Hydrogen Mobility Australia has appointed Dr. Fiona Simon as its new CEO, effective 20th June (2019).

Recently a Principal Consultant with ACIL Allen Consulting, Dr. Simon has previously worked with energy regulators and businesses, including leading the ERM Power regulatory affairs function.

She also has extensive experience engaging with industry associations, where she has represented the Australian Energy Council and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia in discussions with federal and state governments.

Chairman Ian Mutton said the board was delighted to welcome Dr. Simon and look forward to working with her to continue to progress Australia’s emerging hydrogen sector.

He continued, “I believe Fiona is an excellent fit for the CEO role, with an outstanding mix of experience, skills and character to continue to increase the effectiveness of the association as the Australian hydrogen sector advocate.”

Reflecting on her appointment, Dr Simon said, “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead the association at a time where hydrogen is being recognised as central to the energy transition, both in Australia and globally.”

“I look forward to engaging with stakeholders from all sectors on the opportunity for a hydrogen future for our country.”

Dr. Simon replaces current CEO Claire Johnson who is leaving to launch new startup Hydrolytics.

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Johnson has been at the helm since January 2018 and has overseen a period of significant growth of the organisation, from inception to the widely recognised hydrogen advocate it is today.

Mutton said Johnson’s passion and commitment to the hydrogen sector has been a key driver in shaping the association into the respected industry body it is today.

“Claire’s leadership of Hydrogen Mobility Australia has seen the association grow into a highly dynamic and effective organisation, underpinned by a tripling of its membership base in less than 12 months.”

“The board sincerely thanks Claire for her contribution to the association and we are pleased to see she will remain in the hydrogen sector, launching a startup in the space.”