Our Team - Melbourne
Terence is the Executive Director and Founder of Net Balance. He is an environmental and sustainability advisory and assurance specialist with over twenty years’ experience in advising governments and corporations on sustainability issues. In 2005, Terence was named as one of the top 10 most influential young engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Queensland’s Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. Terence holds a degree in Environmental Engineering (UWA), is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Neil has extensive experience in energy management, compliance reporting (NPI, NGER, EEO, ESAP, EREP), carbon management and mitigation, quantitative risk assessments and environmental management. Prior to joining Net Balance, he held senior positions at ENVIRON Australia and ERM. Neil holds a degree in Science and an MBA in Technology Management and is a DCCEE Registered NGER Auditor (Level 1 & 2), a RABQSA Environmental Lead Auditor, a technical assessor for the National Association Testing Authority (NATA) and previously Lead Auditor with both the NSW and Victorian audit schemes.
Dr Robyn Leeson
Robyn has over twenty years' experience in sustainability including sustainable strategy development, carbon, economic and environmental services. Her current focus is on helping corporate clients improve their reporting and disclosure practices. Prior to joining Net Balance, Robyn was Manager of the Environment & Resource Efficiency Plans program with the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria. She holds a Master of Environmental Science and a Doctorate from Monash University. Robyn is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Stakeholder Council, which is the GRI’s formal stakeholder policy forum, and the GRI’s Technical Advisory Committee, acting in a liaison role for the Stakeholder Council and is a certified training provider for GRI.
Amanda has over fifteen years’ professional experience in the Australian financial market and sustainability sectors. Her key professional skills include the development and implementation of sustainability performance measurement, management and reporting strategies. She is an experienced sustainability reporting assurance practitioner, at the grade of Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) and is an accredited Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) trainer in sustainability reporting. Amanda has contributed to the ongoing development of the GRI G4 framework through her involvement in an international working group in 2012. She holds a Master of Environment, a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Development Studies) and a Bachelor of Business (International Trade).
Christophe leads Net Balance’s Economics and Policy practice, as well as the Climate Change Adaptation service area. He has twenty years’ experience in finance, natural resources economics, project evaluation and conducting sustainable development assessments. Prior to Net Balance, Christophe was Principal Economist at URS. His experience includes integrating sustainability and rigorous economics into decision-making using Benefit Cost Analysis, Triple Bottom Line analysis and other evaluation tools. He has also pursued a strong interest in sustainability by working on a range of renewable energy projects and has developed specialist expertise in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). He holds an MBA from ESSEC in Paris and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne.
Guy leads Net Balance’s Environmental service line as well as working within the Climate Change Adaptation team. He has over twenty years’ experience in environmental management and measurement across government and the industrial sector. Prior to Net Balance, Guy worked for EPA Victoria, including managing multiple science based units. He has a Bachelor of Science (Meteorology/Industrial Organic Chemistry) from the University of Melbourne and is a recognised Accredited Air Quality Professional with CASANZ, an expert in air quality and a RABQSA Lead Auditor for EMS.
Kim has ten years’ experience focussed on climate change and energy reporting and audit, sustainability report assurance, and sustainability strategy development. She is a registered greenhouse and energy auditor with the Clean Energy Regulator (Category 1 and 2), a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, and has significant experience leading non-financial assurance engagements, including for a number of ASX 20 organisations. Prior to Net Balance, Kim worked in engineering design. Kim graduated from the University of Adelaide with 1st class Honours in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Economics. As a Commonwealth Scholar, Kim completed an M.Sc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at the University of Oxford.
Dr Trish McGee
Trish is making sustainable waste management and resource efficiency a priority for Net Balance and our clients. She works with industry, local and state government agencies, private sector clients and peak industry bodies, to identify emerging opportunities, reduce their waste generation and ecological foot print and to increase materials recovery. Over the last fifteen years, Trish has developed extensive experience and skills in sustainable waste and resource management both strategically and in implementing on the ground programs. She has a PhD, Masters and Bachelor degree specialising in Integrated Pest Management/Ecology through RMIT, and a Diploma in Business.
Rohan leads and develops the Environmental Verification and Auditing Services within the Environmental service line. He also works across other service lines to provide support and direction on environmental management, auditing and other services. Bringing twenty-five years’ experience as an environmental engineer, Rohan is an EPA Victoria appointed Environmental Auditor, with extensive consulting and public sector experience in the urban and rural water sectors, wastewater and waste management, landfills, manufacturing, agriculture, irrigation and catchment management. He has also carried out numerous assignments for research organisations, industry associations, as well as federal, state, territory and local government agencies.
Kathryn’s has more than twenty years’ experience in corporate affairs including sustainability strategy and reporting, government relations, internal and external communication, media management, stakeholder engagement and community partnerships and sponsorships. Prior to Net Balance, Kathryn spent fifteen years in the electricity industry in a variety of roles including Corporate Affairs Manager and Environmental Affairs/ Sustainability Manager. She has also held senior roles at Coles Supermarkets and the Institute of Architects. Kathryn started her career as a journalist, after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Communication at RMIT.
Arjun has seven years of global consulting experience across the sustainability, supply-chain and financial service sectors. Working within the Social Impact team, Arjun focuses on social impact evaluation and program design. His experience includes working with community housing, microfinance programs, indigenous health and wellbeing and ‘corporate-not for profit’ partnerships. Arjun is an accredited Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner and also runs accredited and bespoke SROI training sessions for the public. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Environmental Analysis at Monash University.
Astrid works within the Social Impact team and leads the Regional service area dedicated to engaging non-metropolitan areas by creating markets, driving economic development and finding new avenues for community investment. Prior to joining Net Balance, Astrid was a Manager in the Allen Consulting Group’s Infrastructure and Sustainability practice. She is currently studying a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne, complimenting the Master of International Business (cum laude) she completed at the University of Sydney.
Ben’s has seven years’ experience in the carbon management and environmental sectors and works across Net Balance’s Climate Change, Energy and Environmental service lines. His experience includes Life Cycle Assessment, ecological footprint calculation, environmental impact assessment, climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting, air pollutant emissions inventories and complex air quality/meteorological modelling. Prior to joining Net Balance, Ben worked as an environmental engineer with GHD in Melbourne. Ben holds degrees in Environmental Engineering and Earth Science (Meteorology) from The University of Melbourne, as well as a graduate certificate in Engineering (renewable energy) from RMIT.
With over eight years of experience in the sustainability sector, Charlie leads Net Balance’s Climate Change service line. In this area, he works on greenhouse gas (NGER/PEC/JCP) assurance engagements, energy audits and corporate carbon inventories across a range of sectors as well as helping clients identify cost-effective opportunities for reducing their energy use. He is a registered Category 2 (Lead) Greenhouse and Energy Auditor with the Clean Energy Regulator. Prior to Net Balance, Charlie worked as the sustainability analyst for DLA Piper in London. Charlie holds a Master of Environmental Management from UNSW and a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from the ANU.
Evan leads Net Balance’s climate change advisory service, assisting clients with a wide range of technical and strategic climate change and energy needs. He works closely with local and state government agencies, private sector clients and peak industry bodies to identify strategic opportunities within emerging carbon markets. Prior to Net Balance, he worked for ERM within the climate change team. Evan graduated from the University of Western Australia, with double Science and Arts degrees. In 2007-2008 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Academy of European Public Law 13th and 14th Annual Academy Study programmes in Athens, Greece.
Nadia leads Net Balance’s Assurance service line. She has provided assurance to the ASX100, NGOs and government bodies in the mining and resources, utilities, retail, manufacturing, education and property industries. She is a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP), a Chartered Accountant and trained in the application of the AA1000 and ASAE3000 assurance standards, and the GRI. She holds a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne specialising in climate change. Nadia is the Chair of Spark* International, a charity working to enable change-makers in some of the poorest places on the planet, and is Company Secretary for B Corporation Australia, an organisation aiming to redefine success in business.
Rebecca leads Net Balance's Social Impact service line and has twelve years’ experience in both social and environmental sustainability across government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. She is an Accredited SROI practitioner (Social Return on Investment) and a licensed SROI trainer by the SROI Network. During her time with Net Balance, she has worked with clients in the banking, finance, government, retail, property and not for profit sectors. Her core capabilities include social impact measurement, sustainability and community investment strategy, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce from Deakin University, majoring in Public Policy, and Marketing, and is close to completing a Masters of International and Community Development at Deakin University.
Stephen provides sustainable procurement advice to ECO-Buy (part of the Net Balance group) members and clients. With over fifteen years’ experience in sustainability, with a focus on products and industries involved in making them, Stephen has specialist knowledge of sustainable products and services, supply chains, sustainability standards and certifications, and the market for sustainable products. Prior to joining Net Balance, he worked for 6 years as a Sustainability Analyst with Monash Sustainability Enterprises and holds a Master of Arts by Research from the Centre for Design at RMIT University as well as an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design.
Suzi’s experience includes climate change, resource efficiency and environmental consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff where she worked with government and private clients across various market areas including water, energy, mining, food and manufacturing. She has diverse project experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory reporting (including NGERs, NPI, EREP and WaterMaps), resource efficiency training and assessments, data management and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Suzi has a Chemical Engineering and Arts Degree (History major) and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Melbourne.
Alianne has a background in natural resource management and holds a robust theoretical understanding of adaptation, maintaining ties with research institutions investigating innovative means to attenuate climate impact. She has extensive experience working with property developers and is currently investigating the attenuation of climate risk in this sector through her PhD. Alianne’s experience includes; scoping and methodology development for the property and community sector’s capacity to plan for and respond to climate variability and change; data analysis and report development for the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR). She has extensive stakeholder consultation experience in the private, public and government funded sectors including development and facilitation of VCCCAR and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Think-Tanks.
Fiona is part of Net Balance’s Economic and Policy service line and leads the Climate Change Adaptation sub sector. She has over seven years’ experience across government and the private sector in providing economic analysis, with a particular focus on sustainability and environmental policy. Prior to Net Balance, Fiona worked for the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), gaining strong expertise in policy development and the application of economic frameworks in a policy context, plus an invaluable understanding of government requirements and decision making processes. Fiona holds a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Arts from the Queensland University of Technology.
Josh specialises in providing climate change and energy assurance and advisory services and has five years’ experience as a sustainability advisory and assurance specialist. He graduated from Monash University with a first class honours degree having completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Climate and Atmospheric Sciences). In 2009 he completed the Accountability Projects AA1000 series training course on Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting, Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Assurance. Josh also undertook Advanced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Compliance training to ISO14064 in 2010, which included GHG emissions quantification, accounting, reporting and auditing.
Dr Kaushik Sridhar
Kaushik works in the Assurance service line. He is also engaged with the Strategy team and the Social Impact team where he works on stakeholder engagement and SROI. He has five years' experience in the areas of strategy and sustainability, management accounting, business development and research. Prior to Net Balance, Kaushik worked as a Research Analyst at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and also as an Environmental Consultant at Unisys Australia. He holds a PhD (Sustainability Reporting) and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, and also a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP).
Lilli works in the supply chain services area of Net Balance, providing guidance and services to help organisations to achieve environmental social outcomes through their supply chain. She also works with the ECO-Buy membership program, and delivers sustainable procurement projects and training courses. With over seven years of experience in sustainability, Lilli's skills see her working across other areas including the Environmental, Climate Change and Energy teams. Lilli holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden, and has completed the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program.
Sara Redmond Neal
Sara leads the Supply Chain service line, helping organisations reduce the environmental and social impacts in their supply chain through sustainable procurement, and assists with the ECO-Buy membership program to deliver sustainable procurement training courses. She has seven years’ experience working across environmental fields including organisational environmental management and environmental impact assessment, with the last two years focused specifically on supply chain and procurement. Sara is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and has completed the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program in 2011.
Taimur works across the Social, Environment, Climate Change, Energy, and Assurance service lines. He works closely with government departments, private sector clients and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of sustainability issues. Prior to Net Balance, he worked in the water research & investment sector as a project manager at the Smart Water Fund. Taimur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from La Trobe University and a Master’s degree in Environment from the University of Melbourne. His studies focused on climate policy, environmental risk & management, and international development.
Tim works across a number of Net Balance’s service lines, specialising in climate change and environmental services. He has collaborated on projects for clients in government, mining, oil & gas, energy supply, retail, utilities and the education sector. He has experience completing NGER and Environmental audits, life cycle assessments and carbon neutrality. Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Chemical & Process Engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Chemistry) from The University of Melbourne. He is the Chair of the Victorian state chapter of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS).
Josh is a Project Consultant working primarily in Net Balance’s Climate Change and Energy service line, but also works broadly across the business in technical and research roles. Josh graduated from Melbourne University in September 2012 with a bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Arts (Political Science), with a focus on environmental politics and policy creation. He has interned with four different firms across the energy and sustainability sectors throughout his degree, Net Balance being one of them.
Laura works principally in Net Balance’s Social Impact service line, but also works broadly across the business in technical and research roles. She has demonstrated experience in a variety of sustainability roles, particularly within the corporate and not-for-profit sector. Before Net Balance, Laura worked for one of Australia’s pre-eminent environmental organisations, the Nature Conservation Council as a Sustainability Intern. This position was the result of a highly competitive ANU Green Steps Program (in partnership with Monash University) that she was successfully accepted into during her Master’s in Environmental law degree, which she has now completed. Laura also holds a Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) from Macquarie University.
Madeleine’s primary focus is working in the Climate Change & Energy services lines however her skills see her working across all different areas of Net Balance. Before joining Net Balance, Madeleine worked as an energy engineer for Enman. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honours in Chemical and Processing from the University of Canterbury. Whilst studying she completed an internship at Mighty River Power in the geothermal power generation subdivision and has experience in energy supply contract negotiation, energy auditing, identifying and developing business cases for energy efficiency projects, securing government funds for energy efficient projects, assisting with implementation of projects and measurement and verification.
Rhiannon works in the Strategy, Implementation and Reporting team. Her key role is to work with businesses, government and non-for-profit organisations to develop strategies and programs that deliver value to the top-line of the business through innovation and/or growth. She has three years of experience in both research and environmental sustainability across government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. Prior to Net Balance, she worked in research for the Australian Conservation Foundation in Melbourne including working on a project with CSIRO generating an emissions inventory for persistent organic pollutants in the atmosphere. Rhiannon holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Social Science (Environment) from RMIT University.
CitySwitch Program Manager
Jeff joined the Net Balance Foundation in 2013 as part of the national roll-out of the City Switch Green Office program. He has extensive experience in project management, NABERS and CBD assessments, energy auditing, and sustainability policy and planning. Jeff works with organisations to take control of their carbon impact and reduce their office energy use, providing free support and resources to help action energy efficiency projects and deliver operating cost savings. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science: Natural Resource Management and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science.
General Manager - Net Balance Foundation
Jane manages the Net Balance Foundation and has over twenty years’ experience in communications, project management and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Net Balance, Jane worked as the Projects Manager for National Disability Services where she led sector capacity building projects, including developing and delivering a series of forums on human rights; and Publications Manager at Victoria Law Foundation. Jane holds an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and an MA in Philosophy and Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and a long-time committee member of the Cambridge alumni society in Melbourne.
Manager People & Culture
Maria’s role is to enhance, implement and deliver the Net Balance people and culture strategy. A key part of that strategy is to deliver contemporary and best practice initiatives and solutions to attract, develop, motivate and retain diverse talent within Net Balance, and to encourage continuous learning by addressing current capabilities and future training needs. She has over ten years’ experience working within corporate and professional services across all facets of strategic and operational HR management. Prior to Net Balance, Maria was the National HR Manager for Greencap Limited, a leading risk management services consultancy firm. Maria established the HR function that now supports Greencap’s 350+ employees in Australia and South East Asia. Maria holds a Bachelor of Business Multidiscipline with a major in Human Resource Management and Marketing and a sub major in Tourism Management from Monash University.
Creative Design Manager
Simon manages the graphic and collateral design for all areas of Net Balance. His work includes the production of marketing material, reports, proposals and customised graphics. Simon joined Net Balance in 2010 and has over fifteen years’ experience in the graphic design industry. Prior to Net Balance, Simon worked as a senior designer for Transurban and was heavily involved in moving the company to sustainable printing. He has designed collateral material for ASX 50 companies, including websites, major reports and marketing collateral for several overseas markets.
Finance & Office Manager
Sue leads the finance and administration team providing administrative assistance to consultants as well as monitoring the financial performance of the business. Sue has twenty years’ experience in corporate accounting for both small to medium sized businesses and educational institutions. Prior to joining Net Balance, she worked as a Tafe teacher for Swinburne University in the financial services department. Sue holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Monash University.
Tinashe has extensive knowledge in general administration, front desk management, MYOB accounts and event management through her current role at Net Balance and previous roles in the legal and manufacturing industries. She also has experience in customer service through working for a wide range of hospitality companies. Tinashe is currently completing a degree in business, and has an Advanced Diploma in Sport Management.