THOMAS GARNER

THOMAS GARNER

SPLO Feasibility Project Manager
+27 (83) 609 1309
tommy@thomasgarner.africa

INTRODUCTION

Offering +25 years’ experience in executive management, engineering, project management, operations, maintenance and business development in the Coal, Renewable Energy and Engineering fields, providing leadership in uniquely challenging situations.

SKILLS

  • Futuristic Thinking
  • Strategic Planning & Leadership
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Change Management
  • Community Development
  • Growth Management and Business Development

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), University of Pretoria
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), University of Stellenbosch Business School
  • Maintenance Management
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Project Finance
  • Government Ticket of Competency for Mines

INDUSTRIES

Coal, Renewable Energy and Engineering

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Thomas Garner Advisory – (2018 – Present) Focusing on renewable energy, agri and water nexus. Advising; Danish Embassy and Trade office in South Africa; Large agricultural players; Makuya Tribe in Limpopo, South Africa on commercialisation of the Makuya Nature Reserve; Mfengu Community in Tsitsikamma on business opportunities in the agri, energy and water industries. Assisting a project owner in developing a circa 100 MW wind project in the Mpumalanga. Leading SAIPPA as chairman in advocating for a restructured electricity supply industry.
Exxaro Resources – Business Development Manager (2016 – 2018), Energy; Leading the effort of establishing phase 2 of Exxaro’s Energy Business; Focusing on disruptive technologies and business models; Leading a multifunctional team.
Cennergi (Pty) Ltd – Chief Executive Officer (2012 – 2016); Forming Cennergi thus facilitating Exxaro’s move into energy. May 2012 Cennergi was named preferred bidder for wind farms totalling 234 MW. The two projects totalling circa US$700m of total project cost. Strong relationships formed wiht the local communities in Tsitsikamma and Bedford, driving responsible enterprise development and stakeholder engagement.
Exxaro Resources – Manager Growth, Energy (2006 – 2012); Establishing Exxaro as an independent power producer with operations in co-generation, wind, solar and gas generation. Main responsibilities included business intelligence, environmental scanning, opportunity development, project ranking, feasibility studies (technical and business case).
Kumba Resources – Opportunity Manager, Business Development (2009 – 2011); create and manage a basket of high quality growth opportunities in the KUMBA Coal growth portfolio.
Iscor Heavy Minerals – Contract Engineer (2000 – 2001); Contract Engineer of the Slag and Reductant Processing Plants. Responsible for the contract management to design, supply, manufacture, deliver, erect and commission the plant. Responsible for tender evaluation and contractor appointment.
Iscor Tshikondeni Mine – Assistant Resident Engineer, (1996 – 2000); Leading and managing the Underground Engineering and Maintenance team, consisting of development projects, quality management, mine expansion, maintenance and the underground information management backbone. Design and Implementation of the management processes and systems of the Underground Engineering business unit as well as reliability centred maintenance of infrastructure and equipment.
Iscor Tshikondeni Mine – Project Manager (1995); Establishment of a new mine shaft
Iscor Tshikondeni Mine – Engineer in Training, (1993 – 1994);

CAREER HISTORY

Business Development and Advisory Services: 2018 – Present

Business Development Manager: 2016 – 2018

Chief Executive Officer: 2012 – 2016

Manager Growth: 2006 – 2012

Opportunity Manager, Business Development: 2001 – 2006

Contract Engineer: 2000 – 2001

Assistant Resident Engineer: 1996 – 2000

Project Manager: 1995

Mine Engineer in Training: 1993 – 1994

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Registered Professional Engineer, Engineering Council of South Africa (Member number 990019)

Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, SAAE
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