Our Team 2022-08-21T16:36:47+10:00

Next Energy’s principals bring a rich set of commercial experiences to each assignment. They have broad credentials and strong collective business and government track records in Australia, North America and the UK.

Graham Mawer | MBA, B.A.Sc

Graham MawerGraham has worked for a wide variety of private and public sector clients on public lighting projects for two decades including for the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, regional NSW organisations of councils, IPWEA, Westlink M7, Transport for NSW, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water and individual councils in a number of jurisdictions.

His public lighting work includes program management for groups of councils, technology reviews, tender advisory work, model industry documentation, technology trials, maintenance monitoring, service level and technology negotiations with utilities, strategic plans, business cases and regulatory filings on behalf of local governments.

Graham has engineering and MBA qualifications.  He is a Member of IPWEA, an Associate Member of the IESANZ and a member of Standards Australia IT-269 committee (responsible for IEC Electrotechnical and Electrotechnology Smart City Systems).

Paul Gowans | SCOTEC Higher Certificate Elec Eng (B.Eng equiv), MIES, ILE Qualifications

Paul has enormous depth of experience with public lighting including three decades managing lighting networks for UK councils and running a public lighting contractor in the UK.  In Australia, he is best known for his work leading the City of Sydney’s pioneering and highly successful deployment of over 6,500 LED public lights.  This project was not only the first large LED deployment in Australia, but one of the first long-term outsourced public lighting contracts with a specialist service provider.  Paul has managed contracts for the industrial design, manufacture and supply of multi-function poles and was responsible for developing a full range of electrical asset technical specifications for the City of Sydney.

Paul has extensive electrical and lighting qualifications and is one of the few lighting engineers in Australia to have IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning.  He sits on two key Standards Australia lighting committees and is the past chairman of the Scottish Region Institution of Lighting Engineers.  Paul was also a member of the Institution’s National Council.  Paul is a Member of the IESANZ and IPWEA.


Next Energy provides advice to local governments as well as road authorities, utilities, government agencies and industry associations on public lighting projects and strategy, and delivers on that advice with project management services.

Our Work…


Next Energy has worked with a number of local governments to create street lighting programs, save money during regulatory pricing reviews and more. Take a look at the various projects Next Energy has completed.

Recent Projects…