Meet the team behind Tilt Renewables

Our board

Tilt Renewables’ Board of Directors is responsible for key strategy and decision making. The team has a wealth of experience in the energy and wider business sectors to draw from.

Bruce Harker
PhD (ELEC, ENG), BE(Hons), Dist FIPENZ

Chair
Remuneration Committee and Member, Health, Safety, Environment, and Community Committee

Bruce has extensive experience in corporate governance and energy markets with a focus on renewable energy development. He is an executive of H.R.L. Morrison & Co. Bruce previously chaired the Australian hydro business, Southern Hydro Partnership and was deputy chair of ASX listed Energy Developments Limited. He was a Director of Trustpower Limited from 2000 and Board Chair from 2007 to 2015. He also chaired start up electricity retailer, Lumo, previously Victoria Electricity over the period from 2004 to 2012 from its first signed customer through to 500,000 customers.

Bruce has been Chair of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

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Paul Newfield
MA (Hons), Mphil

Director
Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Paul’s experience includes managing listed and unlisted investments across the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. He is the Chief Investment Officer of H.R.L.Morrison & Co, where he has overall responsibility for analysing investment markets, directing origination activity and assessing specific investment opportunities. Before that, Paul was a Principal at
The Boston Consulting Group.

Paul has been a Director of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

 
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Phillip Strachan
BCom, FCPA

Chair
Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee, Member, Remuneration Committee

Phillip has extensive experience in operations and governance at the executive level. He is the Chair of Queensland Rail and a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. He was the President of the Australian Aluminium Council and held a number of executive roles over a 36 year career with the Rio Tinto Group, including the Chief Executive Officer of the global Bauxite and Alumina businesses based in Brisbane, and Chief Financial Officer at the Rio Tinto global aluminium product group based in Montreal. 

Phillip has been a Director of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

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Geoffrey Swier
MCom (Econ)

Director
Member, Audit and Risk Committee
Member, Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee

Geoffrey has over 25 years of experience in micro-economic reform, notably in the establishment of competitive energy markets, privatisation and the development of water industries. He is an independent Director of Trustpower Limited, a Director of Melbourne consulting firm, Farrier Swier Consulting, Board member of Health Purchasing Victoria and a member of the ARENA Advisory Panel. Geoff’s past roles include being a Member of the Australian Energy Regulator and Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Geoffrey has been a Director of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

Vimal Vallabh
BCom, LLB, CFA IMC

Director

Vimal has been involved in the development and acquisition of power and renewable energy projects and related supply chain companies across Europe, the US and South Africa. He is currently Investment Director at H.R.L. Morrison & Co and a Director at Longroad Energy (USA).  He was a Director in PwC’s UK Corporate Finance Infrastructure team, and has previously held roles in the energy industry, private equity and investment banking.

Vimal has been a Director of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

 
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Fiona Oliver 
LLB, BA

Chair
Audit and Risk Committee

Fiona is an experienced Board Director with operational experience at an Executive level in asset management, funds management and private equity. She is currently the Chair of Vinta Funds Management Limited, Deputy Chair of Public Trust and a Board member of Wynyard Group Limited and the National Provident Fund. Fiona is also a member of the Inland Revenue Department’s Risk and Assurance Committee. Previously, Fiona was the Chief Operating Officer of Westpac New Zealand’s investment arm, BT Funds Management and she also managed the Risk and Operations function for AMP Limited’s Sydney and London based private equity division. Fiona was also General Manager, Wealth Management at AMP New Zealand. She practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer at a senior level in New Zealand, New South Wales and England, specialising in corporate finance.

Fiona has been a Director of Tilt Renewables since establishment in October 2016.

Our executive team

Tilt Renewables' executive team bring extensive experience and skills gained in the electricity generation and other sectors.

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Robert Farron
BBS, CA, CFIPNZ, CMInstD

Chief Executive Officer

Robert has held senior roles in corporate and institutional banking and renewable energy development in emerging markets. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Trustpower where he was responsible for over $1.3 billion of debt funding facilities, capital raising, investor relations, treasury, financial reporting, group insurance and risk management. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants New Zealand and Australia and a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
 

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Steve Symons
BBus (Acc)

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Steve is an senior executive in the Australian energy sector. He took up his current role after working as the interim Chief Financial Officer as part of the Trustpower demerger process. Steve previously held senior financial and general management roles at Palisade Investment Partners, Roaring 40’s, Epic Energy and what is now Energy Australia. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

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Deion Campbell
BE (Elect, HONS), ME (MGMT), FIPENZ, CMInstD

General Manager
Generation & Trading

Deion has worked extensively in generation operations and development. Before joining Tilt Renewables, Deion held management roles at Trustpower where he had responsibility for safety, environment, development, maintenance and operations activities for 50 power stations across Australia and New Zealand. He also worked with leading turbine suppliers to drive innovation in wind farm maintenance strategies and commercial frameworks. As Major Projects Manager, Deion also led the development, construction and operation of wind and hydro generation projects worth over $1 billion in New Zealand and Australia. 

Clayton Delmarter
BSc(Tech), GDipBus(Fin)

General Manager  
Renewable Development

Clayton has had extensive input into Tilt Renewables’ 
development projects. Previously he worked at Trustpower where his roles included Project Delivery Manager, responsible for a number of successful wind and hydro projects, as well as Acting General Manager Generation, and Engineering Manager. Before that, Clayton spent time in North America working on large scale renewable developments.