Denis Cooke & Associates Pty Ltd CEO and Managing Director
Denis Cooke, BSc(Eng), MEngSc, MBA, FIEAust
Bachelor of Science (Engineering), University of NSW
Master of Engineering Science, University of NSW
Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University
FIEAust Chartered Professional Engineer, Registered on NPER - National Professional Engineers Register (Electrical engineering and management categories)
Member firm of Consult Australia
Registered APEC Engineer
Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
Denis has thirty years experience as a consultant. He commenced as a cadet engineer in the manufacturing industry, then as an electrical engineer working in research and development, later consulting to Elcom, and two years as site manager for a large construction project in the Northern Territory. He spent two years overseas in the UK and Canada working in high technology industries of oil, gas and atomic energy, followed by a period with the NSW Public Works as a design engineer, finally as a leader managing a group of engineers responsible for design, documentation, and construction supervision of major building works.
He started as an independent consultant in 1983 initially specialising in all aspects of energy management subsequently moving into more broadly based areas of business management and strategic studies. He is principal of this firm.
The range of services provided to many clients include electrical engineering for industry, project management, energy studies, greenhouse studies, auditing, strategic studies, training and management. He is highly experienced both as an engineer and as a management and energy consultant.
Denis has a wide depth of experience in energy management and for two years successfully directed a group energy management programme for James Hardie Industries Limited which saved the group over $1 million in 1984 and achieved national recognition with the National Energy Management Award in 1983.
Denis has a wealth of business planning experience including strategic analysis of environment, competitors, resource and financial assessment, business objectives and total business plans for Australian industry and government. He has participated in industry lobby groups and made representations to government.
He has carried out many feasibility studies mostly of a technical nature including recommendations, the alternatives, financial evaluation, implementation and any necessary organisational change. His project management experience includes on site project management of large construction works to participating in and leading multi-disciplinary design teams, undertaking the complete smaller project on a turn-key basis, and following through with implementation assistance.
Denis' major strengths are:
Adaptive with people, works with people to achieve the best results for a project, diplomatic in approach,
Excellent presentation skills,
Innovative and creative thinker in seeking alternative approaches and solutions,
Persistence and patience in seeing a task successfully through to completion to satisfaction of client, to time and to budget,
Successful and experienced engineer, manager and consultant,
Technically competent across wide range of engineering disciplines, recognition within the energy management industry.
Computer literate, excellent working knowledge of PCs, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, time-line, project management, Internet use and electronic document production.
Some brief details of areas of expertise follow:
Denis' experience includes analysis of environment, major competitors, resource and financial assessment, business objectives and complete business plans for Australian industry and government. Denis has participated in industry groups to determine a common plan of attack to a particular problem and make representations to government on the agreed position.
Feasibility Studies and Project Management:
Denis has carried out many feasibility studies mostly of a technical nature including a recommended position, the alternatives, financial evaluation, implementation and any necessary organisational change.
Denis has reviewed information systems in line with client needs and prepared appropriate strategic plans relating to software, hardware, suitability, cost, staffing matters, implementation and time scheduling. Also, he has undertaken design and development of customised information systems using fourth generation language software.
Denis has researched the Australian market for imported equipment with reference to the size of the market, competitors (both local and imported), likely growth, external influences and proposed a marketing and selling strategy for the Australian agent.
Energy Management, Greenhouse Challenge, Energy Efficiency Opportunities and Energy Savings Action Plans:
Denis has a wide depth of experience in energy management and for two years successfully directed a group energy management programme for James Hardie Industries Limited which saved the group over $1 million in 1984 and achieved national recognition with the National Energy Management Award in 1983. He has completed numerous projects for government and industrial clients relating to the efficient use of energy.
He has been involved in assisting major industrial companies (particularly the mining industry) to develop and implement Greenhouse Challenge programmes. These programmes have allowed participating organisations to take a fresh look at their operations, improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs and increase profits. In recent years he has assisted industry with Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessments as well as NSW Energy Savings Action Plans.
Denis has undertaken a large number of engineering projects involving design, documentation, contractor engagement and construction supervision.
His project management experience includes on site project management of large construction works and participating in and leading multi-disciplinary design teams.
Technical Papers/Conference Presentations:
Energy Benchmarking and Energy Performance Measurements for Business (2005)
Triple Bottom Line Reporting to track your Economic, Social and Environmental Gains (1999)
How to Run a Profitable Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy (1998)
Scoping Study on the Management and Abatement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (for Australian Coal Association) with CSIRO (1998)
Australia’s Greenhouse Challenge Programme (1997) at WEEC, Atlanta, Ga, USA.
Energy Use Benchmarks for Open Cut Coal Mines (with C Randall) (1995)
Integrating Energy Management Into Your Environmental Management System (1995)
Compressed Air Systems and Energy Savings (1994)
Energy Efficiency of Two City Buildings (1994)
The Principles of Energy Management (1992)
Group Industrial Energy Management (1992)
Implementation of Energy Management in Industrial Plants (1992)
James Hardie Industries Energy Management Programme - Success How We are achieving It. (1984)
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