We’re a small team with big ambitions. Our passion lies in helping people and businesses reduce their emissions down to zero through better energy. It’s our day-to-day, and it’s a pretty good one. Meet the energy experts that make up our team.
Dean Kline, Chief Executive Officer
With more than 10 years’ experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency, Dean has tackled more than a few energy challenges. Today, he leads the transition to a more sustainable energy future in the City of Yarra as the CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation. Before that, he was Senior Project Manager on the London Low Carbon Zone project, which delivered more than 10,000 commercial and residential energy efficiency upgrades across the municipality.
Glenne Drover, Secretary
Glenne is an energy sector advisor and consultant based in Melbourne Australia, and the YEF Secretary. The wearer of many hats, he is also the Secretary of the Australian Institute of Energy – Victoria, an advisor to Sumitomo Electric Industries, and EMC Renewables. Glenne’s clients cover the energy storage, solar, wind and hydrogen sectors based in Australia, Japan, and China. Glenne’s previous roles have included two decades of power station design and construction, and nearly two decades in the Victorian Government’s Economic Development and Energy Departments.
Peter Mercouriou, Project Manager
Peter has more than 10 years’ experience in the energy and energy efficiency sector. He’s all about sustainability, having previously founded a no-waste fruit delivery business in the United States and conservation work in South Africa. But his bread and butter is all energy – energy audits, energy policy and analysis, and all things solar and energy efficiency. Peter’s passion is ensuring that no-one is left behind in the energy transition. Every day, he helps people and companies lower their bills and transition to better energy.
Chris Wallin, Project Manager
As an experienced electrical engineer on large industrial installations, and a seasoned business professional in the technology sector, Chris is a passionate promoter of, and contributor to, the renewable energy sector. He has worked with community and industry organisations to define and develop solutions as part of the major energy transition in Australia. Chris’ focus is to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy in the City of Yarra and beyond for both business and community, taking advantage of the many innovative technologies coming to market, and working with partner businesses in the sustainability ecosystem.
Tim Shue, Manager Communications & Marketing
Tim has worked at intersection of local governments, climate change and communications strategy. He believes in empowering those in Yarra to live more sustainably and mindfully through principles of dignity and dialogue, within the context of global limits. He has worked as a communications specialist for national and international not-for-profits and enjoys working with groups to bridge research and practice.
Lachlan Hensey, Community Energy Project Officer
Lachlan holds a deep interest in public issues involving science and technology, especially how local communities can participate in innovative responses to contemporary issues such as the climate crisis. As a researcher, he has investigated the politics of deliberate technological interventions into the climate system. He is enthusiastic about facilitating efforts towards a more resilient, adaptive, and democratic energy system, and a more accessible and sustainable society. Lachlan has worked across the disability, creative arts and environment sectors.
Our organisation is governed by an independent board of expert professionals. They support our core team.
David Anstee, Chair
David is a director of Withywindle, providing consulting advice in the electric vehicle, distributed energy resources and microgrid areas. Clients include Schneider Electric, Evo Energy, Who Gives a Crap and Planet Ark Power. His career commenced in corporate finance with Merrill Lynch (nee McIntosh), encompassed assistant cameraman for National Geographic in the Arctic, diving instructor in Cairns and as co-founder of technology business ihavemoved.com and founding employee at GreenSync. David holds a BCom from Melbourne and a distinction MBA from London Business School.
Melissa Cutler, Vice Chair
As ANZ’s Head of Purpose, Strategy & Environment Mel works with executives and senior business leaders to generate commercial, environmental and societal value for ANZ’s business, customers, employees and community. Having blended private and public sector experience, Mel has worked at a senior levels performing green finance scoping, market engagement and deal origination roles within the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She started her career with a variety of environmental and carbon markets advisory and program management roles across the Australian and New Zealand Governments and specialist consultancy firms.
Cr Amanda Stone, non-executive Director (Yarra Councillor representative)
Cr Amanda Stone was elected in October 2016 and is a representative of the Nicholls ward. Cr Stone was first elected to Yarra City Council in November 2008 and re-elected in October 2012. She served as Yarra’s Mayor in 2008-2009 and again in 2016-2017. An education consultant who has previously worked as a teacher, student counsellor and assistant principal, Cr Stone holds a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Child Psychology as well as GAICD. Cr Stone serves on a number of not-for-profit organisations involved in social justice and the environment, she chairs the Collingwood headspace Consortium and is a member of the Greens.
Cr Sophie Wade, non-executive Director (Yarra Councillor representative)
Cr Sophie Wade was elected in 2020 and is a representative of Nicholls ward. She is a lawyer who specialises in competition and consumer law, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree. She is passionate about taking action on climate change, and is a member of the Greens.
Ken Guthrie, non-executive director
Ken is internationally recognised as a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Until 2019, Ken lead the development of international standards on solar energy as Chair of ISO TC180. He currently represents Australia on the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Program and was Chair of the executive committee from 2014 to 2018. He is also a board member of the Australian PV Institute. Ken has provided sessional lectures at University of Melbourne on solar energy technology and market transformation, and has provided services to governments regarding market and regulatory programs to support the deployment of Sustainable Energy Technologies.
Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei, non-executive Director
Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei was a Councillor at the City of Yarra from 2016 to 2020. She was admitted to legal practice in 2014 and currently works in legal policy. Her experience includes the position of a Judicial Associate in both the County Court and the Federal Court as well as within the community sector, coordinating an integrated service program. Mi-Lin is a member of the Australian Labor Party and previously held the position of Deputy Mayor.
Melinda Scaringi, non-executive Director
Melinda is a director at social impact and communications consultancy, Ellis Jones, where she leads the agency’s work in energy and environment. In a career that has spanned public service, not-for-profit and commercial roles, her singular focus has been on people: understanding their behaviour through research; and moving them through communications. Over nearly 20 years, she has delivered multimillion-dollar campaigns – and campaigns on a shoe-string for organisations large and small. Her work extends across marketing and advertising, community and stakeholder engagement, public relations and digital content. She is driven to support Australia’s transition to a cleaner energy future that leaves no one behind.
Stephen Thomson, non-executive Director
Over the past 20 years Stephen created start-up businesses, restructured businesses’ operations, led major transformations, and provided operational and strategic advice to businesses and governments. Stephen builds consensus around agreed objectives, alignment of activities, and fact-based decision making. Stephen is an advisory board member of an engineering, procurement and construction business operating in the solar and renewable energy sector and has served as chairman and board member of several not-for-profit organisations.