Our world class team consists of a balanced combination of highly qualified, experienced technical professionals across:

- Solar PV and Renewable Energy Engineering
- Construction and Project Management
- Energy Efficiency and Electrical Engineering
- Electrical Contracting, Site Management and Installation
- Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering
- Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management
- Compliance, Financial, Risk and Business Management

Executive Team

Matthew Linney

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Linney

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew has spent his entire career in renewable energy after being one of the first graduates from UNSW’s undergraduate photovoltaic engineering program. After working for two solar panel manufacturers and completing a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Matthew joined Autonomous Energy as Engineering Director in 2007.

Matthew is primarily responsible for ensuring consistency and quality across the solar and energy solutions design and delivery teams. He’s passionate about the details and believes that it is just as important to get the small details right as the big ticket items. With several years’ experience installing on site, Matthew has a strong appreciation for the importance of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a system and encourages our engineering and project management teams to spend as much time as possible on site learning the ‘real world’ side of things and expanding their knowledge.
 
Over the last 7 years Matthew has spearheaded the continuous improvement of Autonomous Energy’s Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems. He takes great pride in Autonomous Energy’s industry leading track record in all three of these areas and continues to play a strong role in ensuring that we are always achieving best practice and are never content to settle with mere compliance.
 
Matthew loves the outdoors, diving and the natural environment and feels driven and motivated to help the push towards sustainable energy in the hope that the great natural wonders of the world will be maintained for future generations.

Mark Gadd

Founder, Executive Director

Mark Gadd

Founder, Executive Director

Mark is a leading sustainable energy expert with over 20 years’ experience in the clean energy industry. Mark started out in 1997 by developing a small solar start-up company, well before it was cool or even remotely economically viable! He specialises in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage in a commercial and industrial context.

As the founder of Autonomous Energy, Mark has grown the company to become one of the largest and most successful solar and energy EPC providers in Australia.

Today, Mark is primarily responsible for the strategic vision, communications, thought leadership, social impact and cultural aspects of the business. Over the years of building the business Mark has never been afraid to get ‘stuck in’ at the ‘coal face’, having worked onsite installing for several years, project managing large projects, conducting energy audits and advising many different clients on energy strategy.

Mark is passionate about reducing pollution, facilitating the transition to sustainable energy, and adding value to our clients’ businesses through increased energy security and reduced energy expenditure.

Mark holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the University of New South Wales.

In his spare time Mark enjoys participating in a range of sports as well as being in nature, travelling, reading and the Eastern practice of Qigong and Tai chi.

Simon Whiston

Chairman

Simon Whiston

Chairman

With an Honours Degree in Business and Administrative Studies, Simon is passionate about setting coherent commercial strategies and helping build world class teams.  He has spent over 30 years owning, operating and expanding a number of successful businesses, across various industries. Simon will always take the long-term view and firmly believes that passion is the fuel that drives success.

Neill Whiston

Director

Neill Whiston

Director

Neill has owned, operated and grown successful businesses for over 30 years. He has an Honours Degree in Biological Sciences and a keen interest in systems development. Neill very much believes in measuring 'everything' - because 'numbers don’t lie'. He is passionate about ensuring that an organisation has the appropriate foundations for managing growth.

Niall McCarthy

Advisor

Niall McCarthy

Advisor

In addition to decades of commercial property experience, Niall has a Masters of Construction Economics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors and sits on the Board of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). The IGCC represents institutional investors with total funds under management of around $2 trillion, and others in the investment community interested in the impact of climate change on investments. Having helped grow Eureka Funds Management into one of the largest real asset management businesses in Australia, Niall is a valuable advisor and business development advocate for Autonomous Energy.

Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team brings together proven technical, project management, financial and client engagement experience across all areas of solar and energy solutions.

Simon Mason

Head of Finance

Simon Mason

Head of Finance

Simon has a background in local and national government, the retail sector and - more recently - the construction sector.
 
He brings to the business nearly a decade of experience working for a large pan-European manufacturing, engineering, procurement and construction business in corporate and financial leadership roles. He is dedicated to adding value by nurturing and developing high performing teams that support and enable business growth.
 
Simon has a strong track record as a business advisor and a passion for continuous personal development. He holds professional memberships with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  

John Bowe

Head of Business Development

John Bowe

Head of Business Development

John has over 30 years experience in Projects and Business Development, working on complex national and international construction projects in the public and private sectors. John joined Autonomous Energy in early 2019 as the Head of Business Development, leading the skills and talent of the Design and Client Solutions teams in delivering industry leading, innovative, commercial Energy Solutions for our clients. 
 
As Architect, Project Director and member of the Senior Leadership Team, he led the design, stakeholder engagement, project management, business development and commercial realisation of the multi-award winning BridgeClimb Tourism Business, further leveraging that expertise on the development of a range of other significant national and international tourism ventures.
 
With a personal sustainability and conservation focus, John enjoys hiking with family, is a keen runner and cyclist, and was a volunteer and race director for the iconic Six Foot Track Marathon from 2013-2018.

Soleman Massoud

Head of Projects

Soleman Massoud

Head of Projects

Soleman has over 10 years of experience as a renewable energy engineer. As a passionate advocate of clean green energy, Soleman has worked across several different departments in Autonomous Energy since he joined the team in 2013.
 
As Head of Projects, Soleman is responsible for the delivery of on-grid and hybrid solar projects, as well as Energy Efficiency projects, across the organisation. He leads a team of highly motivated and talented Project Managers and also works closely with the Directors and Senior Leadership Team in developing new procedures to continuously improve the quality of our delivery process.

In his spare time Soleman enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures and the natural environment.

Ying Xu

Head of Design

Ying Xu

Head of Design

As a Co-op Scholar Alumni from UNSW’s Solar PV Engineering school, Ying originally joined Autonomous Energy as a Solar PV engineer. Over the years Ying has been instrumental in delivering key design projects for some of our biggest clients, in the capacity of Solar Project Manager.  Having recently been promoted to Head of Solar Design, Ying now leads the Solar Design Team responsible for the detailed engineering design of innovative solar energy solutions. The Solar Design department is a team of experts from multidisciplinary engineering backgrounds, eager to ensure that Autonomous Energy continues to set the benchmark for innovation, quality and performance in solar engineering across Australia.
 
Ying is passionate about helping client's build a sustainable future by tapping into the potential of their renewable energy resources.

Bir Riar

Head of Client Solutions

Bir Riar

Head of Client Solutions

Under Bir’s leadership, Autonomous Energy’s Client Solutions team provides our customers with industry leading advice and insights, while focusing on upholding our commitment to quality, safety and performance.
 
With more than eight years’ experience in client-facing roles and degrees in Finance and Accounting, Bir clearly understands the key business drivers that generate successful project outcomes.
 
Bir is a keen proponent of continuous learning and development. To stay on the leading edge of technology and be available as a subject-matter expert for his clients, Bir is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Jarrod Shepherd

Head of Installation Team

Jarrod Shepherd

Head of Installation Team

Jarrod has been in the electrical trade for over 17 years and has been part of the Autonomous Energy solar installation team since 2011. He is a licensed electrician and Clean Energy Council accredited.

As Head of the Solar Installation Team, Jarrod works with Autonomous Energy Project Managers and Project Engineers across all areas of a project, including detailed scheduling to ensure key milestones and delivery deadlines are met. He manages projects onsite and works closely with site managers and sub contractors. He is also responsible for recruiting the industry’s best solar installers to the Autonomous Energy in-house install team. Jarrod is dedicated to delivering work of an exceptional standard – and his day-to-day activities focus on strict quality control measures as well as all aspects of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS).

In his spare time Jarrod enjoys surfing, snowboarding, travelling and cricket.

Michael Harris

Head of Operations

Michael Harris

Head of Operations

Michael is an experienced leader who has managed large teams in operational, commercial and compliance related roles across a number of industries including Aviation, Education and - more recently - Renewable Energy. Michael has significant management experience in Critical Infrastructure where he has led major projects and change initiatives, and contributed to major policy development. He is a dedicated safety professional and has built a strong portfolio in operational workplace health and safety.
 
As the Head of Operations, Michael manages our Quality, Environmental and Safety Management compliance requirements, whilst overseeing all of Autonomous Energy's processes and policies. Michael also leads the Autonomous Energy Service team, who ensures that our clients' needs continue to be met post project completion, via ongoing operation and maintenance contracts, certificate creation, performance guarantees and technical support.
 
Michael supports a number of social and environmental initiatives and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors, particularly surfing on the Northern Beaches.
 

ABOUT US

Autonomous Energy is an industry leader in the solar photovoltaic Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) market. We design, supply and install grid connected and autonomous solar power systems.

OUR COMMUNITY

Autonomous Energy is committed to social sustainability. We are passionate about supporting the community in which our business operates.