Professor Alan Broadfoot
Professor Alan Broadfoot is well known for his innovations in industry and is currently the Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle, a position he has held since 2010. Charged with an ambitious agenda linking industry and academia for transformational research in energy and resources efficiency, productivity and sustainability, Alan’s strategic direction and enterprising leadership has promoted a number of new and exciting initiatives at NIER, aligned to emerging challenges and national priorities associated with the sector.
Professor Broadfoot holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and has forged a solid career (in engineering and business management) since graduating. An Electrical Engineer in various roles from 1985, Alan joined leading electrical design and manufacturing company, Ampcontrol in 1991 and held a number of senior management positions, including Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 – 2010. Under Alan’s stewardship, the company grew substantially to twenty-six companies worldwide.
In 2006 he was awarded Engineers Australia’s Professional Engineer of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and was Chair of the Australian Industry Group Hunter Manufacturing Council from 2004 to 2009. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on a number of executive industry and research advisory committees, including the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. He is also the Director of the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub.