CWP Renewables Australia

Newcastle – Phone: +61 2 4013 4640
Canberra – Phone: +61 2 6100 2122

CWP Renewables Europe

Serbia – Phone: +381 11 785 0020
Bulgaria – Phone: +359 2 495 8575
Monaco – Phone: +377 9350 9850

Our Team

CWP Global Leadership

Mark Crandall, Chairman

Mr. Mark Crandall co-founded Morgan Stanley’s commodity trading business in 1984. Subsequently he was the head of Glencore’s oil trading business, and then was a founder of Trafigura which has now become one of the largest physical commodity traders in the world with over €100 billion in revenues.

Upon leaving Trafigura in 2005, Mr. Crandall started investing his own personal funds in renewable energy development through PostScriptum Ventures.

In 2007 he officially formed CWP where he currently serves as the Chairman and Member of the Executive Board.

Dr. Jürg Gassman, General Counsel, Non-Executive Board Member

Dr. Jürg Gassmann studied law at the University of Zürich and the University of Tokyo, and is qualified as Rechtsanwalt in Switzerland and as solicitor in England. As general counsel, he has advised CWP on the development, financing and construction of major wind parks in Romania, Serbia and Australia since 2009.

His prior work experience extends from the Capital Markets Department of The Sumitomo Trust & Banking in Tokyo, to a private investment group in Zürich, to Black & Veatch in Kansas City and Hong Kong, dealing with the development, financing and construction of IPPs in Asia, Europe and the Americas, to diverse clients and projects in the Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Alex Hewitt, Executive Board Member

Alex is a founding partner of CWP.  He has developed over 3,000MW of wind energy projects in Europe and Australia since 2003.

His involvement covers all stages of project development including screening, land leasing, grid negotiations, permitting, gathering wind data, procurement of turbines and construction.

During the last 20 years, Alex has been engaged solely in the development, financing and management of infrastructure projects and the acquisition and management of utility companies.  Prior to CWP he worked with United Utilities and Bechtel Enterprises, developing BOT and concession projects in the water and wastewater sectors.

Fabrizio Cagnasso, Executive Board Member

Fabrizio is a tax and corporate adviser based in the Principality of Monaco with fifteen years of experience in company management, sitting as a director on the boards of international companies active in diverse industries. He has managed his own firm since 1992 and was a founding partner of CWP where he is now responsible for managing financial aspects of the business and for dealing with tax, legal and compliance issues.

Dimitar Enchev, Board Member

Dimitar graduated from Swarthmore College (USA) and the London School of Economics and has over 12 years of experience investing in renewable energy.

Dimitar started his career at Postscriptum Ventures, a London-based private equity fund focused on sustainability investments. At PostScriptum, Dimitar was involved in various investments in the PV, biomass and wind sectors, including the largest biomass power project in the world and the founding of CWP. In 2009 he joined CWP full-time, where he eventually served as Director, and was involved in the successful development and financing of a number of large-scale wind farms including the largest wind farm in Europe – the €1.1billion Fantanele project. Currently Dimitar is a Managing Partner at PostScriptum Ventures and serves as a Board Member of CWP.

Australian Staff

Adam West, Facility Manager – Boco Rock Wind Farm

Adam is the Facility Manager for the Boco Rock Wind Farm in the Monaro region of NSW. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the private sector having extensive experience working in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Production, Service and Maintenance. Adam specialises in facility management, maintenance and operational improvement roles.

Adrian Oakey, Head of Engineering and Construction

Adrian manages the engineering and contracting division of CWP, and is also the Project Director for the Sapphire Wind Farm. Adrian’s responsibilities include providing engineering support and establishment of major contracts for the construction and operations of renewable energy assets. Adrian has a passion for renewable energy having deliberately entered the industry at its infancy and now having been part of the renewable energy industry for over 25 years, including 12 years with CWP and Wind Prospect. In that time, Adrian has been involved in technology development, project development, engineering and technical support, project management as well as having been an active member of various industry associations. Adrian is based in CWP’s Canberra office.

Andrew Thomson, Renewable Energy Engineer

Andrew manages solar related technical specifications, procurement, contracts and developer/EPC interaction for CWP. He also provides advice on solar/renewable modelling and new technologies. He has a PhD in photovoltaics and an electrical engineering degree. He has a deep understanding of solar and renewable technologies, which he has garnered from his work at the ANU. He has worked on solar research and development project since 2006. He completed his PhD in 2010 which considered different cost-effective technologies for silicon solar cells. He then worked on projects partnering with industry. In 2014 he was awarded and ARENA R&D project which looked at solar module design. Completing his move up the supply chain from silicon wafers to utility-power plants, he moved to CWP in 2017, to help develop CWP’s in-house solar expertise.

Alex Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer

Alex is a founding partner of CWP.  He has developed over 3,000MW of wind energy projects in Europe and Australia since 2003. His involvement covers all stages of project development including screening, land leasing, grid negotiations, permitting, gathering wind data, procurement of turbines and construction. During the last 20 years, Alex has been engaged solely in the development, financing and management of infrastructure projects and the acquisition and management of utility companies. Prior to CWP he worked with United Utilities and Bechtel Enterprises, developing BOT and concession projects in the water and wastewater sectors.

Andrew Dickson, Business Development Manager

Andrew has been in the renewable energy industry since 2004 and is CWP’s Business Development Manager. He has developed large scale renewable energy projects including the Snowtown Wind Farm (South Australia) and the Solar Dawn solar thermal project (Queensland), which was the successful Round 1 solar thermal proponent in the Commonwealth Government’s Solar Flagships program. He is part of the team developing the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) project, and coordinates CWP Renewables’ engagement with a $10m research Grand Challenge of the Australian National University, ‘Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific’, to address technical, economic, legal, policy and social aspects of the AREH project.

Audine Billing, Group Accountant

A Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Audine joined the Company in 2008. Audine has previous experience with a computer whitebox manufacturer and a national corporate with various divisions involving motor vehicles, trucks and agriculture. Audine is exceptionally reliable and very well experienced to be managing CWP’s accounts.

Ben Kronenberg, Development Officer

Ben is a Development Officer in the Development Team based in Newcastle. Since early 2016 Ben has worked across the breadth of the wind and solar development portfolio, supporting prospecting, development and pre-construction phases. Ben’s core focus is GIS and mapping, but supports a range of field programs and development activities. He maintains an interest in all things renewable, with a particular interest in the use of GIS technologies for prospecting, feasibility and energy modelling.

Bill Filby, Head of Asset Management

Bill is responsible for all construction and asset management activities within the business. He has delivered into operation some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects over the past 20 years, including the Sunshine Energy Biomass Cogeneration project on the north coast of NSW, Woodside LNG upgrade, Gladstone LNG Project, and the BHP Rapid Growth projects. His knowledge of best practice, relationships and responsibilities across multi-disciplinary teams ensure an ability to deliver successful projects. Bill is a member with AIPM.

Brendan McAvoy, Project Director

Brendan is responsible for managing the PMO and the coordination of all our assets during the construction and commissioning phases. Brendan is a professional engineer with extensive management experience both in the UK and Australia, and holds a PhD in Robotics. His experience covers the full lifecycle of the project from strategic planning, through business case development, into delivery and though to handover and eventually decommissioning. He has held executive roles in both the public and private sectors and has delivered large scale complex projects across the steel, utilities and infrastructure industries.

Dave Allen, Project Engineer

Dave is a Mechanical Project Engineer specialising in renewable energy project management, with over 20 years’ experience in the conventional energy and clean energy sectors. He is passionate about hybrid and innovative renewable energy projects and is part of the Site Construction Management Team at the Sapphire Wind Farm.

Dave has a successful track record as a hands-on engineer working on unique projects in the field of smart grids, domestic and commercial wind turbines, PV systems, battery storage and backup generation. His key role at Sapphire is client-side Project Engineer, managing the Quality Assurance program including verification of wind turbine performance, approval of contractor deliverables, specifically Manufacture Data Records (MDRs), drawings, documents and project milestones.

David Williamson, Facility Manager - Sapphire Wind Farm

David has over 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry as a substation technician and facility manager. He spent 15 years with Essential Energy as a substation technician in the New England and Mid North Coast regions of NSW, and followed this with the completion of an Electrical Engineering Degree. Over the past 5 years he has worked in WA on two of the largest global LNG projects for Chevron; the Barrow Island and Wheatstone projects. David is currently the Facility Manager for the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm in northern NSW.

Derek Dymond, Asset Manager

Derek has worked in the electrical industry since 1990, and has been building, operating and providing engineering support for wind farms throughout Asia Pacific since 2005. He is currently managing CWP’s operational wind farms and developing systems to bring Sapphire Wind Farm into operation in the NEM. When not working, he loves exploring on his mountain bike. Derek is based on the CWP Asset Management office in Canberra.

Ed Mounsey, Chief Operating Officer

Ed has over 15 years’ of experience in the renewable energy and major projects/infrastructure sector; identifying, screening and developing projects through to financial close, delivery and operation. Ed established and manages the CWP Renewables development team and is at the helm of over 1.4 GW of wind, solar and energy storage projects in NSW and Qld.

Jason Willoughby, Chief Financial Officer

Jason is a senior infrastructure finance executive with more than twenty years of project finance debt and equity experience in renewable energy and infrastructure sectors in Australia, PNG, Spain and Asia, with a particular focus on large scale wind and solar projects. Prior to CWP, Jason spent 12 years as Managing Director of General Electric’s energy investment group as well as working for German and Japanese investment banks.

Jessica Petersen, Development Officer

Jessica is in the Development team based in Newcastle. She brings a breadth of skills and experience in community & stakeholder engagement, town planning, architecture, international development, environmental management, BIM and GIS. She supports a range of development activities including GIS and mapping, communications and website development, and community engagement across wind and solar projects. Jessica is passionate about renewable energy and how it can help shape a more resilient and sustainable future.

Karen Fontaine, Site Administrator - Sapphire

Karen is a strong Administrator with over 21 years’ corporate experience in a variety of industries including Food & Beverage, Events, Rail, Mining, Construction and IT. She has vast experience in Marketing, Accounting, Vendor Replenishment Planning, Procurement, Document Control, OHS, Account Management, Supply Chain and Logistics. Karen’s drive for delivering company, client and project objectives is unsurpassed. Karen enjoys being part of the renewables industry and utilising her experience to deliver the CWP portfolio.

Keith Morris, Financial Controller

A Chartered Accountant by training, Keith joined the Company in 2010 following emigration from South Africa where he held financial directorships with the South African subsidiaries of a US listed logistics corporation, and of a US listed manufacturing and franchising corporation. Keith has broad experience in the management of the financial, administrative and regulatory affairs of companies.

Kristy Old, Development Manager

Kristy started her career in renewable energy in 2002 as a Wind Analyst with Garrad Hassan (now DNGVL). She has a breadth of experience in the sector, having also worked with Downer preparing balance of plant submissions. She spent a number of years in the local government sector addressing the issues of the community’s increasing demand on resources, but has returned to the renewable energy space with a passion to help Australia meet its Renewable Energy Target, and beyond. Kristy is currently Development Manager based in CWPs Newcastle officer responsible for delivering the Bango Wind Farm. Kristy sees herself as a “people person” with an analytical mind and a dream to see renewable energy sources replace fossil fuels in her lifetime.

Malcolm Moore, Construction Superintendent

Malcolm has been involved with Heavy Construction over the past 38 years and involved in a range of activities from Electrical Project Management, Windfarm Civil Discipline Manager, Construction of Electrical Systems, Engineering Design, Team Supervision. Involved with Oil & Gas, Coal, Gas Fired, and Wind Power Generation, Aluminium Smelters, Coal Processing. This broad experience has involved management of staff and sub-contractors. Malcolm is currently Construction Superintendent based onsite with Sapphire Wind Farm supervising the day to day construction activities of contractors.

Mark Branson, Senior Development Manager

Mark is a senior planning and environment manager with over 14 years’ experience developing energy and infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Responsible for all land, environment, permitting and community interactions at the project level, as well as strategic planning and building talent within the Development Team. Mark plays a key role in project financing, pre-construction compliance and due diligence across the CWP portfolio. Loves working with landowners, stakeholders and partners to bring ambitious projects to reality.

Marlene Tabone, Development Administrator

Marlene is the Development Team Administrator based in Newcastle, responsible for office administration and project administration tasks. Marlene’s administrative career began in 1996 where she was the Office Manager for a small software company.  After a time away from work to start her family; she returned to the work force using her skills as a receptionist for a Chiropractic clinic in Melbourne.  Upon moving to Newcastle, Marlene began to work with CWP Renewables where she has been for over five years.

Matthew Flower, Development Manager

Matthew is a Development Manager based in CWP’s Newcastle office with over eleven years’ experience in project management, environmental impact assessment and approvals, including a particular background in ecological survey and impact assessment. He has experience with multiple wind and solar farm sites throughout NSW. Matthew’s core strengths include his practical knowledge of the environmental impact assessment and approvals process, landholder liaison, and management of project timelines and budgets. He is a professional, organised and diligent individual who is passionate about his contribution to the development of renewable energy.

Matthew Jackson, Facility Manager

Matt is a Facility Manager based in CWP’s Canberra office. His primary focus is remote facility management for Wirsol’s Clermont and Wemen Solar Farms. Matt holds a Diploma of Operations and an Electrical Fitter Mechanic trade certificate. He started his career in the Canberra region in 1991 as an apprentice Electrical Fitter Mechanic. With twenty years management experience maintaining facilities throughout the ACT and reporting in critical environments, Matt is familiar with relevant Australian Standards, the National Construction Code, and policies and procedures within the building industry. He has a strong knowledge of Asset Management Systems and BMS.

Micah Bell, Senior Development Engineer

Micah is Senior Development Engineer for CWP Renewables based in the Newcastle office. With a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and a PhD (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Newcastle, he has experience with commercial scale renewable feasibility, sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental compliance. Micah specialises in environmental modelling, energy and price modelling, and creating analysis tools based on large data sets.

Mike Middleton, Technical Manager

Mike is Technical Manager for CWP Renewables based in the Adelaide office. Mike has gained broad experience across the technical aspects of wind and solar project development and operation over the past twelve years. His expertise includes resource and site design, equipment procurement, grid connection and asset management for renewable projects with experience working in Australia, North America, Europe/UK and SE Asia.

Patric Millar, Environmental Technical Advisor Sapphire Wind Farm

Patric Millar is highly experienced environmental scientist who brings a well-rounded skillset to the CWP and the Sapphire Wind Farm project. He has worked in the NSW Public Sector and has run a successful environmental consulting business since 2008. Patric has a broad mixture of environmental, engineering, policy development and spatial data skills and is recognised by the NSW Government as an Environmental Representative for renewable energy projects. His key role on Sapphire Wind Farm is to manage the environmental compliance with the various State and Federal approval documentation.

Phaedra Reynolds, Company Secretary

Since 2001 Phaedra has worked as a Senior Manager in Corporate Legal, Human Resources, Administrative Management, Finance and ISO compliance with CWP Renewables and the Wind Prospect Group of companies. Prior to her career with CWP Renewables and its related entities she worked as a risk assessment officer (Lender) for the Australian branch of the Bank of Scotland, named Capital Finance.

Rose King, Financial Analyst

Rosie is a member of the CWP finance team, responsible for managing lender interface with the project SPVs, assisting the debt raising process for future projects and running financial analysis for future financing. Rosie has over 8 years of experience in the Financial Services sector across different products and sectors working in London and Paris. Prior to CWP she spent the past 2 years were working in General Electric’s energy investment group where she gained global experience in energy project finance.

Rowan Rogers, Operations Engineer

Rowan is Operations Engineer in CWP Asset Management team and holds a research-based Master degree in engineering. Originally from South Africa, Rowan is now based on CWP’s Canberra office where he services the operational portfolio. He has a keen interest in energy systems, the energy market, and their interaction and is constantly monitoring the intricacies progressive uptake of renewables throughout the Australia. In his spare time, Rowan enjoys hiking and rock climbing by day, and social tango dancing by night.

Scott Pagett, Site Representative

Scott has worked in construction management for the last 20 years, in areas such as sub-divisions, solar farms, water pipelines, oil and gas and LNG industries, both in Australia and in Iraq. With a Masters degree of Urban Development and Sustainability in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, he now brings his passion and dedication to the wind farm industry.

Tegan Doblinger, Engineer

Tegan is an Engineer based in CWP’s Canberra office with over 7 years’ experience in the electrical industry. Tegan is responsible for engineering support during project financing, contract negotiation, construction, and operations. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering at the same time as her electrical apprenticeship and her trade experience has provided her with valuable practical knowledge related to all things electrical. Tegan has recently moved into the renewables sector, joining the team at CWP in 2017 as an Electrical Engineer with the aim to build her career in the electrical industry around her passion for renewables.

Thomas Behrendt, Development Officer

Thomas is Development Officer in CWP’s Newcastle office and is a renewable energy enthusiast. His keen interest lies in the development of renewable energy as a distributed source of power, with the ability to strengthen rural regions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in Australia and beyond. Thomas experience is built upon university degrees in Geography and Renewable Energy as well as development and consulting work across Germany and Australia. He is currently involved in various wind and solar projects. When not working in his role as Development Officer, he is volunteering for think tank Beyond Zero Emissions and devotes himself to questions regarding the energy transition.

Tijana Kljaic, Project Accountant

Tijana is a Project Accountant working at CWP Asset Managemet’s Canberra office. She has 2 years’ experience in the Accounting field, with a broad grasp of various aspects through bookkeeping, financial report preparation and analysis among others. Tijana’s passion for preservation of the environment has led her to pursue her interest in renewable energy. In her time away from the office she enjoys expanding her culinary skills with cuisines and fusions from different Nations, floriculture and travelling.

Tony Igo, Project Manager

Tony is a professional engineer with extensive large infrastructure projects management experience within Australia/NZ and internationally (UK, Sub-Saharan Africa, Former Soviet Union, Asia-Pacific). Tony is based in our Canberra office and is our Project Manager for project construction and commissioning.

Tony Zhang, Project Accountant

Tony joined CWP with over 10 years of Financial experience in large international and local organisations. Tony possesses multiple financial skills covering areas such as cost control, ledger analysis, financial statements, budgeting and taxation. Tony is focussed on the value of information he provides to the business and he leverages strong working relationships with management, colleagues and external stakeholders. He is passionate about renewable energy. In his spare time, Tony loves travel, enjoys tennis, hiking and cycling.