Oct 27, 2020

New leader adds spark to gas sector advocacy

New leader adds spark to gas sector advocacy

The Australian Gas Industry Trust has appointed its first executive officer, Dr Jen Thompson, to help promote gas industry research and education.

“With a strong background in energy, research and science education, Dr Thompson is an ideal person to take AGIT’s activities forward through the energy transition,” trust chairman Dr Graeme Bethune said.

Dr Thompson has more than 20 years experience working with government and academia and many years’ experience in mining and energy strategy.

She comes to AGIT from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, where she provided strategic policy advice to government across a diverse range of resource management areas.

Dr Thompson sat on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Resources Research and Development Team, was involved in establishing the recent Queensland Government’s Review of the Domestic Gas Pilot Program and worked with the University of Queensland to produce the North West Minerals Province Research and Development Priorities Report. 

Dr Thompson holds a Masters of Educational Studies (Higher Education) from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma in Teaching (Science and Geography) from the University of New England, in addition to her PhD in Business from the Southern Cross University.

Dr Bethune said the new role would encompass the overall management of the Trust, implementing its newly created strategic plan and delivering education and research activities that are of value to the national gas industry.