Our Team

CWP Renewables Leadership

Jason Willoughby - CEO

Jason has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure industries and has led CWP as CEO since joining in 2018.  Prior to CWP, Jason spent 12 years with General electric as a Managing Director in its Energy Financial Services business and was responsible for over USD1.5 billion of equity and debt investments in energy infrastructure assets in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea and Spain.

He is committed to the environment and believes providing low-cost, low-emissions energy solutions to Australian businesses will help make those businesses more successful while reducing Australia’s CO2 emissions and improving the environment.

Jason is based in CWP’s Sydney office

Tim Michalas – CFO

Tim has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure finance sector and joined CWP as CFO in 2021. Before CWP, Tim was at Partners Group as a Senior Vice President and was responsible for Partners Group’s investment activities in Australia – having deployed more than AUD 1.3bn of equity in the Australian renewables sector over this time. Prior to Partners Group, Tim worked at Whitehelm capital on infrastructure and property investments in Australia and Latin America. Tim is proud to be part of the ongoing transition to renewable energy and keen to support businesses realise their environmental aspirations. Tim is based in CWP’s Sydney office

Ed Mounsey – Head of Development

Ed has over 15 years’ of experience in the renewable energy and major projects/infrastructure sector; identifying, screening and developing complex projects through to financial close, delivery and operation. Past projects include 113MW Boco Rock Wind Farm, 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm, 135MW Crudine Ridge Wind Farm and the 240MW Bango Wind Farm. Ed established and manages the CWP Renewables development team overseeing a +5GW portfolio of renewable energy developments, principally in NSW. Ed is based in CWP’s Newcastle office.

Brendan McAvoy – Head of Construction

Brendan joined CWP in May 2018 as the Head of Construction, leading both the project delivery teams and the Program Management Office. With over 20 years of experience across the public and private sectors, Brendan has delivered over AUD 2.5 Billion of major projects in renewables, transport, water and metals production in both Australia and Europe. Brendan holds a PhD in Robotics, along with a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering and is Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

Prior to joining CWP, Brendan held a Senior Executive roles within the ACT Government and was responsible for establishing and delivering their future transport initiatives. Brendan is committed and passionate about delivering high quality renewable energy assets which contribute to emission reduction and a greener environment for Australia.

Brendan is based in CWP’s Canberra office.

José Fortes – Head of Operations

Dual Australian and Spanish citizen, José has acquired strong general management skills and experiences in the Renewable Energy Sector over the past 12 years. This was achieved by managing multi-million dollar Assets and Business Units within RWE Innogy & Neoen Australia.

José managed Asset’s Operations involving Wind, Solar and Storage technologies with a total combined capacity of just under 1GW. His other core challenges managed under various electricity markets (Australian & Spanish) was the set-up and operations of two 24/7 Operations Control Centres.

José is based in CWP’s Canberra office.

Phaedra Reynolds - Company Secretary/ Head of HR

Since 2001 Phaedra has performed the Corporate governance, Human Resources, Administrative Management, Finance, IT and overall Senior Management roles within CWP Renewables’ Group of companies. She has been with the CWP since its inception in Australia and is extremely proud of the company’s history, excited by its present and inspired for the future.

Prior to her career with CWP Renewables and its related entities she worked in risk assessment (Lender) for the Australian branch of the Bank of Scotland.

Entwined with her work life she balances 3 sons, a small farm and a passion for sustainability.