City of Yarra
With 15 years experience working in and with Local Government to support improved environmental outcomes, Michael currently manages the Sustainability Unit at the City of Yarra in Melbourne. The Sustainability Unit develops the overarching environmental strategies for Yarra, with a specific focus on greenhouse and energy efficiency, adaptation, urban forest, sustainability integration in Council, and community behaviour change.
Yarra has successfully set strong greenhouse targets, policies and programs, resulting in a reduction in organisational emissions of 38% and over 25% of energy being generated from low carbon sources by Council. Yarra is a certified Carbon Neutral Organisation, won the United Nations of Australia Award for Local Government Excellence in Environmental Management in 2013, and in 2014 was certified as Australia’s first One Planet Council.
Prior to Yarra, Michael worked in the Environment Unit at the City of Melbourne and at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in leadership roles in Sustainable Purchasing and as National Manager – Cities for Climate Protection program. Michael holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (hons.).
St Vincent’s Health Australia
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in environmental management and sustainability. Matt joined St Vincent’s Health Australia, in his current position as Group Manager – Energy and Environment, in February 2011. During the 4 years prior, Matt worked as the Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle, providing energy efficiency and environmental management expertise to a portfolio of 9 Federal Government Departments with a portfolio of over 1000 sites and 1 million square metres of space. Matt delivered services in such areas as environmental management system (EMS) development, energy efficiency project implementation, legislative reporting, environmental compliance, and energy procurement.
Before joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Matt spent 3 years as a client side project manager in the development of the 40,000 square metre Centrelink Headquarters in Canberra, and a short period assisting the National Blood Authority on reform of the Red Cross Blood Bank asset portfolio.
Matt is currently rolling out SVHA’s National Energy Action Plan a large scale and multi-stream energy efficiency programme covering multiple technologies such as lighting, solar panels, solar hot water, and voltage optimisation, with a budget of approximately $20 million. Matt is an accredited NABERS and CBD Assessor, and Environmental Auditor, and holds a BA in Communications from the University of Canberra, Diploma in Project Management from University of New England, and a Masters with Excellence in Environmental Management through the University of NSW.
University of Queensland
Andrew is responsible for leading energy management and corporate sustainability at the University of Queensland. Prior to this, he has held roles in local government and several consulting firms. He specialises in all aspects of corporate energy management, and has undertaken projects in South Africa, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, West Africa, and throughout Australia.
Office of Environment and Heritage NSW
Susan currently manages the Sustainable Government Team at the Office of Environment and Heritage. Susan’s role is to help drive resource efficiency action across the whole of NSW government through a range of programs and service offerings. These include facilitating action in energy, water, waste and clean air through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy. In addition, Susan’s team administers the $95 million Government Finance Facility which provides loans to finance energy efficiency projects at government facilities such as prisons, hospitals and schools.
Several of the programs Susan leads are playing a key role in transforming the energy efficiency market through working with industry to deliver projects with government. An emerging area that the NSW government is leading in is the establishment of a panel of solar providers to deliver power purchase agreements.
Prior to this role, Susan designed, implemented and managed the country’s largest household retrofit program to vulnerable households which later won a Premier’s award. Susan has almost 10 years delivering energy efficiency projects in government and also has experience and qualifications in public health and the not for profit sector.
Charles Sturt University
Ed considers himself to be pretty lucky. He earns his living doing something he thinks is very important and which he just happens to really enjoy. Ed and his team at CSU Green cram their working days implementing projects that reduce Charles Sturt University’s footprint as well as showing students and staff at the University how they can make the world a more sustainable place, particularly through the skills that they pick up via their CSU degree and the knowledge that is created through their research. He is proud to be associated with Australia’s first certified Carbon Neutral University.
Ed’s particular areas of interest and experience include:
– Carbon reduction
– Energy & water efficiency
– Facilitating behaviour change
– Waste minimisation and improving recycling
Ed’s formal qualifications are in Environmental Science, Carbon Management, Small Business Management and University Leadership.
Inner West Council
Rachel head’s up the Corporate Sustainability team at Inner West Council and is in charge of implementing Council’s Climate Change Strategy and is a working group member for the SSROC Renewable Energy Masterplan. Rachel has implemented a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects where measurement and verification is a key focus. She is extremely passionate about achieving sustainable outcomes for the community and loves a bit of detective work when it comes to energy management.
Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI)
David Thompson is the Senior Project Officer at Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, based in Armidale. He has an extensive research and consulting background operating at the interface of natural resource management and economics. His work has covered issues relating to forestry, agriculture, renewable energy and regional economic development. Most recently he has worked on opportunities for businesses and councils to save on energy costs, including energy efficient street lighting, and an overview of the economics of renewable energy options. David recently oversaw and coordinated the rollout of the largest LED street lighting program in NSW.
University of Technology Sydney
Jonathan specialises in the clean energy sector with a particular focus on project development and investment. He is an experienced program manager and advisor. Jonathan has extensive commercial and technical knowledge, having managed and advised on projects in Trigeneration, Virtual Net metering and Solar from conception to implementation and delivery, for a range of stakeholder including Government departments on multi-million dollar projects. Jonathan strives to be a leader in the development of clean energy projects and is continually working on leading innovative projects and updating his knowledge.
In particular, Jonathan has delivered Australia first projects: the Revitalising Central Dandenong Precinct Energy Project and UTS direct purchase of solar from the Singleton Solar farm. Both these projects required detailed knowledge or energy network and retail regulation along with in depth financial and energy modelling.
Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment
Natasha Palich is a registered architect with diverse experience in the design and local government sectors. She has extensive knowledge of sustainable design practices and is committed to working towards an increasingly sustainable cultural and urban environment.
Natasha is the CASBE Executive Officer at the MAV (Municipal Association of Victoria), a part time role, and she also runs her own architectural practice, Sense Architecture.
Department of Treasury and Finance VIC
Sam Burke is Acting Assistant Director, Land and Property, and Program Manager of the Greener Government Buildings Program at Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance.
Sam has 15 years’ experience working in the energy efficiency sector and has previously worked as an engineer, energy auditor and project manager.
Sam is also responsible for Government policies relating to land sales, and is the landlord of Victorian Government office buildings worth over $200 million.
In 2012 Sam was awarded the Energy Efficiency Council’s Energy Efficiency Leader Award.
Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital & Royal Children’s Hospital QLD
Scott Wells has provided engineering management expertise in healthcare facilities for over 30 years for Queensland Health and NSW Health services. With a degree in electrical Engineering, Graduate Certificate Energy Efficiency for Facility Managers and Graduate Certificate in Health Management. Has worked with in the field of biomedical engineering throughout Queensland and has over 15 years service as Energy and Operations Manager at Metro North health Services. A past executive Committee member of the Institute of Hospital Engineering Australia and he continues to have supportive role on the IHEA as President of QLD Branch.
Trevor has a wide range of operational and engineering experience across all sectors in the built environment. For over twenty-five years he has been involved in all aspects of building automation and energy efficiency projects including sales, management, service, feasibility, design and of more recent times into the emerging field of data analytics and digitisation.
Mark is a founder of Ilum-a-Lite and has been CEO since late 2001. Over 20 years the company has grown a solid reputation for high performance, energy efficient, lighting solutions with exceptional savings and financial returns.
In his time with Ilum-a-Lite mark has pioneered a number of new energy efficient lighting solutions taking them successfully to national and international markets. Ilum-a-Lite was acquired by Vivid Industrial in 2016 and Mark now brings his experience to the exciting and exploding market of 21st century lighting efficiency solutions and Lighting as a Service.
Prior to Ilum-a-Lite Mark has been owner and CEO of two other businesses and started his working career as a Naval Officer, leaving the RAN as a Lieutenant Commander after 14 years of service.
Raphael is a Strategy Executive with over 20yrs experience in new technology commercialisation and corporate strategy and development both domestically and internationally. He has held senior roles across a range of organisations including Telstra, Optus, UUNET, Verizon, NBN, Hills Technology, Fujitsu and now at Greenearth Energy as Chief Commercial Officer. He has a passion for new and emerging technology and understanding how it can be commercially leveraged to disrupt incumbent business models, and regularly presents to company boards and industry on a range of strategic insights.
Stefan Schwab is the Executive General Manager for Siemens Building Technologies Australia and New Zealand.
Stefan joined Siemens in 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he served in various management positions and gained vast knowledge in Fire Safety & Security Systems.
In 2010, he was appointed Head of Branch in Saarbruecken, Germany, where he was responsible for all divisional activities, working together with the BT Vice President to strengthen and grow the business.
Prior to joining Siemens in Australia, Stefan was the Head of Operations for Building Technologies in the region Midde East and Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.
Stefan’s extensive experience allows him to take a leading position, enhancing the Siemens Building Technologies brand within the Asia Pacific Region. He oversees a portfolio of innovative products and solutions, together with new and smart technologies to meet today’s market requirements.
Stefan has a degree in Political Sciences with majors in business administration and economics; and he is fluent in 3 languages; German, English and French.
Stefan and his Wife Martina live in Brighton; and in his free time, enjoys playing tennis, ice hockey and has a passion for cooking and dancing.