Newly-appointed independent board director Mark Gill is bringing a rare blend of expertise to Australian clean technology scale-up, Wattwatchers Digital Energy.
His professional career spans over a quarter of a century, and several countries, including lengthy stints in executive leadership, venture investment, and many executive and non-executive board roles.
With a core focus on the information and communications technology sector, Gill is primarily involved in both public and private technology companies at early and growth stages, with international ambitions.
Now based in Brisbane – as a Partner in venture capital group Talu Ventures, which he co-founded in 2013 – Gill has a substantial background in deal and company structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and international capital raising.
With strong experience in hardware and software engineering, as well as the media and communications sectors, Gill is stepping into the energy technology sector at a time when digitalisation and data-driven solutions are coming to the fore.
He brings with him a strong business network, a wealth of hands-on experience across business operations, and also broad governance expertise, having been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for nearly 25 years.
Wattwatchers CEO and Executive Director Gavin Dietz welcomed Gill to the Sydney-based company’s board, saying the appointment was a timely and strategic follow-up to a successful Series B capital raise in 2021.
‘We’re in growth mode, with international expansion a priority, and Mark is extensively networked in the technology and investment communities, particularly here in Australia and in the US.’ said Dietz. ‘It’s a great time for him to come on to our board, with all of his experience, right when we’re seeing a convergence of today’s cleaner, smarter energy solutions with information and communications technologies.’
Gill said that Wattwatchers was a natural fit for both his experience and skills-set, and for his current portfolio of non-executive directorships, and he was looking forward to providing the company’s now five-member board with well considered and high-value inputs.
His qualifications include: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Honours Class 1 from the University of New South Wales, Sydney (1984); Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors (1998); Diploma of Company Directorship AICD & Uni Sydney Graduate School of Management (1997); and Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Markets), Australian Financial Markets Association (2007).
The full list of Wattwatchers board directors is: Justine Jarvinen (independent Chair); Gavin Dietz (CEO and Executive Director); Blair Pritchard (investor representative, Clean Energy Finance Corporation/Virescent Ventures Australia); Dougal McOmish (investor representative, Kilara Capital); Mark Gill (independent).