About the Climate Change Advisory Committee members

Aaron Atteridge

Aaron has over 25 years’ experience working on environmental, climate and energy related issues in Australia and abroad.

Aaron is currently senior climate change specialist within the World Bank's climate investment funds, and senior technical advisor to the Just Rural Transition initiative. In both roles, Aaron's work focuses on climate action planning and managing the socio-economic impacts that arise from changes into systems like energy, food production, and transport.

Russell Baker

Over many years, Russell has informed and influenced business and government decision-making through roles as:

  • senior adviser in Australian Government trade and investment agencies
  • international business journalist
  • corporate communications consultant
  • business development adviser.

Russell’s areas of expertise include:

  • government climate policy and programs
  • environmental, social and governance matters
  • impact investment.

In 2020, Russell completed a Graduate Certificate in social impact, a postgraduate program run by UNSW Business School.

Steve Coleman

Steve lives in Tuross Head and is a founding member of SHASA.

Steve's company, Global Learning, works at the intersection of social, business and environmental change, helping people engage in design and lead change that creates and sustains resilient organisations and communities. This leadership work over more than 30 years has included organisations large and small across government, business, not-for-profits and community.

Steve is currently co-facilitating the Regenerate Eurobodalla Leadership Program.

Luke Dalla

Luke is a skilled and experienced manager in the fast-moving renewable energy sector, managing SolarHub South Coast for the last five years.

Luke has previous experience in:

  • energy planning
  • policy and programs within public and private sectors
  • working across roles within the local, NSW and Australian Governments.

Luke has previously held roles as sustainability analyst (JLL) and research management for the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at University of Wollongong (SBRC).

Luke is an educator, a strong communicator and is passionate about environment and population health, as well as tourism, education and active transport initiatives.

Suzanne Harter

Suzanne’s professional life has included a focus on policy and politics, including working for US Senator Kennedy, and Premiers Rann and Weatherill.

Suzanne has travelled extensively as an adventure travel guide and currently covers climate policy for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Suzanne grew up in Hawaii and now lives in Guerilla Bay.

Tony Haymet

Tony Haymet is a:

  • scientist
  • CEO
  • climate expert
  • board member
  • chairperson
  • leader
  • entrepreneur
  • business founder
  • owner
  • university and institution leader.

Tony volunteers as Chair of the Board of the Antarctic Science Foundation, and previously Vice-Chair of the Board of Worldfish.

Tony is co-founder and co-owner of ocean robot company MRV Systems LLC.

Kathryn Maxwell

Kathryn is president of the local community group, SHASA, and is passionate about achieving a resilient Eurobodalla, where we generate more of our electricity and food and keep the money local.

Kathryn has extensive project management experience from her work for the Australia and New Zealand Governments in the area of community development and sustainability. A career highlight was her role of sustainability manager at the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, which included installing the largest off-grid solar system and ensuring dozens of conservation islands had solar and energy efficiency upgrades.

Kathryn enjoys mountain biking and bushwalking around the Eurobodalla Shire.

Julie Taylor Mills

Julie is an impact investor, is active in a range of initiatives relating to climate change and biodiversity conservation and has local involvement in the oyster industry and seaweed farming.

Julie has a property under wildlife covenant at Meringo.

Niall O'Donnell

Niall is a father in a family of five concerned for the future of his children. Niall is also:

  • an emergency room registered nurse
  • a vipassana meditator
  • secretary of Coastwatchers on the south coast.

Niall is committed to making a difference in the Eurobodalla community.

Julian Poulter

Julian is a partner at Energy Transition Advisers and is globally recognised in the fields of:

  • climate risk
  • clean energy investing
  • responsible investment
  • sustainability.

Julian has held CEO and director roles in many organisations and is head of investor relations for IPR, the global climate transition forecasting consortium.

Dr Brett Stevenson

Brett has over twenty years’ experience in senior level policy, scientific and management positions within the NSW Government working on:

  • natural resource management
  • water quality
  • catchment management
  • contaminated sites
  • climate change/energy issues.

Brett's ten years’ experience as a landholder/community member of natural resource management advisory committees in Sydney and Shoalhaven coastal areas has created useful knowledge of local government operations and responsibilities.

Brett’s formal qualifications consist of B.Sc. (Hons 1 – University of NSW) and Ph.D. (Science – University of Sydney) degrees in coastal geography/geomorphology.

Mark Stubbings

After a 32-year legal career, Mark undertakes voluntary work for causes of interest which include:

  • president of Tilba Environment Landcarers
  • Steering Committee member for the Tilba District Strategy
  • member of the NSW NPWS South Coast Regional Advisory Committee.

Ian Swain

Ian's training is in the environmental sciences field and his work over the last 15 years has involved providing research, policy advice and analytical services to support the clean energy transition. Ian's experience includes employment with:

  • NSW and Australian Governments
  • private industry
  • universities
  • industry advocacy groups.

His subject matter knowledge covers:

  • energy efficiency
  • electric vehicles and alternative fuels
  • building design
  • lifecycle assessment
  • carbon accounting.

Andy Telfer

Andy is a young person currently living on Bugelli-Manji Country and working in environmental engineering.

Andy is interested in water systems and design and has spent the past few years volunteering and organising with different climate justice/action groups.

Andy is excited to be at the table for discussion over Council's actions and keen to see positive change made in the process.

Joanne (Jo) Walker

Jo is a public health researcher, policy developer and advocate who is passionate about finding solutions to the health impacts of climate change.

Jo lives on Brinja-Yuin Country in Tuross Head and is currently working as a capacity building manager with Wildlife Health Australia.

More information

For more information about the Climate Change Advisory Committee, contact Heidi Thomson: