Ekistica is a leading advisory and technical consultancy firm in regional Australia. We work nationally and internationally with clients in challenging engineering and project development and delivery problems.

Established in 2007 by our parent company, the Indigenous controlled Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, our team of professional project managers includes electrical, renewable, environmental, civil, structural and mechanical engineers, engagement specialists, data analysts and IT systems and financial experts. Read more about our people here.

We have delivered many successful projects, across a range of different markets, including a number of ground-breaking projects that challenged the status quo. Many of our most prominent projects are in the renewable energy sector, however, our underlying principles and philosophies are what have allowed us to be innovative and successful across a broader range of infrastructure and technology projects.

Our key strength is our unique comprehension of the challenges associated with developing and building infrastructure in remote, regional or marginalised areas. An understanding that there are a common set of barriers to all remote area infrastructure development which are key determinants to a project’s success or failure:

  1. People and governance: people matter, and so too does the interface between people and the governance and regulatory frameworks that a project operates in.
     
  2. Technology and supply chains: cost and quality are critical but must be contextualized by consideration for the intellectual, labour and logistical supply chains available to support delivery.
     
  3. Finance: capital cost equations require consideration of the valuation of risk and the extant capital constraints in potential finance markets.

Ekistica is well-regarded for successfully delivering projects and providing quality independent advice to clients nationally and internationally. Our processes and ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System ensure all our services are delivered to a consistently high standard.  

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Lyndon Frearson

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

michael tuckwell

Michael Tuckwell

Operations Manager


paul rodden

Paul Rodden

Senior Engineer

vanessa ratard

Vanessa Ratard

Senior Project Manager


richard Ngonga

Richard Ngonga

Senior Electrical Engineer

Marteena Mckenzie

Marteena McKenzie

Project Manager - Policy and Research


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Oliver

Fitz-Henry

Senior Project Manager

shalini ganji

Shalini Ganji

Graduate Engineer


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Richard Bond

Business Manager

Hamish Norris

Hamish Norris

Senior Project Manager


Deepthi Pottemagiri

Deepthi Pottemagiri

Graduate Engineer

PJ Peter Young

PJ (Peter) Young

Senior Engineer

Sheena Ong

Sheena Ong

 

Graduate Engineer

bert herteleer

Bert Herteleer

Renewables Engineer


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Rob Marsland

Senior Project Manager

Glenda Ross

Glenda Ross

Business Support Officer

Kabala Katwishi

Kabala Katwishi

Graduate Engineer

justin leany

Justin Leaney

 

Graduate Engineer


Lachlan McLeod

Lachlan McLeod

Graduate Engineer

George Dickeson

George Dickeson

Data Analyst

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Dr Bruce Walker

Chairman, Ekistica Board

Dr Bruce Walker AM was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, Ekistica’s parent company, from 1980-2010. He was also a founding member of the steering committee for Desert Knowledge Australia and the Desert Knowledge CRC and was a driving force behind the creation of the Desert Peoples Centre - a joint venture between Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Centre for Appropriate Technology. 

Specialising in technology assessment, community development (including non-government organisations) and rural water and sanitation, his career has included extensive involvement in national and international evaluation and project appraisals for ATSIC, Human Rights Australia, Australian International Development Assistance Bureau and United Nationals Capital Development Fund for projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Burma and Vanuatu, amongst others.

An experienced company director, Bruce has previously been a Director of International Development Support Services, the National Australia Day Council, and Chair of the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board, in which he was the NT representative at the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists.  In addition to chairing Ekistica he is currently a Director of the Centrecorp Foundation, Chairman of the Independent Audit Committee of the Central Land Council and Chairman of the board of Northern Territory Cricket.

Bruce has been awarded the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Medal, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2013.

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LYNDON FREARSON

Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Lyndon is a leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing. A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon’s experience includes seven years in heavy industry and automotive manufacturing as a production manager, design engineer and project manager, and over a decade in the energy sector, with a focus on renewables. As Ekistica’s Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Lyndon has overseen its development as regional and remote Australia’s leading advisory and technical consultancy firm. In this role, he is and continued to be one of Australia’s thought-leaders in the energy sector.

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Olivia Coldrey

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) Senior Programme Manager

Olivia is a lawyer with 15+ years energy sector experience. Her focus at REEEP is the effective deployment of climate finance for clean energy projects, leveraging her experience of financing renewable energy technologies through the innovation cycle from R&D through commercial deployment and of advising governments, DFIs and investors on energy policy and regulation. From 2009-2012 Olivia was Investment Director of the Australian Solar Institute, the Australian Government's lead solar energy agency. Previously she held legal and strategy roles with Australia's export credit agency, Efic, and as a lawyer in private practice has worked with Baker & McKenzie and Latham & Watkins. Olivia is Australia's Alternate Representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency's PV Power Systems Programme and undertakes several board and advisory roles. She is based in Vienna, Austria.

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Peter Reneham

Chairman, Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd.

Peter, of Central Arrernte heritage, is Board Chair of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, Ekistica’s parent company. Peter has a strong community engagement approach and practical knowledge of interacting and working with Aboriginal people and is committed to assisting Aboriginal people work through complex arrangements so they can interact and engage within educational and economic systems for a sustainable future.

Peter brings strong Governance capability and integrity through longstanding Board appointments to both NFP’s, Trusts and Commercial Companies.  This is balanced with a practical commitment to developing solutions for minimising impacts to the environment particularly around Aboriginal sites of significance.  

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Dr Steve Rogers

Public Officer & Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd. CEO

Dr. Steve Rogers is the CEO of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, Ekistica’s parent company. Prior to this he was Science and Industry leader at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth. He has also been the CEO and Managing Director of two Co-operative Research Centre’s and Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. He is an experienced company director with a strong vision for the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd and Ekistica, as effective and innovative organisations working to deliver infrastructure and technical services to support and stimulate economic development across remote and regional Australia and beyond.

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Grant Behrendorff

Managing Director at AC Solar Warehouse

Grant is a dynamic and innovative leader and entrepreneur in the renewable energy sector in Australia.  He is an accomplished and respected business owner, developer and manager with over 30 years experience working in a range of technical and senior managerial roles across the utility, NGO and private sectors. He has a passion for leadership and change, and is a sucker for a challenge.

Grant has a proven ability to recognise opportunity, formulate and share a vision, and assemble and lead the resources required to realise it. These skills have been demonstrated in numerous successful roles and projects in the energy sector in Australia, India, North America, and the Pacific Islands.

In 2011 Grant co-founded AC Solar Warehouse which has grown rapidly to become the largest specialist AC Solar wholesale business in the Asia Pacific region.

Indigenous communities around the world are constantly impacted by the decisions of others and type-cast as importers of knowledge.

Ekistica was established to reverse this model, to export the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd’s more than 35 years of experience working in remote areas to other contexts and locations; and to constructively impact the world around us, to help shape the world we are all part of and to demonstrate that this can be done from a remote area, with remote area knowledge.

Established in 2007, Ekistica is the commercial services arm of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, a not-for-profit corporation working creatively at the interface of technology and economy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd is owned and governed by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board and knows a thing or two about working in remote areas and how to design and deliver services to the people and communities who live there. Click here to learn more about what they do.

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
— James Boswell, 1775