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Senior executives

Photo of Mr Darren Miller, ARENA CEOMr Darren Miller

  • Chief Executive Officer

Darren Miller commenced as ARENA’s CEO on 27 August 2018. He has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including renewable energy, electricity retail, technology, finance, media and entertainment.

Darren was co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power, an innovative electricity retailer, from 2015 until July 2018. He was previously the Director of Asset Finance at Sungevity Australia in 2014, and co-founder and CEO of Sumwise, a technology and services company from 2007 to 2013. Darren’s other previous experience includes a position as investment manager for Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) and Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) and roles at New Zealand Natural and Ernst & Young.

Darren is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

Photo of Mr Ian Kay, ARENA CFOMr Ian Kay

  • Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Ian Kay leads ARENA’s Business Development and Transactions and Finance teams. His focus is on optimising the use of ARENA’s grant money to help proponents secure the sponsor equity, third party equity and project finance debt needed to bring projects to financial close.

Ian possesses 20 years’ experience leading investment in infrastructure, development and commercialisation of renewable energy projects at Origin Energy and Macquarie Group.

He has particular skill in managing joint venture partnerships and a track record of designing innovative transaction structures. Ian brings a depth of experience to ARENA and has originated, developed and led projects totalling more than $12 billion in enterprise value and $3.7 billion total required equity commitment. He has experience of a broad range of renewable energy projects.

Ian holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Economic Science from Aberdeen University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales).

Photo of Ms Nicola Morris, ARENA COOMs Nicola Morris

  • Chief Operating Officer

Nicola Morris commenced as Chief Operating Officer for ARENA in July 2016. She provides oversight of the Strategy, Human Resources, Information Technology, Corporate Affairs, Legal and Project Delivery teams and leads ARENA’s digital transformation agenda.

Nicola also worked at ARENA as General Manager and General Counsel until early 2014 and was responsible for the Big Solar team. She was also the head of the ARENA Establishment Team in the lead up to the commencement of ARENA in July 2012.

Nicola was previously Acting Head of Division of Innovation Programs Division – AusIndustry in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She was also General Manager of the Business Management element of the Entrepreneurs’ Program.

Previously Chief Lawyer for the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and a lawyer in private practice, Nicola has transitioned to program management, with a particular interest in innovation programs, and the intersection between public sector programs and private sector expertise and delivery models.