Gas 2015 Securing Australia's Energy Future






Robin Smit

Robin Smit is a managing scientist at the Department of Environment and Science in Brisbane, and a honorary senior fellow with the University of Queensland. He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Air Quality from Wageningen University in the Netherlands (1994) and a Ph.D. from Griffith University in Australia (2006).

He is chair of the Transport special interest group of the Clean Air Society of Australian and New Zealand (CASANZ) and a member of the European Research Group on Mobile Emission Sources. He has close to 25 years work experience in emission, air pollution and climate projects in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Robin’s work is published in national and international scientific journals. He has also presented at various conferences, discussion panels and has lectured in both the Netherlands and Australia.

Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert is the Executive Director of the LPG Association of NZ, which also administers the NZ Gas Association. He is also the member of the NZ Standards Approval Board, Chair of the New Zealand Standards Gas Sector Board, Chair of the New Zealand Gas Community Group and a member of a number of Standards committees. Gilbert was originally trained in the UK by British Gas and has remained in the gas industry in a variety of roles all of his working life.

Teegan Modderman

Teegan Modderman is a registered Psychologist and the Manager of the Leadership and Culture Strategy Unit for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Teegan is a passionate advocate for workplace mental health and aims to support industry to make a sustainable change in the way organisations prevent risks to psychological health, promote positive workplace practices, intervene early to minimise distress and support recovery.  




Paul Davies

is the Project Director for the NTC’s Reform Maintenance program. His role includes reviewing and refining national and model laws, to keep them contemporary and to balance community needs. Paul has spent over 15 years in policy development, across a variety of environmental, energy and transport policy roles in the Commonwealth and South Australian governments. His experience includes collaborating with industry, community and government stakeholders to develop and deliver transport policy and projects in state, national and international forums. Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and an Advanced Diploma in Government Management.

Jimmy Thomson

Jimmy has 30 years international experience within blue chip organisations such as Rio Tinto, St.George Bank, and Lloyds Banking Group. Jimmy has consulted, facilitated and coached across the UK, and also USA, China, Mongolia, Singapore, and France as well as Australia. Since joining The Jonah Group in 2014, he has successfully managed & delivered Safety Culture and Mental Health transformational programs within industries such as Energy, Mining, Construction and Manufacturing.

 Norm Mcilfatrick

Norm has strong executive background across energy, transport and infrastructure in both private and government sectors. He was CEO of electricity utility Aurora Energy for five years before spending 10 years as Secretary of two Tasmanian Government agencies, most recently for six years in the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources. Norm is a strong advocate for transport reform, having been a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission and a member of number of national reform boards. 





Naomi Frauenfelder

 Naomi Frauenfelder is the Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation. Naomi, representing the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), in partnership with rollingstock manufacturer and supplier UGL, worked to establish TrackSAFE in 2012. TrackSAFE was set-up in response to a push from industry to do more to help rail employees exposed to trauma on the network.

Previously, Naomi worked for the ARA as General Manager Industry Development where she represented the interests of Australian rail manufacturers and suppliers. Prior to that, she worked in a Project Management role for the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB).

Naomi holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Monash University in Melbourne.


Dr Ewan Ward

Dr Ewan Ward is the Director of CERT Australia’s Brisbane office, a position he has held since January 2012. CERT Australia is the national Computer Emergency Response Team, responsible for providing cyber security advice and assistance to Australian business.

Before joining CERT Australia, Ewan was the Director for Cyber Security Policy in the Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra. He has carried out a range of national security-related roles in the Australian Government during his career. He joined the Australian Public Service in 1999 as an analyst at the Office of National Assessments (ONA). Since then he has worked at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, ONA and the Attorney-General’s Department.



Dr Dennis R Van Puyvelde

Dennis Van Puyvelde is Energy Networks Australia’s Head of Gas. In this role he manages work programs and strategic projects for the Gas Committee and its related technical, marketing and carbon policy reference groups. He leads the development and implementation of advocacy strategies for gas distribution businesses.

Dennis is a solution focused innovator, having led the development of Gas Vision 2050 – an industry wide future vision for the gas industry. Dennis has also secured support from Australia’s gas networks businesses for the Future Fuels CRC.

Dennis has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on low emission technologies, including gasification, biogas, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

Dennis has a PhD and Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership.







Ian Macfarlane

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors.
Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016.
Before entering federal politics, Mr Macfarlane was one of the country’s most active agripoliticians. Mr Macfarlane previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland’s Burnett region. He was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers’ Federations.









 Nick Smith

Nick is the Director, Energy Programs and Services within the Department of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia.

Nick leads the team responsible for the delivery and implementation of energy programs and community education, including off-grid remote power, demand management, energy efficiency and productivity, the Energy Advisory Service and an Energy Partners Program focusing on low income households and affordability.

In addition, Nick is responsible for the delivery and operation of the South Australian Government’s 276MW emergency generators and leads a number of areas related to renewable hydrogen and its safe development locally and globally.

Nick holds a Master’s in Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.  Previously, Nick was with Elgas, a member of the Linde Group, held advocacy roles with Gas Energy Australia and LPG Australia, as well as having extensive experience in leadership roles across the construction materials industry.





Sean Blythe

Sean Blythe is the Chief Executive and founder of NGV Group which is a gaseous vehicles and refuelling Infrastructure business with a focus on Australian and South East Asian markets. It employs staff in Melbourne and Perth and has established relationships with leading vehicle original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in Australia including Volvo/Mack, Isuzu, Mercedes, Hyster and Toyota.

He is also the Director and owner of Envirotrans which is a consulting business focusing on CNG, LNG, LPG, H2 technology, vehicles, CNG compression and business development/operations.

Sean has over 25 years experience working in and with a variety of companies in the LPG, natural gas (distribution, retailing, LNG & CNG) and manufacturing industries in Australia and overseas. He holds achieved a Masters in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science.





Captain Walter P. Purio 

Captain Walter P. Purio is the managing director of P and H Marine Australasia Pty Ltd and currently assists oil and gas companies in Australia to develop their strategies to provide LNG as a marine fuel to the Australasian region. He acts as CEO of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute and serves as a marine advisor to Woodside Energy Ltd and Karara Mining Ltd providing marine expertise, insight and advice specific to government, resource and oil and gas company marine issues as they explore the potential to develop a sustainable regional and global footprint and establish an LNG as a marine fuel industry in the Southern Hemisphere and Asia Pacific region. Captain Purio is a seasoned maritime industry executive who has worked across several marine disciplines including commercial shipping, marine finance, marine compliance, naval operations, offshoring, mining and support to the oil and gas industry and holds a BS degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and MBA’s from the University of Chicago and the Katholieke Universitat Leuven, Belgium.






David Tyler

David has been a Director of the World LPG Association (WLPGA) since 2009. His responsibilities include programs to improve standards and business practices throughout the global LPG industry. David has written guidelines on good business practices and run workshops for the WLPGA in South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia covering all aspects of downstream LPG operations. He is the focal point for over 100 WLPGA members in the Asia-Pacific region.

David established his consulting company, LP Gas Business, in 1996. It operates out of Perth, WA. Before that he worked for Shell International, running LPG businesses in Asia.

His area of expertise is the LPG business from primary storage through to the consumer.

David is a chartered engineer, has a post graduate diploma in management and holds patents for LPG related equipment.