SwitchDin Appoints Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer


Newcastle, AUSTRALIA – March 2023 – Energy technology company SwitchDin announced today that it bolstered its executive team with the appointment of two new technology leaders, with Tim Schier joining as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Sebastian Welsh as the company’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Since late 2022 Clayton Newland has been acting CTO and will hand the reins to Tim Schier this month. Tim will lead the transition to new technologies to drive scale and deliver advanced capabilities for customers. He brings more than two decades of experience working with software-as-a-service technology companies in the aerospace and defence industries with small and large teams. Prior to joining SwitchDin, he was the Founding CTO and Head of Product at Eevi.Life, a technology provider to the care sector.

Also commencing this month, Sebastian Welsh will kick-off the newly established position of CISO in the company to strengthen the existing cyber capabilities of the team. Sebastian will lead SwitchDin’s security first approach and work with stakeholders to establish security frameworks for these emerging technologies. He has held roles as the Head of Security at Canva and Staff Security Engineer at Google prior to joining SwitchDin. With 17 years of experience in project and technical leadership roles, Sebastian’s expertise lies in building a whole-of-enterprise defence model within businesses.

Tim and Sebastian join the executive team with COO Marc Sheldon and CEO and Founder of SwitchDin, Dr Andrew Mears. Dr Mears noted, “SwitchDin is delighted to welcome Tim and Sebastian to our company as we continue to grow our business in Australia and deliver on our expansion plans in the United States and Europe. They will play a pivotal role in building and enhancing the capabilities of Stormcloud, our smart, digital platform that securely connects distributed energy resources all over the grid, working with our customers to strengthen their partnership with SwitchDin.”

Founded in 2014, SwitchDin bridges the gaps between energy utilities, network operators and energy end users such as households and businesses with rooftop solar, batteries, EVs and EV charging infrastructure. Through Stormcloud, a smart, digital platform that securely connects distributed energy resources all over the grid, asset owners can connect, control and communicate with a diverse range of assets to deliver a truly flexible and responsive grid.

Some of SwitchDin’s customers include Ausgrid, AGL, Origin, Horizon Power, Synergy, Western Power, SA Power Networks, Yurika, and Simply Energy.