our team

Major General (Ret'd) Craig Furini, AM.
Chair

Throughout a distinguished military career Craig has worked in UK and Australian intelligence organisations and as an adviser to the Government, including as chief of staff to the Chief of the Defence Force. He was most recently the commander of the Joint Agency Taskforce Operation Sovereign Borders.

He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for his role as director of coalition joint strategy on Operation Inherent Resolve fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Management (Defence Studies) and Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies). 

Mark A. Tipping
Managing Director

An accomplished disruptor, Mark is passionate about providing energy anywhere to everyone; from safe, simple, plug-and-play technology that can be installed by virtually anyone, to large energy storage solutions delivered complete and ready for connection.

A technology strategist who has successfully led complex and challenging transformations in complicated and at times politically hostile environments for more than 25 years.

Colonel (Ret'd) Andrew Gallaway, AM
Operations and Defence

Andrew is a senior executive, leader, and change agent with high-ranking Military experience who, over a 30-year career, has led transformations across Government and corporate environments to deliver lasting change and significant financial and performance benefits for organisations.

Andrew well understands the importance of developing pragmatic solutions that simply must be delivered when there are no other options.

Roger Gibson
Strategy

Roger has over 20 years of experience working in various leadership roles at Infosys Consulting, Telstra, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Downer Engineering. Roger graduated from the University of New South Wales with a master’s degree in commerce.

Roger has a rich background in transformational change, both as an executive and a consultant, and has focused primarily on infrastructure-based industries.

Kate Donaldson
People and Customer Experience

Kate is an experienced business leader with deep functional experience in people, culture and change. A forward thinker, creative strategist, culture creator and team builder with a strong record of delivering business growth, efficient and effective organisational practices and improved performance.

Kate is driven with a passion for facilitating positive and sustainable workplaces and a positive workplace experience.

Franca Mazzarella
Chief of Staff

With more than two decades of administrative management and the position of Executive Assistant behind her, Franca is well positioned as Chief of Staff. 

Years of managing gaming and entertainment venues has enabled her to develop skills in resolving a wide variety of client's challenges and concerns often in difficult situations. She is kind and understanding yet firm.

Dr. Mark Sandford
Investor Relations

Mark has worked around the world as an Anaesthetist for the last 35 years specialising in working with elite athletes. He is current Economics Advisory Officer of the Victorian section of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and has previously held other leading positions with the ASA, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Australian Medical Association.

Mark is passionate about improving access to energy for disadvantaged communities around the world and is Co-Founder of edea energy.

Dave Weinstein
Technology and Engineering

Dave has an extensive portfolio and a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur in the IT Space. He also has experience in diverse roles over his career as an i-banker with Gramercy throughout Asia and CEO of Disruptive Thermodynamics in Singapore delivering on projects that could “move the needle” in significant ways.  He has contributed to solving freshwater supply and massive energy problems caused by AC inefficiency.  He has assisted in acting as a strategic Consultant for Cleantech, Blue tech and High-Tech start-ups. Dave migrated from Singapore to Australia in December 2020.

Michael Barwell
Data Analysis

Michael is founder and CEO of Telligence and its hosting business AusTiger Hosting.

Michael brings a mix of startup and bootstrapped business experience, high end data analysis skills and long-term web-based development project experience with a focus on iOT protocols, machine data and pragmatic implementations.

Julia Steel
Program Management

With over 20 years of experience in innovation, projects and change, Julia has helped dozens of organisations increase their impact. She is a woman of action, a powerhouse of implementation and all-round expert in getting sh*t done.

She has held senior business transformation roles in Australia and the UK, including significant rollouts of technology infrastructure to the community. She is now a well-known speaker, trainer and coach and works with organisations to shape and deliver their future.

Michael Gale
Investment Advisor

After spending most of his adult life in Silicon Valley with additional stints in Asia, Europe and the Middle East Michael moved back to Australia in late 2017 and is building a new merchant bank focused on entrepreneurs and their companies.

He is the CEO of First Penny Investments and a Director of BlueMount Capital. Michael has been integral to the successful globalization of many leading companies including Macromedia, HAHT, F5, Akamai and Apple. He has been involved in over one hundred start-ups focused on how to accelerate their growth by leveraging international markets and partnerships. Michael has a truly global network and a keen understanding of many different business cultures. 

Mike Sinclair
Media

In on the ground floor of the online content explosion, Mike helped launch CarPoint.com.au as well as the country's leading mainstream motorcycle and marine editorial websites almost two decades ago.

Mike was then key when ACP Media and carsales joined forces to create Australia's leading automotive, industrial, marine and motorcycle online network in the mid-Noughties.

In addition to managing a growing multimedia editorial and content team at carsales.com Ltd, Mike's current responsibilities include overview of all PR and corporate communications for the group.