Donna has 20 years’ experience in program management and communications, working for government, not-for-profit and research organisations. She specialises in developing innovative communication strategies to enact change, from large international programs right down to local community initiatives. With extensive networks in the sustainability sector, Donna is also the community representative on the Australian Government’s Your Home technical steering committee.
Don came to the ATA in 2006 with a background in financial reporting, process improvement and system design. He is CPA-qualified with many years’ experience in managing compliance and regulatory reporting. Don is responsible for the ATA’s regulatory compliance and keeps its operations in working order. He has a passion for sustainability and sought employment in the not-for-profit sector looking to combine that interest with his accounting background.
Policy and Research Manager
Damien is responsible for ATA’s policy analysis and advocacy work, engaging with government at all levels, industry and the consumer sector. He works in the areas of energy efficiency and demand management, renewable energy and carbon markets, water conservation and efficient transport. Damien also oversees the management of the ATA’s portfolio of research and consulting projects with our project partners and external clients. Damien holds qualifications in urban and regional planning and environmental management, and has worked for government in Australia and overseas, as well as for the private sector.
Relationships and Marketing Manager
Katy moved to Melbourne in 2011 from the USA where she was most recently the political director at the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, as well as a board member of a number of non-profit organisations. Katy has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from universities in Oregon. Her current responsibilities include managing advertising for ReNew and Sanctuary magazines, and managing ATA’s business member and other strategic relationships.
Managing Editor, ReNew magazine
Robyn Deed has been managing editor of ReNew: Technology for a Sustainable Future since May 2012. Prior to that she worked as a primary editor at educational publisher Cengage Learning, with a focus on both print and online publishing, and as editor of Victorian Writer magazine. With both a Masters in Information Technology and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, she is passionate about making complex material clear, accessible and entertaining, without losing technical detail or accuracy. She enjoys working with the ATA’s tech-savvy contributors to produce stories that are both inspiring and practical.
Technical Editor, ReNew magazine
Lance is Technical Editor of ReNew: Technology for a Sustainable Future, Australia’s leading magazine on renewable energy and sustainable living. He has worked for the ATA for more than 16 years and been involved in publications, as well as the installation of the ATA’s renewable energy systems and building of mobile renewable energy displays.
Managing Editor, Sanctuary magazine
Kulja is a journalist and broadcaster who is a passionate advocate for independent media and consumer issues. A former editor of ReNew, she has for years presented a weekly current affairs program on community radio station 3RRR extensively covering social enterprises, city planning and infrastructure issues. She also spent almost a decade at the ABC in Melbourne and Darwin.
Richard came from Wellington, New Zealand, in 2017 and has an extensive background in performing arts, events management and tertiary education. He is passionate about creating relationships and collaborative opportunities. Richard has degrees in performing arts, geography and psychology, as well as a Master of Arts. He relishes the creative opportunities that fundraising offers, and that via the ATA a real difference can be made.
Damon moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2016 to become ATA Advertising Manager. He is also studying part-time at the University of Melbourne for his Masters of Information Technology (Spatial). Damon has extensive prior experience in publishing, including leadership roles for DPS Publishing, producing printed and online aged care guides. He has qualifications in urban planning and IT.
Media and Online Content Manager
Sasha is responsible for the ATA’s website content, as well as promotion of the ATA through social and traditional media. A former reporter with The Age and Leader Newspapers, his campaigning journalism once helped to save a park in Melbourne’s north from being bulldozed for a freeway. He has found a natural home for his interest in creating a better world at the ATA.
Communications Project Manager
Anna has been part of the communications team at the ATA for more than five years, where she has been a key member of the production team for the organisation’s two quarterly sustainability magazines. More recently as Communications Project Manager she has been responsible for various projects, in particular the organisation of more than a dozen Speed Date a Sustainability Expert events around the country. She has a particular passion for sustainable architecture and clever house design, and is looking forward to building her own green home one day.
Senior Energy Analyst
Dean is responsible for advocacy and policy development in national and state energy markets on issues relating to micro-generation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart networks and demand-side participation. He has expertise in consumer protection regulation, energy tariffs, stakeholder management and navigating the policy process. Qualified as a social worker, Dean worked in a number of community development roles followed by a decade in energy policy advocacy for the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) before joining the ATA in mid-2016.
Andrew joined the ATA in mid-2013. From his work with the Australian Energy Market Operator, Andrew has experience in the analysis of electricity and gas networks including the impact of solar photovoltaic generation. He has a strong background in software and modelling to deliver benefits to clients in the fields of energy and business operations. With a deep interest in sustainability, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts.
Nick is an energy analyst with the ATA who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residences and local governments. He recently worked in partnership with the VIC government to co-ordinate the tender process for 50 new solar PV installations at life saving clubs across Victoria. He has worked with City of Hume to establish feasibility of solar installations at council sites and is currently working with the township of Natimuk to establish a community energy program. Nick has a Masters of Sustainable Practice from RMIT.
Energy and Water Analyst
Kate joined ATA’s Policy and Projects team in mid-2013. Her skills in economics and experience in financial modelling have been put to good use in major ATA research projects like ‘The Economics of Water-Saving Technology for Victorian Consumers’ and ‘The Impact of Future Gas Price Increases and Cost-Effective Alternatives for Energy Consumers’. She has trained in permaculture and is involved in local grassroots activism through the Transition Towns movement.
International Projects Manager
Kate joined the ATA as International Projects Manager in 2016. She has worked in international development for over nine years, including at Oxfam Australia, where she enjoyed a range of different roles. Kate has a very diverse work background, including positions within large corporations, NGOs, small business and even running her own business. Kate negotiates effectively and places great importance on building and maintaining strong working relationships with donors, colleagues, volunteers, partner organisations and external agencies.
Jodie oversees the administration of ATA memberships and subscriptions and has been working at the ATA since 2005. She has a wide-ranging employment background, having worked in choc-top construction at a cinema, in nursing and theatre. She is committed to living a sustainable lifestyle and is constantly inspired by the ATA ‘army’.
Sophie has been part of the ATA’s administration team since 2008. She has prior experience delivering government environmental programs and sustainability information to the public. With studies in community development, she loves engaging with ATA members and volunteers. She is committed to sustainability in her own life and sharing ideas and connections throughout the ATA community and wider public.
Olivia has been part of the ATA team on and off since 1999. Formerly Advertising Manager for ReNew and Sanctuary, she also coordinated ATA one-day workshops and the ATA’s presence at events including sending the mobile trailer the ‘Solar Shuttle’ out to schools. She loves engaging with ATA members and volunteers and supporting people to implement sustainable changes in their homes.
Doug is responsible for assisting our branches across the country. He has a history of involvement with grassroots environmental groups, is involved in the Transition Town movement and has a passion for building electric vehicles. He has qualifications in science, technology, education and renewable energy.
Web Shop Manager and Technical Specialist
John started working life as an electronics design draftsman back in the 1970s, and has been an electronics research assistant and a systems administrator during his career. He joined the ATA as the Web Shop Manager & Technical Specialist in 2008. He has presented talks on energy efficiency and technology for a sustainable future to many audiences. Passionate about sustainability, in 2010 he rode around Australia on his bicycle educating people about home energy efficiency and climate change.