We welcome our new CRO

We would like to introduce Dr. William Lilley, our new Chief Research Officer who is joining RACE today. 

Bill is a proven multi-disciplinary leader with over 20 years’ experience in research and industry. Bill delivered CSIRO’s ‘Intelligent Grid’ research program, which showcased the value of distributed energy for Australia. He was a principal advisor on the federal government’s ‘Smart Grid Smart City’ initiative which determined the cost-benefits of a commercial scale rollout of smart grid technologies and consumer applications in Australia.  

Bill spent the past decade working for Saudi Aramco Overseas Company where he provided strategic advice on the future role of hydrogen and hydrogen vectors.  Prior to that, Bill worked for the Saudi Ministry of Energy where he led the development of the Kingdom’s national power and water plans to 2040 

Recently he has worked in the development of low-carbon fuels specialising in the integration of renewable energy. He has also examined the future of transport comparing various modes of decarbonisation in the sector.  

Bill’s early career focused on air quality modelling and emissions quantification. He has a PhD from the University of Newcastle titled: “Development of a high resolution chemically reactive near-field dispersion model for assessing the impact of motor vehicle emissions”.  

Bill will focus on new projects and research initiatives while also focusing on improving RACE’s research operations and processes. He will be involved in a more efficient way of conducting research and achieving outcomes. Bill will play a key role in achieving RACE’s vision of accelerating the transition to an affordable and clean energy future and will bring invaluable knowledge to our decision-making and strategy.  

Welcome Bill! We’re very excited to have you on board and look forward to working with you to drive innovation for a secure, affordable, clean energy future!!