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Your Enova Team

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Located at our locally based office in Byron Bay, Enova Energy is led by CEO Felicity Stening. Felicity is supported by a team of people with diverse energy experience, each of whom share a passion for rapid transition to a renewable energy future.

When you call us, you’ll speak to one of our highly trained Energy Consultants. Energy can be a complex area, but our team can help guide you to find the most suitable energy plan for your circumstances. 

Everybody’s different, and we know there’s no ‘one-size fits all solution,’ so we have developed a range of energy plan options for residential premises and small business.

Enova Community is the not-for-profit arm of Enova Community Energy, also located at the Byron Bay headquarters. Enova Community runs energy efficiency, community and social benefit projects and programs.

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 is an experienced company director (17 boards including IBM Aust, LendLease Corp Financial Services, St James Ethics Centre). Previous positions include: State Librarian NSW, Director General State & Regional Development (NSW), Exec. Dir. Ops Serco Asia Pacific, and DVC Monash University.

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

John, based in the Northern Rivers, is a Consultant in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sydney office where he was a partner for 20 years. He established the firm’s National Environmental Group in 1989 and led it for many years. John is recognised as a leading environmental law practitioner with extensive experience in all the legal aspects of land-use planning, pollution control and contaminated land, and in the field of climate-change law.

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.



Renowned resilience and digital transformation strategist, Mara is President of the Australian Conservation Foundation. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Boards of Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Australian Ethical Investments, and Enova Energy.

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.



Robert played a pioneering role in development of the socially responsible investment industry in Australia and has extensive finance and managerial experience across a range of businesses including accounting and property investment, community and environmental activities.

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).
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Tracey Sandeman has over 25 years business experience in a number of corporate and advisory capacities across law, strategy, business development consulting and finance.

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 an experienced commercial leader having spent over 20 years in food & beverage both in Australia and in Asia. He brings extensive marketing, strategy and general management experience to the

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.



Steve Harris has over 40 years’ experience across many sectors of the energy industry. Previously with management experience in Origin Energy and Powercor. His experience in strategic marketing resulted in the establishment of several successful partnerships and acquisitions together with managing these relationships during the process.

Steve headed up Origin’s Environmental Markets team which established Australia’s first and most successful GreenPower program with over 500,000 customers. During his career, Steve developed a strong passion for environmental issues and a desire to help tackle climate change.

Steve was one of Enova’s co-founders and the company’s first CEO from Nov 2014 to July 2016.


Company Secretary

Mark Swivel is an experienced lawyer and company Director. He studied at Sydney University and has worked in Australia and the UK in senior roles in both law and finance. He currently has his own legal and consulting business. Admitted to practice in 1995 Mark has mainly worked in financial services law.

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.

Management Team

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Felicity Stening


We are dedicated to the evolution of the energy industry: to unearthing good ideas, encouraging ingenuity, harnessing appropriate technologies, providing avenues for local employment, and to increasing our knowledge about renewable energies, for the benefit of the whole community.

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

Phill Le Marinel

Chief Financial Officer

Phill is a CPA qualified accountant with 20 years’ experience in senior accounting roles. Phill ran a local business consulting practice working with start-ups & small-medium businesses before moving to Sydney in 2008 to work as a CFO in the hospitality sector.

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.
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Virpi Barrett

Trading Manager

Virpi is an experienced manager with more than 10 years’ experience working in management and coordination roles with energy consultancy and trading companies in Finland, Germany and Australia. 

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.
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Murray Eivers

Head of Retail Sales & Marketing

Murray has recently joined Enova Energy and brings more than 20 years of consumer sales and marketing leadership experience (primarily senior roles in the energy industry, including with some of the country’s largest energy retailers – Energy Australia and Country Energy).

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.

Bec Talbot

Enova Community Manager

Bec recently joined Enova bringing over 12 years of experience in community development projects, sustainability education and campaigning. Bec brings expertise in project management and community engagement, embedding a holistic approach to sustainability in all aspects of her work.





Seb lives in the Byron Shire and has been volunteering for Enova since 2017: conducting and coordinating home energy assessments and developing useful energy efficiency tools and guides. 

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.

Anne Caruana


I’m from Ocean Shores and have been retired and living in the far north coast for almost 4 years. I have solar PV and am an Enova customer, volunteer and minor shareholder.

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.



I’ve been a sailor, an IT worker, a psychologist and now I’m retired. Now what concerns me is ‘what sort of world’ are we leaving my grand-children.

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 live in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. I have lived there since early 2016. Before that I lived in Victoria.

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.