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James Harvey - Head of Energy
James Harvey, Head of Energy

Prospecta Utilities’ Head of Energy unveils secrets to team success and company’s rapid growth

Former professional basketballer James Harvey is well attuned to teamwork so it’s no wonder he’s successfully cultivating a high-performing team as Head of Energy at renewables company Prospecta Utilities.

Prospecta designs, creates, and implements innovative energy and connectivity solutions that make sustainable business choices easy, or as James so accurately describes it: “We are property people who specialise in energy – not the other way round”.

“This gives us a unique competitive advantage over most vendors, suppliers and consultants who just don’t understand the nuances and differences between asset classes or even Tier 1 versus Tier 2 or 3 developers and operators,” he said.

“This means we are agile, can adapt quickly and then offer bespoke solutions to our key clients.”

As Head of Energy, James Harvey is responsible for spearheading the company’s efforts to deliver cutting-edge renewable energy solutions to key residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

His leadership position focuses on driving strategic growth, building stronger client relationships, partnerships, ensuring the successful execution of projects, and building high-performance teams that contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

“As our team and project pipeline expands quickly, it will be critical to provide stronger leadership and guidance to the team, while continuing to foster a collaborative and innovative culture that encourages excellence and sustainability but is never afraid to challenge the status quo,” James says.

“We are in an aggressive growth phase currently, which brings with it excitement, but also normal challenges associated with this.

“I am a firm believer that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ so ensuring we keep our people happy, healthy, and engaged is my number one priority. Our people are our greatest asset after all!”

James – who is an ex-pro basketballer with 350 Australian National Basketball League games under his belt and was captain of the Australian Boomers – also has a proven track record for leading high performing teams across diverse sectors including real estate, investment, energy, technology and consulting.

As a senior manager at Mirvac from 2013 to 2023, he launched Mirvac Energy and rolled out 5MW commercial and industry solar, carbon-neutral embedded networks for residential and build-to-rent properties, corporate power purchase agreements, and ‘green’ financing. During his tenure, the company was recognised as Australia’s most innovative property company on the 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list.

James joined Prospecta at its Gold Coast headquarters in January and has enjoyed settling into his new role.

“There is no place like home,” James says.

“After more than a decade either travelling interstate weekly, or on a train commuting daily to Brisbane, it has been so refreshing to be back in the office and only ten minutes from home.

“This has given my life much greater consistency holistically so I can be at my best as a leader, a colleague, a husband, and a dad.”

As for what James’ personally loves about his role at Prospecta, he says: “I’ve got a great mix of my most important motivating factors or key drivers at Prospecta: autonomy (I’m given the freedom to be myself and build/lead my team how I see fit); mastery (I’m learning new things within the energy and technology sectors everyday), and purpose (we are building something significant here, both in terms of commercial and environmental impact).”

 

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