Non Executive Director, Smart Energy Council
Mr Yates concluded his role as the inaugural CEO of the CEFC, Australia’s 10 Billion dollar Green Bank in April 2017. Mr Yates built the CEFC to be the preeminent investor in the clean energy sector in Australia. The CEFC has committed over 4 billion dollars to clean energy investments and has over 100 staff. He has more than 20 years’ global experience in corporate advisory, financial structuring, project finance, debt structuring, equity raising and listings, with extensive experience in clean energy.
Mr Yates was an executive director at Macquarie Bank for more than 10 years, being country head in the United States (1998‐2004), co-head Macquarie Capital Private Placements Group (2004‐2008) and co‐head Macquarie Capital Products Group (2001‐2008). At Macquarie Bank, Mr Yates was involved in establishing new businesses and growing the bank’s operations internationally, as well as leading the bank’s initiatives in wind, solar, biofuels, carbon credits and other renewable businesses.
Mr Yates holds a number of part time roles and board positions including those the Smart Energy Council. Mr Yates holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with an Advanced Diploma in Mastering the Boardroom.