The Team

The experience, skills and networks of our team are an essential asset in creating SolarShare.

This page contains information on SolarShare’s project team.If you would like information on SolarShare’s directors please follow this link to our Governance page

Project Coordinators

Lawrence McIntosh

Project Leader

Lawrence is a founding member of SolarShare and leads the project team.

In previous experiences Lawrence was involved in creating the ACT’s first formal jointly owned solar farm located in Kambah. He also project managed several solar installations that were, at the time, the largest in the ACT during a role at Armada Solar.

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

David Southgate

Project Development Coordinator

Dave spent 30 years as an environmental specialist in both State and Federal Public Services. He has a strong interest in sustainable transport and worked for more than 20 years with the Federal Transport Department. A long time cyclist he is now fascinated by the advent of electric vehicles.

He owns an electric car (Nissan Leaf), and an e‑bike, and is excited by how the widespread adoption of solar energy is providing a platform for society to move toward carbon free land transport. He is particularly interested in the role emerging battery technologies will play in the energy transition now taking place around the world – he hopes to soon add battery storage to his home solar system.

Tom Campbell

Project Development Coordinator

Tom has recently relocated to Canberra after a brief stint in the UK with the ‘The Climate Group’ where he was involved in the analysis of ‘low carbon’ investments by some of the world’s largest companies. He has a background in Project Management and Infrastructure Planning with experience in the aviation and construction industries. Tom has developed a keen interest in the commercial opportunities associated with the transition to a low carbon economy. Tom currently works for a local Project Management consultancy and is looking forward to contributing to the local community through SolarShare./p>

Clare de Castella

Communications

Clare has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications, most recently with a leading solar panel manufacturer, and now with the Climate Change Institute / Energy Change Institute at ANU.    She has a History degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in Environmental Management from UNSW.      She has recently moved to Canberra with her husband and three young boys and is excited about helping launch community solar into the ACT.

Steve O’Connor

Community Outreach

In addition to being a doting father and busy IT professional, Steve O’Connor has been trained by Al Gore to be a leader with the Climate Reality Project and has written several articles about climate change that have been published on The Drum (ABC), Crikey and most recently New Matilda.

Last year, Steve was a field co-ordinator for the Say Yes campaign, organising a climate change community forum at ANU with speakers representing viewpoints from youth, economics and climate science. Previously, Steve was a contributor at Skeptical Science, which won the 2011 Eureka Prize for advancement of climate science knowledge.

Natalie Bragg

Policy Coordinator

Natalie is a mechanical engineer with 5 years experience in the ACT construction and renewable energy industries. Through this experience she has worked on a number of different projects including green building design, solar power installations as well as energy planning and management. She is passionate about sustainable design and its integration into different aspects of our lives.

Project Advisors

Ben Elliston

Policy Advisor

Ben is a SEE-Change member and PhD candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales. He studies grid integration issues for large-scale solar generators in Australia. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) from the University of Canberra and a Master of Engineering from the ANU. He is actively involved with the ACT branch of the Australian Solar Council and is an advocacy team member of Pedal Power.

Peter Campbell

Project Advisor

Peter is a biochemist who owns a PV system from the first SEE-Change bulk buy and drives a home-converted electric car using GreenPower. He coordinated a project for a large strata title townhouse development where he lives. The project involved installing a communally owned PV system that generates energy to light their common areas.

SEE-Change Project Support and Management

Mark Spain

SEE-Change Chair

Mark is a senior partner at Global Learning, a Canberra based consulting firm that works around Australia building dynamic and authentic leaders and teams in business, government and community organisations. His work is focused on transforming Business, Society, and Self toward building collective capacity for deep innovation. Mark is also an advocate of building a new regenerative economy and enjoys the rewards of being a volunteer in the Canberra and local regional community to co-create sustainable system-wide solutions in energy, water, food, security, health, education and good living. He is the chair of SEE Change, vice-president of the Canberra City Farm, a member of the ANU Dialogue Centre group and a steward of Way of Nature Australia.

Mark grew up in the Snowy Mountains and loves expeditions and experiences in nature. He hosts workshops and learning experiences to strengthen the links between indigenous wisdom, current science, environmental sustainability, social justice and human wellbeing in our modern culture.

 

Previous contributors

SolarShare could not be possible without the huge effort put in by some fantastic past contributors including:

  • Amanda Shashall
  • Victoria Till
  • Bob Douglass
  • Charlotte Wood
  • Amy Tielu
  • Bill Gresham
  • Erin Stonestreet
  • Michael Furey
  • Julia McDonald
  • Nicky Mofatt
  • Vanessa Moriss
  • Paul MaGarey
  • Alexandra Auhl
  • Catherine Burkitt
  • Nicholas Engerer
  • Bethany Thompson
  • Anne Clarke
  • Evan Beaver
  • Carly Ambler
  • Clare Paynter
  • Lily Dempster
  • Marea Fatseas