Executive Committee

The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (ExCo) is respon­si­ble for the strate­gic direc­tion of Intyal­heme. The ExCo over­sees the devel­op­ment and endorse­ment of the Project Plans, approves dis­crete projects co-fund­ed by Intyal­heme, and pro­vides over­sight of Intyal­he­me’s activ­i­ties as a whole. 

The ExCo is chaired by the Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA) CEO, and com­pris­es rep­re­sen­ta­tives from con­sor­tium part­ners: Pow­er and Water Cor­po­ra­tion, Ekisti­ca, Charles Dar­win Uni­ver­si­ty, and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment

Lyndon Frearson - Member

Managing Director, Ekistica

Lyndon Frearson is the Managing Director of Ekistica. Since 2007 he has overseen its development as a leading engineering consultancy providing technical services and advice in power systems engineering and remote area project management to clients throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.

During his time at Ekistica, Mr Frearson has led the design and development of some of the largest and most innovative renewable energy projects in Australia, ranging from ‘Uterne’ (Australia's first utility scale – 1 MW - solar farm), the Ti Tree, Kalkarindji and Lake Nash high penetration grid connect solar power stations through to PV and wind projects with plant sizes exceeding 120MW and the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, a whole-of-system demonstration facility in Alice Springs that has become a resource for the international PV industry.

Mr Frearson has also led the initial development of the $42 million Alice Springs Solar City Program, a multi-year participatory community energy program, as well as being Project Director of the Bushlight India Project, an internationally recognised village electrification project in India which won Australia’s most prestigious engineering award, the Sir William Hudson Award, in 2011.

Megan Jolley - Member

Senior Manager Strategic Projects, Power and Water Corporation

Megan is the Senior Manager Strategic Projects at Power and Water Corporation, a multi-utility in the Northern Territory. Power and Water manages the purchase and sale of gas and provides electricity network, water and sewerage services across the Northern Territory. It is also responsible for generating and retailing electricity for remote communities.

Since joining Power and Water in 2010, Megan has worked on various business improvement, renewable energy and innovation initiatives including establishment of the Solar Energy Transformation Program (Solar SETuP) which is reshaping Power and Water’s remote generation portfolio. Prior to joining Power and Water, Megan worked on national energy policy for the Queensland Government, renewable energy projects for an NGO in Vanuatu and Indigenous community infrastructure programs.

Megan has bachelor degrees in Engineering and Science (Physics) from the Australian National University and a post graduate diploma in Energy Studies from Murdoch University.

Suresh Thennadil - Member

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Research Institute for Energy and Technology, Charles Darwin University

Suresh Thennadil is the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Research Institute for Energy and Technology (RIET).

Prior to joining CDU, he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to joining Strathclyde, he held a prestigious five-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Suresh’s career has spanned both industry and academia. Throughout his academic career, Suresh has been engaged in developing highly inter-disciplinary industry-focused research programs with close collaborations with a range of global companies in the chemicals sector, as well as leading academic and research institutions.

His current research interests include process data analytics, utilising machine learning techniques for monitoring chemical processes and biofuel technologies; particularly waste-to-energy technologies. He has published around 30 refereed articles and is co-inventor in nine patents covering applications of machine learning for process monitoring and medical diagnostics.

Louis Gomatos - Member

Senior Director of Petroleum Operations, Energy Division, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Northern Territory Government

Louis Gomatos is the Senior Director of Petroleum Operations in the Energy Division of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.

Prior to this, Louis spent 25 years in the oil and gas industry. Having been born and raised in Darwin, Louis took the opportunity to return to his home and take up his current position.

Throughout his time in the oil and gas industry, Louis worked in numerous locations across Australia and the World. He has held engineering, sales, operations, and management positions.

Louis has been involved in the start-up and management of remote projects in Australia, as well as in countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Papua New Guinea.

Louis holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide.

Clare Pries - Observer

Senior Policy Officer, Renewable Energy Economic and Environment Policy, Department of the Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government

Clare is the Senior Policy Officer for Renewable Energy in the Department of the Chief Minister and is coordinating the implementation of the Northern Territory Government’s Roadmap to Renewables policy. Clare joined the department in February 2018 bringing with her a broad knowledge and understanding of renewable energy technology and its applications.

Clare has held a number of positions within the Northern Territory Government over the last 10 years including the Assistant Director of Technical Services for the Parks and Wildlife Commission, Senior Technical Officer for the former Department of Lands and Planning, and Sustainability Development Officer for the former Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport. During her time in these positions Clare has worked on various renewable energy related projects including the delivery of a number of remote solar-hybrid power systems in Ranger Stations across the Northern Territory.

Clare holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Energy Studies (Sustainable Energy Management) and is a registered Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional.