Who’s involved in the project
CWP Renewables are the developers of the Sapphire Wind Farm, with its Asset Management division overseeing construction and ongoing operations. CWP is an Australian-based company that develops, manages and operates small and large-scale renewable energy projects in wind, solar and microgrids. We’re about providing communities here and around the world with better energy alternatives and sustainable choices.Learn More
Sapphire Wind Farm is being constructed by a consortium of Vestas and Zenviron. Vestas will supply and install the wind turbines while Zenviron are undertaking the civil and electrical balance of the plant. TransGrid are building a substation adjacent to its 330kV transmission line.
Meet the Site Team
Andrew is the Project Manager for Sapphire Wind Farm, he is responsible to oversee all aspects of project delivery and implementation. He comes to the project with over 22 years of international experience within the power and engineering sectors specialising in the technical delivery of major capital power and water infrastructure projects in Asia, Middle East and the UK. Originally from Glasgow in Scotland, he is currently based on the project. He has 2 sons Zachary and Charlie who are fully-fledged Aussies.
“The landscape and the friendliness of the people in this region remind me very much of home.”
Mal has been involved in the construction industry over the past 38 years, of which the past 5 years have involved windfarm projects both in NSW and Victoria. In his current role he oversees the construction and installation of the concrete tower foundation bases and electrical reticulation.
“I’ve worked in a few country areas and this seems like a great community it’s a very welcoming”
Environmental Technical Adviser
Patric has lived and worked in the Inverell and Glen Innes area since 1989 when he started working for the Soil Conservation Service. Patric has been running a successful local environmental consulting company for over 10 years. In his role Patric brings a wealth of practical environmental and community knowledge and experience to the project. Patric spends his spare time with his wife Helen and their two daughters or restoring his vintage Vespa motor scooters.
“This is an opportunity to be actively involved in a cutting-edge project which has long term benefits for my community”
Facilities Manager – Operations
David is our newest addition to the team, he is responsible for the management and operation of the wind farm once construction is complete. David spent 15 years with Essential Energy as a substation technician in the New England and Mid North Coast regions of NSW. He followed this with the completion of an Electrical Engineering Degree. Over the past 5 years he has worked in WA on two of the largest global LNG projects for Chevron; the Barrow Island and Wheatstone projects. David and his partner Karen live locally to the wind farm on a property they are currently renovating.
” I like the serenity of rural life its always good for the mind and soul. It great to be back living and working in the community that I grew up in”
Project Engineer – Civil
Talbot is the onsite engineer supporting the team to deliver Sapphire Wind Farm. He has moved from Tasmania to join the project, with a background in the hydro power industry. He is enjoying exploring the local area, trying his hand at cod fishing and riding the local mountain bike trails.
“It’s is great to be a part of a project that will provide Australia with clean energy and help us reach our renewable energy target.”
Community Project Officer
Sandy’s role is to develop, deliver and promote our projects in the local community, including events and legacy projects. She’s the person your most likely to see around the towns of Inverell and Glen Innes. Sandy moved from Melbourne to Delungra thirteen years ago. For nine years she managed The Roxy in Bingara. She lives with her family at Gunnee Station where her husband Mark Byrne manages the Gunnee Feedlot.
“I am excited by the amazing opportunities that the project will deliver to our communities.”
Meet the Head Office Support Team
Head of Asset Manager Division
Bill is responsible to oversee the construction and asset management of Sapphire Wind Farm. His background spans more than two decades of major infrastructure project delivery on many of Australia’s largest projects. Bill lives in the Port Macquarie area with his wife Michelle, two kids and extended family. Michelle recently completed the Glen Innes Rotary to Conference bike ride which Sapphire Wind Farm sponsored.
‘I enjoy delivering projects that benefit the larger community, especially renewable energy projects’
Head of Construction
Adrian manages the construction division of CWP, including tendering and negotiating contracts for the construction of renewable energy projects and well as the project and engineering management of projects under construction. Adrian has been part of the renewable energy industry for over 25 years covering technology development, project development, engineering and technical support and project management. Adrian is based in CWP’s Canberra office.
‘This project has brought new challenges due to the size of the turbines being used, which keeps things exciting’
Community Engagement Manager
Lisa manages community engagement for CWP, working with the site team & contractors to develop our approach and then partnering with the local community to bring this to life. Her career experience spans communications, community development and renewable energy. She runs QED Energy, a consultancy firm specialising in community, strategy, and business development for renewable energy clients. Lisa travels back and forth from her base in Canberra.
“Sapphire Wind Farm is demonstrating how large-scale renewable projects can bring a wider range of benefits to the local community.”
Derek has worked in the electrical industry since 1990, and has been building, operating and providing engineering support for wind farms throughout Asia Pacific since 2005. He is currently managing the design reviews, grid connection and commissioning of the wind farm from CWP’s Canberra office. When not working, he loves exploring on his mountain bike.
“It’s great working with a talented team, building a sustainable project, bringing benefits to the local area and beyond”
Project Engineer – Electrical
Tegan is a graduate engineer based in CWP’s Canberra office who recently joined to provide support to the site team. Tegan graduated from ANU in 2016 and whilst studying her degree she also completed an Electrical Apprenticeship with TransGrid. Tegan has extensive experience in the power industry in both a field role and as an engineer. Tegan grew up in Canberra and still resides there with her partner and beautiful dalmatian.
“I’m excited about being involved in the construction of the largest wind farm in NSW.”