New leader for Intyalheme

July 21, 2020

The Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy is pleased to announce that Tristan Simons has been appointed to the role of General Manager.

Tris­tan brings to the role a wealth of project man­age­ment expe­ri­ence along with strong ener­gy indus­try knowl­edge and contacts. 

He has been part of Intyal­heme since its incep­tion, work­ing along­side then-Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Sara John­ston to build the project from scratch. 

Tris­tan aid­ed Sara in bring­ing Aus­trali­a’s first region­al ARE­NA A‑Lab to Alice Springs, and since then has worked towards secur­ing fund­ing for projects that assist the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry in meet­ing its 50 per cent by 2030 Renew­able Ener­gy Target.

The ARE­NA A‑Lab helped put Alice Springs on the map in the renew­able ener­gy space, and high­light­ed how com­plex a chal­lenge it would be to inte­grate fur­ther renew­able ener­gy into the iso­lat­ed local elec­tric­i­ty grid,” said Tristan. 

In set­ting up Intyal­heme it was acknowl­edged by the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Gov­ern­ment that no sin­gle enti­ty could get Alice Springs to 50 per cent renew­able ener­gy,” he said. 

The main focus for the team is bridg­ing gaps in rela­tion­ships and knowl­edge in the ener­gy indus­try, both with­in the NT and beyond.” 

Intyal­heme (pro­nounced in-char-lum) is a Cen­tral Arrernte word mean­ing a fire flar­ing up again’. The name rep­re­sents the need to stoke the fire’ by way of lever­ag­ing local exper­tise gen­er­at­ed dur­ing pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tives, to over­come chal­lenges pre­sent­ed by the tran­si­tion to a renew­able ener­gy future.

For the past year, Glenn Mar­shall has held the posi­tion of Gen­er­al Man­ag­er, while Sara was on mater­ni­ty leave. Glenn has skil­ful­ly led the estab­lish­ment of a diverse con­sor­tium of ener­gy stake­hold­ers along­side the sub­mis­sion of sev­er­al major grant appli­ca­tions. Fur­ther fund­ing will start the trans­for­ma­tion of the Alice Springs grid towards high­er renew­able ener­gy penetration. 

We are delight­ed to announce that Glenn will remain part of the Intyal­heme team,” said Tristan. 

The imme­di­ate Intyal­heme team con­sists of three peo­ple. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer Andrea John­ston has worked with Intyal­heme since Decem­ber 2018. Intyal­heme is a project of Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia, and is well-sup­port­ed by DKA staff. DKA CEO Dr Dan Tyson chairs the Intyal­heme Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, which over­sees the project’s activ­i­ties and direction. 

Tristan’s deep knowl­edge and exper­tise in his role with Intyal­heme has equipped him very well to assume the GM role,” Dr Tyson said.

I would like to con­grat­u­late Glenn for his huge efforts over the last year or so, in man­ag­ing a very com­plex project with many stake­hold­ers and very tight time­frames to meet.”

The changes in staffing have been prompt­ed by Sara’s res­ig­na­tion. Sara is con­tin­u­ing her career in Canberra. 

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