Our Team

Discover the Heart of Tamar Hydro

At Tamar Hydro, it’s our exceptional team that powers our success. Meet the dedicated individuals behind our innovative solutions, each bringing unique expertise and unwavering commitment to every project. We collaborate with a shared vision, channeling creativity and dedication to consistently exceed expectations and deliver remarkable results.

Tamar Hydro Pty Ltd is a 100% owned subsidiary of Tasman Renewables Ltd.

Tasman Renewables Ltd Board

Justin Birchmore, Executive Chair

Justin Birchmore

Executive Chair & Director
Acting Chief Executive Officer

Tasman Renewables Ltd

Justin's bio

Justin brings sound business acumen to the Company, along with broad commercial experience and capital raising skills.  His business interests can be found across a range of industry sectors.

He started his career as a registered stockbroker on the London Stock Exchange, typically raising capital in Europe for listed Australian companies, and later dedicated his capital market skills to assist in business development roles including a key supporting role in two successful Australian Stock Exchange listings for companies that now enjoy a combined market capitalisation in excess of $1.5bn.

This included his role as Alternate Director to the Chair of MRM Offshore (then Mermaid Marine) and as a top-twenty shareholder in his own right.  In addition to its successful ASX listing during his tenure, the company expanded its activities beyond bare boat charter operations to the establishment of a $110m multi-user supply base facility at Damper to service the offshore oil and gas activities in the North West Shelf region; now owned and operated by Toll.

Since 1998 his focus has been on the development of relatively small companies with exciting and often disruptive ambitions; including in his role as Managing Director of Harvest Water,

Justin has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) for nearly thirty years and was Chair of the not-for-profit organisation Sprout Tasmania until his recent resignation from that voluntary position.

David Hiller, Director

Azmi Ahmad

Non-Executive
Director

Tasman Renewables Ltd

Azmi's bio

Azmi is a qualified Marine Engineer in part achieved under a scholarship awarded by Petronas, for which he later worked operating and maintaining on-board engines, generators and auxiliary equipment including electrical and control systems; including on LNG tankers.  He also worked in a role for an unrelated company managing power plant equipment.

He joined Turcomp Engineering Services (Tasman’s largest shareholder) in 2011 as Sales Manager in the power sector before transitioning to his current role as Branch Manager overseeing the operations and performance of the company’s Kuala Lumpur branch as well as managing all aspects of the company’s power-related activities in renewable energy

Joseph van Wijk, Non Executive Director

Joseph van Wijk

Non-Executive
Director

Tasman Renewables Ltd

Joseph's bio

Joseph is a professional director and has led several public and private companies through critical periods of growth or acquisition.  He also has extensive international experience.

He is a Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) with a Bachelor of Business (B.Bus) in accounting from New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom.

His past career highlights include a role as tax policy analyst providing advice to the New Zealand Ministers of Finance and Revenue on tax issues that required legislative amendment. He was a corporate accountant for AMP assisting with their demutualisation and listing in 1998.

Joseph worked for Gartmore in London, the UK’s 4th largest fund manager, and assisted with the sale of Gartmore by its then owner NatWest Bank to Nationwide Mutual of the USA in 2000. He worked for United Health Group in the USA (ranked USA’s 86th largest company by revenue by Fortune magazine at the time) and he was responsible for accounting for over US$300 million of investment funds. He has acted as the CFO for the Waikato District Health Board and designed the restructure of its balance sheet with a $40 million debt/equity swap saving the organisation an on-going NZ$2 million per annum.

More recently in his governance roles, Joseph was the Chairman of Pulse Energy, organised its listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and helped lead the company to win first place in the Deloitte Fast 50 as the fastest growing company in New Zealand in 2012.  Also, during his time with Pulse, it became the proud main sponsor of one of New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams, the Highlanders.

Joseph has also managed the listing of several other companies onto the New Zealand Stock Exchange including Lateral Corporation, Cooks Coffee Company (formerly Cooks Global Foods), Southern Charter Financial Group and the Senior Trust Retirement Village Listed Fund.

Tamar Hydro Team

David Hillier

Business Development Manager

Sean Adams

Operations General Manager

Shane Sheppard

Finance Manager

Thomas Blenkin

Project Manager

Rebecca Ling

Finance Administrator

Andrew Medhurst

Procurement & Assets Officer

Gabrielle Hill

People & Culture Administrator

Ella Horton

Business Support Administrator

Brian Cox

Senior Electrical Designer

Zachary Whiteley

Electrical Engineer

Adam Clayton

Construction Manager

Nick Van Lierop

Mechanical Manufacturing Manager

Abdelrahman Elbasha

Mechanical Engineer

Adi Cohen

Engineering & Design Draftsperson

Rajesh Baidhya

Electrical Design Draftsperson

Ronnel Ainza

Design Technican

Pete Gray

Engineering & Purchasing Assistant

Jamie Beams

Mechanical Technician

Alfred Bassett

Supervisor Fabrication

Kurt Jensen

Supervisor Machining & Fitting

Lionel Tarro-Toma

Senior Boilermaker Welder

Jamie Jones

Boilermaker Welder

Christian Van Lierop

Boilermaker Welder

Tim Swain

Industrial Electrician

Blaze Wildfire

Trades Assistant

Daniel Conway

Apprentice, Industrial Electrician

Niall Swain

Apprentice, Fitter-Machinist

Daniel Jordan

Apprentice, Boilermaker Welder