Shannon O’Rourke

Chief Executive Officer

Shannon commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre on 1 December 2021.

He is a seasoned executive with 25 years’ experience in the energy sector including senior management roles with Woodside, Chevron and industrial research with Rio Tinto.

His career spans traditional and renewable energy markets with a track record of success in the commercialisation of research outcomes including managing CRC collaborations through the Future Fuels CRC and the CO2 CRC.


P : 08 9266 4630


Jacques Eksteen

Research Director

Jacques leadsthe FBICRC’s comprehensive whole-of-value-chain research program for future battery industries and is responsible for driving high quality research outcomes which address industry needs.  Jacques has been a key member of the CRC consortium since its inception leading much of the consultation with industry and research participants which formed the basis of the successful bid for Commonwealth funding.  Prior to joining the CRC he was Director of the Curtin University Gold Technology Group and held the Chair for Extractive Metallurgy in the WA School of Mines at Curtin University.

He has extensive experience in managing complex research projects in industry and academia.  He is the listed inventor on a number of patents relating to the mineral processing, hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes and have published extensively in these areas. He has led a number of other industry and government funded research projects and is a recipient of various awards in research development, innovation and commercialisation.

P: 08 9266 4419


Derek Hall

Chief Financial Officer

Derek is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute and Member of the Governance Institute of Australia. A finance and compliance specialist, he has significant commercial experience identifying key business drivers and bringing cost control and process improvement into sharp focus.

Prior to joining the CRC, he was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of publicly listed and unlisted companies, providing corporate advisory and investor relations services across the technology, mining, oil and gas and construction sectors.

P: 08 9266 3537


Stacy Osenbaugh

Project Coordinator

Stacy is the project coordinator, supporting the implementation and reporting of the FBICRC research projects. This includes coordinating proposal rounds, contracting and all aspects of project tracking and reporting, as well as providing secretariat support for the Research Implementation and Advisory Committee. Stacy joined the FBICRC in October 2018 after acting as the Curtin Project Officer for the CRC during the bid phases in 2018 with experience in industry driven research partnerships

P: 08 9266 4330


Abbie Williams

Executive Assistant

Abbie provides direct executive support and coordination for the CEO. She also assists with the management and administration needs of the FBICRC team, the Board chair, directors and advisor.  She provides support across a range of delivery activities such as diary management, travel arrangements and every aspect of day to day requirements.  Abbie has worked as a Personal Assistant for over 15 years in variety of organisations in Western Australia.

P: 08 9266 4630


James Westcott

Project Director

James has been a professional engineer for over 30 years, working globally in the oil & gas, aerospace, fuel cells, electric vehicles, hydrogen and renewable energy sectors, in a variety of engineering, leadership and project management roles.

He is a Fellow of  Engineers Australia and served as the WA President  from 2017-18. James is passionate about sustainability, the urgent need for rapid decarbonisation of our economy and the adaptation of our society to the impacts of climate change.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from UWA and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

P: 08 9266 2882


Trish Miller

Communications Manager

Trish joined the FBICRC in the role of Communications Manager in July of 2021. Trish is responsible for promoting the FBICRC’s research portfolio, media relations, branding, marketing communications collateral and stakeholder engagement.

She has extensive corporate communications experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors across energy, resources, education, ports, transport and retail, gained within regional, national and global settings.

Trish has held senior corporate affairs roles with global, national, and West Australian based organisations including Alcoa, ATCO Australia, Southern Ports, Catholic Education WA and Quick Service Restaurants Holdings (Red Rooster, Chicken Treat and Oporto).

P: 9266 4477


Rod Thiele

Education and Training Manager

Rod joined the FBICRC as Education and Training Manager on 4 January 2022. He has extensive experience working in and around collaborative research centres, as well as consulting in science education and policy development.

Prior to joining the FBICRC team, Rod was a Principal Policy Officer in the STEM skills team within the Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. Before that he had a management role within CSIRO Education and Outreach where he drove innovative national programs, including using advanced videoconferencing technologies to increase students’ exposure to contemporary science industry.


Richard Macoun

Research Manager

Richard Macoun joined the FBICRC in September 2021 as Research Manager. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the minerals and process industries within Australian and global settings.

He has specialised in leading technical innovation teams to deliver business results for clients and is passionate about improving mineral processing and mining.

Richard is part of the research team and works closely with our partners to ensure collaboration and the high quality of research projects.