Governance

The Board’s Terms of Reference can be found here.

SolarShare’s constitution can be downloaded here.

The SolarShare board of directors has the following members.

Brian Acworth

Brian has enjoyed a range of senior positions in his career and has considerable board, governance, private enterprise, business and Government experience. Brian was the head of Government business for Westpac Institutional Bank from 1996 to 2011. He has previously been Chairman for Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC), a Director at John James Memorial Hospital and a Director at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. His current positions include Chairman of the Finance committee, University of Canberra, Director of Goodwin Retirement Homes Ltd and Director at the John James Hospital Foundation.

Brian has long been recognised for his energy, ability to generate business, integrity and personal, government and business networks in the ACT and Queensland. He has been awarded the Order of Australia for contribution to community and business development and has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the ACT.

Nick Fejer

Nick brings a complementary set of skills to SolarShare. His knowledge of renewables and the energy segment arose from being a member of the founding group of Spark Solar – the company operated in solar R&D, manufacturing and projects for photovoltaics in Australia.

He also brings experience in program delivery, introducing new projects and products to the market, process re-engineering and change management. He has a particular focus on technical and business development with previous positions such as Manager of Project Management and Business Development at Siemens VDO Australia and Project Manager at Robert Bosch.

His history in delivery of tight timeline projects and large business acquisitions as well as financial experience bring significant technical rigour to the SolarShare governance group.

Nick lives with his young family in Canberra and current works in the Federal Government.

Dr Michelle McCann

Michelle has worked in solar energy since 1996. She is currently a consultant to the PV industry and CEO and Director of PV Lab Australia, a specialised test laboratory with a focus on quality assurance and risk evaluation for PV modules and components. Michelle has also been the CEO and one of the founders of Spark Solar Australia, an Australian company seed-funded by a group of German experts in the photovoltaic field with the mission of raising funds to establish a PV manufacturing company in Australia. Prior to this, she worked in the photovoltaic group at the University of Konstanz in Germany, where she was group leader of the novel devices group. She has a PhD from the photovoltaic group at the Australian National University. Michelle has twice held a world record for high efficiency solar cells.

Hugh Chalmers

Hugh practised as a corporate lawyer in Sydney and overseas and was the managing partner of a Sydney commercial law firm before moving to Canberra in 2002.

He was a corporate and commercial partner in Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, heading the Employment Workplace Relations and Safety Team and lead partner of the firm’s For Purpose practice for 10 years until he retired from the firm in June 2015. Hugh now enjoys working with organisations of any size or structure, which have, as part of their culture, achieving positive social outcomes.

He has experience on several boards and Government and private sector advisory committees. These include being a foundation director and company secretary of Canberra’s first Bendigo Community Bank (now Molongolo Financial Services Ltd) and is currently Chair of the ACT Inclusion Council, Chair of the OzHelp Foundation (addressing men’s mental health), Deputy Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber Social Enterprise Task Force and member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee of UN Women.

He also works closely with the CBR Innovation Network and is a mentor in the Griffin Accelerator, focusing on social innovation and seeking innovative approaches to addressing community issues.

Marea Fatseas

Marea Fatseas is owner-director of consultancy company Ideas Connect. She has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Australia and internationally in strategy development, program management and advising on large-scale collaborations. Marea is also a co-founder and director of not-for-profit company climateXchange, which runs an online sustainability forum for Canberra and region.

Lawrence McIntosh

Lawrence is a founding member of the ACT’s first formal jointly owned solar farm located in Kambah. He currently works part time a the institute for sustainable futures at the University of Technology Sydney and has previously consulted to the renewable energy industry with clients such as Canadian Solar and ActewAGL. During his previous stint with Armada Solar he project managed several solar installations that were, at the time, the largest in the ACT.

Lawrence’s other business pursuits include PV Lab Australia, a solar panel quality laboratory located at the Australian National University.

Robert Henman

Robert’s career has seen him work in banking, private and public entities, both at a state and Federal level. He has spent many years in treasury and risk related roles and has experience in setting up a managed investment scheme. Qualifications include being a CPA and GAICD.

Carlo Botto

Carlo Botto has extensive energy industry experience, having worked in various roles in the energy supply industry in Australia and North America over almost 35 years.  These roles have included senior executive positions responsible for wholesale trading, retail marketing, corporate strategy, risk management and regulatory/corporate affairs.

Carlo is currently a non-executive director of BlueNRGY, a listed renewable energy data monitoring company and a member of the ACT Government’s Business Advisory Board for its Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund. Carlo was previously a senior executive in TRUenergy (now Energy Australia). These roles covered functional areas responsible for Strategy, Risk Management, Wholesale/Trading, Retail and Government & Regulatory Affairs.

Prior to this, senior executive roles included Head of Risk Management & Trading at InterGen, Director of Asset Trading & Operations for PG&E’s National Energy Group based in Bethesda, Maryland USA and as General Manager, Trading & Pricing for Ergon Energy, a Queensland based electricity retailer. Originally from an electrical engineering background, Carlo gained significant operational experience while working at Snowy Hydro in various technical, production and commercial roles.