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Will Rayward-Smith

Partner, Climate & Sustainability

Will is a specialist in decarbonisation and the clean energy transition. He is driven to accelerate the transformation to the low-carbon world and to support his clients successfully navigate the risks and unlock the significant opportunities.

Will joined Deloitte in 2019 with hands-on experience of growing a low-carbon business, having founded SunSHIFT, a provider of solar power to the mining sector. As General Manager, Will scaled SunSHIFT within three years into a profitable business, owned by the global engineering and construction company Laing O’Rourke. Achievements at SunSHIFT include three grants awarded by the Federal Government totalling AUD 3m, the delivery of Australia’s first integration of solar with an off-grid gas power plant and completion of the 89MW Clermont and 110MW Wemen solar farms.

Will is a recognised thought leader in the industry including live national TV interview on corporate Australia’s response to climate change, op-ed on the economic recovery of COVID-19, Fire Award Winner at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit in New York, Australian Technologies Competition People’s Choice Award Winner, keynote addresses at Energy & Mines summits, review for UNHCR of solar farms at Syrian refugee camps and NSW Green Globe Award Judge.

Will has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked for Arup, the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Azuri Technologies.