Executive and Directors
Pooled Energy was formed by a group of highly experienced, successful businessmen with a combined total of 250 man-years of world-wide experience in high-technology, professional engineering, engineering services, information and telecommunications technology, the Electricity Grid, Energy and investment. This group of founders comprise the Executive and Advisory Boards of the Company today and includes:
John Riedl has spearheaded the development of Pooled Energy’s unique and integrated pool optimising technology. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Pooled Energy, its parent and technology arm, Efficiency Filters and the Venture Capital Company, Game Changer Ventures that established them both.
John has over 40 years commercial experience in technology development and engineering solutions in industrial Process Control including the Electricity Grid, manufacturing, Information Technology and Telecommunications. He was formerly an executive at Honeywell Industrial Controls; a General Manager at AWA; CEO at Techniche Ltd., a Venture Capital Company; founder and CEO of Jtec, an internationally successful telecommunications company; and CEO of GPS company Signav. He was a technology advisor to the Prime Minister and the New South Wales Government and has sat on a large number of Boards, including several venture capital firms.
Greg Irving has over 40 years of global experience in automation and control systems, software development, information technology and energy management. He has created systems that manage thousands of industrial plants and major buildings worldwide.
Greg’s career includes Global Vice President of Integrated Systems for Honeywell Automation & Control Systems, a $24 billion global leader in automation. He was also Global Chief Technology and Marketing Officer for Honeywell’s Industrial Systems where he was largely responsible for the design and development of Honeywell’s current generation of world-leading control systems. Prior to that, Greg was CIO of Honeywell Asia Pacific, CEO of Honeywell Australia and had senior roles with Honeywell & General Electric. Greg is an electrical engineer with advanced business education from Harvard and Stanford.
John Grill, AO
Mr John Grill is Chairman of engineering company WorleyParsons. He has over 40 years’ experience in the resources and energy industry, starting his career with Esso Australia. He has extensive project delivery experience having worked on many of the world’s largest mining and infrastructure projects.
He is a Founding Advisory Director and shareholder of Game Changer Ventures, the seed investor for Pooled Energy.
John is Chairman of Neuroscience Research Australia and Chair of the Governments Growth Centres Advisory Committee. In 2012 Mr Grill donated $20 million to the University of Sydney to establish the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership. The multidisciplinary centre aims to improve the skills of managers responsible for delivering major projects worth tens of billions of dollars. In 2014, he was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to engineering, and to business, to the minerals, energy and power supply industries, and as a supporter of advanced education and training.
Chris Beare has over 40 years’ senior corporate experience across the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), investment banking and venture capital sectors. He is a Founding Advisory Director and shareholder of Game Changer Ventures, the seed investor for Pooled Energy.
Chris is Chairman of Cohda Wireless, Saluda Medical, Booktopia and Significance Systems. He is a Director of Capital Market Technologies and the Sealy of Australia Holding Companies. Chris has previously held numerous board and non-executive positions including Chairman of DEXUS Property Group (ASX DXS), FlexiGroup (ASX FXL), Deutsche Asset Management, and Australian Mortgage Securities. He has been a Director of BBB Capital, Eccosphere, National ICT Australia, and The SMARTS Group. He has been a commercialisation advisor to CSIRO and NICTA.
John is a senior executive with broad management experience, deep energy industry knowledge and highly developed sales growth expertise. His career has spanned CEO and General Management roles including sales, marketing, strategy, services & operations.
Within the energy industry John has held General Management roles with AGL, Origin Energy and Alinta Energy with responsibility for both consumer and business segments. He led business units including engineering projects and technical services, metering, solar, embedded networks and distributed generation, retail and service franchises and licensees. He ran his own consulting business specialising in sales and previously held roles with Lend Lease and Snap Printing. He is a former director of industry bodies including Energy Assured and the Greywater Institute and advisory board roles with fast growth consumer and technology companies.