Cities Power Partnership
 
Victoria Adams
Director
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
 
The CEFC is a specialist clean energy financier, investing with commercial rigour to increase the flow of finance into renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies. We invest in projects with the strongest potential for decarbonisation, including low carbon electricity, such as solar, wind, battery storage and bioenergy; ambitious energy efficiency, such as property, infrastructure, manufacturing and agribusiness; and electrification and fuel switching, such as vehicles and biofuels.
 
Greg Bourne
Climate Councillor

Greg Bourne has worked at the nexus of climate change, energy business and policy for over 30 years. With BP he lived and worked in the UK, Middle East, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia. For two years he was Special Adviser on Energy and Transport to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He returned to Australia in 1999 as Regional President, BP Australasia and worked with business and governments on the Climate Change agenda.

Greg was CEO WWF Australia for six years and later a non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy. He is the former Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the environment and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia for services to international business.
 
Adam Clarke
Projects & Infrastructure Co-ordinator
Newcastle City Council
 
Managing and analysing energy and resource use across Newcastle City Council to develop and implement projects for financial and environmental returns for the City. Project development and implementation includes MW scale solar, energy efficiency, street lighting upgrades, rooftop solar, power quality, EV and battery storage opportunities. Contract development and project delivery of Smart City infrastructure and technology as part of Council's Smart City strategy.

Managing Environmental Upgrade Agreements for the City of Newcastle. A financing mechanism to increase access to capital for building owners to upgrade their buildings with energy and water efficient technologies and other environmental improvements. EUAs allow for longer loan terms and reduce the risk for the financier as the loan is attached to the land and repayments are made through the rates system.

Previously managed the City of Newcastle's Energy Hunter program component in collaboration with the Hunter Business Chamber and Hunter TAFE. Working with 500 local businesses to provide electricity monitoring and analysis, bill and tariff analysis, providing energy efficiency information and advice and conducting site visits to identify energy efficiency opportunities in each business. The program was part of a $1.2m grant awarded under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants.

Project managing low carbon technology projects on behalf of the City with commercial business and research institutes.
 
John Griffiths
Senior Sustainability Officer, Urban Sustainability
City of Melbourne
 
A passionate energy and sustainability professional with experience and skills in project management, program development/delivery and stakeholder management.

John possess an in-depth understanding of the federal and state policy landscape with regards to all things carbon, energy markets and renewable energy. He is also experienced in electricity procurement and advising businesses on distributed on site renewable energy generation.
 
Councilor Mark Honey
Mayor
Kiama Municipal Council

As a fifth generation dairy farmer of Riversdale in Kiama, Mayor Honey's family settled in the area in the early 1800's and played a strong role in the early dairy farming industry which he continues today.

He was born and bred in the Kiama municipality and has a strong sense of community, environment, culture and sport - including my many years as a successful rugby player for both Kiama and the Illawarra regions. He attended Hurlstone Agricultural High School and was in the National Service from 1972 to 1974.

As a councilor, Mark is passionate about bringing a broad rural perspective to issues surrounding Council. Council Committee membership: Committee of the Whole, Australia Day, Economic Development Committee, Holiday Parks Advisory Group, Internal Audit & Risk Committee, Kiama Cultural Board, Kiama Walking Tracks/Cycleway, Work Health & Safety Committee, Performance Review Committee, Planning Committee, Staff Consultative Committee and Traffic Committee.
 
Professor Lesley Hughes
Climate Councillor and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Macquarie University

Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University.Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems.

Lesley is a former federal Climate Commissioner and former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report. She is also a Director for WWF Australia, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the Director of the Biodiversity Node for the NSW Adaptation Hub and a member of the expert advisory committee for Future Earth Australia.
 
Professor Karen Hussey
Climate Councilor & Director
Public Policy Unit, University of Queensland

Karen Hussey is Director of the Centre for Policy Futures located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, a position she took up in July 2017. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen undertakes research in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular interest in public policy relating to sustainable development. Her recent research has focused on water and energy security, the role of the state in climate change mitigation and adaptation and the links between international trade and environmental regulation.

Karen is a Chief Investigator on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project 'Policies, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards'; Lead Investigator for the ERIN project 'An analysis of the desirability and feasibility of increased energy and electricity integration in South East Asia'.

Prior to taking up her position at UQ, she was Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, where she now holds an Adjunct Professorship. From 2007-2010 Karen was based in Brussels as the ANU Vice Chancellor's Representative in Europe, where she was responsible for developing the ANU's research relationships and profile with European research teams and institutions.
 
Fiona Ivits
Cities Power Partnership Media Advisor
Climate Council

Awaiting Biography.
 
Dr Sonia Marshall
Strategic Policy Officer, Environment and Sustainability
Sunshine Coast Council, Qld

Dr Sonia Marshall is currently working on projects involving sustainability benchmarking and greenhouse gas emissions. Her PhD research used models from environmental psychology to measure perceptions and immediate emotional responses of visitors to enclosure settings and interpretation at aquaria.

Other experience includes campaigning for an environment group, planning and delivering environmental education at tourism destinations and lecturing / tutoring at universities.

Sonia is actively involved with the Cystic Fibrosis community of Australia and (on a voluntary basis) advocates for new medications and treatment, CF related diabetes and mental health of patients and families. She was humbly honoured to receive the Cystic Fibrosis Australia CF support persons award presented by the Governor General of Australia in 2016.
 
Brett McDonald
Senior Greenhouse Projects Officer
City of Port Phillip
Brett reduces Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by providing strategic expertise, technical advice, tools, and capacity building to the council teams and individuals responsible for designing and implementing projects that influence resource use and greenhouse gases emissions associated with council assets and service delivery.

He manages council's environmental retrofit program, develops policy, designs and delivers energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, compiles environmental inventories, tracks progress, and, reports outcomes.
 
Julie McMinn
Co-ordinator, Switch Your Thinking! Program
City of Gosnells, WA
Julie McMinn coordinates the award winning Switch your thinking program, a local government initiative that inspires sustainable action across Perth.
Collaborating with other local governments, households, businesses, schools, researchers and community groups, Julie promotes resource efficiency and the uptake of renewable energy to drive greenhouse emission reductions.
Julie is passionate about evidence based and community focused climate change mitigation.
 
Nik Midlam
Manager Carbon Strategy, City Sustainability
City of Sydney

Nik Midlam is the City of Sydney’s Manager of Carbon Strategy having worked with the City since 2002. Nik was involved in developing, and now delivering on the City’s targets to reduce emissions by 70 per cent below 2006 levels by 2030, 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050. Under Nik’s watch the City organization became carbon neutral and reduced emissions by 25 per cent. Across the local government area emissions are 19 per cent below 2006 levels. Nik is an advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He understands issues faced by local government and communities in the pursuit of zero emissions across all sectors of our economy. Nik participates in C40 and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance networks.
 
Daniel Murphy
Economic Development Manager
Bega Valley Shire Council

Awaiting Biography.
 
Dr Matthew Nott
Founder
Clean Energy for Eternity

Awaiting Biography.
 
Claire Painter
Electric Vehicle Council

Awaiting Biography.

 
R. Rex Parris
Mayor
City of Lancaster, California

In 2008, R. Rex Parris was elected Mayor of his hometown, Lancaster, California, located in Northern Los Angeles County. Currently serving his fourth term, Parris has positioned Lancaster as a global leader in the alternative energy arena.
Under his auspices for the past decade, the City has fostered unique partnerships with innovative organizations from all around the world. Such relationships have led to the establishment of affordable residential solar communities and municipal solar ordinances, as well as Lancaster becoming home to BYD’s first North American electric bus manufacturing plant and battery storage facility. Soon, Lancaster will tout the nation’s first 100% electric bus fleet.

Most notable is Lancaster’s inaugural footprint as a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), with Lancaster Choice Energy offering renewable, cleaner energy sources at more affordable rates than traditional power sources. Additionally, Lancaster has formed the California Clean Energy Authority to help other municipalities form their own CCAs.

Mayor Parris’ tenacious “can do” attitude has shepherded Lancaster along the path of being one of the world’s first Zero-Net Energy Cities. In addition, Lancaster was recently designated as the Alternative Energy Research Center of Excellence for the State of California.
 
Vicky Petterson
Senior Program Officer, Carbon Policy and Administration
Brisbane City Council
 
Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA
Minister for Climate Change & Sustainability
ACT Government

Shane is passionate about Canberra being a sustainable and fair city, with a great public transport system, low carbon emissions and resilience against the climate impacts ahead. Shane was previously Speaker of the Assembly, and in 2012, became the first ACT Greens Minister and holds the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Corrective Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Sport and Recreation.

Shane is a keen triathlete and photographer and has lived in Canberra for more than twenty years, He studied economics and law at the ANU, and then, after a short stint in the federal public service, followed his passion for the environment working for Greenpeace, both in Canberra and overseas. He campaigned to protect global oceans and headed up Greenpeace’s expedition to Antarctica to protest against Japanese whaling.

In 2008, Shane was elected to the Legislative Assembly as one of four Green MLAs, and became the first Greens Speaker of a parliament anywhere in the world. As the Greens Spokesperson on Climate Change and Environment, and Attorney-General and Emergency Services, he worked to secure the ACT Government’s climate change target and campaigned for equal marriage rights.
 
MC: Bruce Roberts
News Anchor & Journalist
Win Television

Bruce has anchored more than 10,000 prime-time bulletins and written countless stories for WIN News. Bruce has a Graduate Diploma (2010) and a Masters degree (2012) in Journalism from Charles Sturt University. He graduated from NIDA in 1990 before working for the Seven Network, BBC and Sky Sports. Specialties: Broadcast media and communication skills.
 
Nicola Saltman
Engagement Lead, 3 Council Regional Environment Program
Waverley, Woollahra & Randwick, NSW

Nicola is an experienced program manager, engagement and communications professional with extensive knowledge of climate change, sustainable energy and broader sustainability in Australia and globally, and a passion for facilitating positive social and environmental change.

Over the past 17 years, she has successfully delivered and promoted sustainability programs and solutions across government, not-for-profit and commercial sectors - in Australia and Europe.
 
Anthony Weinberg
Regional Environment Program Coordinator
Waverley, Woollahra & Randwick, NSW

Anthony is an experienced Environmental Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. He is skilled in Environmental Compliance, Water Quality, Ecological Assessment, Feasibility Studies, and Environmental Impact Assessment. He is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Environmental Science focused in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Geography, Environmental Economics, Environmental Law from University of New South Wales.
 
Chris Wilson
Director of Sustainability Advisory Services
Pangolin Associates
Chris is a developer and provider of a suite of sustainability advisory services. He constructs and maintains frameworks and management systems that deliver effective environmental outcomes and efficiency gains. Chris has several years experience in the sector.

Chris is certified as an Associate Environmental Auditor through Exemplar Global, and a full member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor’s Degree in The History & Philosophy of Science from Griffith University.

Chris is a Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor (Category 1) under section 75A of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 through the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator. He is also President of the Australian Institute of Environmental Accounting.

Chris has worked with many local and state government authorities to assist with measuring and achieving their carbon and energy reduction goals. This includes compiling and auditing carbon accounts under both the NGERS and NCOS frameworks, strategy and risk analysis, and renewables and offset feasibility studies.