WARNING: This website may contain the names and images of Aboriginal people who have passed away

Dr Geoff James

Director

Dr Geoff James is a consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader with over 25 years of multi-disciplinary research with government and private-sector clients. His research and consulting interests include integrating renewable energy in power systems, distribution network evolution, international transmission planning, Asian energy market development, and energy storage technology and applications.

Contact Geoff
geoff@pilbarasolar.com.au

Dr Richard Finlay-Jones

Director

Dr Richard Finlay-Jones is a renewable energy developer and private consultant specialising in the development and management of renewable energy projects. Over the past 20 years, Richard has been directly involved in the development of over 5GW of wind and solar energy projects, from greenfield site assessment through to full permitting.

Contact Richard
rfj@pilbarasolar.com.au

Natalie Parker

Director

Natalie Parker is a Nyiyaparli woman from the central Pilbara region, she is well known in the community for her leadership capacity and represents her community on the board of the Gumula Aboriginal Corporation, Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation and is a Director and Chairperson of Karlka Development Pty Ltd. Natalie is the Co-Chairperson – Pilbara Region for Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC). 

Contact Natalie
info@pilbarasolar.com.au

Peter Windie

Director

Peter Windie is a Thudgari man who played a leadership role in his peoples’ Native title Determination in 2009. He is a well-respected leader in the Gascoyne Junction region and appointed Director to Pilbara Solar in early 2020.

Contact Peter
info@pilbarasolar.com.au

Sam Mella

Director

Sam Mella was project leader of the pre-feasibility study “Evaluating the potential to export Pilbara solar resources to the proposed ASEAN grid via a subsea high voltage direct current interconnector.”  Currently, Sam is the Hunter Engagement Lead for the Beyond Zero Emissions project in the Hunter Region, New South Wales. Sam’s strengths in relationship-building allows her to develop collaborative cross-disciplinary teams that yield results.

Contact Sam
sam@pilbarasolar.com.au

Kylie Chalmers

Managing Director

Kylie Chalmers was appointed as Managing Director in May 2020, following her strong commitment to the Senior Projects Adviser role since Pilbara Solar’s inception in 2017. Previously, Ms Chalmers has practiced law for 11 years and was originally approached to co-author the pre-feasibility study, “Evaluating the potential to export Pilbara solar resources to the proposed ASEAN grid via a subsea high voltage direct current interconnector.”

Kylie is currently on maternity leave.

William Davis

Manager of Projects

Will Davis was appointed as Projects Manager in September 2020. He is an experienced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist with over 13 years in the mining and not-for-profit industry, including as a manager of the geospatial team at YMAC. Will has previously worked with Traditional Owners in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Yamatji regions.

Contact Will
william@pilbarasolar.com.au

Simon Hawkins

Secretary

As Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation’s (YMAC’s) CEO since 2003, Simon Hawkins is a leading figure in WA business. YMAC is the representative body for over one million square kilometres of Western Australia.

Simon is known for his honesty, integrity and passion. His views, advice and involvement with community, political and business leaders has resulted in strong working relationships with Federal and State politicians and executives at the highest level.

Contact Simon
simon@pilbarasolar.com.au

Donny Wilson

Pilbara Regional Manager

Donny is a Kariyarra Elder, and was born in Port Hedland. Donny has been a representative for Pilbara communities for a number of years to get better facilities for those living on Country. He has worked for YMAC for 20 years, and during this time has taken a leadership role for native title determinations for various claim groups in the region.

Contact Donny
donny@pilbarasolar.com.au

Leaine Cornell

Pilbara Business Support Officer

Leaine has lived in Port Hedland for 12 years and is proud of the community in which she lives. Hedland has long been her home and she feels connected to the region. Leaine is an active member of the community, and is a member of a number of community groups.

Contact Leaine
info@pilbarasolar.com.au

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