Board of Directors
Zero Emissions Byron Ltd is managed by a Board of Directors, whose core purpose is setting strategy, governance and financial responsibility. Key responsibilities include raising and managing funds, risk management, accessing stakeholders and partners and developing and approving the strategic plan. The Board may comprise seven members with a mix of skills, including:
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Energy
Subcommittees can be formed at any time to deal with specific items.
Vicki’s career focused on business and the arts, where she started regular audio guide services to describe exhibits for visitors to public art galleries, museums and tourist sites throughout Australia and New Zealand. Subsequently Vicki ran her own arts consultancy and became a Regional Museum Advisor to local government before ‘retiring’ to rural Eureka. She has an extensive voluntary background, serving on many community arts and environment boards including community radio station 2MBS-FM, the Women’s College Foundation Sydney University, The Wilderness Society Newcastle, Art Gallery Society of NSW, Geneethics Sydney, NORPA and more. In response to the threat of climate change, Vicki founded Climate Action Newcastle to empower the community. She continues her climate work by encouraging businesses to install solar through her non-profit campaign 100 Go Solar and, with others, helping to finance commercial installations. As a founding director and chair of Zero Emissions Byron Limited Vicki brings skills in governance, business and strategic planning, donor and fundraising programs, writing and marketing to the Board.
Craig is the Founder and CEO of Redgum Projects, a local Byron Bay Sustainability and Climate Change consulting business. In this capacity, Craig works with corporations and individuals on strategy and project management relating to energy efficiency, climate change, renewable energy and sustainable investment, Australia wide. He looks to apply his experience in Project Finance, Financial Services and Financial Markets to ecologically sustainable development. Craig was previously a Director in Sustainability and Climate Change team at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Australia, a Commercial Development Manager in the Global Energy Solutions team at Johnson Controls, and an Associate Director at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Prior to this Craig worked in the IT and Financial Services industries in Sydney and London. Craig is currently a Director and Board member of Zero Emissions Byron Limited, the Byron Shire’s zero emissions strategy working group. Craig’s work in this space is centred on a synthesis of a wide range of external subject matter experts to enable informed and practical sustainability solutions for today. A resident of Myocum, he and his partner have two children.
Giles Parkinson is founder and editor of Reneweconomy.com.au, Australia’s leading website on clean technology and climate issues. A journalist of 30 years’ experience now living in Coorabell, he is a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Australian Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
John Taberner is a consultant in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sydney office, where he was a partner between 1988 and 2008. He is recognised as a leading environmental law practitioner with extensive experience in all the legal aspects of land-use planning, pollution control and contaminated land, and in the field of climate-change law. John has extensive experience over many years with large corporate transactions and with large-scale urban infrastructure projects acting for both governmental and non-governmental clients. He also has extensive experience with land use planning and environmental aspects, and greenhouse aspects, of large-scale power-plant and mining projects, and with land-decontamination projects acting for non-governmental clients. Usefully for Zero Emissions Byron, he has vast experience re strategic climate change issues including ‘carbon costs pass-through’, carbon capture and storage, joint venture structuring, registration and reporting obligations, and ‘carbon credit’ acquisitions.
Nik Midlam is Manager of Carbon Strategy at the City of Sydney, having worked in a sustainability capacity since 2002. He was involved in developing, and now delivering on ambitious targets outlined in Sustainable Sydney 2030. The actions by Nik (and others) has led to emissions in Sydney falling by more than 17 per cent since 2006. His main focus is creating opportunities for accelerating renewable energy toward net zero emissions. Having grown up on the north coast of NSW, he was keen to return with his young family. They have now been living in Main Arm since Jan 2017. An advocate for renewable energy, energy sufficiency, energy efficiency and energy productivity, he clearly understands many issues faced by the local government and its community, emerging trends, systems and opportunities, with an extensive network of specialist practitioners. Nik’s appointment to the ZEB board brings additional skills in emissions monitoring, reporting and understanding in deep emissions reduction priorities which will be needed for achieving the ambitions for Byron Shire to be net zero emissions by 2025.
Before settling in Byron Shire, Christobel spent decades working in journalism, film, publishing, marketing, IT and communications in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East, Australia and America. With her partner, she co-founded a 46ha intentional community outside Bangalow, pioneering its conversion to Community Title in Byron Shire. Shared by 12 families, the community has planted 11,800 indigenous trees, restoring Big Scrub to a former dairy farm. Harvesting rainwater, each household also has its own onsite sewage management system, plus orchards, chooks, and veggie gardens. The couple live in a passive solar designed home, generating energy from a 10kW ground-mounted PV array, excess sold as Green Energy to Enova. They import and distribute a range of vegetarian health foods. Christobel writes regularly for The Bangalow Herald, is on the steering group of the Bangalow Parklands group, the Rural Landsharing Communities Association and the executive team of her community. She is a director of Transocean Investments Pty Ltd and a director and founding participant in Zero Emissions Byron.
Ian Oelrichs is partly retired landscape architect, planner and urban designer. He has over 40 years experience specialising in the development, natural resource, tourism and overseas aid genres of his disciplines all with an emphasis on sustainability. A fellow and past president of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, before moving from Sydney to the Northern Rivers over 25 years ago he was managing director of EDAW Australia.
A committed regionalist, Ian has served on a number of regional development, tourism and planning bodies and chaired several. He’s been involved in the setting up of several initiatives – including the Business Pathways Mentoring program, the Sourdough Think Tank, the Design Advisory Panel, the Nature Tourism Task force, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail and a coffee research project.
During three terms on the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board, he was instrumental in organising several firsts; Invest Northern Rivers; RIEP, an industry orientated regional economic strategy; a regional cuisine project and a regional ecotourism plan.
He served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Far North Coast Strategy, the State Government’s regional planning strategy and before that was deputy chair of the Northern Rivers Regional Strategy group. As well, he served on a number of Federal, State and private sector advisory bodies including a PPP Advisory Committee for Macquarie Bank.
In 2011 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his commitment ‘to the tourism industry and to regional development’.
Byron Shire Mayor since 2012, Simon has embraced the challenges of climate change to champion Byron Shire as a place where solutions can emanate. During 2015, Councillor Richardson represented Byron Shire Council at COP21, in Paris and earlier in the lead in conference in Bonn, Germany. Since then, he has led the shire to join the Global Compact of Mayors, ICLEI and the Cities Power Partnership ensuring Byron Shire walks along the path to a zero emissions future. A resident of Federal, he is married with two children.