Team

Dr Jordan Parham

BEng (Mech), Dip PM M, PhD, MIEAust, MAIE

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Jordan has successfully led teams to deliver local, national and international projects. During his time at FCT Combustion, he engineered and managed complete burner solutions for mineral processing customers and rose to become CEO of its Asia-Pacific operations. Along the way he was also instrumental in delivering some of the most watched flame effects in history, such as the Athens Olympic Cauldron and Rings of Fire effect. He now oversees the management of a broad engineering and technical team. Along with his experience as an engineer Jordan brings a unique combination of technical, strategic, business and leadership skills to the role. Jordan has a strong interest and track record in developing clean thermal energy technology and a comprehensive understanding of the energy sector in Australia and globally. Jordan holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Diploma in Project Management, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Melbourne Business School.

Dr Mahesh Venkataraman

BTech (MME), PhD (MAE)

Technology Manager

Mahesh has more than 10 years of research and development experience in cutting-edge technological research in the area of high temperature materials, thermal storage, solar thermochemistry and renewable energy integration. He has worked at world-renowned academic institutions including the Australian National University, University of Connecticut and Monash University, and has active collaborations with several universities and national labs in Australia and overseas. Mahesh has a strong interest and track record in developing a wide array of renewable energy technologies including thermal energy storage, supercritical water gasification, solid-oxide fuel cells, green steel and renewable hydrogen production with a key focus on materials compatibility and system integration. At 1414 Degrees, he is leading the engineering and R&D teams in the design and manufacture of a reliable, robust and high efficiency thermal storage. Mahesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Monash University.

Maretta Layton

Business Development Manager 

Maretta has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and business development. Prior to joining 1414 Degrees she spent time in the UK managing marketing, communications and partnerships in the travel industry. Her experience spans further into business development and marketing with focus in product development, content management and direct sales. She is also highly apt in project and strategic planning, marketing strategy and account management. Maretta understands the importance of facilitating positive and productive discussions to reach outcomes that serve client needs.   

Nick Stevens

CA, BCom (Accounting)

Financial Controller

Nick is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Chartered Accountant Corporate Sector Advisory Panel. Starting his career as an auditor in one of the Big 4 accounting firms he has worked with both ASX-listed and large private companies across the construction, manufacturing and energy sectors. Nick went on to join ASX listed technology start-up Micro-X Ltd initially as a Financial Accountant and then became Finance Manager. Nick has extensive corporate knowledge and skills in the commerce sector and is proficient in statutory reporting, budgeting, R&D tax incentive claims and cashflow forecasting. With a passion for doing things differently and challenging the status quo Nick has quickly become a valuable member of the 1414 Degrees team.