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Chairperson - Alice Springs Future Grid Steering Committee



Program Overview

Alice Springs Future Grid brings together 18 energy industry stakeholders (NT and national) to deeply integrate solar energy into the Alice Springs grid.

The target is 50% by 2030. The Steering Committee comprises Power Water Corporation, Territory Generation, Desert Knowledge Australia, Desert Knowledge Research Institute, CSIRO and Ekistica.

Essential Attributes

  • Corporate governance – experience as a Director and/or Chair on boards or management committees
  • Grid transformation - experience in network power systems or regulatory frameworks incorporating distributed (renewable) energy integration
  • ARENA - previous involvement in ARENA funded projects
  • People skills - experience facilitating positive collaborations between partner organisations and their representatives


  • Research – published research in engineering, science or energy policy (relates to DKRI, see below)
  • AICD - member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Collaborative projects - experience with consortium projects, preferably in an energy related field


July 2022 - June 2023


$20,000 per year plus travel/accommodation at cost

Time commitment

Steering Committee meetings: 2 days per 2 months

Liaison with Project Director 0.5 day per month

Other: 0.5 day per month

Travel (if not NT-based)

Attend every 2nd meeting face-to-face (Darwin or Alice Springs)

Attend major Future Grid milestone events – occasional as needed

Roles and Responsibilities

As per attached list

Desert Knowledge Research Institute

DKRI is the host organisation for Future Grid. It is an entity of Desert Knowledge Australia, see www.dka.com.au

The Chair of Future Grid will contribute to DKRI Board and/or Research Committee deliberations, further details to come.


1. The Chair is responsible for leadership of the Steering Committee including:

  • Facilitating proper information flow to the Steering Committee;
  • Facilitating the effective functioning of the Steering Committee including managing the conduct, frequency and length of Steering Committee meetings;
  • Communicating the views of the Steering Committee, in conjunction with the Intyalheme General Manager, to the consortium’s partners and associates, broader stakeholders and to the public.

2. In performing his/her role, the Chair’s responsibilities also include:

  • In consultation with the Intyalheme General Manager:
      • Setting the agenda for the matters to be considered by the Steering Committee;
      • Seeking to ensure that the information provided to the Steering Committee is relevant, accurate, timely and sufficient to keep the Steering Committee appropriately informed of the performance, finances, affairs, opportunities and challenges of the Alice Springs Future Grid project, and of any developments that may have a material impact on it;
      • Seeking to ensure that communications with stakeholders, regulators and the public are timely accurate and relevant;
      • Facilitating open and constructive communications amongst Steering Committee members and encouraging their contribution to Steering Committee deliberations;
      • Liaising and interfacing with the Intyalheme General Manager as the primary contact between the Steering Committee and operational staff;
      • Liaising with and counselling, as appropriate, Steering Committee members.

3. Subject to the terms of the constitution, the Chair is appointed by the Desert Knowledge Research Institute and holds office at the discretion of the DKRI Board until removed from office by the DKRI Board or until the Chair resigns from office.

4. In the absence of the Chair, the deputy Chair (if there is one appointed by the Steering Committee) should assume the role that otherwise would be performed by the Chair if the Chair was not absent.

Further Information

Contact Lyndon Frearson, Project Director Alice Springs Future Grid. 0438839920 or www.alicespringsfuturegrid.com.au

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