The ESIA Board is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Any Corporate or Associate Member may put forward a nomination. The current Board commenced on 21 November 2018.
Rod Woolley, President
Rod Woolley (BIT, M ProfAcc) is Managing Director of Yellow Door Consulting P/L. Rod has many years of experience in the energy efficiency industry and energy regulation. For nearly nine years up to 2017, Rod was a key member of the management group that founded and administered the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme, rename the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program in mid-2017. He had particular responsibility for administrative and legislative policy, approval of energy efficient products and stakeholder relations. Rod has a deep understanding of other energy efficiency initiatives around Australia including the state-based and state-administered: NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS), ACT Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS), the SA Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES); and the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) and Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) both administered by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). For many years, Rod worked as a journalist with the ABC, BBC and Financial Times of London. He also lectured in law and communications at University of New England and University of Canberra.
Hamish McGovern, Vice President
Immediate past President of the ESIA, Hamish McGovern (BE Elec, BSc, MBA) is Managing Director and co-founder of Wattly, the largest certificate creator under the VEU program. Hamish has worked in energy efficiency since 2011 and regularly participates in energy savings scheme stakeholder engagement initiatives. He has a deep understanding of the VEU, ESS and ERF deemed and Measurement and Verification (M&V) methods as well as the regulations and compliance requirements. He understands the commercialisation of these methods and regularly makes submissions to government consultations. Prior to Wattly, Hamish spent 20 years building enterprise IT & ICT solutions working in software development, IT infrastructure, sales and marketing and product management. He helped build Australia’s largest online service providers, spent 10 years working for a large Silicon Valley-based business, and as global product manager brought to market their first cloud-based solutions. Hamish is a founding contributor to the Climate Council and supports Environment Victoria and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Ric Brazzale, Treasurer
Ric Brazzale (B Comm, MBA) is the co-founder and Chairman of Green Energy Group, Green Energy Trading and Green Energy Markets and is President of the Renewable Energy Certificates REC Agents Association. He has participated in all State Governments’ initial advisory committees or processes for the development of energy efficiency schemes and has participated in Federal advisory committees in relation to energy efficiency. Ric was Executive Director of the forerunner national peak body to the Clean Energy Council, the Business Council of Sustainable Energy. He has more than 30 years of energy sector experience including a range of senior roles within private energy sector and infrastructure companies. Ric was inducted to the Australian Solar Council Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ben Henderson, Secretary
Ben Henderson (B Comm) is co-founder and Managing Director of The Green Guys Group and Director of OptiTech International. Over the past decade he has focused on delivering energy efficiency, renewables, power purchasing agreements and micro-grid solutions for the Green Guys. Through the development of unique and vertically integrated solutions, the Group has delivered projects across 8,000 sites nationally. Ben has been involved in energy savings schemes since 2010, participating in many stakeholder engagements for the ESS, VEU and REES and has engaged in the ERF. Green Guys Solar, a subsidiary, is a member of the Clean Energy Council and OptiTech is a member of the Lighting Council of Australia.
Bruce Easton, Board member
The founding President of the ESIA (then named the EECCA), Bruce Easton (B LandUsePlan&Mgt/Dev), (M EnvPlan), (Dip Sec&Invest) is the Chief Executive Officer of Ecovantage and a board member of the Energy Efficiency Council. Bruce has over 30 years of experience in business as a management consultant, program manager and business analyst for major utilities as well as more than a decade in environmental consulting and energy efficiency schemes. Bruce has participated in many stakeholder engagements for all Australian state-based energy efficiency schemes, has participated in the Emissions Reduction Fund Technical Working Group (Commercial Buildings) and The National Energy Savings Initiative Advisory Group.
Stuart Edgley, Board member
Stuart Edgley is the Managing Director and founder of Emerald Planet, one of the largest lighting companies that operates within the energy savings schemes across Australia and which operates in international markets. He has been at the forefront of the carbon abatement market in Australia since 2005 with comprehensive experience in abatement schemes nationally, in business development, product development and sourcing. Stuart represents the ESIA on the National Lighting Energy Efficiency Advisory Working Group.
Jo Hoatson, Board member
Jo Hoaston (B Econ) is Managing Director and founder of National Carbon Bank of Australia. Jo has over 20 years of experience in business-to-business capability having worked in procurement, contract management, systems implementation, and project management in construction and quality systems for publicly listed corporates and SMEs. Jo has an in-depth and practical knowledge of the certificate creation lighting methods as well as Measurement and Verification methods under the ESS, VEU and ERF. Jo is an active participant in a number of committees and consultation groups for state governments and the ESIA on policy and industry matters.
Chris Mardon, Board member
Chris Mardon (BE Mech (Hons), PhD) is the Founder of Energy Mad. Chris has set the strategic direction of Energy Mad. This includes the product development, manufacturing and marketing of LED EcobulbTM projects to electricity and supermarket chains as well as negotiating these agreements in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Chris represents Energy Mad on the National Lighting Energy Efficiency Advisory Working Group which includes New Zealand.
Prior to Energy Mad, Chris established himself as a leading manufacturing executive securing senior management roles in paper tissue, automotive and plastic film facilities. His leadership resulted in world class performance being achieved by several large production lines as part of the Hygenex paper tissue site, for which Chris received the New Zealand Institution of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year 2002. In the athletic arena, Chris was 1995 NZ Marathon Champion in his only attempt at the distance.
Mark Ploenges, Board member
Mark Ploenges is the founder and Managing Director Business Development of Ozwide Group. Mark founded Ozwide as an electrical contracting firm in 2006 and the company now services blue chip commercial and industrial clients across Victoria. Mark has spent over 20 years in electrical services in the field and in management and has worked in energy savings schemes since 2009.
Adrian Uberti, Board Member
Adrian Uberti is the Chief Commercial Officer of UNIfied, formerly LEDified.
Roy Zandona, Board Member
Roy Zandona is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Makeovers and has over 20 years of experience in blue chip companies and more recently with energy efficiency services.