Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel is composed of individuals with expertise in their respective fields, including technical, financial, policy and strategy, and community engagement. The advisory panel can be engaged at key points for advice or information, can advocate for ZEB and expand networks.


Simon Corbell

Renewable Energy Policy and Planning

Simon Corbell has more than 20 years’ senior experience in public policy and has been a champion for reform in the renewable energy and climate change sector.

Before being appointed to the position of Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate (VREA) to the Victorian Government in December 2016, he was the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change of the ACT, where he drove the delivery of large scale solar and wind farms and oversaw the implementation of the ACT large scale feed in tariff and reverse auction process.

The key responsibilities of his position as independent VREA include heading Victoria’s key advisory body on renewable energy development, leading efforts to attract further investment in renewable energy, assisting in the implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) scheme and providing independent advice to the Government.

Simon was a recipient of the Banksia Foundation’s Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program, and he has been recognised by the Clean Energy Council and Australian Solar Council for his work in championing the clean energy transition nationally.

Dr Amanda Cahill
Dr Amanda Cahill

Community Engagement and Governance

Amanda is the Director of the Centre for Social Change and Chair of the Next Economy. Originally trained as an anthropologist, Amanda has been working on community development projects across Asia-Pacific region, as well as in Australia for over 20 years.

After five years leading the Centre for Social Change in Brisbane, she recently established The Next Economy to support the emergence of more resilient, socially just and ecologically viable local economies across Australia and beyond.

She is a founding partner of the Zero Emissions Byron project, and is on the steering committee of the New Economy Network of Australia.

Amanda has a PhD in Human Geography from the Australian National University and has an adjunct position at the University of Queensland.

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop
Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop

Land Use

Until 2010, Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop worked as a Principal Scientist with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resources Management, leading a team of scientists using satellite imagery to monitor vegetation, deforestation and ground cover.

With a Bachelor of Surveying (First Class Honours) from University of Queensland, Gerard has lectured at UQ and the University of Canberra. Early in his career, he worked for Australian Federal Government, with the team mapping the Great Barrier Reef for its World Heritage listing.

Following 38 years in remote sensing science, Gerard is now engaged in communicating environmental issues such as deforestation, climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. He writes investigative articles and reports for the World Preservation Foundation and co-authored the Beyond Zero Emissions Land Use Plan. Most recently, he has been working with the Zero Emissions Byron Land Use team to bring emissions to zero within 10 years.

He has presented papers at national Australian conferences, the Climate Summit 2010, at side programs of the UN climate talks COP16 in Cancun and COP17 in Durban, at civil society climate programs, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

James Sturch
James Sturch

Renewable Energy and Batteries

With an honors degree in Industrial Design, post graduate qualifications in photovoltaics, accreditation by the CEC for both grid-connect and off-grid design and installation as well as full electrical contractor’s license, James is a true renewable energy professional with over 20 years’ professional experience within the renewable energy industry.

Currently he holds the position of Technical Business Manager Australia and New Zealand for Sonnen Australia as well as Managing Director of Evolving Energy.

His previous experience includes Technical Marketing Manager for Redback Technologies, National Sales Manager for SF Suntech Australia, Product Manager, Wholesale Account Manager and Technical Sales Manager for Si Clean Energy.

He is currently a Clean Energy Council Battery Installation Guide Committee member, an Energy Storage Directorate member, part of the Clean Energy Council Energy Storage Product Listing Working Group as well as a committee member for the National BESS Installation Guidelines.

With his passion for alternative energy, proven technical abilities, as well as knowledge in the needs and challenges of renewable energy retail, distribution and manufacturing companies in Australia James has helped grow and develop business sectors and products to the benefit of the Australian industry.

Vanessa Petrie
Vanessa Petrie

Public Transport and Waste

CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, Vanessa is an experienced sustainability leader and is passionate about the role of Beyond Zero Emissions in developing achievable and affordable solutions for rapidly decarbonising the Australian economy.

Vanessa has close to 20 years’ experience working in diverse roles across local and State Government including infrastructure projects, legislative policy development, major policy reform and waste and resource recovery strategic planning.

Notable projects include leading and authoring Getting Full Value, the former Victorian Government waste policy, and delivering the first Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan, which sets out a practical strategy for reducing reliance on landfills through alternative technologies.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT University and a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne.

Robert Rosen
Robert Rosen

Tax deductibility, Finance and Governance

Robert has been actively involved in range of environmental issues for the last 37 years.

He has a Bachelor of Economics Degree (Syd) majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law and Certificates in Personal Investment Management and Real Estate.

Current positions include:
Director, Enova Community Energy Ltd and Enova Community Ltd
Director, Pingala Co-operative Ltd
Director, Earth Trust
Director, Social Habitat Housing Ltd
Vice President, Permaculture College Australia
Patron, Rainforest Rescue.

Former Positions include:
Member, Sustain Northern Rivers Energy Working Group
Member, Biodiversity and Sustainability Advisory Committee, Byron Shire Council
Member, Economic Advisory Committee, Byron Shire Council
Chair, Rainforest Rescue
Chair, NSW Nature Conservation Trust
Director, Bush Heritage Australia
National Secretary, Australian Greens
Director, Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)
Committee Member, Responsible Investment Association Australasia Inc.
Director, Australian Ethical Investment Management Ltd.