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:

  • Governance
  • Strategy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Advocacy
  • Financial
  • Community

Subcommittees can be formed at any time to deal with specific items.

Vicki Brooke

Vicki Brooke

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.

Dr Muriel Watt

Dr Muriel Watt

Muriel 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.

Significant past appointments include 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, Australian Executive Committee member on the IEA PV Power Systems (PVPS) Implementing Agreement, member of the Australian Solar Institute Research Advisory Committee and member of the Solar Flagship Education Infrastructure Fund Advisory Board.

Current appointments include member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Advisory Panel and Director of Zero Emissions Byron Limited. She lives in Lennox Head.

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

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

Giles Parkinson

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.

Christobel Munson

Christobel Munson

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.

Ex-Officio

Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson

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.

Ken Gainger

Ken Gainger

General Manager of Byron Shire Council since January 2013, Ken has more than 30 years’ experience working in local government in NSW and Victoria.

With an extensive background in local government, strategic management and community engagement, previously, he worked as general manager at Marrickville Council, Lismore City Council and Ashfield Council. Preceding that, he ran a consultancy service to Local Government, and had early experience in environmental health and surveying.

A Bangalow resident, Ken’s term in Council as General Manager has been extended until 2020.

Project Coordinator

Tiffany Harrison

Tiffany Harrison

Tiffany Harrison is an ecologist and environmental campaigner, with diverse experience, both internationally and locally, in research, policy, strategic planning, natural area management, and community campaigning.

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2011, Tiffany worked in the developing island nation of Palau, in the northern Pacific.

Here she saw first-hand the impacts of climate change and the loss of islands that Palauans faced.
Since then, Tiffany has primarily focused on climate change policy reform and action.

She joined Zero Emissions Byron as the Project Coordinator in August 2015, drawn to the potential for addressing climate change and helping to instigate the spread of local level action.