People – AEF | Australian Energy Foundation

Nikki Potter

Chair of the Board and Non-Executive Director

Interim Chair of the Board and Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2018

Board Committee membership

Member — Strategy and Stakeholder Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

Nikki is currently Executive General Manager, Industry Development at the Clean Energy Council, where she is responsible for policy, advocacy and campaigns, government and media engagement, stakeholder relations, membership, events and marketing. She has extensive experience in strategic marketing, communications and customer experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. She has led organisations through start-up, accelerated growth and major turnarounds.
Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science Business Administration and German, Master of Science Tourism Studies and is a MAICD.

Cameron Herbert

Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary

Appointed 2019 and 2021, respectively

Board Committee membership

Member — Finance, Governance and Risk Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

Cameron has worked for a number of years in senior legal and regulatory roles in the energy sector, and before that as a projects and infrastructure lawyer at major law firms in Perth, Sydney and overseas.

Currently, Cameron is the Sydney-based legal manager of utility business Jemena. He lives on Sydney’s North Shore, and is active in a number of local community organisations and groups in that area. Cameron has a key interest in New South Wales’ journey towards net zero carbon emissions.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (Organic Chemistry) and Master of Laws (Environmental Law). He also holds memberships with AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and AMPLA (Resources and Energy Law Association).

Daniel Chadwick AEF

Daniel Chadwick

General Manager – Major Projects

General Manager – Services

As the General Manager – Major Projects and part of the AEF Executive Leadership Team, Daniel is responsible for leading the delivery of AEF’s large scale energy efficiency and energy vulnerability programs, which aim to deliver towards an equitable zero carbon society. Daniel is an experienced project director having delivered major infrastructure, commercial and renewable energy projects throughout Australia.

Daniel joined AEF in August 2018 as a Project Coordinator working within the Major Projects team delivering large scale home retrofit projects, and has since advanced in the organisation.

During his time at AEF, Daniel has managed and worked on various projects, including Healthy Homes, EnergySmart, Energy Assistance Program and Cooling Communities.

Professional experience and qualifications

Daniel is a skilled project manager with over 7 years’ experience working across major infrastructure, renewable energy projects and large scale retrofit projects. Daniel is a multidisciplinary worker with experience across all levels of government, private development, community organisations and communities.

Daniel holds a Dp in Building and Construction (NMIT) and BSc in Property and Real Estate Economics (Deakin University).

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Dugald Murray

Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director

Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2016

Board Committee membership

Chair — Strategy and Stakeholder Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

Dugald is Executive Director of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responsible for policy development, advocacy and campaigns, government and media engagement, stakeholder relations and global trade consulting. Dugald has a strong background in policy, government, advocacy and consulting, as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to State and Federal Ministers, Chief Economist at the Australian Conservation Foundation, senior public service roles with the Victorian, Australian and Canadian governments and Director at Nous.

Dugald is currently Non-Executive Director of ICN Victoria and previously a Non-Executive Director at Wildlife Victoria.

Dugald holds a Bachelor of Economics.

 

Anna Crabb

Anna Crabb

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Crabb is an optimist who has a deep commitment to fairness and integrity. As the Chief Executive Officer, Anna leads the Australian Energy Foundation team who are at the forefront of finding practical solutions to climate change. Anna provides visionary leadership, builds effective relationships to deliver shared goals, and represents the AEF in the media and public forums. Anna models the AEF’s values – inclusive, inspiring, bright – in service of an engaged and effective team and organisation. 

Professional experience and qualifications

Prior to AEF, Anna was Head of Strategy and Partnerships at B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. 

In her career, Anna also has: 

  • Delivered significant federal, state and local government programs across industry, employment, education, and social services portfolios 
  • Advised Boards and Executives, including Goodstart Early Learning, YMCA and Life Without Barriers 
  • Led shared value partnerships with corporates including NAB, Myer, and Australian Ethical 
  • Built purpose-driven businesses and social enterprises with Social Ventures Australia. 

Anna’s commentary on economic systems change and public policy has been featured in the Australian Financial Review, ABC, The Age/SMH, BBC, The Mandarin and Australian Policy Online. 

Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Sciences (University of Melbourne) and Master of Management (Australian National University). She is currently undertaking the Mastery of Business and Empathy (Small Giants Academy). 

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Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson

Chief Executive Officer

General Manager – Finance

As the General Manager – Finance, and part of the Executive Leadership Team, Matt is responsible for the finance, risk, and broader corporate administration functions at AEF.

Matt is an experienced finance leader who has led large finance and corporate teams in both the private and not-for-profit sector. 

Professional experience and qualifications

Prior to joining AEF, Matt has held senior finance roles in the accounting, finance, legal and not-for-profit sectors. These roles have included both the management of finance functions, but Matt has also been responsible for the broader IT, HR, Marketing, risk and facilities functions.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Applied Finance, Graduate Certificate in Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management and is a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ

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James Scott

Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director

Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2011

Board Committee membership

Chair — Finance, Governance and Risk Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

James is the Executive Director Strategic Operations at Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN). Prior to joining EMPHN, James was the Director Corporate Services at Moreland City Council during which time he joined the AEF Board and facilitated closer co-operation between AEF and Council.

James holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

Katherine McConnell

Katherine McConnell

Non-Executive Director, appointed 2020

Non-Executive Director

Katherine McConnell is the Founder, CEO and Chair of Brighte, an Australian fintech on a mission to make every home sustainable. Brighte offers consumers a fast, easy and streamlined way to pay for solar energy and home improvements. Since it launched in 2015, the company has processed over $1 billion of loan applications from more than 100,000 Australian homeowners. In 2018 and again in 2021 Katherine was named Australia’s Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year, and last year Brighte became the sixth-fastest growing technology company in Australia.

Jo Witters AEF Board

Jo Witters

Non-Executive Director, appointed 2020

Non-Executive Director

Appointed 2020

Board Committee membership

Member — Strategy and Stakeholder Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

Jo has over 20 years’ experience in gas, electricity and environmental policy across international markets, covering time in UK, European, Australian and NZ regions. Jo has held Executive roles at the system operator, AEMO, in Australia and leadership roles at the regulator Ofgem in the UK. Jo is currently advising on future market design with the Energy Security Board.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Resource Management and Environmental Planning (Hons) and is a GAICD.

Stephanie Bashir

Stephanie Bashir

Elected Member Director, appointed 2020

Elected Member Director

Appointed 2020

Board Committee membership

Member — Strategy and Stakeholder Committee

Professional experience and qualifications

Stephanie is a well-known industry leader, with more than 18 years of commercial experience in complex and matrix-style environments. Stephanie has cemented her career in the energy sector holding leadership roles in technical, commercial, strategic, policy, advisory and engagement; with expertise in energy market policy and regulation, new energy technologies and service innovation, grid modernisation and electric vehicles.

Stephanie is the Founder and Principal of Nexa Advisory.  She previously led the policy vision & strategy at AGL Energy in relation to new energy technologies & services. She had key roles in driving the clean energy transformation and establishing the national policy agenda around virtual power plants, and competition reforms in new energy technologies and services.

Stephanie holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management and is a GAICD.