Jennifer Lauber Patterson - Chair
Jennifer is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontier Energy and is the Head of the Climate Markets and Investment Association for Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer was formally in senior executive roles in the electricity industry prior to setting up ANZ's Electricity and Environmental Markets Business and National Australia's Bank (NAB) Treasury Solutions Business. Jennifer has been named one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon in 2012 and 2013.
Gerard Brody - Deputy Chair
Gerard is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Action Law Centre, a campaign-focused consumer advocacy organisation. Gerard has been a consumer lawyer and advocate for over 10 years, and previously worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Gerard has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Mel is ANZ’s Head of Environmental Sustainability and responsible for developing and deploying the bank’s internal global environmental agenda. Immediately prior to the ANZ role she spent seven years working in Brisbane as an Associate Director at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a Program Director for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, during which time she explored green financing mechanisms for renewable energy, energy efficiency and marine resilience initiatives. Mel has worked for the Australian and New Zealand Governments on a variety of voluntary and regulatory carbon schemes and was also employed as a climate change and carbon management specialist for a New Zealand-based engineering firm, Beca.
Cr Misha Coleman
Misha was elected to the City of Yarra as a Greens Party Councillor in 2012. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and was the Country Manager for the Australian Government’s international science and agricultural program, at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam from 2004-2007. Misha is a qualified Company Director and has published on a range of subjects, including having authored books on monitoring and evaluation in the mining and resource sector.
Guy is currently the Director City Works & Assets for Yarra City Council, responsible for the overall planning, provision and maintenance of public infrastructure for Yarra City Council. Guy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a Board Director for Westernport Water. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior manager in the public infrastructure sector. His qualifications include a degree in Civil Engineering and Graduate Diplomas in Business Administration (Leisure & Tourism) and Commercial Law.
Inna is Commercial Contracts Manager at City Facilities Management where she is responsible for developing and execution of commercial strategy with national partners and contractors. Prior to this Inna spent five years at PwC in project management and transaction roles, before moving into a commercial management role with AEMO where she led the negotiations of long term multi-million dollar infrastructure deals. At Alcoa Inna led energy procurement and commercial services functions supporting manufacturing facilities in Victoria and New South Wales.
Ken has over 30 years experience working in sustainable energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Leading the development of international standards on solar energy, Ken represents Australia as the Deputy Chair of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Program. He has provided sessional lectures to Masters students at RMIT on Solar Energy Technology and Market Transformation, and has provided advice across the Victorian Government regarding market and regulatory programs to support the deployment of Sustainable Energy Technologies.
Cr Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei
Cr Chen Yi Mei is a young professional, currently working as a lawyer. She has Bachelor degrees in Laws and Arts and was admitted to the legal profession in 2014. Cr Chen Yi Mei is passionate about social justice and is a member of the Australian Labor Party. She believes a strong community is one where everyone is made to feel like they belong. Her keen interest in planning and environment law encouraged her to run for council and she is proud to represent the Melba Ward as a local Richmond resident.