Our people

Here at Octopus, we believe our people make us different. The team in Australia is led by Sam Reynolds, who has been instrumental in leading the investment of more than $3 billion in renewable energy assets in Australia, Europe and the UK.

Senior Leadership Team

Sam Reynolds

Sam Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer
Sam joined Octopus UK in 2012 as Head of the Energy Investment team in London and foundered Octopus Australia in 2018. After establishing Octopus Australia in 2018, Sam’s leadership has been instrumental in supporting the company’s growth under its three main pillars, (i) Energy Infrastructure, (ii) Technology and (iii) Change.

As CEO, Sam’s role is to lead the Octopus Australia business and drive its mission to accelerate the renewable energy transition and create meaningful Change.This Change incorporates team culture, community programs and the company’s indigenous joint venture Desert Springs Octopus, which Sam was at the forefront of creating with First Nations community partners in 2023.

Today Octopus Australia has offices in Melbourne and Sydney and has created multi-$billion fund management and energy development business.
Jonathan Filbey

Jonathan Filbey

Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan joined Octopus Group in 2013 where he’s worked across Energy Investments and Funds Management, and as of 2024 is now CFO.
 
With the investment team, Jonathan completed over c$1.4 billion in transactions to grow Octopus’s energy platform into one of the largest in Europe. In 2018, upon relocating to Australia Jonathan led the establishment of the Octopus Australia’s energy platform and fund products. As CFO, Jonathan looks after strategic decision making and scaling operations for Octopus Australia.
 
Prior to Octopus, Jonathan worked with Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan has a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Oxford University.
 
Out of the office, Jonathan can be found either cycling down Beach Road on sunny weekends or catching the latest concerts coming through town.
Darren Brown

Darren Brown

Co-Managing Director, Renewables Australia
Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, working in Energy Infrastructure across Acquisition, Development and Operations. Darren’s career spans Tier one Energy and Infrastructure businesses across Oil, Gas, Energy, Transmission and Renewables. Enabling in excess of $2bn of renewable assets across wind, solar and storage.
 
Darren is the Co-Managing Director of the Octopus Australia Renewables team and leads the Investment team to scale our Portfolio. Since joining Octopus in 2020, Darren has acquired Dulacca Wind Farm and Darlington Point Solar Farm, which are now both part of our growing portfolio.
 
Outside of forging renewable energy projects, you can find Darren shooting hoops, coaching basketball or kicking a football with his boys.
Sonia Teitel

Sonia Teitel

Co-Managing Director, Renewables Australia
Committed to driving Australia’s energy transition, Sonia brings over two decades of experience in renewable energy and storage, with a focus on investment and project development. She has worked at Tier one renewables and financial businesses creating value across the entire project life cycle.
 
Sonia is the Co-Managing Director of the Renewables Australia team and is responsible for leading the team to realise its development assets and scaling our portfolio. In her time at Octopus Sonia has been instrumental in securing the existing renewable portfolio and growing the high performing team.
 
Outside of work Sonia enjoys hiking through the Australian bush, admiring our green and golden landscapes.
Eric Caesar

Eric Caesar

General Manager – Assets
Eric, while new to Octopus as GM of Assets has 38 years of experience in Construction, Engineering and Operations, with the most recent 13 years in Renewables. He has a passion for renewables and driving for a cleaner energy future. He passion also spills over to bicycles, he loves to ride in all it forms. Mountain, gravel and road cycling are his tools of choice and always up for ride- don’t be surprised if you find him out riding around the renewable assets, explorer the trails, roads and communities!
Iain McClea

Iain McClea

General Counsel
Iain has been with the Octopus Group since 2012, and was a founding solicitor at Lightsource Renewable Energy UK (then an Octopus Group company), before joining Octopus as Head of Legal for UK and European renewables in 2016.

In 2019 Iain joined the Octopus Australia team. Iain is a Director of Octopus Australia and member of the Octopus Australia Investment Committee. He is a qualified solicitor admitted in Victoria and NZ and is responsible for guiding the Australian business on legal and commercial matters.

Iain has a particular interest in biodiversity and integration of sustainable farming practices into renewable energy projects.
Sophie Gibbons

Sophie Gibbons

Head of Distribution, Product and Marketing
Sophie has over 10 years industry experience working in Funds Management Research and Wholesale Distribution and is also a CFA Charter holder.

Since joining Octopus in 2019, Sophie has led the team through multiple successful fundraises and has been integral in building Octopus Australia’s current product offering and investor base which spans a diverse range of clients across institutional, wholesale groups, private banks, and family offices.

As Head of Distribution, Product and Marketing Sophie leads the team towards further expanding their distribution footprint and the presence of Octopus Australia in the market, driving much needed funds towards the energy transition in Australia.

Outside of the office Sophie can be found with her two young sons at the beach.
Timothy Kok

Timothy Kok

Head of Funds and Partnerships
Tim is responsible for managing Octopus Australia’s institutional funds and investors.

Tim has over 14 years of funds management experience and prior to Octopus Australia, has worked at NAB, Quentin Ayers, AustralianSuper and the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration.

Tim has a Master of Commerce and a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) from the University of New South Wales.

Investments & Development

Darren Brown

Darren Brown

Co-Managing Director, Renewables Australia
Darren has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, working in Energy Infrastructure across Acquisition, Development and Operations. Darren’s career spans Tier one Energy and Infrastructure businesses across Oil, Gas, Energy, Transmission and Renewables. Enabling in excess of $2bn of renewable assets across wind, solar and storage.
 
Darren is the Co-Managing Director of the Octopus Australia Renewables team and leads the Investment team to scale our Portfolio. Since joining Octopus in 2020, Darren has acquired Dulacca Wind Farm and Darlington Point Solar Farm, which are now both part of our growing portfolio.
 
Outside of forging renewable energy projects, you can find Darren shooting hoops, coaching basketball or kicking a football with his boys.
Sonia Teitel

Sonia Teitel

Co-Managing Director, Renewables Australia
Committed to driving Australia’s energy transition, Sonia brings over two decades of experience in renewable energy and storage, with a focus on investment and project development. She has worked at Tier one renewables and financial businesses creating value across the entire project life cycle.
 
Sonia is the Co-Managing Director of the Renewables Australia team and is responsible for leading the team to realise its development assets and scaling our portfolio. In her time at Octopus Sonia has been instrumental in securing the existing renewable portfolio and growing the high performing team.
 
Outside of work Sonia enjoys hiking through the Australian bush, admiring our green and golden landscapes.
Lee Mrnjavac

Lee Mrnjavac

Investment Director
Born and bred a Melbournian, after 7 years working across the European energy sector with 5 years focusing on M&A/business development, Lee is excited to be back home helping to decarbonise the Australian economy. Lee is an Investment Director within the Octopus Australia team and is working to deploy client’s capital across the renewable energy landscape.
Brenton Farr

Brenton Farr

Development Director
Brenton has over 15 years of energy industry experience focused on the project development and project management of large-scale renewables and electricity network infrastructure. Brenton is responsible for delivering Octopus Australia’s development strategy and driving the portfolio of renewable energy developments forward.

When Brenton is not delivering renewable projects, you’ll find him surfing, mountain biking and chasing his young kids around.
Mike Jefferies

Mike Jefferies

Senior Investment Manager
Having joined Octopus in 2013, Mike is a senior member of the Investment team, bringing over 11 years of experience in renewables. His expertise spans investing across core renewable technologies, contributing to over $2 billion in global utility-scale renewable generation financings for both retail and institutional funds.

In 2019, Mike relocated with Octopus from the UK to Australia, playing a crucial role in positioning the company as a significant player in the Australian energy market transition.
 
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham.
 
Mike is also an avid golfer and loves to hack it around the course most weekends.
Kian Nam Loke

Kian Nam Loke

Senior Investment Manager
Kian possesses extensive expertise in clean energy investment, having successfully overseen the final investment approval and financial closure of more than 400MW generating capacity both in Australia and internationally within the past four years. In his role at Octopus Investments, Kian leads the identification of investment opportunities, undertakes investment evaluations, and secures third-party project financing.

Beyond his professional pursuits in the renewable energy sector, Kian showcases a different kind of prowess on the tennis court. Channelling the finesse of Roger Federer, or perhaps embodying the grace of a slightly uncoordinated flamingo, he finds balance and joy in his athletic endeavours outside the world of sustainable finance.
Chris Rasmussen

Chris Rasmussen

Senior Investment Associate
Chris joined Octopus in 2020 and has seven years’ experience working across the Funds Management and Impact Investment sectors. Skilled in mergers and acquisitions, deal execution, debt and equity financing, valuations, and ESG, he has been involved in several renewable energy transactions covering multiple technologies.
 
Chris is Chair of the Octopus Australia ESG Committee and has a passion for enabling impact and for purpose capital. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) / Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University.
 
Outside of work, Chris enjoys adventuring, travel, and exploring new ideas. 
Patty Huang

Patty Huang

Senior Investment Associate
Patty joins Octopus with a background in commercial advisory and transaction execution across renewable energy, circular economy, and infrastructure.

Patty enjoys the challenge of tackling complex problems and is passionate about driving sustainable and innovative change.

Patty equally loves to travel and explore new places, particularly if it results in discovering a new dish or two.
Bowen Dang

Bowen Dang

Investment Associate
Bowen joined Octopus in mid-2023 with a passion for the renewable energy industry. She has over five years of experience in Investment and Deal Execution.

Prior to joining Octopus, Bowen worked in Private Equity focusing on consumer and fintech investments in the APAC region and portfolio management including strategising corporate-level growth plans. Bowen is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.

In her free time, Bowen enjoys reading about cutting-edge technologies, skiing and hiking.
Kristina Gosingco

Kristina Gosingco

Investment Associate
Kristina joined Octopus in April 2023 as an Investment Associate.  Prior to joining the team, Kristina handled the origination and execution of long-term financing for the largest geothermal company in the Philippines. She moved here to Melbourne in 2022 to pursue her MBA. During her free time, Kristina loves to try out cafes and pastry shops scattered around the city then go to the gym or for a long walk to offset all the calories.
Jaryd Revere

Jaryd Revere

Senior Development Manager
Jaryd joined Octopus in 2023, having previously held senior roles in the utility sector helping customers achieve their decarbonisation goals. He has a broad spectrum of experience developing, designing and building energy projects, and loves it when a good plan comes together.

At Octopus, Jaryd leads the development of projects in Victoria and is passionate about delivering positive outcomes for our investors and the regional communities we operate in. When he’s ‘out of office’ you’ll find him spending quality time with his wife and daughter, working on the house or enjoying a road trip somewhere in regional Victoria. 
Claude Lam

Claude Lam

Senior Development Manager
Claude joined Octopus in 2023, as a Senior Development Manager and brings with him deep experience from the Oil and Gas industry in Development, Project Management, and Engineering, having previously worked for Shell Australia, Shell UK and Viva Energy. Claude is keen to be part of the energy transition and is now responsible for delivering key renewables projects within the Octopus development pipeline.

Claude holds an Environmental Science and Chemical Engineering (Hons) Bachelor degree from the University of Melbourne.

When not at work, Claude can be found running after his bustling young family household, cycling, volunteering and enjoying a strong 3/4 full almond latte or two!
Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Development Manager
Steve joined Octopus Australia in 2023, after returning from Iceland where he pursued his passion for renewables, together with exploring the ‘land of fire and ice’. Prior to this, Steve worked in Australia on the project management and development of large-scale renewables and energy infrastructure.
 
At Octopus, Steve is responsible for the development of new renewable energy projects.
 
When Steve is out of the office, you’ll find him enjoying the outdoors, hiking, surfing and spending time with his family

Energy Markets & Technology

Brent Collyer

Brent Collyer

Energy Markets and Analytics Director
With over 20 years of experience across the analytics and energy industries, Brent lives and breathes data. He strongly believes in the insights that can be created through a solid analytical foundation and how they can be used to better understand Australia’s evolving energy markets.

When not busy working, Brent enjoys travelling and exploring new places with his family.  Whether that is an Australian road trip to rural destinations or an overseas adventure to experience new cities and cultures. He also likes trying new restaurants and a degustation menu with a great view is always a favourite.
Swagata Sarkar

Swagata Sarkar

Senior Energy Markets Modeller
Swagata joined Octopus in February 2023.  He has 17 years of experience in the energy sector, with a focus on the energy markets, power generation, and water utilities in Australia and different Asian countries.

He has extensive experience in utilising the commercial market modelling software Plexos and Prophet to simulate various energy markets. His experience in the power and water industry spans a wide range of fields, including plant operations and maintenance, reliability, settlement software development, performance testing, commercial and contracts management, and overall business optimisation.
 
Outside of the office, he enjoys watching cricket and reading various kinds of tweets on Twitter.
Tom Shillson

Tom Shillson

Energy Markets Manager
Tom joined Octopus in December 2022 and is leading the offtake strategy underpinning our renewable energy investment portfolio in Australia. He has held a variety of roles in the energy industry and has advised some of Australia’s largest energy users with the strategic procurement of electricity and Renewable Energy PPAs. Outside of the office he is a keen surfer and likes to get away hiking for the weekends.
Edward Irving

Edward Irving

Senior Markets Analyst
Ed joined the Octopus Australia team in 2023, with varied previous experience in the energy industry in Market Forecasting, Electricity Retailing and Renewables Development.

Ed works in the Energy Markets Team across data and analytics, ensuring a data driven approach to our decision making, as well as developing and securing offtakes for our growing portfolio of renewable and storage assets.

Outside of work Ed most enjoys moving about, particularly by foot or rail, taking in both the natural and built environment.

Asset Management

Eric Caesar

Eric Caesar

General Manager – Assets
Eric, while new to Octopus as GM of Assets has 38 years of experience in Construction, Engineering and Operations, with the most recent 13 years in Renewables. He has a passion for renewables and driving for a cleaner energy future. He passion also spills over to bicycles, he loves to ride in all it forms. Mountain, gravel and road cycling are his tools of choice and always up for ride- don’t be surprised if you find him out riding around the renewable assets, explorer the trails, roads and communities!
Kate McClure

Kate McClure

Senior Portfolio Manager
Kate has 9 years asset management experience in large scale renewable projects.

She is responsible for overseeing the asset management business within Octopus Australia, with a focus on contract execution and delivery, portfolio management, financial analysis and reporting.

In addition to her role in the asset management team, she leads Octopus’ ESG and Impact strategy across the business and its investments and is a member of Octopus’ ESG Committee.

She is also Qualified Chartered Accountant.
Suzie Hunter

Suzie Hunter

Senior Projects Engineer
Suzie has worked in the renewable energy and infrastructure construction project delivery for over 10 years.  Her experience extends across all stages of the asset lifecycle including feasibility, masterplan, design, construction, commissioning, and operation; including landmark infrastructure projects with complex delivery models and stakeholder requirements. As a senior project manager at Octopus, Suzie is responsible for the construction phase delivery of our renewable energy projects.
 
Suzie is always keen to hear about a great place to eat or a new place to visit.  She will go to great lengths to track down all the hidden gems – whether it’s a scenic trail to hike, an off-the-beaten-path country bakery, or the best coffee in the neighbourhood.
John Puckett

John Puckett

Grid Manager
John joined Octopus Australia in 2023 as Grid Manager with over 10 years of industry experience in OEM, Developer and Network Service Provider roles.

John is passionate about enabling the transition to renewables and is responsible for leading the grid team while providing grid oversight for the broader business.

When not looking at generator performance standards, you’ll find him on a road trip, trying out a new eatery or watching eagerly at the MCG.
Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Senior Electrical Engineer
Mark is an electrical engineer with 10 years in the energy industry. Mark joined us in 2023 after working at the market operator, a distribution network service provider, and a solar developer. He enjoys delivering technical analysis, complex problem solving, and working collaboratively with all stakeholders. In his spare time, Mark swims, cycles, and runs, and sometimes does all three and calls it a triathlon.  
Sid Pandey

Sid Pandey

Project Engineer
Sid joined the Octopus team in 2023 with over 7 years of experience across various power generation technologies, focusing on engineering, project management, and asset management of projects under development, construction, and operations.

At Octopus, he will provide engineering support across all stages of the asset lifecycle and manage the construction of renewable projects.

In his free time, you will find Sid exploring new places, new adventures and challenging his fears. Sid enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Australia and overseas.
Kaushal Trivedi

Kaushal Trivedi

Senior Project Manager
Kaushal joined Octopus in October 2023 having worked in various roles across the Renewables sector.

Kaushal has 14 years of experience across Grid Connection, Engineering, Construction, Commissioning and Operations of Solar Farms and has worked on one of the largest Solar Farms in the world.

At Octopus, Kaushal provides engineering support to the development team and manages the construction of Renewable projects.

Outside of work, Kaushal loves travelling, reading novels and chilling out with friends.
Sajid Mahmud

Sajid Mahmud

Senior Commercial Asset Manager
With over 10 years of working experience in the energy industry, Sajid comes from some Australia’s largest electricity retailer and renewable asset developers prior to joining Octopus in Nov 2023.

Sajid has a background in Electrical & Computer Systems engineering with renewable asset management and O&M of large-scale assets and intends to utilize his technical knowledge with commercial acumen to improve asset performance to its best.

Outside of work, he tries to balance time with his little girls, learning the guitar and his passion for performance cars
Tara Tan

Tara Tan

Electrical Engineer
Tara has over five years of dedicated experience in the field of electrical engineering. Her expertise lies in construction and development detail design, with a keen focus on adapting to local construction methodologies.

Tara joined Octopus in October 2023. In Tara’s role at Octopus Australia, she’s excited to shift her focus towards the grid connection aspect of projects, which allows her to delve deeper into the intricacies of electrical engineering in the renewable sector.

Outside of work, she is an avid fitness enthusiast and an outdoor activities lover.
Jonny Lacey

Jonny Lacey

Associate
Jonny’s role at Octopus focuses on financial analysis and valuation, analysing asset performance to derive insights and reporting these back to the Octopus team. Prior to joining Octopus, Jonny investigated and quantified insurance claims in the energy sector.

Jonny is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) who has worked for KPMG and Deloitte in the past.

When not directing his attention to a spreadsheet, he is an avid reader, runner, and quizzer who is known occasionally to be competitive.

Funds Management

Sophie Gibbons

Sophie Gibbons

Head of Distribution, Product and Marketing
Sophie has over 10 years industry experience working in Funds Management Research and Wholesale Distribution and is also a CFA Charter holder.

Since joining Octopus in 2019, Sophie has led the team through multiple successful fundraises and has been integral in building Octopus Australia’s current product offering and investor base which spans a diverse range of clients across institutional, wholesale groups, private banks, and family offices.

As Head of Distribution, Product and Marketing Sophie leads the team towards further expanding their distribution footprint and the presence of Octopus Australia in the market, driving much needed funds towards the energy transition in Australia.

Outside of the office Sophie can be found with her two young sons at the beach.
Timothy Kok

Timothy Kok

Head of Funds and Partnerships
Tim is responsible for managing Octopus Australia’s institutional funds and investors.

Tim has over 14 years of funds management experience and prior to Octopus Australia, has worked at NAB, Quentin Ayers, AustralianSuper and the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration.

Tim has a Master of Commerce and a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) from the University of New South Wales.
Campbell Ross

Campbell Ross

Head of Client Operations
Campbell joined Octopus Group in 2017 and is responsible for Fund and Client Management. Prior to joining the Australian team, he worked in various fund management and finance roles for Octopus Renewables in London, where he launched and managed institutional and retail renewable energy funds.

Campbell has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a Chartered Accountant. He previously spent over five years with EY globally before working in investor relations and strategy roles for a FTSE100 business.

When not thinking about our clients, Campbell can be found spending time at the beach with his young family or pounding the pavement training for his next marathon.
Christen Meli

Christen Meli

Senior Associate
Christen joined Octopus in January 2023, joining Tim in the institutional funds team. Christen has six years funds management experience and prior to Octopus Australia, worked at JANA Investment Advisers and Lazard Asset Management Australia.

Christen has a Master of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales and an Undergraduate degree in Architecture from The University of Technology, Sydney.

Christen joined Octopus to combine his interests in investing and the built environment. Outside the office he spends most his time in the ocean.
Brendan Chan

Brendan Chan

Senior Business Development Manager
 
Brendan joined Octopus in 2023 with a growing passion for the renewable energy sector and is responsible for wholesale and institutional distribution. Brendan has over eight years of experience and prior to Octopus has worked at Mercer, Mason Stevens and PwC.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a registered Chartered Accountant. He has also completed his Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst Level 1 exam.

Brendan is a self-proclaimed foodie and outside of the office enjoys playing badminton, cooking, travelling and following esports.
Christian Prowse

Christian Prowse

Business Development Manager
Christian joined Octopus at the start of 2022 with a strong desire to help accelerate Australia’s transition to a clean energy future. He is responsible for Wholesale distribution, dealing directly with mid-market advisors and family offices.

Christian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance / Marketing) from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Accreditation (CAIA).

He has over six years’ experience in the Funds Management industry, previously working at VanEck and Morgan Stanley.
Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Business Development Manager
Mark joined Octopus in January 2023.  He helps drive the sales process to our mid-market advisors and family offices.

Mark is passionate about bringing renewable energy products to investors and is a strong advocate for their function in client portfolios.

Prior to joining Octopus, Mark worked in Private Wealth Management for 7 years servicing HNW and wholesale clients.
Outside of work you will likely find Mark in his home music studio, on the tennis court, or watching his beloved Western Bulldogs.
Sylvia Zhou

Sylvia Zhou

Finance Associate
Prior to joining Octopus in 2022, Sylvia worked for Deloitte Audit and Assurance where she developed her knowledge and skills in financial reporting. Sylvia has a Master’s degree in Applied Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

At Octopus, Sylvia works in the funds management team looking after the operations of the funds including accounting, administration and investor reporting.

Outside of office, Sylvia is an animal lover, passionate about travelling and enjoys occasional badminton.
Michael Loo

Michael Loo

Senior Business/Data Analyst
Michael had accrued eight years of experience within the wealth management and financial technology space prior to making the jump into the renewable energy sector in 2022. Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and holds a Diploma of Financial Planning.

Due to his keen interest in business intelligence, he is currently designing and constructing dashboards for Octopus Australia which help to drive insights into performance for our assets, funds as well as ESG. Additionally, Michael will be responsible for updating and developing the process of how data flows within the business.

Outside of the office, you might catch Michael either at the local park with his Cavoodle or at the race-track attempting a new personal best.
Ruby Hawker

Ruby Hawker

Marketing Manager
Ruby has over 6 years’ marketing experience in the financial services sector, having previously worked in Funds Research and Data, Investment Management, and Accounting marketing roles.
 
Ruby joined Octopus Australia in January 2024 after spending a year at Octopus Investments in the UK, and is passionate about providing creative and meaningful marketing outcomes. Ruby is responsible for managing the day-to-day marketing requirements of the Australian business and amplifying the Octopus brand.
 
Outside of work, Ruby enjoys spending time at the beach with her Kelpie and travelling.

Finance, Legal & Support

Jonathan Filbey

Jonathan Filbey

Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan joined Octopus Group in 2013 where he’s worked across Energy Investments and Funds Management, and as of 2024 is now CFO.
 
With the investment team, Jonathan completed over c$1.4 billion in transactions to grow Octopus’s energy platform into one of the largest in Europe. In 2018, upon relocating to Australia Jonathan led the establishment of the Octopus Australia’s energy platform and fund products. As CFO, Jonathan looks after strategic decision making and scaling operations for Octopus Australia.
 
Prior to Octopus, Jonathan worked with Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan has a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Oxford University.
 
Out of the office, Jonathan can be found either cycling down Beach Road on sunny weekends or catching the latest concerts coming through town.
Iain McClea

Iain McClea

General Counsel
Iain has been with the Octopus Group since 2012, and was a founding solicitor at Lightsource Renewable Energy UK (then an Octopus Group company), before joining Octopus as Head of Legal for UK and European renewables in 2016.

In 2019 Iain joined the Octopus Australia team. Iain is a Director of Octopus Australia and member of the Octopus Australia Investment Committee. He is a qualified solicitor admitted in Victoria and NZ and is responsible for guiding the Australian business on legal and commercial matters.

Iain has a particular interest in biodiversity and integration of sustainable farming practices into renewable energy projects.
James Graham

James Graham

Financial Controller
James joined Octopus in 2021 and has over 10 years finance experience accumulated across Octopus, Commonwealth Bank and at Big 4 professional services firms. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.
 
James is responsible for the overall financial and tax management of Octopus and its assets, and for financial and tax due diligence on investments and new opportunities.
 
Outside of Octopus, you’ll likely find James on a tennis court, golf course, in the ocean, or reading.
Elise Bulla

Elise Bulla

Senior Commercial Manager
Elise has over 8 years of renewable energy experience in private practice (Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters (UK)) and in-house (AGL). Elise has advised developers, investors, lenders and contractors on all stages of renewable energy projects located in Australia and overseas, including onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and battery storage. Elise holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1)/Bachelor of International Studies
Damith Tennakoon

Damith Tennakoon

Manager Business Intelligence
Damith is a CPA and started his career in financial audit and management consulting, he has over 10 years of combined experience in corporate valuations & strategy, finance, management consulting, and FP&A in a range of industries such as professional financial services, telecommunications, mining, and renewables industries – in markets across Europe, South Asia and Australia.

Damith’s current focus is on the financial modelling and business intelligence framework at Octopus.

When he is not fixing his gaze on multiple computer screens and spreadsheets, Damith can be found on treks exploring wildlife reserves, bushland and rockpools.
Edwina Lane

Edwina Lane

Legal Counsel
Edwina joined Octopus in 2023 with private practice legal experience in the Future Energy team at King & Wood Mallesons. Before that, Edwina was a Judge’s Associate at the Federal Court of Australia and a member of the General Counsel Division at the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Edwina is a qualified solicitor and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) / Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide.

At Octopus, Edwina is responsible for supporting the business on legal matters relating to renewables development, investment and operations.

Outside of work, you will find Edwina outside on a (slow) Saturday morning run followed by a strong coffee and window shop.
Irfan Fadhiel

Irfan Fadhiel

Associate Financial Modeler
Irfan joined Octopus in October 2023 bringing over four years’ experience from Mergers and Acquisition and Restructuring across various industry sectors. Irfan has a Master of Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance), is a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) and is a CFA® Exam Level III candidate.

Driven to be a part of Australia’s renewable energy transition, Irfan is deploying his skillset through the suite of financial models at Octopus to facilitate impactful investments in renewable energy.
Cheryl Pollock

Cheryl Pollock

Office Manager
In June 2022, Cheryl became a part of the Octopus team bringing 25 years of expertise in HR, Accounts, and Office Management from both Big 4 and small business sectors.

Cheryl is known for her adeptness in aligning values, prioritising team well-being, and embracing innovative approaches.

Cheryl’s decision to join Octopus was effortless due to the resonance of the company’s values with her focus on taking care of people.

Beyond work, Cheryl finds joy in travelling abroad, attending the theatre, engaging in outdoor activities like hiking and tennis and cherishing time with family and friends.

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