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About us

Our people

Our staff

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.

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.

Our board

Our organisation is governed by an independent board of expert professionals. They support our core team.

Ken Guthrie, Acting Chair

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.

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Melissa Cutler, Acting Deputy 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.

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Cr Amanda Stone, non-executive Director (Yarra Councillor representative)

Cr Stone was elected in October 2016 and is a representative of the Langridge 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 Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei, non-executive Director (Yarra Councillor representative)

Cr Chen Yi Mei was elected to the City of Yarra Council in October 2016. She is a first-time councillor with a legal background. 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 currently holds the position of Deputy Mayor.

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David Anstee, non-executive Director

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.

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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 approaching 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.

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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.

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