Board of Directors
Enova is proud to have attracted such an accomplished team of directors who bring to Enova a wide range and depth of expertise across a number of areas including the energy industry, social enterprise, finance, marketing, law, governance and strategy.
This Board is charged with the responsibility of setting the strategy and ensuring compliance with corporate governance so that Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer successfully delivers on its promise to shareholders.
ALISON CROOK AO
Alison is also a past Australian Business Woman of the Year and Australian Business Leader (Professions). Alison and her family have a long history in the region originally from Grafton, and now in the Byron Shire.
Director and Deputy Chair
Following his studies at Sydney University, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws, he went on to complete a Masters of Comparative Law (Environmental Law) at George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. This was among the first environmental law masters degrees obtained by any Australian practitioner.
His extensive experience includes many years with large corporate transactions and large-scale urban infrastructure projects acting for both governmental and non-governmental clients. It also includes land use planning and environmental aspects, and greenhouse aspects, of large-scale power-plant and mining projects, and with land-decontamination projects acting for non-governmental clients.
John also has extensive experience in relation to strategic climate change issues including ‘carbon costs pass-through’, carbon capture and storage, joint venture structuring, registration and reporting obligations, and ‘carbon credit’ acquisitions.
His professional contributions include having been Secretary of the National Environmental Law Association of Australia; a member of the Executive Committee of the International Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Law; a member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority; and a member of the International Environmental Lawyers Network based in Washington DC.
John is a Life Patron of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). He is also a Director of the ACO Pty Ltd, the ACO Instrument Fund Pty Ltd, ACO(UK) Ltd and ACO(US) Inc. Until recently, he was a Director of Landcare CarbonSmart Limited, a Director of Flora and Fauna International (Australia) Pty Ltd and a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Foundation.
Following studies in economics and political science her career began as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley, in the USA, specialising in high technology finance. Following the earthquake in Nepal in 1988 she was part of the World Bank reconstruction project in Kathmandu.
He is also an Experienced Director having served on the Boards of organisations including: Nature Conservation Trust of NSW (Chairman/Director), Rainforest Rescue (Chairman/Director), and Bush Heritage Australia (Treasurer/Director) and Australian Ethical Investment Ltd (Director).
She has worked in both government and private enterprise in many industries including utilities.
Tracey has an MBA from the AGSM and her past roles include working as a lawyer with Allen Allen & Hemsley and as Head of Finance and Business Development for Diners Club Australia.
Tracey is currently director of her own consulting business and is also working on a start-up aimed at providing a community-based, cost-effective funding solution for SMEs needing growth capital. She lives in the Northern Rivers NSW and enjoys spending family time at the beach, skiing and travelling.
Ben is currently the Managing Director of Stone & Wood Brewing Co, one of Australia’s leading independent brewers and socially conscious businesses. Based in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood is a business committed to and deeply engaged in the local community.
He was a partner with Langes Lawyers (2003-2006) and a Director of Sydney Credit Union (2008-2011). He has a long standing commitment to micro-finance and is an ambassador for Good Return, a boutique NGO development agency.
Mark obtained an AFSL for energy sector company Energy Action in 2010 and joined the Enova team in 2016.DVC Monash University.
Felicity has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and environment fields, with a track record delivering innovation and high-performing projects to Australian businesses, energy utilities and government agencies.
Her expertise is in electricity markets, emerging energy technology, innovation, energy efficiency, renewables and carbon markets in Australia.
Former roles have included Operations Manager for Enova Energy, Commercial Manager at Jemena Gas Networks, Head of Retail Markets at Pooled Energy, Senior Product Manager at Australian Power & Gas, National Business Development Manager at Low Energy Supplies & Services (LESS) and Program Manager with the NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).
Felicity is a current Associate Director on the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and has held Board positions at the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors and LESS.
Phill Le Marinel
Chief Financial Officer
Returning to Byron Shire in 2018 with his family, Phill has joined the Enova team with a passion for community and the environment.
A volunteer with the Mullumbimby Rural Fire Brigade, Phill is also a qualified scuba diving instructor, and can often be seen flying hang gliders over the Cape Byron lighthouse.
Virpi’s role with Enova is to manage the retailing interface with the wholesale market, and ensure that Enova meets the compliance requirements in this industry.
Head of Retail Sales & Marketing
Murray brings experience in strategic planning, people management and commercial experience, having managed large-scale teams and sales revenues across a number of markets and segments.
He loves helping people to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, and as such finds the work of Enova Community very satisfying.
He was drawn to Enova’s vision of a world powered by sustainable, renewable energy, and guided by close community consultation & ownership.
Seb’s work background was initially as an archaeologist, highlighted by Mayan digs in Central America, and more recently as a Quality Assurance Manager (10+ years) for a local non-profit disability service.
I worked all my life as an electrical engineer designing, testing and reporting on electrical services in buildings.
That included designing in accord with requirements to meet Green Star Accreditation for buildings & fitouts. That doesn’t fully equip one to be an energy coach and much was learned during our Enova coach training, and there’s always more still to learn too.
I care about the future of the planet and all species including us. In my ideal world energy would 100% renewable, all transport electric or hydrogen powered, agriculture would be transformed, cows wouldn’t fart and we could direct some of our superannuation to provide funds to projects bringing this about.
Meanwhile back on earth, I am helping Enova Community to do its bit. I volunteer as an energy coach and conduct energy saving assessments, provide solar advice and attend events where the coaches provide face-to-face energy advice to attendees.
Our leaders are useless, so it’s up to us, working locally and individually; reducing our own GHG emissions (and saving on our energy bills), spreading the word to friends and neighbours, and telling our politicians what we need them to do.
It doesn’t have to be a chore; we don’t have to live like monks, just get off fossil fuels.
We’ve used solar energy since arriving in Australia long ago. Now with solar panels on the roof I get a good feel every time the sun shines, and with an added battery the good feeling lasts longer!
I had a long career at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, which became "CSL Limited", a large and very successful global business, during the time of my employment. Initially employed as a "biotech" scientist, I later became involved in systems and business development in the build-up to privatisation.
I support Enova because of the company's visionary approach to implementation of "green" energy and retention of profits in the local economy. I was an investor before I became a volunteer energy coach.
As an energy coach, I feel that I have a unique opportunity to make people aware of what they can do in their daily lives, to make our use of energy more economical, to access renewable energy directly, and to take advantage of pricing concessions and benefits wherever they can be found.