L responsibility for multiple projects and business units.
- James DeGoisMechanical EngineerJames DeGoisMechanical Engineer
James graduated with Honours in 2018 from RMIT as a Mechanical Engineer. He is a full-time employee with ANT Energy Solutions, joining the team in 2019 to follow his interests in the field of delivery and development of renewable energy systems. James has a strong background in the transportation industry, working on manufacturing processes and design, prototype development and product delivery.
- Nick SimonovskiSenior Projects and Development EngineerNick SimonovskiSenior Projects and Development Engineer
A Mechanical Engineer with an active interest in renewable energy technologies, Nick has previously managed project developments in the Energy and Power Generation sectors across the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. In addition to his international experience in energy and power, Nick has also managed the implementation of enterprise technology/software projects, and has project managed the fabrication of industrial gas compression skid packages for the petrochemical industry.
Finance and Legal
- Ashley ArnottChief Financial OfficerAshley ArnottChief Financial Officer
Ashley has over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles across various industries including Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of four ASX listed entities.
He is a Partner at CFO on Call and has gained extensive experience working with many facets of business, including large corporates, SME’s, industry associations and collaborative networks. He has also worked with over 15 emerging companies in the technology and life science industries.
Ashley is a former Director and current Company secretary of Food Innovation Australia Limited, the government growth centre for Food and Agribusiness. He is also current Chair of Myostin Therapeutics Limited, and acts as a Non-Executive Director for a number of private companies.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Anna PitchouguinaIn-House Legal CounselAnna PitchouguinaIn-House Legal Counsel
Anna Pitchouguina is driven by a passion for both justice and environmental sustainability. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (hons) in 2017 and is also fluent in Russian. Having joined the ANT Energy Solutions team in 2017, Anna has a specific interest in preparing and reviewing contracts and legal correspondence. Anna is a part-time employee with ANT Energy Solutions and also works as a lawyer in a private practice; providing support for complex commercial legal matters, and Wills and Estates.
- Christina AndrewsTeam Leader- Sales and ChannelsChristina AndrewsTeam Leader- Sales and Channels
Christina has been with ANT Energy Solutions since its inception and has considerable experience in sales and customer relations. Christina’s experience in owning and managing her own telecommunications company has given her valuable insights in dealing with the day to day workings of projects and customers’ needs. Christina is responsible for overseeing RidgeBlade enquiries and sales.
- Renee GollandExecutive Assistant to the DirectorRenee GollandExecutive Assistant to the Director
Renee Golland is an experienced Marketing, Communications and Product Manager with a history of working in the scientific industry who joined the ANT Team in 2019. She graduated from Swinburne University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies and has a Diploma of Management from Box Hill Institute (2010). When not working part-time for ANT Energy Solutions, Renee also runs a small business supplying security electric fences to high-risk sites throughout Australia.
- Tahlia KanurskiAdministration OfficerTahlia KanurskiAdministration Officer
Tahlia has an Associate Degree in Legal Practice and an Advanced Diploma in Conveyancing and is a part-time employee with ANT Energy Solutions who joined the team in 2019. With a strong background in the Legal industry as a Legal Administrator and also as a support staff member, Tahlia is well placed to assist ANT Energy Solutions with our daily administration needs. Tahlia is also fluent in Greek.