ESIA Board & Exec
The ESIA Board of Directors is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Any Sponsoring, Corporate or Associate Member may put forward a nomination.
Rod Woolley, President
Rod Woolley (BIT, MProfAcc, MAICD) is Chairman of Cyanergy, Solar Emporium and Smart Lifestyle Australia. Also Managing Director of Yellow Door Consulting, Rod has many years of experience in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and energy regulation. He was formerly a key member of the management group that founded and administered the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme, renamed the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program in mid-2017, with 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 ESS, REPS, EEIS, RET and ERF. For many years, Rod worked as a journalist with the ABC, BBC and Financial Times of London. He studied law, and lectured in law and communications at the 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 of Northmore Gordon, a large-volume certificate creator under the VEU program and a consultancy helping large businesses to decarbonise and reduce their energy use. 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. Prior to Northmore Gordon, Hamish spent 20 years building enterprise IT & ICT solutions working in software development, IT infrastructure, sales, marketing and product management.
Ric Brazzale, Treasurer
Ric Brazzale (B Comm, MBA) is co-founder and chairman of Green Energy Group including Green Energy Trading, Green Energy Markets and National Carbon Bank of Australia. Ric is president of the Renewable Energy Certificates REC Agents Association and was executive director of the Business Council of Sustainable Energy, the forerunner to the Clean Energy Council. 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. 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 Chief Executive Officer of The Green Guys Group and Director of OptiTech International. For over a 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 REPS 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.
Stuart Edgley, Board member
Stuart Edgley is the Managing Director and founder of Emerald Group, including Emerald Planet, Emerald Energy, Emerald Home, Emerald Alarms and Creditex certificate creation services. Stuart and his team have extensive experience and knowledge of all state-based energy efficiency schemes and supply outside of the schemes, enabling him to represent the ESIA with a balanced view of energy efficiency nationally. Since Emerald Group’s inception in 2006, the company has successfully designed, manufactured and distributed energy-efficient products, ensuring quality outcomes for customers and end-users. Stuart and his team have extensive knowledge of Australia's energy-efficiency markets, product installation processes, compliance requirements, and the evolving needs of customers. This has made Emerald Group one of the largest and most successful suppliers of products across national and state-based energy-efficiency schemes in Australia.
Jens Mozer, Board Member
Jens Mozer (B Eng (Mech), MIEAust, CMVP, CEM, CEES) is a Director at EC Focus Pty Ltd trading as Energy Conservation. EC is a trusted provider of energy and waste management services to commercial and industrial sectors in Australia. Jens is a qualified mechanical engineer, licensed air conditioning and refrigeration technician, approved Measurement & Verification Professional (MVP) under the ESS and VEU and an accredited NABERS assessor. Jens graduated from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and worked at Cummins Holland before moving to Australia in 2009 where he worked as an energy consultant from 2010 before joining EC in 2013. As well as being on the EC board, Jens is responsible for advisory and M&V activities and projects, delivering professional services including energy audits, ratings, energy management systems (EnMS) services, and is responsible for compliance of non-lighting activities in NSW. Jens is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, the US Association of Energy Engineers, the Efficiency Valuation Organization, and an Associate Auditor IRCA member (ISO 50001:2018 EnMS).
Leigh Simpson, Board Member
Leigh Simpson (BBus) is a Director of Lakin Consulting which works with service providers, asset owners and product manufacturers to develop participation opportunities within energy efficiency programs. Leigh has been involved in the energy sector for more than a decade and is a regular and active contributor to working groups and program consultations with the intention of strengthening certificate programs, creating genuine abatement and fostering industry engagement. Lakin Consulting is also a member of the Energy Efficiency Council. Prior to Lakin Consulting, Leigh was a director and general manager of an AP/ACP company focused on supporting large commercial clients through energy efficient upgrades in both Victoria and NSW. He devotes attention to the VEU and ESS programs, particularly regarding new activity development, to ensure that new and revised activities are introduced to provide opportunities for ESIA members, AP/ACPs, energy service companies and product manufacturers.
Jessica Lynch, Executive Officer
Jessica Lynch (BBusComn, AAICD) is Executive Officer of the Energy Savings Industry Association, responsible for general management of the Association. Jessica mobilises advocacy including policy and regulatory affairs, stakeholder engagement, member services and media. Jessica has decades of experience in communications and stakeholder engagement working as part of leadership and multi-disciplinary teams and diverse businesses. Jessica has worked with industry associations, blue chips, governments and authorities, small-to-medium enterprises, not-for-profits and start-up projects. She has worked with the ESIA Board since 2015 after the VEU and ESS were expanded and has worked in energy, energy efficiency and sustainability periodically for more than 25 years. Jessica is the editor of the ESIA Bulletin and ESIA publications. She was founding editor of EcoGeneration Magazine (launched when the RET was legislated) while working with the Australian Cogeneration Association and Australian EcoGeneration Association, forerunners to the Business Council of Sustainable Energy and the Clean Energy Council.