The Alternative Technology Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Management according to the Rules of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria).
Helen has extensive experience in senior sustainability roles in government, business and not-for-profit organisations, including Melbourne Water, Sustainability Victoria, and industry bodies including the Vinyl Council of Australia and consults for organisations across Australia. She is active as a magazine columnist, radio presenter, conference speaker, director on boards and opens her home for Sustainable House Day. Helen has post-graduate degrees in management, and was one of the first to complete the Carbon Accounting course at Swinburne. She joined the ATA Board in 2013.
John has proven experience in senior management in Australia and overseas. He has strong understanding of strategic management, problem solving and team building, as well as extensive experience in monitoring performance and budgets. John is currently the managing director of Standard & Poor’s in Australia and New Zealand. His prior work experience has been in banking and finance. John is a strong believer in renewables and energy efficiency and recently built his own sustainable house. He has a Bachelor of Arts (economics) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. John was appointed to the ATA Board in October 2012.
Russell has extensive experience in financial management, governance, risk management and sustainability gained from senior governance roles at Air New Zealand, Marsh Pty Ltd, CSIRO, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Qantas Group. Holding a Bachelor Degree in commerce, he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Secretaries Australia. Russell is actively involved in ensuring sustainability principles are adopted in corporate governance frameworks in the public and private sectors. He currently serves as deputy chairman of Western Water, a major peri-urban Victorian water retailer. Russell was appointed to the ATA Board in 2013.
Louisa has extensive experience in funding for medium and large companies, having worked in institutional banking for more than 20 years in Australia and Europe. She has a background in relationship management, investment analysis and risk management. Louisa is the immediate past treasurer and director of the Hawthorn Early Years childcare centre and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts and MBA from Melbourne University. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is completing a Certificate in Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). Louisa joined the ATA Board in 2016.
Clint is an engineer with a PhD in probabilistic design for quality and a Masters in entrepreneurship and innovation. He has worked in the automotive industry, soft rock drilling equipment, the water products industry and in a design house. All roles were design and development-related and around Australia and overseas. Clint is now an academic at the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Science at Swinburne University of Technology. He teaches engineering design and supervises the FSAE project (where students design, build and race an electric race car) and the Aurora Swinburne Solaris project (where students work to build a commercially viable solar sports car). He also researches design practice and sustainable technology. Clint was appointed to the ATA Board in 2012.
Gerlinde is a not-for-profit sector specialist with experience at board and senior executive level in community services, medical research and higher education. She started her career as an external relations professional at the University of Melbourne in fundraising, stakeholder relations management, communications and international marketing. More recently she was general manager of a specialist medical research institute. Gerlinde currently chairs the Board of FMC Relationship Services, a not-for-profit social service organisation. She holds a Masters degree in history and has completed an executive program for non-profit leaders at Stanford University. Gerlinde joined the ATA Board in 2015.
Grant has served as manager and director in a number of companies. As owner and managing director of his own business, he has worked across most business functions, including strategy and internal audit, and brings this broad perspective to governance and advisory roles. As an environmentally sensitive engineer, Grant is conscious of managing his own impact and the broader human impact on our planet. He has an MBA from Mt Eliza/ Melbourne Business School, a B Eng from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Grant joined the ATA Board in 2015.
Simon is a barrister with 21 years’ experience as Queens Counsel (QC) and recognised internationally as a leader in environmental law. Since 2013 he has been a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and previously appointed Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University’s Institute for Social & Environmental Sustainability. Simon was a founder of what became the Environment Institute of Australia and a Commissioner of the Commonwealth’s Australian Heritage Commission. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to conservation, heritage, the professions and natural resource sectors, and to community health organisations. Simon was appointed to the ATA Board in 2016.
Tristy is a renewable energy, climate change and sustainability professional with over 15 years’ policy, strategy and project experience across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Her track record of introducing environmental and energy transformational projects has been developed through senior policy, strategy and project delivery roles for a diverse range of organisations including Friends of the Earth, Fortescue Metals Group, Western Power, Synergy and Carnegie Clean Energy. Tristy holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Science (Renewable Energy) and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance. She was a finalist in the 2017 Western Australian Energy Professional of the Year awards.
Dominique La Fontaine
Dominique has worked in the sustainability and socio-economic development areas for three decades as a CEO of not-for-profit organisations and senior executive in the corporate sector. She brings expertise in government relations, public policy, corporate affairs, stakeholder and community engagement, strategic and crisis communications, media relations and reputation management. Dominique is currently executive officer of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Assessment and Land Use Policy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark has more than 25 years’ experience and research in capital markets, including work in investment banking and strategic planning with the ANZ Banking Group and funds management for an international investment management group. Mark holds qualifications in law, economics and accounting, and post-graduate qualifications in environmental science. After completing his Masters, Mark spent three years consulting in the areas of environmental risk analysis, environmental liability evaluation and resource valuation before starting the Sustainable Investment Research Institute. Mark was a founding member of the UNEP Australasian SRI Advisory Committee and a former Trustee of the OXFAM CAA Ethical Investment Trust.