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DAVID MAWER

Chairperson

Board Member 2019. Background: Director: The Performance Attitude, The Committee for Gippsland, previously Managing Director: Gippsland Water Corporation, Westernport Water Corporation.

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PETER WONFOR

Vice-Chairperson

Board Member 2015. Peter (acting Chair late 2019) ) shares the responsibility of oversight of projects and grant funding. His broad technical expertise is utilised in the exploration of innovative technologies. Background: Electrical engineer (retired), Alternative Technology Association (RENEW), Participant- Beyond Zero Emissions, Westernport Catchment Committee, Television and Video Engineering positions: Macrovision Corporation, CA, USA, Thomson Video Equipment, Paris, France

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BRUCE HYDON

Treasurer

Board Member 2009. Bruce as Treasurer of Energy Innovation Co-operative plays a lead role in ensuring appropriate oversight into the financial management and reporting. Background: Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), 38 years running own financial/ tax accountancy business, Director & Treasurer Bass Coast Community Foundation (hon). .

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NEROLI RAFF

Secretary

Board Member 2019. Neroli is an Occupational Therapist with further qualifications in management and teaching ESL. Background: She has worked in the public health and disability sector in rural and remote Australia. Neroli gains personal satisfaction from supporting others to achieve their goals and empower inclusive communities to create their own vision and reality for transitioning to a more sustainable future. She wants to champion people living with disadvantage to benefit from the transition to sustainability.

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GEORGE FAIRLIE

Board Member 2016. George has a wealth of practical experience in the solar industry and advises the Co-op on new and upcoming technology. Background: Accredited Solar Installer with Burra Electrical, previously ran own solar installation company (GF Solar)

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CARMEL ANDERSON

Board Member 2019. “I’m passionate about mitigating climate change and local level democracy where communities are empowered to develop, own and manage their own renewable energy projects. I enjoy helping communities, such as Phillip Island, work towards their totally renewable energy and carbon-free goals”. Background: Community engagement program manager in rural Victoria for a lower-carbon Cooperative Research Centre; Researcher and research manager with Commonwealth Government departments, ANU, agricultural and other research organisations. PhD on community acceptance and resistance of lower-carbon energy infrastructure projects, such as wind farms.

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MAX RICHTER

Board member 2018. Max Richter has a PhD in Anthropology and Comparative Sociology and a trade in Industrial Instrumentation (SECV). Following over two decades of university work focused primarily on Indonesia, including on renewable energy challenges, he now also works locally and regionally through renewable energy road-mapping and other EI Co-op collaborative activities.

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JOHN COULTER

Project Officer

Board Member 2015-2017.  Project Officer (P/T) 2017-current. John has a strong interest in community renewable energy and energy efficiency – for new and retrofitted houses/buildings.  Background: Project Manager “Old Energy New Energy” Solar and battery installation at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi; Energy audits; Sustainability Consultant; Grad-Cert Sustainability-Swinburne University, Bass Coast Climate Change Community Reference group

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