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The Hon Greg Hunt MP - Minister for the Environment & Federal Member for Flinders
Greg Hunt was elected to represent the Federal Electorate of Flinders in 2001. In December 2007 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water, a role which was expanded to include all water responsibilities in September 2008. In December 2009 Greg was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage. After the 2012 election, he has been appointed as Minister for the Environment.
His previous appointments were as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (January - November 2007) and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage (2004 -2007). A Fulbright Scholar, Greg has an LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Relations from Yale University.
He was captain of the Australian Universities’ debating team and runner up at the World Debating Championships. Greg was Senior Advisor to the Foreign Minister, the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, and counts assisting in the development of an international initiative for the removal of landmines as amongst his most important contributions.
He has also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and as the Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court. He was Australia's Chief Electoral Observer in Cambodia in 1998 and also held the position of Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Co. In 2003 Greg was selected as one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Greg enjoys long-distance running and has completed seven marathons. He is married to Paula and they have two children: Poppy born in 2005 and James born in 2009.
PETER CASTELLAS - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - CARBON MARKET INSTITUTE
Peter Castellas is the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, the peak business association for companies operating in the evolving carbon market. Peter leads CMI in its important role in assisting Australian businesses in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the evolving national and international carbon markets and thereby helping them to grow in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Peter leads CMI’s approach as a key conduit between business and government policy makers and regulators and to the development of market research, capacity building initiatives, running national events and industry workinggroups and servicing a national membership base of carbon market participants.
Throughout Peter's 20-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services.
Peter also ran Cleantech Australasia for five years and designedand ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter has held prior roles as the Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
Raphael Wood - Manager, Markets and Metrics, Clean Energy Regulator
Raphael is the Manager of Clean Energy Markets at the Clean Energy Regulator and is responsible for monitoring the exchange of certificates in STC and LGC markets as well as units in the evolving Carbon Farming Initiative and carbon markets.
Raphael worked in the finance industry for 11 years as an investment advisor and trader in a broad range of markets and their derivatives. Prior to that, Raphael worked as a geologist in the mining sector for four years and was involved in mineral exploration and extraction of base metals and energy minerals throughout Australia and the South Pacific.
Ignatius Verbeek – Director & COO of CarbonLink
Ignatius is an Engineer and has been active in the carbon accounting space for over 20 years. Over the past two years he has been doing a Masters in research in Agricultural Greenhouse Accounting through UNE. This has involved extensive research in agricultural and soil carbon measurement techniques. Ignatius has used this research and collaboration with other parties to help to develop the Cell Grazing Methodology and identify the equipment and methods to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of soil carbon measurement and agriculture carbon accounting in general.
Matthew Warnken – Managing Director Corporate Carbon
Matthew Warnken has formal training in natural resource management and gained undergraduate qualifications in Arts and Science from the Australian National University. He has a Masters of Engineering Research from the University of Sydney, a business Masters in early stage commercialisation from the University of Adelaide, and is currently completing a diploma in Finance, in addition to being a Certified Environmental Practitioner.
Matthew has been leading consulting teams around start-up projects in resource recovery and renewable energy for the last decade. From a practical and operational perspective he led the establishment of a wood derived fuel pilot plant for a cement kiln; while from a carbon markets perspective he recently led the development and subsequent credit issuance of a Methodology Determination for waste diversion under the Carbon Farming Initiative, a first for Australia, and has been involved in the origination, trading and development of over two million tonnes of abatement.
Matthew is Managing Director of Corporate Carbon, the largest carbon contractor of new carbon abatement projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Dr Dru Marsh - Lander and Rogers Lawyers
Dru Marsh has over 10 years' experience in environmental risk management, including 5 years as a technical consultant with various national risk management firms and three years in the HSE group of a large international law firm.
Dru has extensive experience in both legal and practical environment compliance issues having advised broadly on the management of greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, management of fugitive emissions in the electricity and gas industries, compliance with native vegetation laws and . He is advising a number of clients on prospective carbon farming projects for both farmers and Traditional Owners.
Dru also has considerable technical experience with identifying, implementing and assessing carbon farming projects having recently completed a Ph.D. in environmental science at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he assessed soil carbon sequestration through the use of cover crops and soil management. He also writes a regular column for environment business magazine Waste Materials Energy on a range of issues, including climate change law.
Michael Kiely - Director Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA)
Michael is a Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia. CFA has lobbied for Farmers to be paid for the carbon they can save and store for 10 years now. CFA is a project developer under the ERF and holds an Australian Financial Services Licence. Michael has 35 years Direct Marketing experience.
DERMONT DUNCAN - greenbank environmental
Dermot Duncan joined Greenbank Environmental on 1 August 2012 to lead its expansion into Clean Energy and Carbon Farming Projects in Australia. Dermot has 14 years international and domestic legal experience in the clean energy sector and he holds a Masters of Environmental Law from Sydney University where he focused on financing clean energy and carbon projects. Dermot is author of the inaugural energy regulation chapter for legal publishers, Lexis Nexis first published in 2013.
Andrew Gunst – Director Carbon Intel
Andrew is one of the few Registered National Greenhouse and Energy Auditors registered in all five available categories:
- Category 3 (leader of multiple audits for the Clean Energy Regulator).
- Category 2 (able to lead audit teams of any size), and
- Category 1 Non-Technical (legal Facility and Operational Control decisions)
- Category 1 NGER Technical (data, calculations and estimations)
- Category 1 CFI Technical (data, calculations and estimations for CFI projects)
Andrew is the CEO of Carbon Intelligence, a consultancy assisting organisations to measure, manage and assure their carbon emissions.
Andrew has over two decades’ experience in a wide range of industries including petrochemical, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, brewing, food and logistics. He has managed corporations, operations, projects, research & development and information technology, with over a decade at General Manager and CEO level.
Andrew played a role in the development of the CFI piggeries methane flaring methodology, and speaks frequently to Australian and international audiences on greenhouse and energy measurement, Carbon pricing and accounting. He was selected as a member of the Project Advisory Group which advised the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) on the development of a Guidance Statement for ASAE 3410 “Assurance Engagement of Greenhouse Gas Statements”. Andrew has been appointed Foundation President of a new institute for greenhouse and energy professionals, the Australian Institute of Environmental Accounting.
Dave Moore - Legal & Compliance, GreenCollar
Dave Moore is a senior member of the GCS Legal and Compliance team having joined in 2012. He holds a juris doctor from the University of New South Wales and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Dave has extensive experience navigating land sector based projects through the legal and regulatory landscape of the Commonwealths Carbon Farming Initiative.
Prior to studying law Dave spent 10 years working for major investments banks both domestically and overseas. His main areas of focus were listed and non-listed structured transactions to institutional and professional investors covering a range of asset classes.
Having worked extensively in the corporate sector, Dave has a critical understanding of the complex regulatory and commercial environment which projects must navigate to achieve commercial success. Dave also holds a Media and Communications degree majoring in Political Science from the University of New South Wales.
Louisa Kiely - Director, Carbon Farmers of Australia
Louisa obtained her Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England. She worked in the market research industry as a field supervisor while bringing up her 3 children. In 1991- 2003 Michael and Louisa established and grew a city based Marketing agency from zero to 55 employees. In this business, she was Director and General Manager of Boomerang! Integrated Marketing & Advertising.
Intent on following her first choice of career, she studied for the Advance Diploma of Farm Management at Sydney University (Orange), trained in Holistic Management, and since 1998 she has been a woolgrower in the Wellington NSW district.
She was selected by the Central Western Catchment Management Authority as one of 10 highly innovative landholders in the Catchment, to be trained in farm planning and soil restoration. Through this training she and husband Michael became convinced that soil carbon could solve many agricultural, environmental, and climate change problems.
She co-founded the Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming in February 2006 to lobby for the right of Australian landholders to trade on the emissions offset market the credits they can earn by sequestering carbon in their soils. They have since travelled throughout Australia and the United States meeting scientists and farmers and spreading the word about “Carbon Farming”.
Seeking to build bridges with the scientific community, she organised two Soil C Summits between Scientists and Farmers, in Dubbo and Orange NSW. She organised and ran the world’s first Carbon Farming Expo & Conference in Mudgee in November 2007 and the second and third in Orange in 2008, 2009 with delegates from every State in Australia and NZ. 2011 marks the 5th annual Carbon farming conference and Expo, which is now incorporated into Carbon Farming Week, and includes the Festival of Fertiliser Day.
In 2008 she was invited to be a delegate at a Climate Change and Conservation Farming Conference in LaFayette, Indiana, organised by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. She was also a delegate at the National Carbon Offset Coalition Conference in Boezman, Montana. She is co-founder of Carbon Farmers of Australia – a not-for –profit trading arm of the Carbon Coalition. It has developed a trading model for soil carbon which gives farmers access to markets before the formal Emissions Trading Scheme begins. It has also published the world’s first Carbon Farming Handbook.
She has developed the “CarbonCredited™” brand for wool and is currently recruiting woolgrowers into this emissions reduction program. Louisa has been recognized for her work by being chosen as runner up in the 2008 NSW Rural Woman of the Year. She has also been appointed to the Regional Development Australia Committee – Orana Region. This intergovernmental committee has been set up to ensure the future strength and development in Rural and Regional Australia. In 2011, she has established the Carbon Farming and Trading Association, in order to be able to represent farmers in the new carbon trading environments.
As director of Carbon farmers of Australia, she is part of a consortium of 3 companies which are developing methodologies to submit to the Carbon farming Initiative process. Carbon farmers of Australia also offers farm ready training in Carbon Farming and Trading.
Felicity Taylor-Edwards - CEO Orana RDA
Felicity has been in the region for 15 years and lives on a lovely rural location just out of Dubbo. She has had a career spanning many years in Government roles in remote Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria and Western QLD communities, as well as NSW State and Federal Government agencies until joining RDA Orana in 2013. Felicity is passionate about equal opportunity, especially for the regions, and believes strongly in rebuilding resilience and leadership from within the Orana region.
In her spare time she dabbles in Triathlon and fitness and the small farm she shares with her husband, dogs, chooks, sheep and alpaca.
John Fry - Project Manager Green Army Skillset Bathurst
John fry is the green army project manager at skillset based in bathurst. John has worked in the environment industry for over 20 years, as regional manager for conservation programs, landcare, bushcare and rivercare. He has also has worked in the design and management of ecological learning centres and is graduate of csu in bathurst.
Lewis Tyndall - Director of legal & compliance, Greencollar
Lewis Tyndall is the director of GCS Legal and Compliance. He has advised governments and major corporations in SE Asia for 20 years in relation to emissions related and environmental problems. He has been a director of several public companies and has practised as a barrister for 20 years in equity, commercial and environmental law.
Lewis has developed a range of protocols, policies, and strategies for compliance with the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative. Lewis speaks widely in Australia and overseas on environmental markets, the carbon economy and the carbon farming initiative.
Liz Fellows - Department of the Environment
Dr Jeff Baldock - Senior Soil Scientist, CSIRO
Dr Jeff Baldock’s primary research areas include soil carbon and nitrogen cycling and the emission of greenhouse gases from soils.
Dr Jeff Baldock is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water where he leads the Soil Carbon and Nutrients Team in the Soil and Landscape Science Research Program. He also leads the Soil Carbon and Nutrient Cycling Stream in CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship.
Dr Baldock is actively involved in projects quantifying the content, forms and cycling of organic carbon and nitrogen in soils. He led a national research program aimed at quantifying the stocks of organic carbon in soil under a range of management practices across important agricultural regions in Australia. He currently leads a project that is quantifying the magnitude of intra- and inter-annual variations in soil carbon stocks.
Dr Baldock currently leads a project that is quantifying the magnitude of intra- and inter-annual variations in soil carbon stocks.
Additionally, he leads projects designed to improve the capability of the computer simulation modelling framework used by the Australian Government to assess the impact of land use on national greenhouse gas accounts including CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions.
BRENTON Byerlee – Managing Director of Soil Management Systems
Brenton was born & raised on the family farm 30 kilometres North West of Orroroo in the Lower Flinders Ranges where he still lives & continues to operate the farm business. He has also worked with his brothers on another family property in the high rainfall area near Mt Gambier in the South East of SA. The home farm is in a 350 mm rainfall zone, about 570 meters altitude. It operates as a dry land broadacre farm specialising in bread wheats, fine wool & stud merino ram enterprise.
Brenton has a passion for soil & plant nutrition. He studied Agricultural Science at University level at Urrbrae, Waite Campus in Adelaide, specialising in soil science, before returning to the home farm. He has always been at the forefront of new innovations in his farming program. He has hosted many research programs on his property & has keenly followed through with his passion of soil & plant health. The farm, ‘Wyndhurst’ suffered severely from soil erosion from the practices of the early settlers but over several years has been remediated back to productive soils. Against expert advice the existing hard sub soils were converted into friable productive agricultural land.
Brenton served 6 years on the Soil Conservation Board in SA, 3 years as Chairman. His emphasis during this time was advising in creating healthy, fertile & productive soils which resist erosion.
Soil Management Systems was conceived by Brenton & began business in 1995. The concern was for farmers to receive good soil & plant nutrition advice without vested interest, something that was seen to be lacking.
Soil Management Systems Pty Ltd specialises in balanced nutrition programs with an emphasis on balance of nutrients. This is done with all three facets of the soil in mind, physical, chemical & biological. The soil is treated as a diverse living environment & advice is given with the view of enhancing the living soil.
dr Thakur Bhattarai - Post Doctoral Research Fellow at CQ University
Dr Thakur Bhattarai, originally from Nepal is a lead carbon scientist and Post-Doctoral Research fellow at CQUniversity Australia. Dr Bhattarai took up CQU research/academic position since 2013 after completing his PhD from CQUniversity Rockhampton. In his PhD he looked at the effectiveness and efficiency of carbon farming in different land use systems.
Dr Bhattarai studied undergraduate degree in Forestry in Nepal, and completed MSc NRM as a Marshal Papworth scholar at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Rural Land Use, Cranfield University, UK.
He is leading a numbers of carbon projects (soil and tree carbon) in Queensland and other states. For researching the application part of the approved methodologies under CFI/ERF, Dr Bhattarai is collaborating with the Department of Environment, Grazing BestPrac, Carbon Farmers of Australia, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Meat and Livestock Australia, Regional NRM groups and grazing businesses. He has been involved for developing a range of protocols and strategies for compliance with Carbon Farming Initiatives.
Dr Bhattarai has extensive training and more than 8 year experience and speaks widely in Australia and overseas on terrestrial carbon management, carbon economics, emission reduction fund/CFI including REDD+. He published more than dozen research papers and presented the research findings in several national and international conferences in Australia and overseas. Prior coming to Australia, Dr Bhattarai worked as a consultant for several projects in the UK and overseas including a soil scientist at National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University UK and mapping consultant at ATKIN Geospatial London.
Dr Bhattarai remains committed to highlighting the importance of sequestering atmospheric carbon for maintaining healthy landscape and healthy soil to run a long term, sustainable and profitable business. His efforts are to develop standard practical, affordable and profitable methodologies for carbon farming under Emission Reduction Fund.
Mick Alexander - grazier
Mick is a director of "GBP Qld" and the driving passion behind implementation of Grazing BMP and best practice grazing and cropping management in the rural industry today. Mick designed the concept of an industry wide BMP for grazing in 2008. Although supported by Qld Govt agencies and NRM groups, it was not taken up by industry at the time.
Mick and wife Noela and their twin sons, Mathew and Lachlan are based in Yeppoon, Queensland. Mick has been continuously involved in the grazing and cropping industry since growing up on the family farm on the Darling Downs, Queensland.
He worked in the family business for 10 years and eventually decided there was more to life than family conflict. Mick completed tertiary education, initially at Dalby Agricultural College and later at University of Queensland, Gatton. He has a sound understanding of both the climatic/ soil management issues of grazing in Australia and the economics of making the business work today. Mick has worked in the areas of resource management since 1993. His focus is on assisting people to manage change in rural communities and to take action towards a happier healthier future. Mick is a key trainer of sustainable grazing systems, understanding carbon, the Technology of Growing Grass (TOGG) workshop, soil nutrition and microbiology and computerised property planning.
Terry McCosker - CEO Carbon Link
Terry is an internationally acclaimed teacher and has worked in research, extension and property management in both government and private sectors for 45 years. In his research era, Terry published over 40 papers and made several world first discoveries in the 1980’s in the fields of bull fertility, ruminant nutrition and pasture ecology. Terry co-founded RCS over 25 years ago which has set the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. He is responsible for the introduction of the GrazingforProfit™ School into Australia which now has over 5,000 graduates and has changed grazing, livestock and business management nationally. Terry has chaired the Australian Beef Expo, has sat on numerous advisory committees and has been nominated for many awards.
Terry was described in the Australian Farm Journal editorial in July 2010 as follows: “It is hard to imagine the mental toughness and commitment McCosker and his early farmer adopters had to muster to withstand the flood of criticism from within conventional agricultural science circles. McCoskers ideas took farming out of a war with nature to an association with it. He introduced Australian farmers to the concept of ecosystem health and developed methods of measuring it alongside financial health. Critically he introduced the concept of farm family well-being and welcomed female partners, siblings and parents into courses about decision making.”
Barrie Williams – Vineyard Manager Temple Bruer Wines Pty Ltd
Barrie Williams is currently employed as a vineyard manger with Temple Bruer Wines Pty Ltd. Has been in the viticulture industry for the last 21 years working in different regions and fields across in South Australia; started at Temple Bruer 16 years ago.
In 2007 completed a Charles Sturt University doing a bachelor of Applied Science in viticulture.
Barrie was brought up on a hobby farm in the Adelaide hills, where he helped run a stud cattle farm. He use to show the cattle at country shows, this helped Barrie become interested in farming and found an enjoyment of working outdoors.
Through working at Temple Bruer a passion for carbon started, which was ignited during a conference on viticulture. During which two wines were tasted, one sourced from fruit grown on high organic matter soil 6% and the other wine from lower organic matter soil of 2%. The difference between the two was quiet remarkable. The wine with the highest organic level was found to have the greatest flavour compared to the lower organic matter one. Since then Barrie has endeavoured to increase the organic matter in Temple Bruer’s vineyard.
Dr Maarten Stapper – CEO BioLogic AgFood
Dr Maarten Stapper began a career in agricultural science forty years ago, has international experiences on four continents and is a former senior scientist with CSIRO. Employing a holistic approach, he is an expert across a wide spectrum of agricultural areas in research, development and extension.
Step by step he learned from practice that most soil problems are the result of gross oversimplification of fertilization and plant protection practices. Practices that use harsh chemicals and ignore the delicate balance of microbes, trace minerals, nutrients and humus in the soil.
His focus is on biological farming systems that help farmers improve their profitability. This, by harnessing the power of natural soil processes in creating healthy soils sequestering carbon, and reducing the heavy reliance on synthetic fertilisers and chemicals.
Jennifer Lauber Patterson - Managing Director Frontier Carbon
Jennifer is Managing Director of Frontier Carbon, , Chair of Yarra Energy Foundation and Head, Climate Markets Investment Association, Australia and NZ. Jennifer was named one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders having made significant contributions to sustainability by ABC Carbon in 2013 and 2014. As a much sought after speaker, Jennifer is renowned as an expert on the carbon market internationally and nationally.
Jennifer is a specialist in environmental and energy markets with over 25years experience in the banking and energy sectors. During her time in the energy industry Jennifer held a number of senior roles in energy trading before transitioning to banking in 2004, taking up the position of Director, Electricity, Emissions and Renewables at ANZ. In this role she established ANZ’s electricity, carbon and renewable derivative business. In 2009 Jennifer moved to the National Australia Bank (NAB) heading up the development of the bank’s carbon trading capability.
In November 2011, Jennifer took up her Executive Director position with Frontier Carbon that provides carbon advisory, financing and project management services in carbon market.
Frontier Carbon has been involved in projects international and domestically. In 2013, created a new business developing projects within the Clean Development Mechanism, which will support the supply of small-scale, off-grid solar lights to countries throughout Africa and Asia
Domestically, Jennifer is involved in advising and developing comprehensives solutions around energy efficiency, renewable energy and land based projects under the Emission Reduction Fund. Frontier Carbon offers solutions to customers that optimise their revenue opportunities, minimises risks and costs and meets their strategic objectives through innovative and .leading comprehensive solutions. Services include capital raising, project modelling and carbon trading as well as advisory services.