The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) is leading research in sustainable energy production and use to benefit the community, the economy, and industry.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources


The NIER Governance Board and Management Committee provide high level leadership and strategic guidance to the management and operations of the Institute. The Governance Board has strong representation across stakeholders including university partners, research agencies, minerals, water and energy sectors, industry partners and University of Newcastle executives. The Governance Board is supported by a Management Committee, consisting of senior management from the faculties representing various disciplines involved in NIER research activities and Facilities Management.

For biographical information on both our Governance Board and Management Committee members, please click on the tabs at left under Governance.

Dr Eileen DoyleDr Eileen Doyle (Chair)

Chair, Hunter Valley Research Foundation

Dr. Eileen Doyle has had an exceptional career in large corporations that has spanned more than three decades. She has a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics and started her career in a technical role in industry, but quickly moved to management. In 1993 she was Australia's first Fulbright Scholar in Business  Management. She completed an International General Management Program at Columbia University in New York...(read more)

Sharon GriersonMs Sharon Grierson

Former Federal Member for Newcastle

Sharon Grierson was first elected in 2001 - the first woman to represent the federal seat of Newcastle - and was re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2010.  Before entering Parliament, Sharon served as a teacher and Principal in the Hunter region. In her professional career she completed extensive management  and financial training and studied Arts and Law. Sharon was also a board director of the Honeysuckle Development Corporation and a member of the management committee of the Tinonee Multicultural Village for Aged Care...(read more)

Mr Mick BuffierMr Mick Buffier

Group Executive - Corporate Affairs, Government & Industry Relations and Sustainable Development, Xstrata Coal

Mr Buffier joined Xstrata Coal in February 2001 and has 30 years experience in the coal mining industry. Appointed Group Executive, Xstrata Coal in March 2009, Mr Buffier is responsible for Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Sustainable Development across Xstrata's global coal operations...(read more)

Dr Peter MayfieldDr Peter Mayfield

Chief, Energy Technology, CSIRO

Dr Mayfield has worked in research and development in the resources industry for over 20 years. In his current role he is responsible for managing and developing the science capability relating to energy research in CSIRO.  This spans from developing technologies for more greenhouse effective  ways to use fossil fuels such as coal to the development and integration of renewable technologies such as solar and wind as well as finding more efficient ways to generate, distribute and use energy...(read more)

Mr Peter DennisMr Peter Dennis

General Manager, South East Queensland Water

As a executive manager with over 28 years experience in the industry, Peter has extensive experience in water industry management and is widely recognised as one of the leading water industry strategists. Peter is currently General Manager, Catchments and Raw Water for South East Queensland Water. Prior to this, he was Technical  Director for AECOM and also worked at Hunter Water Corporation and Hunter Water Australia for over 25 years...(read more)

Steve BurgessSteve Burgess

Executive General Manager Engineering & Operations Support, Centennial Coal

In his role with Centennial, Steve provides leadership in engineering, major projects, planning approvals and procurement. His role also includes relief as General Manager Operations. Steve has a keen focus on community, safety, and environment and productivity.

Centennial is a coal mining and marketing company supplying thermal coal to domestic and export markets. Fuelling around 40% of NSW's coal-fired powered electricity generating capacity, Centennial is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banpu Public Company Limited (the largest independent pan-Asian coal group). Centennial has over 1700 employees and six operating coal mines in NSW, making it one of the largest underground coal producers in NSW...(read more)

Dr Paul EbertProfessor Paul Ebert

Global Director for Worley-Parsons Renewable Energy, Hybrids and Enablers

As Global Director Dr Ebert is focused on project development, delivery and operations and covers a large range of technologies and clients, including utilities, investors, private interests and Governments. His activity covers every continent with a recent focus particularly on Africa, the Middle East and Latin America...(read more)

Geoff LillissMr Geoff Lilliss

Managing Director, Ampcontrol

Geoff was Managing Director and CEO of one of Australia's significant international manufacturing organisations; Ampcontrol, following an extensive career in Energy Utilities. His experience includes management of large utility networks, investment programmes, delivery of substantial projects and development of key market alliances...(read more)

Dr Alan BroadfootDr Alan Broadfoot

Director, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle

Dr Alan Broadfoot's achievements in engineering over the past three decades have been recognised for leading edge technology and innovations in the mining industry that have delivered safety improvements and large increases in production. Formerly Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ampcontrol,  a leading international supplier of electrical and electronic products to the power, energy and mining sectors, Dr Broadfoot is currently the Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER)...(read more)

Professor Kevin HallProfessor Kevin Hall

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Newcastle

Dr Kevin Hall is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle with responsibilities for the University's diverse and comprehensive research enterprise and acts as the University's chief research officer. Kevin was previously Vice President (Research and External Partnerships) at the University of Guelph, Canada and prior to that at Queen's University, Canada for 22 years in roles including Department Head (Civil Engineering), director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Population and Public Health... (read more)

Prof Brett NinnessProfessor Brett Ninness

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

Professor Ninness is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle. He received his BE, ME and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1986, 1991 and 1994 respectively. His research interests are in the areas of system identification and stochastic signal processing, in which he has authored approximately one hundred papers in journals and conference proceedings. He has served on the editorial boards of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and is currently Editor in Chief for IET Control Theory and Applications...(read more)

Alan BroadfootDr Alan Broadfoot

Director, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Prof Brett Ninness profile pictureProfessor Brett Ninness

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

John GermovProfessor John Germov

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts

Profile ImageProfessor Rick Middleton

Interim Head of School, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Profile ImageProfessor Fred Menk

Interim Head of School, Mathematics & Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and IT

Profile ImageProfessor Adam McCluskey

Interim Head of School, Environmental & Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and IT

Mark JonesProfessor Mark Jones

Head of School, Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Director, TUNRA Bulk Solids