Christobel Munson (Chair)
Christobel Munson spent decades working in journalism, film, publishing, marketing, IT and communications in Asia, the Middle-East, Australia and America.
In 1994, with her partner, she co-founded a 46ha, 12-home community outside Bangalow. The couple live in a passive solar designed home, generating energy for their home, office and electric vehicle (a Kona Highlander) from a 10kW ground-mounted PV array, excess sold to Enova. They import and distribute a range of vegetarian health foods through their company Transocean Investments.
Christobel writes regularly for The Bangalow Herald and is an active member of the Bangalow Parklands team and the Northern Rivers Intentional Communities (NRIC) group. She escapes to her lush wild sub-tropical garden as needed, growing herbs, spices, nuts and fruit.
Katrina Shields (Deputy Chair)
Katrina Shields has a background in sustainability and activist education, as well as counselling and Occupational Therapy. She is the author of several books on these subjects including ‘In the Tiger’s Mouth' and 'Sustainability for Educators'.
Katrina is involved with Zero Emissions Byron because she feels taking practical actions to lower emissions and building the climate action movement feels like the most important thing to do given what we know.
Based in Mullumbimby she loves growing food, hiking, meditation and being in unspoilt natural places with friends and family.
Robert Goodwill (Treasurer)
Robert Goodwill’s working life was in investment banking, infrastructure project management and development, and mass transport. Following that, he worked with the peak conservation body of the wet tropics.
With a keen interest in sustainability, “cultural change agent” Robert has skills as a business analyst, governance, contracts, business case development and general organisational management.
While Rob and his wife recently completed an all-electric retrofit of their project home in Lennox Head, he finds “camping in wild places irresistible”, and has “an infatuation for road and mountain cycling”. Currently, he leads the ZEB Buildings team.
Dr Muriel Watt
Dr Muriel Watt is highly regarded in Australia and internationally for her expertise in solar and energy policy. She has worked with government agencies, universities and industry in the areas of renewable energy research, development, policy and application since 1980.
Past appointments include Principal Consultant, ITP Renewables; Associate Professor, School of PV and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW; Chair of the Australian PV Institute; Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society; Chair of the Policy Group for the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy; member of the Australian Solar Institute Research Advisory Committee, and member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Advisory Panel. With her husband, she lives on a farm outside Lennox Head.
Dr Anne Stuart
Dr Anne Stuart has worked as an educator, principal policy officer in State Government natural resource management and is now a Resident Research Fellow at Griffith University. Anne brings to ZEB a project management focus coupled with purposeful thinking. She lives on a community in the Shire, having done so for 30 years, where she and her partner raised their family.
Jennifer Grainger (Secretary)
Born in Canada, now living in Mullumbimby, most of Jennifer’s working and volunteering roles have been community-based: diversional therapy, retail, teaching, community development, strategic planning and cultural planning.
She has worked with all levels of government, local business, community and environmental organisations, education providers, and with the broader community both directly, and on collaborative projects. As well, she’s been on the boards and management committees of several community groups and organisations.
Primarily, her passions lie with social justice and, more recently with climate change. She is concerned about growing inequality and the looming climate crises facing the world today.
The Board is also well supported by John Robinson, of John Robinson Accounting in Mullumbimby, NSW, and Ian McKay, of Byron Legal, Byron Bay.
Vicki Brooke - Zero Emissions Byron Founding Chair
Having worked on climate change impacts for more than 20 years, Vicki Brooke became a founding member of Zero Emissions Byron at its inception in 2015, and served as our Founding Chair from 2016 to 2020.
For nearly four years, Vicki initiated and ran a small not-for-profit campaign, 100-Go-Solar, to encourage Byron businesses to install solar. It achieved its goal in 2018, reaching 100 installed businesses with a total of 1.5MW renewable energy.
Tireless, determined, and always full of ideas, Vicki wrote many successful grant applications for ZEB, and has drawn in a range of people to become involved in ZEB activities.
One of her passions was to establish the project now known as the Replant Byron Alliance: tallying trees planted in Byron Shire to help sequester carbon and climate change mitigation, and calculating their carbon drawdown. This has involved liaison and coordination with many people throughout the community. Replant Byron also established the Shire’s first Community Forest at The Farm, another of Vicki’s initiatives.
Apart from her ZEB work, a passionate music and arts lover, Vicki has generously organised frequent classical music events for friends and neighbours in the beautiful gardens of her Eureka home.