Board and Management

    The SolarShare board of directors has the following members
 

Mr. Nicolas Fejer

BEng (Hons), BSc, MAIPM, GAICD

Chair (since August 2017) 

Non-Executive Director (since July 2014) 

 

Nicolas Fejer is a business leader with extensive experience gained working for or with engineering, financial and large corporate firms. He specialises in technology and high performance teams. Nicolas runs the Enakt Group, which provides professional services in theareas of program and project management and processes.

Previously, Nicolas was a public servant, working in program management. Before his time with the Australian Government, he was a founding member of start-up Spark Solar.

Nicolas’ extensive corporate experience includes senior management positions at Siemens and Bosch, where he held positions in business development and manager of project management.

 
 

 

Ms. Marea Fatseas

MBA, MA (Asian Studies), BSc (Hons), Dip. Humanities   Non-Executive Director (since January 2017)  
Marea has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience in Australia and internationally in strategy development, program management and advising on large-scale collaborations. She is the owner-director of consultancy company Ideas Connect. Marea is highly active in community and residents’ groups in the inner south of Canberra, including as Deputy Chair of the Inner South Canberra Community Council, and formerly as President of the Yarralumla Residents Association. She cofounded climateXchange, an online sustainability forum for Canberra and surrounding region.                                    
   
 

David brings two decades of experience as a Research Analyst and top-quartile Portfolio Manager, having specialised in utilities, infrastructure and energy. In particular, he has become a leader in Australian energy networks. David has undertaken research and analysis of Renewable Energy companies, along the supply chain and across developed/developing countries. He brings technical skills in accounting, valuation, finance and investment to the SolarShare board. David is passionate about promoting Sustainable Finance and contributing to the energy transition (from fossil fuels to renewables). He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2003, and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (having completed the Company Directors Course in June 2019). David has previously volunteered with CanTeen, Wayside Chapel and the ACT Wilderness Society.

   

Mr. David Maywald

GAICD, CFA, B Commerce ANU (Hons) and B Economics ANU

Non-Executive Director (since July 2019)

 
 
 

Dr. Neil Thompson

GAICD MIMC, PhD, MBA and BEng Queensland University of Technology   Non-Executive Director (since December 2021)   
Neil has over three decades of experience guiding clean technology deployment strategy for high performance Boards as a highly qualified, results-oriented Executive Director with repeated success across the communications, automotive, property, power generation and industrial sectors throughout the APAC, EU and North/Latin American regions. Neil has proven expertise in business strategy development and is adept at forging highly functional business partnerships that support business development whilst increasing company revenues and profits.   Having developed one of Australia’s largest embedded network providers to the strata property sector, Neil sold this to help fund local and international research into integrated energy and transport systems for the provision of low-cost, zero carbon power and share-transport services for multi-residential communities. Neil currently holds pro-bono roles at QUT and ANU furthering development of clean technologies efficiencies and policy whilst also serving on Boards in the hydrogen technology and strategic business planning sectors.   He is passionate about the democratisation and decarbonisation of energy systems in Australia and is supporting the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Climate Governance Initiative via the development of Director Professional Development training modules on cost-effective pathways to net zero in conjunction with the UN’s Race to Zero campaign.    
 
Gina is dedicated to contributing to a sustainable and climate just world and incredibly excited to join the SolarShare Board. Gina currently works as a Project Manager for Neoen and is a post-graduate research candidate in renewable energy law at University of Sydney. Gina is passionate about empowering communities, and has been on the Board of Mental Illness Education ACT since 2019. Gina has taken AICD in board governance and formerly sat on the Board of YWCA Canberra, Plan International Australia and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Australia. A proud Canberran, Gina spends her spare time immersed in Canberra’s beautiful nature reserves.

Ms.  Gina Zheng

BA, LLB ANU  Non-Executive Director (since November 2021)
 
 

Mr Eshan Ahuja

MIEAust, Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Masters in Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change ANU Non-Executive Director (since December 2021)
Eshan Ahuja brings a decade of experience working within the public and private sector in Australia and internationally as an engineer, project and program manager and special subject-matter adviser in the field of Sustainability and Energy. He has expertise in designing and implementing policies and programs for the Net Zero emissions pathways and transition. Eshan completed a Master of Energy Change (Advanced) through Australian National University, specialising in policy and governance aspects of energy change. Eshan holds a honorary unpaid Board Director role in SolarShare Community Energy Ltd. He is passionate about shaping long-term strategies for energy investment attraction.
 
Ross MacDiarmid  was  the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint for 10.5 years up until the 4th December 2020. Mr MacDiarmid has extensive private sector experience in manufacturing and marketing as well as a background in tourism and business development. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Dyesol Australia Pty Ltd  a solar technology company,  was CEO of Australia Capital Tourism, now Visit  Canberra  and prior to moving back to the Canberra region in the year 2000 was General Manager of Lockwood Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading supplier of locks and door furniture, based in Melbourne. Prior to leading Lockwood Ross was a senior executive within the ARC Division of the Smorgon’s Group, also based in Melbourne. Mr MacDiarmid is now  the Acting  Executive Director of the Mint Directors Conference  (the International association of  47 Mints) and in April 2018 was appointed the Chair of the Regional Development Australia (ACT) Committee. He holds a Master’s Degree from ANU, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Accounting and is a Graduate of the AICD. Ross was born in Queanbeyan and is a passionate advocate for not just the ACT but also the greater Capital region.

Mr Ross McDiarmid

AICD, MoM ANU, GradDip Business Management, Swinburne University of Technology, BA (Acc) University of Canberra, Non-Executive Director (since December 2021) 
 

Ms.  Julie Chater

B Comm (Economics) UNSW, BA (Hons), La Trobe University, M Environment Law, ANU Appointed Company Secretary (since February 2017)  
Julie Chater has 20 years’ experience in international negotiations, foreign and trade policy development, and financial and strategic management in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before this, she worked for 12 years in corporate management for a large public corporation. Julie has been a member of the Board of Governors, Australian International School Hong Kong, vice-president of the state branch of a large public sector union. Since her retirement Julie has devoted her energy to public education on issues relating to climate change policy, conducting several climate change and renewable-energy related courses through the University of the Third Age. She is a volunteer with the Mount Taylor Park Care Group and Women’s Captain at the Federal Golf Club. In 2019 Julie was a recipient of an ACT government award to participate in the Audrey Fagan Directorship Program at the AICD. She holds no paid management or employee roles in SolarShare Community Energy Ltd.