Garry Mulvay – Chairman
Garry is the Executive General Manager of Wilmar BioEthanol, Australia’s oldest ethanol producer with a history stretching back to 1901 when it was then part of CSR. Garry has been involved in the ethanol industry for over 15 years; he started life as a Research and Development Chemist before moving into various commercial roles, primarily in the Sales and Marketing areas before moving into his current position at Wilmar BioEthanol. Wilmar BioEthanol is part of the Wilmar Sugar business (formerly CSR Sugar) – a world scale sugar business with 8 Sugar Mills in North Queensland and 5 Sugar refineries spread across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Wilmar BioEthanol has an ethanol distillery in Sarina, North Queensland, that makes 60ML/year of ethanol from molasses, as well as a distillery in Melbourne aimed primarily at servicing the higher grade industrial markets. Garry has a Degree in Chemistry and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Dave is the General Manager of Ecotech Biodiesel. Ecotech is a 30 million litre per annum production facility located 30 minutes north of Brisbane, supplying biodiesel into the Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand markets. Established in Queensland due to the proximity to the Australian tallow industry, Ecotech also uses its state of the art technology to produce biodiesel from a variety of vegetable oils, primarily used cooking oil. Ecotech has enforced a strict no palm oil policy since the ownership was consolidated with the Rae family in 2005. Dave has over 25 years’ experience in the oil industry in New Zealand and Australia, working for both oil majors and independent wholesale and retail companies and at Ecotech at a fuel production facility. Dave concurrently operates as General Manager for Gull New Zealand who have pioneered the introduction of biofuel blends to the Kiwi motorist. Dave is married with four children and referees junior rugby.
Andrew is Managing Director of Biodiesel Industries Australia (BIA), which owns and operates Australia’s first commercial biodiesel plant, located in Maitland, NSW. Andrew grew up in the petroleum industry. His family’s business – Maitland Oil Distributors – was the regional distributor for Esso for many years. Recalling the fuel shortages of the 1970s, and encouraged by the Australian Government’s 2001 program, Biofuels for Cleaner Transport, Andrew built the Maitland plant in 2003. In 2003, Newcastle City Council launched Australia’s first biodiesel fleet running on fuel supplied by BIA, and in 2006, BIA was the first biodiesel producer to contract with a major oil company (Caltex) to supply more than 600 million litres of biodiesel blended fuel in the NSW market.
Gavin was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Biofuels Association on January 7 2014. Although newly appointed Gavin was a founding director of the BAA and has served as a director for much of the Association’s history.
Throughout his career Gavin has been active in shaping the development of the government policies and initiatives that support the creation of an alternative energy industry in Australia, in particular biofuels. Over the past 25 years Gavin has held senior executive positions in public and privately listed companies including the Biofuels manufacturing businesses CSR Ethanol & Dalby BioRefinery.
In 2010, Gavin established a consulting business, Kingfisher Solutions Pty Ltd, which has as its mission to work with companies that either have ambitions in establishing alternative energy projects or are existing industry players with a desire to improve or expand their base businesses. The company utilises the resources of an extensive network of contacts and provides commercial and strategic advice in conjunction with economic assessments and project stewardship support for new business ventures in the alternative energy sector. As an executive, Gavin believes that it is important to continue to develop and learn and has recently completed an international masters degree in sustainability and leadership to add to his qualifications in industrial chemistry and business.
Gavin has a clear passion for biofuels and as CEO of the Biofuels Association of Australia looks forward to continuing to support the industry and advocate for the changes necessary to support the growth of the biofuels industry in Australia.