Lucy Allinson, DHHS

Lucy Allinson is a Project Manager at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Kate Auty was appointed in May 2016 as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment.  Kate has a wide range of experience and was previously the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria; and has worked as a Magistrate, Coroner and Mining Warden. She holds a position on the Murray Darling Basin Advisory Committee on Social, Economic … Read moreKate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Jane Burns, CERES

Jane Burns is an education manager with experience in secondary school teaching, and teacher professional development and curriculum writing for school, environment and community settings. Working at CERES Environment Park, Jane manages Outreach Education which delivers the Resource Smart Schools program in over 330 schools and early learning centres. The program enables schools and centres … Read moreJane Burns, CERES

Josh Byrne

Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and research academic. Josh has a unique approach to environmental design and community engagement, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading sustainability communicators. He is Director of Josh Byrne & Associates – a multi award winning Fremantle based consulting practice integrating the fields of … Read moreJosh Byrne

April Crawford-Smith, The Valley Centre

April has a vision for building empowered, self-sustaining communities and has been working in social justice for many years. April’s current role is Project Manager for The Valley Centre; whose focus is working with Aboriginal communities across the country, on self-sufficiency, energy resilience and sustainability projects. This work focuses primarily on energy poverty for remote … Read moreApril Crawford-Smith, The Valley Centre

Philip Cohn, ARENA

Phil Cohn is a member of the Business Development and Transactions team at ARENA, working with funding applicants to access support in line with the agency’s investment priorities. Phil helped to establish and now leads A-Lab, ARENA’s new innovation lab.

Mike Collins, Moreland City Council

Mike is Coordinator Social Planning at Moreland City Council where his work has a strong focus on access for all community members to safe and appropriate housing. He was previously in senior advisory roles in regulatory agencies and federal government. Mike also teaches social and strategic planning in the Melbourne School of Design at the … Read moreMike Collins, Moreland City Council

Simon Corbell, Renewable Energy Advocate

Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets. Simon was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the ACT and … Read moreSimon Corbell, Renewable Energy Advocate

Tracey Cooper, The Valley Centre

Tracey is The Valley Centre’s President and Key Community Facilitator. Tracey has run The Valley Centre for the last 25 years; action researching this process of sustainable community building with a number of other sectors including youth, wellbeing, conservation, education and rehabilitation. She has 30 years experience working in education, small business management, community facilitation, … Read moreTracey Cooper, The Valley Centre

Jason Cox, MEFL

Jason is currently the Project Lead on the Energy Smart project, working with 1,500 public housing tenants to install more efficient appliances and thermal shell upgrades. He has been working with people in hard to reach and low income communities for over a decade. In that time he has delivered projects across Victoria and Queensland. … Read moreJason Cox, MEFL

Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP

Liliana (Lily) D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. She was appointed the Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014. In 2016 she became Minister for … Read moreHon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP

Andrew Davis, Jemena

As General Manager, Electricity Networks at Jemena, Andrew oversees a team of senior professionals to develop and deliver market, product, commercial, customer strategies and growth opportunities for Jemena’s regulated and unregulated electricity network business. Prior to joining Jemena in March 2017, Andrew worked with the Retail division of Shell Oil Products International for over 15 years … Read moreAndrew Davis, Jemena

Djirri Djirri Dance Group

We are called the Djirri Djirri Dance Group, which is the Woi wurrung (Wurundjeri)  name for Willy Wagtail.  We named our group Djirri Djirri as it is a little black bird who is well known to dance all the time. We offer dance that is a contemporary interpretation of our culture with the essence of traditional … Read moreDjirri Djirri Dance Group

Helen Eveleigh, MEFL

Helen leads the implementation of the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy, an ambitious community endorsed plan to significantly reduce carbon emissions across Moreland by 2020. She works closely with Moreland City Council and the Moreland community. Prior to MEFL, Helen worked in the UK as a policy advisor with a number of innovative government agencies – English … Read moreHelen Eveleigh, MEFL

Lynne Gallagher, Energy Consumers Australia

Lynne is an economist/econometrician by qualification and has substantial experience in economic modelling and policy reform processes, including working with the Council of Australian Governments, and in strategic issues management in the corporate sector. Her career has seen her spend 15 years in a technical environment, followed by 12 years in practice and as an adviser. … Read moreLynne Gallagher, Energy Consumers Australia

Andrew Hewett, MEFL Board

Andrew Hewett is a Brunswick resident and joined the MEFL Board in late 2010. He worked at Oxfam Australia for nearly 22 years, including over 11 years as Executive Director (CEO). Andrew has extensive international advocacy experience, was a member of the World Bank NGO Committee for four years and has participated in and observed … Read moreAndrew Hewett, MEFL Board

Nicky Ison, Community Power Agency

Nicky Ison is a Founding Director of the Community Power Agency, a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and a Strategist at Climate Action Network Australia. She is an acknowledged leader, expert and commentator in the fields of energy policy, community energy, new clean energy business models … Read moreNicky Ison, Community Power Agency

Toby Kent, Future Business Council

Toby Kent was Australia’s first Chief Resilience Officer (City of Melbourne). He is an experienced, entrepreneurial, international executive with deep expertise in Sustainable Development and Resilience planning and risk management. Toby has a passion for successfully embedding social and environmental considerations into commercial and investment decisions.

Sebastian Klein, MEFL

Sebastian is a technical generalist driven by solving problems for the betterment of the community and society. With interests in governance, systems theory and change he draws on strong professional foundations as a Local Government Councillor, as well as a background in ecological agriculture, energy efficiency, renewables and enterprise. His specific field of interest is … Read moreSebastian Klein, MEFL

Rob Law, Central Vic. Greenhouse Alliance

Rob is the executive officer of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA). The CVGA is the oldest of the Victorian greenhouse alliances and is a network of 13 regional councils working together on climate change. Rob has an extensive background in developing and delivering regional climate change programs, advocacy and policy development. Over the past four … Read moreRob Law, Central Vic. Greenhouse Alliance

Michael Lord, Beyond Zero Emissions

Michael Lord is Beyond Zero Emissions’ Head of Research. He is leading research into a zero carbon industry plan for Australia. He wrote ‘Electrifying Industry’ which shows the potential for renewable electricity to replace fossil fuels in industrial heat processes. He was also lead author of the ‘Rethinking Cement’ – the world’s first report to … Read moreMichael Lord, Beyond Zero Emissions

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Bank Australia

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is the Manager of Strategy and Planning at Bank Australia, Australia’s leading customer owned responsible bank. At Bank Australia, Victoria is responsible for aligning the bank’s program of work to deliver on our growth plan to double in size by 2023, and to delivery mutual prosperity for customers, our communities and the planet … Read moreVictoria McKenzie-McHarg, Bank Australia

Ed McManus, Powershop

A leading regular commentator on energy, renewables, consumer trends, technology, and innovation, Ed McManus is the CEO of renewable energy generator Meridian Energy Australia and energy retailer Powershop Australia. Driven by a desire to make a contribution in a growth sector which is pivotal to ongoing economic prosperity, and efforts to decarbonise the economy, Ed … Read moreEd McManus, Powershop

Anne Martinelli, Environment Victoria

Anne Martinelli has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental policy and social change with organisations as diverse as Environment Victoria, Oxfam, EPA and the Victorian Farmers’ Federation. Since 2014, Anne has led Environment Victoria’s efficiency and clean energy campaigns and coordinated the One Million Homes Alliance, particularly its campaign for efficiency standards for rental … Read moreAnne Martinelli, Environment Victoria

Cr Dale Martin, MEFL Board

Dale Martin was elected Councillor in the City of Moreland in October 2016 and was nominated MEFL board member in November 2016. Dale has held positions in a diverse range of roles and organisations in the energy and environmental advocacy sectors. His experience includes advisory and analyst positions working in the public sector and for … Read moreCr Dale Martin, MEFL Board

Alex Marks, Allume

Alex is the Business Development Lead for Allume Energy, a Melbourne-based company that believes everyone should have access to affordable renewable energy. Allume has built the SolShare, a distribution technology that shares the electricity generated from a single solar asset on the common roof to units within an apartment building. Allume is currently working with MEFL to … Read moreAlex Marks, Allume

Paul Murfitt, DELWP

Paul is the Executive Director, Energy Sector Reform at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).  

Chris Murphy, Powershop

Chris Murphy is a strategic advisor at Meridian Energy and Powershop. He has over 20 years experience in the Energy industry, across retail, generation and regulated networks. As a long term member of the AEMC reliability panel Chris is committed to ensuring that the Australian energy sector can transform to meet today’s challenges without impacting … Read moreChris Murphy, Powershop

Dugald Murray, MEFL Board

Dugald is a Director at the Nous Group, a leading management consultancy for strategy, public policy, organisational capability, leadership development and digital transformation. Prior to Nous, Dugald was a Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to Australian and Victorian Ministers, Chief Economist at the Australian Conservation Foundation and worked across the Australian, Victorian and Canadian public service in … Read moreDugald Murray, MEFL Board

Rob Murray-Leach, Special Guest

Rob is joining Will to close out the conference in style with music and insights. Rob is famous in our circles as the Head of Policy at the Energy Efficiency Council. Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert … Read moreRob Murray-Leach, Special Guest

Kate Nicolazzo, MEFL

Kate is the Head of Business Development at Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL). She has worked across the community and private sectors in a variety of roles focused on health, climate change and sustainability in the past 15 years. Kate was the CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation, she led the Sustainability and Innovation team at the … Read moreKate Nicolazzo, MEFL

Tom Nockolds, Pingala

Tom has an extensive work history and a strong track record of success in various roles and, prior to his career change, held positions as diverse as business development manager, project manager and operations manager and has university qualifications in project management and a background in engineering. As one of the directors at Community Power … Read moreTom Nockolds, Pingala

Emma O’Neill, VCOSS

Emma is an energy policy advisor at the Victorian Council of Social Service, the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector. VCOSS works towards the elimination of poverty and disadvantage in all its forms. Emma works with VCOSS members and sector stakeholders to champion affordable energy solutions for low-income and disadvantaged Victorians. She has … Read moreEmma O’Neill, VCOSS

Kelly O’Shanassy, ACF

Long before Kelly fell in love with our rivers and forests, she grew up in a fairly tough neighbourhood where people had little money but were rich in courage and community spirit. This taught her the value of working for the greater good. As a teenager, she lived in a caravan in the country with … Read moreKelly O’Shanassy, ACF

Manny Pasqualini, MEFL

Manny leads the MEFL consulting team and through this role helps provide a range of services to clients from across the government-community-commercial spectrum. Manny came to MEFL in 2016 to help develop and deliver a strategy to roll out community and commercial-scale solar across the municipality and beyond. He brings with him technical and management … Read moreManny Pasqualini, MEFL

Alix Pearce, Cities Power Partnership

Alix is the Director of the Cities Power Partnership for the Climate Council, the biggest climate program for local government in the country. Prior to that Alix was the strategic projects manager at the Climate Council, leading projects in climate change and renewable energy that have generated more than $75m worth of media, reaching over … Read moreAlix Pearce, Cities Power Partnership

Shaun Reardon, Jemena

As Executive General Manager, Customer & Markets at Jemena, Shaun is responsible for driving corporate and regulatory strategy, including public affairs, government relations and commercial oversight for Jemena’s Network and Pipeline business.  An engineer by training, he has more than 20 years’ senior experience in the energy industry across strategy, asset management, marketing, regulatory and … Read moreShaun Reardon, Jemena

Jill Riseley, Community Buying Group

A highly regarded industry leader, Jill has been appointed to key industry and government panels including being elected by industry peers as Chair of the London Benchmarking Group Aust/NZ. Her work has been recognised through numerous awards including by the Australian Government for leadership in combating climate change (in particular the carbon neutral certification of … Read moreJill Riseley, Community Buying Group

Alison Rowe, MEFL

Alison Rowe is the CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation Limited. Her experience in the sustainability field spans over 15 years and includes global responsibility for strategy development, designing and delivering transformation programs, commercialising new services, product development, consulting, marketing and advocacy. Alison has worked in all three sectors with experience across a range of industries. … Read moreAlison Rowe, MEFL

Kathryn Skidmore, Moreland City Council

Kathryn is the Senior ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) Advisor at Moreland City Council. Kathryn’s varied role at Council involves reviewing planning permit applications and their response to Moreland’s ESD expectations. The key focus is moving buildings towards improved energy, water, stormwater, transport, urban ecology and amenity outcomes, whilst also trying to improve overall sustainability outcomes … Read moreKathryn Skidmore, Moreland City Council

Matthew Soeberg, Sustainability Victoria

Dr Matthew Soeberg is the Manager of the Sustainable Homes team at Sustainability Victoria. The Sustainable Homes team includes two large scale home energy efficiency upgrade programs, including the Victorian Healthy Homes Program and the Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrade Program, as well as the Zero Net Carbon Homes Program that focuses on new Victorian … Read moreMatthew Soeberg, Sustainability Victoria

Bjorn Sturmberg, SunTenants

Dr Bjorn Sturmberg is a physicist and social entrepreneur. As an ARENA scholar he researched ways to improve the efficiency of solar cells. As an entrepreneur, he founded SunTenants to bring the solar revolution to Australia’s rental properties, for which we has awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship. He also led the multi-award winning Stucco Solar … Read moreBjorn Sturmberg, SunTenants

Will Tait, MC

Will Tait is an MC, musician and presenter with a talent for inspiring wonder and empowerment. He is motivated by the sense that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our … Read moreWill Tait, MC

Bruce Thompson, Greensync

Bruce is a recognised leader in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical responses to climate change. Bruce spent 12 years with the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd, establishing and leading initiatives including the Moreland Solar City, ZeroNet Energy Town and Positive Charge social enterprise to engage community, industry and … Read moreBruce Thompson, Greensync

John Thwaites

John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation … Read moreJohn Thwaites

Matt Wicking

An experienced facilitator, host and speaker. Matt finds common ground and helps make complex ideas simple, with over a decade’s experience working with progressive groups, specialising in the integration of purpose and sustainability, the reinvention work and the reshaping of culture. Whether facilitating, coaching, advising or MC’ing, Matt helps people bring their whole selves to … Read moreMatt Wicking

Daniel Zhang, DELWP

Daniel is a Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Energy Consumer and Affordability Policy Branch, in the Energy Sector Reform team.