About

Nexsphere is an Australian-owned and operated company with a mission to significantly impact and accelerate Australia’s transition to a green economy.

The company was founded in 2017 by Glen Kierse, an international expert in infrastructure and energy development, and Leanne McDougall, a finance professional who is passionate about our natural environment, because they believe there is still time to build a sustainable future.

As such, Nexsphere has brought together a highly qualified team to help identify, fund and develop projects that make a real difference. Ultimately, these projects will be responsible for delivering green energy solutions that help Australia reach and exceed its emissions reduction targets. 

People

CEO and Co-Founder

Glen Kierse

For more than 30 years, Glen has been a leader in some of the largest and most influential financial, infrastructure and government organisations, both in Australia and overseas.

Glen’s experience includes roles with World Bank Group, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australian Government), Macquarie Group, ANZ Banking Group and Westpac.

Glen is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, and his time at Harvard instilled in him a duty to improve public leadership and policy in order to create societies that are more sustainably prosperous. He founded Nexsphere with a strong purpose to make a tangible difference in delivering a sustainable future that focuses on a just, green transition.

Co-Founder

Leanne McDougall

As Co-Founder, Leanne brings world-class international finance experience to Nexsphere, as well as a passion for the natural environment.

She has worked in roles leading large teams of risk management professionals at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Bank of Queensland and most recently Suncorp, working across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Early in her career she worked on the then emerging sustainable energy sector in the USA, at a time when wind farms were gaining initial acceptance. This experience spurred her desire to take action that would help move Australia to a green and clean energy grid, and ultimately start Nexsphere.

Leanne holds exceptional academic qualifications, including a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. She was a visiting scholar at Boston University’s School of Law.

Operations Director

Dr Bill Dunbar

An infrastructure expert with over 20 years of executive experience in the public and private sectors, both in Australia and globally, Bill’s career spans government policy, infrastructure development and acquisition, project due diligence, project financing, business case preparation, and property-related structuring.

Bill led infrastructure work for the NSW Government as Executive Director in the NSW Premier’s Department from 2000-2004. He prepared and implemented the first NSW PPP policy and first State Infrastructure Strategic Plan (now State Infrastructure Strategy). Subsequently, Bill worked at Macquarie Bank then in private equity across Asia for 10 years, mainly in China.

He was CEO, Partner & Director of SGS Economics and Planning from 2015-2021. At SGS, his work focused on infrastructure planning, business cases, and private sector proposals.

Environmental Director & Chief Scientist

Dr Anna Lewis

A specialist in environment, sustainability and stakeholder engagement, Anna is a highly motivated environmental professional, with 20 years’ scientific experience through research, industry and government positions.

An honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Anna’s research combines both environmental and social sciences to inform management and policy, and has been applied across the coastal and marine sciences, ecology, tourism and sustainability sectors. Dr Lewis has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Masters in Environmental Management and PhD in Environment Management supported by CSIRO.

Anna completed her honours research on sting-ray ecology in Western Australia. Through her work with the Pacific Whale Foundation, she has worked for two years in Hawaii and Queensland participating in humpback whale photo identification fieldwork and analysis. As a senior scientist/ project manager, Anna developed and participated in sea turtle monitoring programs and oiled wildlife response capability for oil & gas clients including BHP, Apache and Chevron, in a consulting role. In a marine consultant role, Anna has also developed Environmental Management plans for seismic vessels on the northwest shelf for NOPSEMA.

Capital Markets Director

David Balint

With more than 25 years spent in a variety of senior banking roles with ANZ Bank, David has high-level finance experience that he is now leveraging for the benefit of Nexsphere.

Having worked across many industries and several continents, David is skilled in Corporate & Debt Advisory; Credit/Debt Funds; Leveraged & Acquisition Finance; Project, Asset & Structured Finance; Relationship Management; and Risk Management.

A Master of Finance from RMIT, David also has valuable advisory experience in industrial, government and infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally.

People

CEO and Co-Founder

Glen Kierse

For more than 30 years, Glen has been a leader in some of the largest and most influential financial, infrastructure and government organisations, both in Australia and overseas.

Glen’s experience includes roles with World Bank Group, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australian Government), Macquarie Group, ANZ Banking Group and Westpac.

Glen is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, and his time at Harvard instilled in him a duty to improve public leadership and policy in order to create societies that are more sustainably prosperous. He founded Nexsphere with a strong purpose to make a tangible difference in delivering a sustainable future that focuses on a just, green transition.

Co-Founder

Leanne McDougall

As Co-Founder, Leanne brings world-class international finance experience to Nexsphere, as well as a passion for the natural environment.

She has worked in roles leading large teams of risk management professionals at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Bank of Queensland and most recently Suncorp, working across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Early in her career she worked on the then emerging sustainable energy sector in the USA, at a time when wind farms were gaining initial acceptance. This experience spurred her desire to take action that would help move Australia to a green and clean energy grid, and ultimately start Nexsphere.

Leanne holds exceptional academic qualifications, including a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. She was a visiting scholar at Boston University’s School of Law.

Operations Director

Dr Bill Dunbar

An infrastructure expert with over 20 years of executive experience in the public and private sectors, both in Australia and globally, Bill’s career spans government policy, infrastructure development and acquisition, project due diligence, project financing, business case preparation, and property-related structuring.

Bill led infrastructure work for the NSW Government as Executive Director in the NSW Premier’s Department from 2000-2004. He prepared and implemented the first NSW PPP policy and first State Infrastructure Strategic Plan (now State Infrastructure Strategy). Subsequently, Bill worked at Macquarie Bank then in private equity across Asia for 10 years, mainly in China.

He was CEO, Partner & Director of SGS Economics and Planning from 2015-2021. At SGS, his work focused on infrastructure planning, business cases, and private sector proposals.

Environmental Director & Chief Scientist

Dr Anna Lewis

A specialist in environment, sustainability and stakeholder engagement, Anna is a highly motivated environmental professional, with 20 years’ scientific experience through research, industry and government positions.

An honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Anna’s research combines both environmental and social sciences to inform management and policy, and has been applied across the coastal and marine sciences, ecology, tourism and sustainability sectors. Dr Lewis has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Masters in Environmental Management and PhD in Environment Management supported by CSIRO.

Anna completed her honours research on sting-ray ecology in Western Australia. Through her work with the Pacific Whale Foundation, she has worked for two years in Hawaii and Queensland participating in humpback whale photo identification fieldwork and analysis. As a senior scientist/ project manager, Anna developed and participated in sea turtle monitoring programs and oiled wildlife response capability for oil & gas clients including BHP, Apache and Chevron, in a consulting role. In a marine consultant role, Anna has also developed Environmental Management plans for seismic vessels on the northwest shelf for NOPSEMA.

Capital Markets Director

David Balint

With more than 25 years spent in a variety of senior banking roles with ANZ Bank, David has high-level finance experience that he is now leveraging for the benefit of Nexsphere.

Having worked across many industries and several continents, David is skilled in Corporate & Debt Advisory; Credit/Debt Funds; Leveraged & Acquisition Finance; Project, Asset & Structured Finance; Relationship Management; and Risk Management.

A Master of Finance from RMIT, David also has valuable advisory experience in industrial, government and infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally.

Our values

Nexsphere is driven by four key values that embody who we are.

Take initiative

We take action to solve big problems.

Be determined

We are committed to providing a better future.

Make a difference

As an Australian company, we are supporting our communities.

Stay curious

We bring together smart people to do amazing things.

Purpose

Leading the change to a green economy for Australia

Nexsphere was formed with the purpose of leading Australia’s change to a green economy. With climate change and the state of our environment a growing concern for Australians, we aim to deliver meaningful solutions that help the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy – before it’s too late.

As an Australian company, we achieve our purpose by investing in our communities, and partnering with Australian universities, other research bodies and leading industry professionals to complete R&D for the purposes of tackling problems associated with climate change and delivering on a just green transition to renewable energy. By backing smart people, we are able to find and develop industrial-scale, economically viable, transformative solutions, ensuring Australia’s energy needs are met with green power.

With this in mind, we are committed to a sustainable future, accelerating Australia’s net zero emissions targets, and moving beyond this target to achieve meaningful impact for future generations.

Corporate Governance

Nexsphere’s Board directly oversees our climate-related objectives and is responsible for a corporate governance framework that sets out the rules, practices, and processes used to direct and manage the company.

As such, the Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of Nexsphere and is responsible for establishing systems and protocols that ensure control and accountability.

Nexsphere’s corporate governance framework, and a range of supporting policies and procedures, help the company effectively manage the interests of its many stakeholders, including senior executives, suppliers, investors, the government, and the community.

As part of this process, the company reviews its corporate governance policies and procedures on an annual basis to ensure they remain appropriate and relevant.

 

Complaints Handling Policy

Environmental Policy

Work Health Safety Policy

Location
north-east Tasmania
Wind turbines
35 - 70
Renewable energy generated
500 – 1000 MW
Homes powered
325,000
Annual CO₂ emissions saved
2 million tonnes

Projects

Bass Offshore Wind Energy Project

The Bass Offshore Wind Energy (BOWE) project, to be based 30 kilometres off the coast of north-eastern Tasmania, will confirm Tasmania’s status as a global renewable energy powerhouse and support the Tasmanian Government’s global leading target of 200% renewable energy.

BOWE will take advantage of Tasmania’s world-class offshore wind resources, initially with between 35 and 70 offshore wind turbines that will generate between 500 and 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy, potentially powering up to 325,000 homes with zero emissions and saving 2 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

Nexsphere has identified a number of potential locations for the initial development of a utility scale offshore wind project within Bass Strait. A dedicated team has been working on the design and delivery of this project and is set to start the regulatory licencing process. Subject to necessary approvals, BOWE is expected to come online from 2026.

To find out more, please visit our BOWE project website.

Frequently Asked
Questions

Is Nexsphere an Australian company?

Nexsphere is proudly Australian owned and operated. We were founded in 2017 by Glen Kierse and Leanne McDougall when they decided to be part of the solution in transitioning Australia to a green economy and a sustainable future.

What types of projects does Nexsphere undertake?

Nexsphere is interested in projects that:

  • Facilitate Australia’s transition to a green economy
  • Contribute to Australia’s net zero emissions targets (and beyond)
  • Are sustainable
  • Generate local employment and benefits
  • Are at scale or scalable, capable of a return on investment, potentially through commercialisation, in the long term
  • Generate intellectual property in the green economy space

Nexsphere is currently investigating offshore wind and hydrogen projects in addition to projects that support a just green transition.

What expertise does Nexsphere bring to its projects?

Nexsphere’s executives are experienced professionals with decades of involvement in the development and financing of energy projects in Australia and overseas.

The way we work is to partner with local and international organisations who can assist with the successful development of our projects.

Nexsphere works with leading Australian and international consulting firms that bring skill in the planning and development of some of the world’s largest offshore wind projects.

What is Nexsphere’s first project?

Nexsphere’s first project is the Bass Offshore Wind Energy (BOWE) wind farm. Located in north-eastern Tasmania, BOWE is a large-scale offshore renewable energy project to design, construct and operate a wind farm in Commonwealth waters in the Bass Strait, supporting Australia’s transition to a green, decarbonised economy. You can find out more about the BOWE wind farm at our BOWE project website.

What research and development is Nexsphere undertaking?

To support the body of research in the green economy space, Nexsphere has a research and development unit called Nexsphere Technology.

Over the last two years, Nexsphere Technology has:

  • Partnered with the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, to explore Multispectral Imaging, Detection and Active Reflectance (MiDAR). MiDAR is a recent technology pioneered by NASA’s Laboratory for Advanced Sensing (LAS).

Nexsphere is committed to technology that limits impact on marine ecology. Our goal is to develop a next-generation remote sensing technology for underwater imaging and the detection of whales and marine life.

  • Engaged with the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to commit ongoing support to innovative marine resource governance and supply chain projects.

The Blue Economy CRC brings together 40 industry, government, and research partners from ten countries with expertise in marine renewable energy. Through targeted and industry focussed research and training, the Blue Economy CRC paves the way for innovative, commercially viable and sustainable offshore developments and new capabilities that will see significant increases in renewable energy output and jobs that will transform the future of Australia’s traditional blue economy industries.

  • Continued dialogue with CSIRO, University of Tasmania and the Australian Maritime College on projects in the offshore renewables space that are:
    1. An improvement to what is currently available on the international market
    2. Locally designed and manufactured
    3. Proprietary
    4. Will benefit local communities
    5. Contribute to decarbonisation
Will Nexsphere consider nuclear energy projects in future?

No.

What is Nexsphere’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policy?

We incorporate ESG issues into our decision-making processes, ownership policies and practices. Our Environmental policy can be found here.

How does Nexsphere intend on making a difference in supporting communities?

Our goal of assisting the transition to a just and sustainable future is centred on the impact climate change will have on local communities and we strive to accelerate change that will minimise or avert this impact.

We support and invest in communities through education and job creation, creating positive and long-lasting economic results, and by supporting research and development that benefits the communities where our projects are located.

News

5th August 2022

Bass Offshore Wind Energy project welcomes Government announcement

9th December 2021

Bass Offshore Wind Energy project set to power Tasmanian jobs