Gas 2015 Securing Australia's Energy Future

Speaker Bios

Philip Harrington

Principal Consultant

Philip is Principal Consultant and Team Leader – Carbon & Energy for the professional services firm, pitt&sherry.  An economist, he has been engaged in climate change and energy policy research, development, analysis and administration for nearly 30 years.  

Philip has previously held the positions of:
•    Senior Executive Manager, Australian Greenhouse Office; and
•    Division Head, Energy Efficiency Policy Analysis, at the International Energy Agency in Paris.

Philip’s work highlights the compelling business case in moving to sustainable, low and zero carbon systems.  

He and his team are known for their rigorous, evidence-based products including:
•    The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Foundation Report, designed to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city (2015);
•    The Energy Efficiency Action Agenda adopted by the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane (2014);
•    The Energy Efficiency Master Plan – Foundation Report for the City of Sydney (2014);
•    The Foundation Report for the ACT’s Climate Change Action Plan 2 (2012).

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Gary Huxtable

Queensland Regional Manager
Elgas Limited

Garry joined the Gas Industry in 1990 with the Gas & Fuel in Melbourne after beginning his career as a self-employed plumber and gasfitter, and became a gas inspector for the G&F in 1991 before moving into the LPG industry with Heatane Gas in 1993.

In June 1993 he started with Elgas as a Territory Manager in country Victoria at Echuca after Elgas acquired Heatane Gas.

In 1998 he took a promotion as the Area manager for Far North Queensland and moved to Townsville.

In 2002 Gary was then appointed as the Regional manager for Elgas Northern NSW and moved to Newcastle.

He has been in his current role as the Queensland regional manager for Elgas since relocating back to QLD in 2006 and is now based in Brisbane and currently half way through an MBA.

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Trish Kerin

Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC)

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.

Trish has represented industry on many government committees related to process safety, and currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. Trish holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).







Mark McKenzie

Chief Executive Officer
Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association

Mark McKenzie has worked a varied professional career over the last 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil/Transport) and a Masters of Business Administration.

No stranger to the alternative fuels industry, Mark worked as the Founder and Managing Director of Rare Consulting between 2005 and 2012. During this period, his key commissions included national facilitation of the Australian Governments $80M Alternative Fuels Conversion Programme and technical contribution to the production of the Australian Government’s Strategic Framework for Alternative Transport Fuels (released in 2012).

Mark’s deep exposure to the gas powered vehicles agenda means that he is well placed to provide some detailed insights about the history of the agenda to date and a perspective on the way ahead.






Lori Mooren

Senior Research Fellow, Transport and Road Safety (TARS)
University of NSW

Lori Mooren is a Senior Research Fellow, Transport and Road Safety (TARS), at the University of NSW

She holds a Masters degree in Social Science from Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Government from Eastern Washington University, USA. She is currently a PhD Scholar.

She accredited as a Registered Road Safety Professional by the Australasian College of Road Safety, and was awarded the status of Fellow in 2012, signifying recognition by her peers of her outstanding achievements in road safety.

Lori has been working in road safety for over 25 years. She worked as a senior road safety policy and program manager for the RTA, NSW from 1989 until 2000, ultimately filling the role of General Manager, Road Safety. In 1998 she presided over the NSW government road safety program that achieved the lowest road fatality record since 1949. The road safety strategy she developed for the years 2000-2010 achieved road levels that rival the world’s best performing countries.

Lori was the Project Manager for the production of a Global Good Practice Manual on Speed Management, co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation, World Bank, FIA Foundation and Global Road Safety Partnership.

She is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), and co-chairs the Pillar 1, Road Safety Management Project Group. Lori has also been the Fleet Safety ‘topic expert’ and has co-led a series of Fleet Safety Benchmarking Workshops with participants from over 100 companies, since March, 2004. She is also a Member of the US Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Truck and Bus Safety Committee, Co-Chair of the Global Road Safety Sub-Committee.

Since joining the University of New South Wales, she has established a research program that aims to develop and test safety management systems and interventions to improve work related road safety, particularly in heavy vehicle transport operations.