The people powering our groundbreaking work
Our staff and board feature leading experts in energy, design, engineering, sustainability, technology, business and communications.
Our staff and board feature leading experts in energy, design, engineering, sustainability, technology, business and communications.
Heidi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions in 2020. In the decade prior she held several leadership roles at Beyond Zero Emissions, including on the Buildings Plan, as Board Director and Chair, as Business and Industry Lead, and leading our successful Million Jobs Plan. Heidi is an expert in sustainable buildings and urban design and brings 20 years of experience in creating sustainable cities to her role at Beyond Zero Emissions.
Chief Strategy Officer
Sanaya is the Chief Strategy Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions. She leads the organisation’s strategy, fundraising, partnerships and advocacy work. She has a decade of experience in policy, federal politics, and consulting to governments. She previously worked for B Lab Australia and New Zealand where she designed and delivered a strategy to establish legal accountability for Certified B Corporations. Sanaya is on the Board of Climate for Change and is a mentor for Altiorem.
Chief Operating Officer
Christian is the Chief Operating Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions. Prior to that, Christian led both the Beyond Zero Emissions Investment Reference Group and 2020 Prebudget Submission to Treasury. He has a background in consultancy and change management, most recently as Managing Consultant with Escient, a digital and business advisory firm. Christian first joined Beyond Zero Emissions as a skilled volunteer in 2017.
Head of Policy and Research
Tom is the Head of Policy and Research of Beyond Zero Emissions. He brings to the role senior experience in industry peak bodies, corporate firms and the public sector. He has delivered complex technical projects, including The Next Boom report, the original Fiduciary Duties and Climate Change legal opinion, and led work on major policy issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling initiatives at the state and local level.
Communications & Media Manager
Monica is the Communications and Media Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions. She has over a decade of journalism and communications experience in media, politics and nonprofits. Her previous postings include Guardian Australia in Sydney and Greenpeace East Asia in Beijing. Before joining Beyond Zero Emissions, Monica ran the Repower NT campaign for the Environment Centre NT.
Project Manager, Hunter Diversification Lead
Sam Mella is the Engagement and Project Lead in the Hunter Valley and was lead author of the Hunter Case Study in the Million Jobs Plan. She has done pioneering work on renewable energy export since 2011, including project leader of the acclaimed prefeasibility study (2017) that investigated High Voltage Direct Current as a potential renewable energy export and diversification pathway for the Pilbara Region of WA. Sam is also a founder and director of Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd.
Project Manager, Hunter Engagement
Su is a Project Manager for Hunter Engagement at Beyond Zero Emissions. Her role includes supporting local communities across the Hunter Valley to achieve zero emissions. She has an extensive background in natural resource project management and engagement, with local and state government, and the nonprofit sector. She is also a leading community advocate for renewable energy in her home town of Newcastle.
Project Manager, Zero Carbon Communities
Imogen is the Project Manager of Zero Carbon Communities, supporting over 100 communities around Australia to achieve zero emissions. She has a background in climate change, education, science communication and sustainability, and has worked as a television presenter and script writer for the ABC. She led the development of the world-first Snapshot climate tool and published the Zero Carbon Communities Guide and the Local Government Climate Review. She has co-authored reports with some of Australia's leading climate change scientists and was elected Board Member of Climate for Change and the Australian Energy Foundation.
Project Manager, Queensland Projects
Heidi is the Queensland Project Manager at Beyond Zero Emissions, leading the work on the Gladstone Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct project for her hometown of Gladstone. Heidi is a chemical and environmental engineer and ecologist with a PhD in environmental science, who has worked as a chemical engineer, a spatial analyst and in biodiversity conservation. Recently she has led the research on Zero Carbon Communities, school solar and batteries, and land use for Beyond Zero Emissions’ Million Jobs Plan. She is passionate about applying her systems analysis and research skills to drive great outcomes for good jobs in clean energy and modern manufacturing. A mother of two young children, Heidi also co-founded the Australian Parents for Climate Action.
Lea is a Project Manager at Beyond Zero Emissions. She has a background in managing and growing some of Australia’s largest commercial solar portfolios, designing energy efficiency upgrade programs and across a broad range of sustainable practice solutions. She has previously worked at the Australian Energy Foundation, as a patent and trade-marks attorney, and as an intellectual property lawyer. She also runs her own sustainable events company Treecreds, focused on delivering creative carbon offset solutions to concert and festival organisers.
Dr Chun Hin Ng is a Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions. He is an experienced scientist and pioneer of clean technology, having worked on the successful commercialisation of a high power, carbon-based energy storage device at the Monash University startup, SupraG Energy. He brings to Beyond Zero Emissions a deep understanding of hydrogen, technical expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset. He is a key contributor to initiatives such as the Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct.
Imogen is a Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 2019 with a MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, and a Bachelor of Environment and Society from RMIT University. She has over seven years experience in higher education learning management systems with RMIT University and a long history volunteering and interning with environmental organisations. Prior to her role as a researcher, she worked in communications, community and stakeholder engagement for Beyond Zero Emissions.
Senior Communications Advisor
Nicole is a Senior Communications Advisor at Beyond Zero Emissions. An experienced communications specialist, she has over 15 years of commercial marketing experience, predominantly in the financial service and retail industries. Nicole is skilled in integrated marketing, brand strategy and direct customer marketing, and has worked for and helped build some of Australia’s most influential brands.
Kelvin is a Graduate Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions, specialising in large-scale home retrofits. Inspired by the Beyond Zero Emissions's Stationary Energy Plan, and our ambitious climate solutions when he was a first year undergraduate, Kelvin joined as a volunteer before becoming a Research Assistant in 2020. Kelvin graduated from the University of Melbourne in both environmental engineering and building energy efficiency. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to designing practical built environment and climate solutions.
People and Culture Manager
Madeline is the People and Culture Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions, as well as a leader in volunteer engagement. She has worked in volunteer management and policy roles since 1989 across Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the environment sector. She has strong links in the volunteer sector locally and internationally, and also works in community engagement at the state’s peak body, Volunteering Victoria. Madeline is a regular volunteer for environmental, social and arts causes in Ballarat, including as a board member with Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
Tara works in Communications Support at Beyond Zero Emissions. She is also a Bachelor of Global Studies student who is passionate about the environment, having volunteered for organisations such as the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria from a young age. She initially joined Beyond Zero Emissions as an intern in 2019, and takes pride in supporting the Communications and Zero Carbon Communities teams as she develops her professional skills.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Scarlett is the Executive Assistant (EA) to the CEO at Beyond Zero Emissions. She has seven years' experience as an EA to high-profile CEOs, and has also worked as an event producer, managing events for major Australian brands such as Woolworths at the Australian Diamonds netball events and Optus at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Scarlett joined Beyond Zero Emissions as a volunteer in 2020, leading the launch of the Million Jobs Plan as our Online Events Manager.
Bob is the Office Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions. He is passionate about climate change and has dedicated his life to taking climate action. He has filled many roles at Beyond Zero Emissions, including managing the release of several major reports. He currently oversees activities relating to operations, financial management, receiving donations and payroll. He has an extensive background as a Senior Project Manager, and is adept at financial tracking, scheduling, risk management, issue management and people management.
Eytan Lenko has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change. He was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017. He also co-founded Infrastructure Access Managers, a fund manager that invests in private infrastructure. Eytan is a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and is actively involved in the Australian startup ecosystem both as an investor and a mentor.
Elisa de Wit is a Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright and heads the firm’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice. She is one of Australia’s preeminent climate change lawyers and advises clients on policy, regulation and compliance issues. Elisa is also the Chair of the Carbon Market Institute and a Director at both GWM Water and the Australian Legal Sector Alliance. Elisa has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2017.
Phil Vernon has more than 30 years experience in financial services, including 10 years as Managing Director and Chief Executive of Australian Ethical Investment. He is a Director at both the Environmental Defender’s Office and the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, consultant to the Board of Futurity Investment Group and member of the Steering Committee for the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Phil has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2014.
Cristina Talacko is a director of the Export Council of Australia, Chair of the Coalition for Conservation and Vice-President of the Australian-Brazil Chamber of Commerce. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and experienced director, lending her expertise to organisations such as One Meal and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations. Cristina is also on the Customer & Stakeholder Consultative Council of Endeavour Energy, and a member of the Advisory Board at Multicultural NSW. Cristina has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2019.
Colin Irving has more than 20 years experience in business leadership, consultancy, product development and project delivery. He has worked at Schneider Electric since 2012 and heads the Project Management Office for the company’s Energy Management Business in the Asia Pacific. Colin has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2016.
Dr Anne Hellstedt is a strategic leader with experience across a broad range of sectors, including construction, consulting and academia. Anne has previously worked as a General Manager at ANSTO and is now a Technical Excellence Leader at Mott MacDonald. Anne has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2018.
Michael is an Expert Advisor at Beyond Zero Emissions. Michael was previously BZE's Head of Research and authored many of the organisation’s most important reports, including the MIllion Jobs Plan, Electrifying Industry, Rethinking Cement and The 10 Gigawatt Vision – How renewable energy can power jobs and investment in the Northern Territory. Michael previously worked at the Energy Transition Hub at the University of Melbourne where he published Mining to Making: Australia’s Future in Zero Emissions Metal.
Dr Dominique Hes has degrees in Science, Engineering and a PhD in Architecture. She is the award-winning co-author of the book ‘Designing for Hope: Pathways to regenerative sustainability’, and has worked extensively with built environment professionals in sustainable design, life cycle assessment, regenerative development, systems thinking, placemaking, and project management. Dominique works on the premise of ‘grounded hope’: an irresistible vision of a thriving future and ways to move towards it. She is passionate about addressing issues such as loss of biodiversity and the changing climate. She is a non-executive board member at Greenfleet and Trust for Nature, co-founder of internationally award-winning Place Agency, and ex-director of Thrive Research Hub at Melbourne University.