The Board of The Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand
This Board determines and implements all aspects of IES policy, determines the constitution of the Society and governs the admission to membership. The Board also maintains liaison with such bodies as the Standards Association, Electricity Supply Association of Australia, Industrial Design Council, Lighting Council of Australia, Australian Building Codes Board and other such similar organisations.
Through the IES Aust. & NZ membership of the Australian National Committee on Illumination (ANCI) the Society has representation on the International Commission on Illumination (C.I.E.).
Trent started his career in the theatrical lighting industry at just 15 years old, working as a rigger for a number of years before taking his first commercial lighting role in 1996.
Initially hired as an internal sales cadet, Trent’s love for lighting was apparent and soon he found himself in the position of junior lighting designer. Over the next several year Trent worked under a number of highly skilled senior engineers and developed his skills as he worked on major lighting project from mines to museums.
In 2010 Trent founded Rubidium Light. A lighting design consultancy focusing on the emerging Design and Construct market. Rubidium Light works closely with lighting manufactures and electrical contractor in this market segment to enable them to offer lighting solutions that previously could only be achieved through fully designed construction delivery. Rubidium Light also delivers projects directly for clients including environmentally sensitive projects. Rubidium Light has a strong focus on affordable quality lighting design and product selection. This is achieved hand in hand with energy minimisation through considered lighting design.
Trent has served for a number of years on IESANZ Queensland’s Chapter Management Committee and is now the President.
Trent is extremely excited with his inclusion in the IESANZ Board and has focused his recent efforts on returning tangible benefits to members and will continue this effort into the future.
At a very young age, James had a fascination with electronics and intended to become an engineer. James was first involved with lighting during high school, where he enjoyed spending his lunchtimes and after school periods rigging theatrical lighting for upcoming school performances. The passion ignited, he developed his own prototype RGB LED luminaire and custom controller at the completion of his secondary studies so he could play with light on his own terms.
He studied Electrical Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne, and upon completion graduation in 2011, moved to Adelaide to work with GHD’s Building Engineering team. This enabled him to again get involved with lighting, this time on the side of the permanent installation. He has since excelled in this position, a common technical source of information between offices. Passionate for knowledge, James completed a two-year Course in Lighting Design and Application in 2015. This was the first lighting course run in South Australia after a several year hiatus, and was organised by the IESANZ SA/NT Chapter to great success.
Thriving on a busy lifestyle, James travels regularly for both career and personal reasons, and volunteers his time to the IESANZ on both a state level as the SA/NT Chapter President and an organisation level as a Board Director. Between these commitments, James can be found at the beach walking the dog.
James is excited to be a part of shaping the future of lighting in Australia, New Zealand, and globally.
Following on from an electrical trade qualification, Scott's career in ligtning began in 1989 as a cadet engineer at GEC. Gaining industry knowledge in road lighting, flood lighting and heavy industrial/mining lighting. Since then, Scott has continuedto develop his skills in lighting engineeering and has gained the industry-recognised qualification of Registered Lighting Practitioner (RLP).
Greg Williams MIES
NZCE, BE, GDipBus (EngMgt), MIES
Greg in his day job is a Technical Director/Principal at Beca Ltd. He has been involved in lighting design of various types since about 1991, mostly in the road lighting arena, and also has experience in the design of interior and exterior lighting, emergency lighting and sports field lighting.
He is an electrical engineer by training, having gained an NZCE(Electrical) in 1991, BE(Electrical) in 1995, and GDipBus(Eng Mgt) in 1997. Having worked under the tutelage of Geoff Waller since he joined Beca in 1999 and Laurie Cook since 2011, Greg finally gained an MIES in 2015.
Greg joined the IESANZ (this time around) in 2013 to assist the Society in NZ to rejuvenate itself. He has worked on the NZ Chapter management committee since this time, and was voted NZ Chapter president in 2014, and IESANZ Board member in 2017. Greg has also contributed to the Constitution and Bylaws committee since 2016.
He is passionate not just about the amazing artistry and magic that our lighting designers, suppliers can generate, but also the incredibly talented people in the industry that make it what it is. Greg currently holds the Membership portfolio within the Board, and is excited about encouraging professional behaviour from members within the Society with which to nurture and grow our membership and enhance the recognition that we all deserve from our fellow design organisations and statutory bodies.
Following completion of an electrical apprenticeship Neil was employed within a Commercial Electrical and Mechanical Contracting Organisation and mainly engaged in Electrical Engineering within Education and Health Authority Buildings in the UK. He then progressed to Lighting Technician, Senior Lighting Technician and Electrical Design Engineer initially with District Councils and later within a County Council Highway Consultancy. Neil has designed numerous exterior lighting installations for the Highway Authority, Highways Agency and Railtrack within the UK.
On successfully completing his BTEC National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and BTEC Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1997 he became a Member of the Institution of Lighting Professionals UK and an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council. Serving as a Committee Member with the ILP Northern Region from 2006 to 2008.
Neil progressed his career by securing a Senior Contract Manager role within a Local Government Direct Service Organisation focusing on road and area lighting infrastructure renewal projects and later progressing to Principal Contract Manager/Deputy Head of Lighting and Electrical Services.
In 2009 Neil migrated to Western Australia and secured a BDM role with a Perth based Commercial Lighting Company and provides technical, specification and design support to its Client base for the portfolio of Lighting Brands they represent.
Neil volunteers his time as a CMC Member with the IESANZ WA Chapter and also as a Board Member with the Society.