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Richard Turner

Founder & Director of Innovation

Richard founded the multi-award winning ZEN Energy Systems in 2004 and was awarded the 2010 Ernst & Young “Australian Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Cleantech sector.

Professional Background and Experience

Richard founded the multi-award winning ZEN Energy Systems in 2004 and was awarded the 2010 Ernst & Young “Australian Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Cleantech sector. He graduated from the University of South Australia in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and has founded four successful companies across four completely different industry sectors. ZEN has been noted as the fastest growing company in South Australia for two consecutive years and the fourth fastest growing company in Australia, and is now a world leader in Intelligent Distributed Energy Solutions.

Richard’s first business was Regency Food Services founded with his brother Greg in 1987. This business was sold to Bidvest in 1999 and the model used for their national rollout is now a $1b revenue business in Australia. Richard also founded the South Australian Chapter of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) in 1998 and continues to be an active member.

Qualifications and Honours

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (University of South Australia)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 1996 (Telstra Business Awards)
  • Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 – Cleantech (Ernst & Young)

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