Governance

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

SolarShare’s constitution can be downloaded here.

Specific share class rules can be downloaded here

The SolarShare board of directors has the following members.

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.

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 Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy, 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.

Dan Carton

Dan has extensive experience in investment management, utilities, residential property and funds management. He currently works at a Commonwealth government agency in a senior management role responsible for portfolio management, investment sales, and investor relations. Dan also holds the role of Chief Economist. With tertiary qualifications in commerce and economics, Dan’s governance experience includes a not-for-profit board in the arts sector, an advisory role in funds management education, and as a Responsible Manager on multiple Australian Financial Services Licences.

Julie Chater

Julie 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. Prior to this she had 12 years corporate management experience in a large public corporation She 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 and co-president of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Association.

Since 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, addressing community groups and contributing to Climate Conversations Canberra. She is a volunteer with the Mt Taylor park care group and Greening Australia. She has been Board Secretary of SolarShare since January 2016.

Julie holds a B Comm (Economics) from UNSW, a BA (Hons) from La Trobe University and a Masters of Environment Law, from the Australian National University.