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Our Team

What makes us Balance is our people. They are awesome!

Our leadership team have over 200 years of combined experience in power system planning, investment and management. Our world class engineers have extensive technical abilities in renewable energy system design, integration and control.

Executive Team

Rod Hayes

Rod Hayes

Chief Executive Officer

Rod Hayes

Chief Executive Officer

Rod has held senior management and leadership roles in the Australian Energy and Water Industries in three states for the last 20 years. Prior to moving to WA Rod was the CEO of the Gladstone Area Water Board overseeing the commercialization of the business, development of long term water strategy for the region and the undertaking of major infrastructure projects.

Rod was the inaugural Managing Director of Horizon Power from 2006 until December 2010. Horizon is responsible for the provision of electricity to most of regional Western Australia managing 34 islanded power systems. During his tenure, Horizon developed new generation, retail and operation and maintenance approaches which are still regarded as industry leading.

Mike Laughton-Smith

Mike Laughton-Smith

Business Development Manager

Mike Laughton-Smith

Business Development Manager

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in power utility operations, engineering and executive leadership, particularly in services to regional and indigenous communities. Prior to founding Balance in 2011, Mike was General Manager, Islanded Systems Development at Horizon Power, where he oversaw a major generation capital replacement program as well as the development and delivery of two world leading diesel/solar hybrid power stations.

Murray Bathgate

Murray Bathgate

Business Development Manager

Murray Bathgate

Business Development Manager

Murray has extensive experience in the contractual success of large-scale solar systems in remote locations. He has delivered and installed over 120 MW of photovoltaic solar systems in Australia incorporating inverters, charge controllers, batteries and diesel generation. Many of these projects were remote, complex and required high levels of technical and client management skills.

Dr James Darbyshire

Dr James Darbyshire

Chief Technical Officer

Dr James Darbyshire

Chief Technical Officer

James’ passion is for renewable energy sources in grid connected and hybrid off grid systems. He has extensive experience in the design, installation and commissioning of micro-grids and utility scale solar systems in remote locations. James has designed over 200 solar PV systems incorporating inverters, charge controllers, batteries and diesel generation for various projects across Australia and Asia. Many of these projects were remote, complex and required elevated levels of technical skill and resourcefulness.

Wayne Sams-Hayes

Wayne Sams-Hayes

Chief Financial Officer

Wayne Sams-Hayes

Chief Financial Officer

Wayne is an accomplished accounting professional with more than 20 years’ experience. After graduating from Curtin University in 1998 he began his career as an Accountant and has held various roles within the accounting practice including Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Treasury and Tax & Treasury Manager at Horizon Power, as well as holding his CPA since 2004. He has extensive knowledge in Australian taxation legislation, accounting standards and statutory obligations as well complex contract finance and taxation risk. Overseeing a multitude of projects at Balance, Wayne has been instrumental in the company’s growth and financial success

Mike Dymond

Mike Dymond

Delivery Engineering Manager

Mike Dymond

Delivery Engineering Manager

Mike comes to Balance with a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector and brings over 30+ years of industry knowledge and expertise to Balance. Mike’s greatest quality is in his ability to create and build highly functional teams. He is committed to engineering a better, cleaner future in the energy sector. This is especially so for those that have poor, unreliable, or no access to electricity and the services it enables.

Engineering

Bernadette Zilkens

Bernadette Zilkens

Controls Engineer

Bernadette Zilkens

Controls Engineer

Berni is part of the control engineering team that tackles the HMI SCADA aspect of the control system. Being passionate about the renewable energy sector of engineering she feels very lucky to be part of this company with awesome people.

Dr Mahdi Dargahi

Dr Mahdi Dargahi

Design Engineer Lead

Dr Mahdi Dargahi

Design Engineer Lead

Mahdi is a passionate, creative engineer who thrives on pioneering innovative projects. His in-depth technical knowledge and problem-solving skills enable him to take on the design, implementation, and commissioning of our microgrid projects. With a highly commendable PhD in Electrical Power Systems Engineering for renewable energy our business approaches any opportunity with great technical confidence.

Nina Faridnia

Nina Faridnia

Electrical Engineer

Nina Faridnia

Electrical Engineer

Nina possesses excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills gained from her experience in both industry and multiple research-based work in renewable energy. Her expertise includes power systems study, evaluation & design, big power system networks and earthing & protection system design.

Alessio Ricciardi

Alessio Ricciardi

Design Engineer Lead

Alessio Ricciardi

Design Engineer Lead

Alessio is a Senior Electrical Engineer with 8 years’ experience working in the renewables and conventional power industry. He is an integral member to the business with expertise in electrical power design and project design management. Alessio has solidified business growth and development overseas in the northern pacific islands. He continues to champion the passion for Balance and what the values the business represents

Dr Aroshanie Lamabadu

Dr Aroshanie Lamabadu

Electrical Engineer

Dr Aroshanie Lamabadu

Electrical Engineer

Passionate about Renewable Energy, Aroshanie joined Balance in 2018. Offering strategic “out of the box” thinking developed in her PhD, Aroshanie is an expert in non-conventional energy sources. Her role involves concept designs, software modelling and technical analyses to turn the visions into the viable projects.

Peter Ang

Peter Ang

Operations and Maintenance Manager

Peter Ang

Operations and Maintenance Manager

Peter is an Electrical Engineer with 20 years experience in the electricity utility, engineering consultancy, mining and energy solutions industries. He is has worked in roles ranging from planning, detailed engineering design, project execution, commissioning, and operations and maintenance. Peter was the Project Manager responsible for the hybrid off-grid renewable energy projects.

Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson

Workshop Assistant

Ian Simpson

Workshop Assistant

Robert Desveaux

Robert Desveaux

Designer Drafter

Robert Desveaux

Designer Drafter

Robert is skilled in electrical design and drafting. He specialises in the preparation of a high-class drawings and documentation, helping the team turn a concept on paper into material reality.

Kevin Choong

Kevin Choong

Mechanical Designer Drafter

Kevin Choong

Mechanical Designer Drafter

With a keen eye for detail and a passion in engineering design and drafting, Kevin brings over a decade of experience in Mechanical Design to the Balance Team and assists the Engineering Team with innovative ideas for the renewable energy industry.

Jake May

Jake May

Electrical Engineer

Jake May

Electrical Engineer

Jake avidly believes that large scale solar and batteries are the key to cleaner and more reliable grids. Combining considerable modelling experience with exposure to large scale PV engineering projects, he is a key member Balance team, helping deliver smart solar solutions from conceptualistion to energisation

Anne Hopkins

Anne Hopkins

Electrician

Anne Hopkins

Electrician

Anne is an experienced Electrician, having worked in Switchboard Manufacturing, Commercial and Mining Construction and Maintenance for over 25 years. Studying for her Electrical Engineering Degree majoring in Renewable Energy, Anne is also passionate about mentoring young apprentices and takes the time to answer their questions and assist in giving them a well rounded education

Mahfuz Rahman

Mahfuz Rahman

Engineering Coordinator

Mahfuz Rahman

Engineering Coordinator

Mahfuz is passionate about the design and integration of renewable energy solutions. Continually developing his knowledge and skills within professional engineering practices, Mahfuz has worked for both the public and private sector. He is skilled in planning, design, project engineering, tender and bid management.

David Wheatley

David Wheatley

Senior Mechanical Engineer

David Wheatley

Senior Mechanical Engineer

David is passionate about efficient and practical design, engineering, procurement and construction, to ensure projects are delivered within scope, on time and in budget. David has a background in the design and construction of biofuel systems, power generation and large scale solar.

Lio Hebert

Lio Hebert

Senior Researcher

Lio Hebert

Senior Researcher

Lio is a mechanical engineer who is passionate about systems optimisation and finding value in unused resources or “waste”. His background in automotive R&D, energy and sustainable buildings has led him to pursue a PhD which is developing new models for industrial precincts to transition to on-site renewable energy.

Amit Datta

Amit Datta

Electrical Engineer

Amit Datta

Electrical Engineer

Amit is an enthusiastic Electrical Engineer who is skilled in combining theoretical knowledge with practical implementation. His area of work and interest is creating control systems that manage Microgrid solutions for remote locations.

James Buchan

James Buchan

Development Engineer

James Buchan

Development Engineer

James is passionate about off-grid renewable energy systems, power electronics, and electromagnetic compatibility for radio astronomy applications. At Balance, James spends his time designing and prototyping radio-quiet off-grid solar power systems and power distribution solutions for the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope.

Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards

Site Supervisor (LV/DC)

Stephen Edwards

Site Supervisor (LV/DC)

Steve is an enthusiast and driven professional within the solar industry. His thirst for knowledge has guided him into several specialty divisions within the renewable energy industry. As a trained electrician with grid connect and off-grid accreditation background, Steve is able to bring both a theoretical and practical aspect to the delivery of all projects.

Bryce Newton

Bryce Newton

Controls Engineer

Bryce Newton

Controls Engineer

Bryce enjoys automating control and maintenance of many of Balance's remote installations, excelling especially with unfamiliar tasks. His skillsets have helped Balance provide more cost-effective renewable energy solutions.

Moiz Syed

Moiz Syed

Control Engineer

Moiz Syed

Control Engineer

Moiz specialises in Electronics Engineering and possess strong industrial background in Instrumentation, Automation and Renewable energy systems specifically Solar PVs. He is also a PhD researcher at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) and is passionate about integration of IoT and renewables in residential developments.

Simon Kirkby

Simon Kirkby

Controls Engineer

Simon Kirkby

Controls Engineer

Simon has been designing, building and fixing network and internet infrastructure for many years. He is passionate about making sure that communications infrastructure is stable and running smoothly in this increasingly interconnected world.

Dr Lawrence Borle, CPEng NER

Dr Lawrence Borle, CPEng NER

Development Engineer

Dr Lawrence Borle, CPEng NER

Development Engineer

Dr. Borle is a power electronics engineer with a passion for renewable energy and the elegant solution. He has thirty years’ experience in power converter design, research and development. He is currently working on an extremely low EMI power system targeted at the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. Lawrence oversees grid connection applications for our renewable energy systems.

Project Management

Mick Turvey

Mick Turvey

Project Manager

Mick Turvey

Project Manager

Mick is still loving life and his involvement in solar, wind and energy storage systems is a breath of fresh air from his earlier life of building and operating fossil fuel power stations. He brings many years of project management experience as well as a can- do attitude.

Maurice Castelli

Maurice Castelli

Project Manager

Maurice Castelli

Project Manager

Maurice is an experienced Project Manager in the energy field and is focused on solution orientated approach to delivering projects

Brett Harvey

Brett Harvey

Project Manager

Brett Harvey

Project Manager

Motivated by a drive for change, Brett is passionate about delivering renewable energy projects and draws on his diverse background and ingenuity in his commitment to achieving sustainable economic, environmental and social outcomes in his role as project manager at Balance.

Greg Brick

Greg Brick

Project Manager

Greg Brick

Project Manager

Greg employs his extensive experience in project management to cut through the noise and focus on delivering successful project outcomes. He brings outstanding leadership and communication skills, acquired from over a decade spent with in the Air Force, coupled with a strong technical background which helps bridge the gap between client and engineering

Ciaran Maughan

Ciaran Maughan

Workshop Manager

Ciaran Maughan

Workshop Manager

Ciaran has worked across multiple industries which brings a vast knowledge to bear, this coupled with out of the box thinking, keeps the ideas fresh and innovative giving the customer the perfect solution in any situation.

Dereck Possingham

Dereck Possingham

Site Supervisor (HV)

Dereck Possingham

Site Supervisor (HV)

Dereck brings a diverse range of experience and an enthusiastic approach to his work. With a back ground in power generation for islanded systems, his can do work ethic and eye for detail adds value to all levels of project execution.

Matt Rule

Matt Rule

Project Administrator

Matt Rule

Project Administrator

Matt is an adaptable Renewable Energy Masters graduate with previous international project leadership experience. He believes in developing a valuable and diverse suite of skills, evidenced by his time as Business Development Analyst and now recently expanded into Project Management, taking on important roles for our upcoming Solar PV Farms.

Todd Ritland

Todd Ritland

Project and Maintenance Technician

Todd Ritland

Project and Maintenance Technician

Commercial

Jennifer Castro

Jennifer Castro

Executive Assistant / Office Manger

Jennifer Castro

Executive Assistant / Office Manger

Bright, dynamic and detail orientated, Jennifer’s planning and organisational ability is second to none. With 10 years’ experience in the logistics and supply chain industry. Jen brings extensive operational and OH&S knowledge with her. She controls the fast-paced day to day operations like a pro.

Dr Angie Silva

Dr Angie Silva

Marketing Manager

Dr Angie Silva

Marketing Manager

Angie is passionate about communicating sustainability and innovations, evidenced by her PhD on the topic. At Balance you can find her facilitating marketing strategy workshops, creating content for our social media platforms and turning engineering jargon in to “normal people language”.

Chloe Hayes

Chloe Hayes

Accounts Administrator

Chloe Hayes

Accounts Administrator

Chloe provides a wide range of support to the accounting and admin teams, tackling all tasks she can. Chloe relies on good teamwork skills and communication to get the job done. She loves working with such a competent and happy team at Balance.

Perry Ward

Perry Ward

Business Development Analyst

Perry Ward

Business Development Analyst

From his time as a professional Australian Rower, Perry has a strong ability to work intensively in a team environment towards a common goal. Perry is skilled at adapting to change and developing new and unique ways of looking at renewable technologies and investment models

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin

Business Development Analyst

Alexander Martin

Business Development Analyst

Alexander desires to complete his studies in engineering and management whilst gaining professional and practical experience with Balance. Due to his passion in the pursuit for a more sustainable future, he has been a fantastic contribution to the Business Development team utilising his hard-work, efficiency, and organisational skills.