Our Team

Andrew Nance

Andrew is one of South Australia’s most widely experienced and well respected energy specialists. Starting as a trainee engineer with the Electricity Trust of South Australia at Torrens Island Power Station in 1987, a degree in Electrical Engineering (UniSA Hons) was followed by 10 years of hands-on work with the power systems of the Collins Class Submarine fleet.

Andrew has since served as the Technical Director of the South Australian Government’s Sustainability and Climate Change Division, spent a decade advising the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS), served on the Australian Energy Market Commission’s Reliability Panel and, since 2016, has sat on the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel. This experience is now being applied to managing risk and compliance of Embedded Networks around Australia.

Patrick Greene

Patrick is a solar energy specialist with experience in specifying, procuring, and project managing solar power solutions for a range of commercial, institutional and industrial customers. Patrick also brings experience in senior Sales, Operations and Product Development roles gained in the energy and IT industries in Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

Patrick has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management (Macquarie University), postgraduate qualifications in Sustainable Business Management (UniSA), and is completing a Masters of Science in Energy and Resources Management at University College London (UCL).

Jake Bugden

Jake is an energy efficiency specialist with extensive experience in project conception and delivery. Jake has specific expertise in energy efficiency and demand management in existing commercial buildings. Most recently, Jake has designed and overseen the delivery of large government energy programs for low income households.

Jake was the Founder and Managing Director of an energy services company which he grew into a $2M business.  Prior to this Jake worked for a range of companies, NGOs and the Commonwealth Government as a Senior Project Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (honours) from the University of Adelaide.


Martin Cottrell

Martin is a specialist in network connections and has extensive experience negotiating favourable network connections for customers. Prior to joining The Energy Project Martin was a senior electrical engineer at SA Power Networks and became the subject matter expert on embedded generation. Martin’s role also involved traditional network planning, customer load connections and electric vehicle planning.

Martin has previously worked as an independent engineer on major wind farms and as a consultant in the building services industry.

Martin has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Science (Energy Studies) from Murdoch University and is a Schneider certified Professional Energy Manager.

Bronwyn Colby

Bronwyn is a regulatory specialist with a detailed understanding of the National Electricity Rules and regulatory framework. She is currently delivering a comprehensive embedded network compliance program for a large national client.

Bronwyn has experience in a number of fields including marketing and communications, research, policy development and project delivery. For the past 13 years, Bronwyn has worked in the community services sector delivering projects aimed at improving outcomes for vulnerable people. Bronwyn has a degree in Social Science and a passion for delivering exceptional project results.


Hamish Dillon

Hamish specialises in energy contract negotiation and procurement. Hamish previously held the role of Electricity Trading Manager at Energy Australia. He brings the experience gained managing one of Australia’s largest and most complex energy portfolios and working with some of Australia’s biggest energy users to each client’s energy procurement needs.

Recognising each client’s unique characteristics and preferences, his focus is on building understanding of options, establishing a clear procurement plan and integration with energy management and on site generation to maximise energy productivity.


Matthew Martin

Matthew is one of Australia’s leading commercial lighting efficiency specialists with more than 15 years of experience in specifying, retrofitting and delivering lighting solutions for clients including hospitals, universities and commercial office buildings. Matthew’s expertise extends beyond lighting and lighting control, to a range of energy efficiency disciplines. His solutions address client needs both in terms of efficiency, comfort, compliance, and control.

Matthew is a licensed electrical mechanic, holds a Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Illumination Design) from the University of Sydney and is a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IES).

Avinesh Naidu

Avinesh is an electrical engineer and one of the most experienced solar PV designers in Australia. He has extensive experience in the design, output modelling, system optimisation and quality assurance and control of grid connected, off-grid and microgrid solar and energy storage systems.

Avinesh’s experience working across international and regional Australian projects means he has an in-depth understanding of a broad range of technical requirements.



Simon Bunstead

Simon’s recent work includes providing policy advice to NSW Government. Previously, he worked for three years with Energetics where his experience includes sizing solar PV systems, measurement and verification of energy efficiency projects and embedded network support. Prior to this, Simon worked on-site in remote WA on two major infrastructure projects.  Between these construction projects, Simon volunteered for a year as the state director of a national not-for-profit, recruiting and leading several teams to advocate, educate and fundraise to end poverty. Simon holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (honours) from Curtin University of Technology.



Matthew Varvounis

Matthew’s recent work includes energy data analysis to determine demand response and microgrid feasibility, the specification and project delivery of commercial solar power systems and undertaking level 2 energy audits for a range of facilities. His areas of interest include embedded generation systems, energy storage systems and microgrids. Matthew has previously worked as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) consultant with a number of leading engineering consultants. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (honours) and a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Adelaide.



Anthony Varvounis

Anthony’s recent work includes solar feasibility assessments, quality assurance of installed solar power systems and energy auditing. His previous experience includes HVAC systems used in Australian Naval ships and submarines. His analytical skills and key interests in solar power and electric vehicles enable him to provide a different perspective and assist with the development of sound, efficient business solutions. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (honours) from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology from the University of Adelaide.