James Pennay – Managing Director
James Pennay's professional career of 20 years includes 16 years in the global renewable energy industry. He has pioneered large-scale wind power projects and portfolios in England, China and Australia, as well as initiating some of Queensland’s largest and most innovative solar photovoltaic (Oakey Solar) and solar thermal (Solar Dawn) projects. He also has experience with Queensland’s biomass sector.
James established CleanSight in 2010 with a view to commercialising and securing value in clean energy projects and technologies. He previously held senior positions at Wind Prospect in China, Australia, Canada and the UK, with roles spanning commercial, financial, technical, planning and environment, and innovation fields.
Throughout his career, James has been committed to successfully identifying and executing commercial opportunities in the clean technology sector. This is highlighted by James’ five years of work in clean energy in China, his role as a founding Board Member of the China Carbon Forum and as a former Board Member of the Australian Wind Energy Association (now Clean Energy Council). Major industry awards for which he was a key player included the British Wind Energy Association’s “Developer’s Developer” award (2003), for the east of England wind power project development, and Project Finance magazine’s Asia-Pacific Wind Deal of the Year 2013, for Boco Rock Wind Farm. He holds an Engineering (honours) and Business degrees from Queensland University of Technology.
James is currently Project Director for the landmark wind farm proposal for Wide Bay, Queensland, Forest Wind.
Sandy Vigar – Strategic Planning and Development Advisor
Sandy is a planning and environmental specialist with over 35 years of private sector and government experience in Australia, with a focus on major developments in Queensland, including infrastructure and energy projects such as downstream LNG at Gladstone. She holds qualifications in planning, environmental management and business administration and has served as Queensland and National President of the Royal Australian Planning Institute (now the Planning Institute of Australia) and as an Adjunct Professor in the school of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Queensland.
Jane Daniels – Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Jane has over 18 years’ experience managing complex programs and stakeholder relations across the Asia‐Pacific region whilst working for the United Nations, the Australian Government, contractors and NGOs. Jane has experience in impact assessments and implementation of sustainable community programs across the resources sector across Asia Pacific. Jane leads CleanSight's stakeholder engagement program that encompasses community organisations, local councils and traditional owner groups.
Martin Pennay – Finance Director
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in the global energy and metal industries. He was a Managing Director at industry leader, Goldman Sachs, for the last 11 of these years, prior to pursuing private equity investments. He is well regarded within the industry for structuring complex commodity production projects, building commodity markets, building sales teams and for understanding commodity price risk. He has also been active in developing hedge fund and institutional investor participation in commodity markets and assisting corporate clients with funding solutions.
Madeleine Page - Planning Manager
Madeleine is a Senior Environmental Consultant and Project Manager with 18 years’ experience in environmental management. She has extensive knowledge in the design and construction of major highway and infrastructure projects with both project and operational management experience and has been responsible for the delivery of the environmental component of multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, from options analysis through to detailed design and construction. Madeleine has a wide range of skills in managing the delivery of environmental planning assessments, environmental approvals, reporting and contract documentation, engaging with stakeholders including state and federal regulators and is an experienced auditor of construction related projects.
Aaron Freeman - Site Manager
With more than 10 years’ experience in the events industry across Australian and Asia, Aaron specialises in site and project management. With diverse skills in managing multi-sports, community and cultural events, Aarons strengths lie in engaging and collaborating with a broad range of state and local government, corporate and community organizations to ensure project outcomes benefit all stakeholders. He brings a strong logistics and OHS background to the CleanSight team, with practical on-site experience, an understanding of policy and procedure as well as creative solutions necessary for large and complex project delivery.
Sonia Uranishi – Communications Advisor
Sonia is an engagement and communications professional with more than 18 years of experience working with a range of community, government and corporate stakeholders. With a foundation in PR consulting at one of Queensland’s largest agencies, Sonia also draws from experiences in senior positions with Queensland Government, the Governor of Queensland and in international roles, in her work with CleanSight. She is skilled at understanding diverse audiences and tailoring communication and critical information to meet their needs.
Andrea McIntosh – Senior Project Administrator / Planning Support
Combining a planning qualification with astute business administration, Andrea brings twenty years’ success enabling the fiscal growth of companies in the engineering and construction sectors. Andrea’s construction background includes hydro power in New Zealand, and a fully-automated international shipping container terminal in Melbourne. Her planning experience includes a range of projects for both public and private clients, including strategic planning assessments for major transport projects in Victoria. She also has a proven track record of improving efficiencies of business’s reporting systems. Andrea helps CleanSight with administration and provides planning support for the project approvals and permits.
Mairead Lynch – Senior Wind & Project Engineer
Mairead has over ten years' experience in the renewables industry with expertise in all aspects of wind resource including feasibility, measurement campaign design, layout design and optimisation, flow modelling - WaSP and CFD, preconstruction yield assessment, operational yield assessment and detailed operational reviews. She has worked on multiple GW of wind projects in a global market and trained and managed teams of engineers in both the UK and Australia. Mairead is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.