Industry Fellow Profiles
Jeremy Baker, Bakers Investment Group
Jeremy Baker, B.Com, Dip (FP), A.A.M.S. is the Executive Director, Operations for the Bakers Investment Group (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Jeremy possesses international experience having worked for leading American Investment Security firms AG Edwards and Sons Inc. and Fleet Bank Boston, working on economic research, company analysis, investment selection and financial structuring. Jeremy has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative fundamental and technical equity analysis, portfolio management and investment strategy holding licenses and operating on exchanges including the ASX and NYSE. Jeremy brings a blend of knowledge in both international and domestic financial markets and a strong desire to see the continued success of Australasia as a primary location of interest for international investment.
Nicole Buchanski, Santos
Nicole Buchanski is the Manager – Environment and Sustainability for the Santos GLNG project, she leads the corporate environment team charged with securing and implementing environmental approvals for the GLNG project.
Prior to this role Nicole worked in the coal sector as Manager – Corporate Sustainability for Ensham Resources where she lead the development of corporate policy on climate change, sustainability and environmental management as well as managing statutory obligations including, the energy efficiency opportunities program, the national greenhouse and energy reporting and greenhouse challenge plus.
In October-November 2009 she spent a month in the United States as an Australian participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program - a program conducted by the US Government to build linkages between the US and emerging leaders in other countries. The program focus was on clean energy and climate change policy.
Previously (2007-09) Nicole served as Senior Director - Policy Development, in the Queensland Office of Climate Change where she was principally responsible for the development of Queensland's climate change strategy and programs related to ClimateSmart 2050. She also managed the operations of the Premier’s Council on Climate Change and represented the Queensland Government on the Garnaut Review and Council of Australian Governments - climate change working groups.
Originally an environmental scientist with an MBA, Nicole had served for 15 years in the Environmental Protection Agency in key administrative, policy and sustainable industries roles where among other things she facilitated major industry partnerships with Qld Farmers Federation, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Australian Industry Group, Local Government Association of Queensland, and Qld Canegrowers and developed the ‘ecoBiz’ industry eco-efficiency program.
Michael Duggan, Ecospecifier Global
Michael is an experienced business leader and manager having, in the past, acted as the Managing Director of the FWR Group a sustainability consulting company that he co-founded as well as sales & marketing manager for a fast-growth, eco-housing company. At Ecospecifier Global Michael is responsible for strategic, human resource, financial and departmental management for all aspects of the company driving the growth and expansion of national and international teams. In addition, Michael acts as the GreenTag Program Manager overseeing the Ecospecifier Quality Management System (ISO9001), the progress of products under GreenTag™ Certification and development of new programs.
Michael is an experienced manager, consultant, trainer, and sustainability facilitator having managed a project team of professionals and worked directly with such companies as: Queensland Energy Resources, Canberra Land Development Agency, SALA Homes sustainable homes, ehabitat Sustainable homes, The Good Guys Electrical Retail Stores, QLD X-Ray, the PASK Group, Department of Infrastructure and Planning, QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management, The Hornery Institute, and the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES).
Michael is an experienced presenter and facilitator having undertaken numerous local and national seminars on sustainable business development, sustainability education, housing, communities and development. Events include: the World Education Fellowship Forum (2004), CONASTA52 (2005), Ecoshow (2006), the Greenbuild and Renewable Energy Expo (2007), ENSI International Research Seminar and Executive Committee Meeting (Switzerland, 2008), Australian Green Development Forum Annual Forum (2008),Central Queensland Carbon Forums (2009/2010), AGDF Positive Communities Forum (Facilitator, 2010), and Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (USQ) Business Seminars, 2010. Michael’s is committed to accelerating sustainable development, and facilitating its uptake into the mainstream through strategic business management and sustainability learning.
Rod Glass, Sustainable Corporate Solutions
Rod is the founder and CEO of Sustainable Corporate Solutions. With a background in science, accounting and business strategic planning, he has worked extensively with business and government over a thirty year period in the fields of environmental science and climate change. Over the past fifteen years, Rod has worked on numerous climate related projects both within Australia and overseas. These projects range from NGER Act and Smart Energy Savings Programs, Climate Smart Business Clusters and ecoBiz programs to the negotiation of international climate change programs in PNG, Cyprus, China, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Within Sustainable Corporate Solutions, Rod is the lead facilitator for the workshop program and is the major driver for our carbon offset development program in Australia and the Pacific.
Barton Green, Three Plus Marketing and Communications
Barton has 30 years' media, marketing and business experience. As a government specialist, he has provided strategic government liaison services to the development industry, local government, the resources industry and environmental technology industry for more than 15 years.
Over the past decade, Barton has provided business development and strategic planning advice to some of Queensland's leading legal, construction, property development and engineering firms. His experience in developing communications and marketing strategies ranges from product roll-outs to broader brand awareness and promotion.
He is a former Ministerial Adviser to the Minister for Environment and Heritage in the Queensland Goss Government, former Press Secretary to the President of the Queensland Teachers' Union and former Queensland Branch Secretary of the Australian Journalists' Association. He has an intricate understanding of the media having worked as a print journalist, media trainer, journalism tutor and guest lecturer at several Queensland universities.
Barton is a Director of QEnergy, the Chairman of Business South Bank and the President of the Government Relations Professionals Association. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Qld) Inc, former Deputy Chairman and Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, and former Deputy Chair and Director of Queensland Theatre Company. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2010, Barton was made an Industry Fellow of the University of Southern Queensland’s Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development for his “esteemed contribution to advancing the cause of sustainable development and wider understanding and application of strategies for business sustainability”.
In 2003, Barton was awarded the Centenary Medal for "distinguished service to conservation and the environment".
Don Parry, Queensland Complete Printing
Don has been responsible for strategic planning at Queensland Complete Printing Services and has co-ordinated the sustainability planning for this business to where it was awarded the 2007 and 2008 Queensland Printing Industry's Environmental Management Awards and the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Industries 2009 Westpac Corporate Sustainability Award.
Mike Sewell, Market Gap Investments
Mike Sewell is a Director of Market Gap Investments Pty Ltd with interests in helping growing companies transition through second stage growth. Mike is also the current chair of CPA’s Centre of Excellence Environment, Social and Governance, and a presenter with The Climate Project.
Mike’s formative background in financial services sparked a strong interest in the SME sector. He has successfully grown a number of SMEs in diverse industries, including metering, printing, direct marketing and medical research. In leading these businesses, he has developed a passion to ensure that business positively contributes to the environment and communities in which they operate.
Mike regularly speaks on business issues and helps businesses achieve their organisational goals while understanding and minimising their environmental impact. Mike is a member of the Melbourne Angels (investing in seed and start-up companies), a former president of CPA Australia Victorian division, and a director of several SMEs.
Fiona Waterhouse, Utilitas Pty Ltd
Fiona Waterhouse is a well known Cleantech market innovator with a deep and broad network across industry, government and academia spanning science, engineering, waste, water, wastewater, renewable energy, biorefining, bioplastics, biofuel, financial markets and regional development.
In 2010 Fiona established Utilitas Pty Ltd, a specialist BioEnergy asset development company to originate, manage and finance 20MW of bioelectricity capacity by 2020. Actively in the biogas market since 2008 Fiona seed funded an Australian packaged biogas plant innovation, the BioBowser® and lead the development of the technology and the business. She secured early stage funding and established local manufacturing, secured two demonstration projects currently underway in Australia and established a local and international distribution and servicing network.
In 2007 Fiona helped emerging capital markets group Financial and Energy Exchange (FEX) to establish its carbon and environmental arm. Fiona also helped FEX with the establishment of their Sustainability Investment Market Venture Securities Exchange (SIM VSE) the world’s first Cleantech themed equity market board announced to the market in the presence of former US Vice President Al Gore.
Fiona was recently appointed to the Commonwealth Government’s the Clean Technology Innovation Centre Advisory Committee. She is on the Board of EcoFund Pty Ltd, an initiative of the Queensland Government to channel investment into protecting our natural assets and expanding protected areas in Queensland. Fiona volunteers on the management committee of Noosa District Landcare and was a Director in the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency between 2000 and 2003.