Ken has specialised in economic and policy issues in exploration, mining (including oil and gas), energy, the natural environment, infrastructure, and taxation for 40 years. For the past 15 years, Ken has also worked on transport economics and policy issues, particularly traffic congestion, crashes, road damage, and environmental issues.
In addition, Ken has many years of experience in corporate finance, project finance and bankability assessments, particularly in the mining and infrastructure sectors.
Ken’s recent assignments include:
- review of offshore exploration policy for the Australian Government, covering tenement, taxation/royalty, and information issues
- analysis of mining taxation and royalty regimes for industry organisations and governments
- assessment of effects of market shocks and other issues affecting liquid fuels security for government agencies
- quantitative assessment of effects of greenhouse gas emissions pricing on mining and processing activities for industry associations
- analysis of policy instruments and packages to alleviate traffic congestion for government departments
- investigations of policy instruments for reducing emissions and improving fuel economy in transport for government departments
- assessment of transport projects and transport funding issues for government agencies and potential private investors.
Before joining ACIL Allen, Ken's positions included: Executive Manager of RACQ’s public policy department; Executive Director of banking and corporate advisory enterprises, focusing particularly on corporate and project finance advice and deal structuring in the mining sector; Deputy Chief Executive in government departments in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, focusing on mining, processing, and associated infrastructure; and Divisional Head in departments in the NT and Queensland Governments.