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Renew Staff & Board

Meet the Renew team dedicated to creating healthy and resilient communities.
Donna Luckman

Donna Luckman

CEO
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Donna Luckman

CEO
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Donna has 20 years’ experience working for government, the not-for-profit sector and research organisations. She specialises in leading teams and developing innovative strategies to enact change, from large international programs to local community initiatives. Donna has extensive networks in the sustainability sector, is a director of Embark and on the steering committee of the Coalition for Community Energy. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University.
Don Batson

Don Batson

COO
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Don Batson

COO
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Don came to Renew 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 Renew’s regulatory compliance and keeps its operations in working order. He has a passion for sustainability, an interest in electric cars, and enjoys the fruits of his recently renovated energy-efficient home.
Damien Moyse

Damien Moyse

Policy and Research Manager
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Damien Moyse

Policy and Research Manager
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Damien is responsible for Renew’s advocacy, policy and advice and work in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand management, water conservation and efficient transport. Damien also oversees research and consulting projects with project partners and external clients. He has qualifications in urban and regional planning and environmental management, and has worked for government and the private sector.
Katy Daily

Katy Daily

Marketing Manager
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Katy Daily

Marketing Manager
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Katy Daily is Renew’s Marketing Manager. She has almost 20 years experience working for environmental not-for-profit organisations, six of which have been with Renew. Her responsibilities include managing the marketing and communications for Renew and Renew/Sanctuary magazines and managing the events team. Before coming to Renew Katy was Political Director at an organisation in Portland, OR.
Robyn Deed

Robyn Deed

Managing Editor, Renew magazine
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Robyn Deed

Managing Editor, Renew magazine
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Robyn Deed has been managing editor of Renew: Technology for a Sustainable Future since 2012. She previously worked as an editor at educational publisher Cengage Learning and as editor of Victorian Writer magazine. Holding 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.
Kulja Coulston

Kulja Coulston

Managing Editor, Sanctuary magazine
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Kulja Coulston

Managing Editor, Sanctuary magazine
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Kulja is a journalist, broadcaster and passionate advocate for improved building quality. She sits on several advisory boards including the Building Designers Association of Victoria's Energy & Sustainability Hub, and at Triple R community radio where she presents a weekly current affairs program. Kulja is an experienced communications adviser and former Renew magazine editor. She spent almost a decade at the ABC in Melbourne and Darwin, and at Victoria University where she held a digital media role.
Lance Turner

Lance Turner

Technical Editor, Renew magazine
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Lance Turner

Technical Editor, Renew magazine
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Lance is technical editor of Renew: Technology for a Sustainable Future, and Sanctuary: modern green homes, Australia’s leading magazines on renewable energy and sustainable living. He has worked for Renew for nearly 30 years and been involved in publications, IT and the organisation’s original website. He has a strong interest in all things related to sustainable technology.
Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Fundraising Manager
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Chris Turner

Fundraising Manager
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Chris moved to Australia in 2012 from the USA where he worked as a fundraiser specialising in capital campaigns and stewardship. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Business and Communities. Chris is responsible for a range of activities including philanthropy, corporate partnerships and innovative approaches to generating support for Renew. He is passionate about working towards accessible and universal sustainable living in Australia.
Mohit Gulati

Mohit Gulati

Advertising Manager
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Mohit Gulati

Advertising Manager
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As advertising manager, Mohit is a part of the communications team. He is responsible for maintaining relationships with advertising customers and developing collaboration for Renew's initiatives. Mohit has eight years of sales and marketing experience of both traditional and digital advertising.
Sasha Shtargot

Sasha Shtargot

Media and Online Content Manager
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Sasha Shtargot

Media and Online Content Manager
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Sasha is responsible for the Renew website content, as well as promotion of the organisation 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 Renew.
Anna Cumming

Anna Cumming

Communications Project Manager
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Anna Cumming

Communications Project Manager
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Anna has been in communications at Renew since 2010, as a member of the production team for Renew and Sanctuary magazines. She is currently associate editor for Sanctuary. As communications project manager she has been responsible for various projects, including 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.
Jodi Rashbrook

Jodi Rashbrook

Events Manager
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Jodi Rashbrook

Events Manager
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Jodi moved to Melbourne from Perth where she worked as a building designer and office manager for Solar Dwellings. She is the co-founder of SCOOP Foundation Australia a not for profit that supports schools in India and Cambodia where she has volunteered. Her current responsibilities include organising and running events such as Sustainable House Day and Speed Date a Sustainability Expert.
Dean Lombard

Dean Lombard

Senior Energy Analyst
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Dean Lombard

Senior Energy Analyst
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Dean is responsible for policy analysis and advocacy in national and state energy markets, with an emphasis on making the energy system work better for residential consumers while also reducing its environmental impact. He's passionate about ensuring that no-one is left behind as we transition to a clean energy future. Qualified as a social worker, Dean worked in several community development roles followed by a decade in energy policy advocacy for the Victorian Council of Social Service before joining Renew in 2016.
Andrew Reddaway

Andrew Reddaway

Energy Analyst
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Andrew Reddaway

Energy Analyst
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Andrew is skilled at explaining energy-related issues and helping people reduce their bills. He has given expert advice on sustainability in magazines and on radio, including doing talkback on the ABC. Andrew designed and developed Renew’s free Sunulator program, used in several research and consulting projects. Prior to joining Renew in 2013, he worked at the Australian Energy Market Operator where he developed the organisation’s first forecast of rooftop solar generation for the National Electricity Market. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering.
Keiran Price

Keiran Price

Energy Analyst
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Keiran Price

Energy Analyst
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Keiran is an energy analyst with Renew who has worked on numerous projects assessing the benefits of solar installations for residents, businesses and local governments. Prior to joining the organisation, Keiran lived in London and worked at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets and the UK Energy Market Regulator. Before moving to London he was a political staffer in South Australia, a position which inspired his passion for policies that support renewable energy and sustainability.
Jodie Meehan

Jodie Meehan

Administration Manager
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Jodie Meehan

Administration Manager
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Jodie oversees the work of Renew’s administration team with responsibilities include handling memberships and subscriptions, reception, and supporting the communications and finance teams. After finishing a nursing degree at Deakin University and before joining Renew in 2003, she worked for many years with a theatre in education collective performing shows in schools across Victoria. She is constantly inspired by the passion and vigour of Renew members.
Sophie Liu

Sophie Liu

Administration Officer
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Sophie Liu

Administration Officer
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Sophie has been part of Renew’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 members and volunteers. She is committed to sustainability in her own life and sharing ideas and connections throughout the Renew community and wider public.
Olivia Wykes

Olivia Wykes

Administration Officer
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Olivia Wykes

Administration Officer
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Olivia has been part of Renew on and off since 1999. Formerly advertising manager for ReNew and Sanctuary magazines, she also co-ordinated one-day workshops and Renew’s presence at events including sending the mobile trailer the ‘Solar Shuttle’ out to schools. She loves engaging with Renew members and volunteers and supporting people to implement sustainable changes in their homes.
Gemma Helms

Gemma Helms

Administration Officer
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Gemma Helms

Administration Officer
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Gemma Helms is part of the hard-working admin team at Renew. She is a keen musician and cat lover.
Doug Rolfe

Doug Rolfe

Branches Co-ordinator
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Doug Rolfe

Branches Co-ordinator
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Doug is responsible for assisting Renew branches across the country. He has a history of involvement in grassroots environmental groups including the Transition Town movement, and a passion for building electric vehicles and sustainable agriculture. He has qualifications in science, technology, education and renewable energy.
Jessamie Yule

Jessamie Yule

Online and Research Assistant
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Jessamie Yule

Online and Research Assistant
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In 2017 Jessamie joined Renew to roll out their new brand, website and community portal. She is inspired by the renew team and passionate about education in passive design, strengthening the relationship between the natural and built environment and social change for low-impact living. A civil engineering graduate, Jessamie works across several fields and is completing a masters degree in energy efficient and sustainable building design.
Stella Hughes

Stella Hughes

Accountant
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Stella Hughes

Accountant
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Stella is responsible for supporting the COO by contributing to the effective financial management of the organisation. Stella is a CPA with qualifications in commerce, information systems and psychology. She has extensive prior experience in financial systems implementation, accounting and analytical roles. Stella enjoys working for an organisation that makes such a positive and important contribution to the world.
Harry Andrews

Harry Andrews

International Projects Manager
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Harry Andrews

International Projects Manager
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Harry has a background in environmental management and renewable energy. He manages Renew’s projects in East Timor and Indigenous communities in Australia. Prior to Renew, Harry worked with both small and large renewable energy organisations in Australia, the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, including establishing a social enterprise that has reached millions of people with solar-powered lighting.
Jacinta Cleary

Jacinta Cleary

Ebooks and Project Editor
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Jacinta Cleary

Ebooks and Project Editor
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Jacinta is responsible for Renew’s collection of specialist publications such as the Solar Electricity booklet, Efficient Hot Water booklet and the Renters Guide to Sustainable Living, along with Renew’s ebooks on sustainability and efficiency topics for householders. She’s a past editor of Renew magazine (2007-2012), and enjoys using her publications, writing and editing experience to help others make a difference in the home.
Helen Millicer

Helen Millicer

President
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Helen Millicer

President
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Helen has more than 20 years’ experience on boards and in senior roles and consulting in environment and sustainability. Consulting clients include the Australian and state/territory governments, peak industry bodies and private companies. She is also currently the recycling industry strategy manager for the Vinyl Council of Australia and a member of the Expert Panel for the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund. Helen has a BA, Post-Grad Diploma in Business Management and Certificate in Carbon Accounting and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was appointed to the Renew Board in 2013 and became president in 2015.
Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson

Secretary
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Russell Anderson

Secretary
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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. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia and currently serves as a director of Melbourne Water. Russell is actively involved in ensuring sustainability principles are adopted in corporate governance frameworks in the public and private sectors. Russell was appointed to the Renew Board in 2013.
John Bailey

John Bailey

Vice President
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John Bailey

Vice President
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John has proven experience in senior management in Australia and overseas. He has strong understanding of strategic management, problem solving, financial analysis and team building. John is currently an executive officer in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and prior to this position was the managing director of Standard and Poor’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. 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 Renew Board in October 2012.
Louisa Scott

Louisa Scott

Treasurer
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Louisa Scott

Treasurer
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Louisa is currently Senior Finance Manager, Strategic Treasury at Tabcorp Holdings. She 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 holds a Certificate in Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). Louisa joined the Renew Board in 2016.
Gerlinde Scholz

Gerlinde Scholz

Strategy & Business Development Committee Chair
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Gerlinde Scholz

Strategy & Business Development Committee Chair
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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 Renew Board in 2015.
Grant Downie

Grant Downie

Board Member
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Grant Downie

Board Member
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Grant has served as a director with private companies and not-for-profit organisations for more than 10 years and is a graduate member at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Following a diverse executive career, now as an owner and principal of his own companies, he brings a practical mix of strategy, governance, technology and operations to his board roles. Renew appealed to Grant as a well-established, expert voice with strong advocacy and programs that address sustainable living in these times of significant climate and environmental change. Grant joined the Renew Board in 2015 and has served on the strategy and finance sub-committees.
Simon Molesworth

Simon Molesworth

Board Member
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Simon Molesworth

Board Member
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Simon is a judge on the Land & Environment Court of NSW. He has been a barrister for 34 years, with 23 of those years as a Queens Counsel. Recognised internationally as a leader in environmental law, his prior positions have included being a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University’s Institute for Social & Environmental Sustainability. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner. In 2012 Simon 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 joined the Renew Board in 2016.
Dominique La Fontaine

Dominique La Fontaine

Board Member
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Dominique La Fontaine

Board Member
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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.
Tristy Fairfield

Tristy Fairfield

Board Member
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Tristy Fairfield

Board Member
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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.
Mark Bytheway

Mark Bytheway

Board Member
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Mark Bytheway

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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.
Caroline Pidcock

Caroline Pidcock

Board Member
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Caroline Pidcock

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Caroline Pidcock was born in Grafton NSW and raised in Sydney. She is passionate about the importance of architecture and integrative design, and how they can contribute to a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative future. Her interest and experience in sustainable built environments has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a diverse range of professional, academic and community commitments. In 2014, Caroline was recognised by the International Living Future Institute as a Living Building Hero and in 2011 was awarded the Marian Mahony Griffin Award in recognition of her contribution to architecture in NSW.