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 Ballina 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.
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.
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.
Marcus has delivered projects for state government departments, Royal Commissions and key projects supporting some of the world's largest corporations. More recently, Marcus has applied his knowledge as a specialist consultant to agencies such as Toyota Motor Corporation, The Australian Government Solicitor's Office, and many of Australia's fastest-growing companies.
Day to day, from his home town of Lennox Head in the Northern Rivers, Marcus focuses his time on solutions to support the team of one of Australia's most prominent, award-winning, digital agencies.
Marcus is passionate about outstanding customer service through technology solutions and is a lover of all things tech, particularly green energy production and electronic vehicles.
"Being part of the Enova Energy team is something I am very proud of. Keeping energy spending and its production local, we are able to support our local economy whilst encouraging a move to a distributed cleaner energy model. I look forward to my kids growing up to enjoy the future benefits of our work today in this space"
Monica is an advocate for impact and accepts board roles with organisations driving systems change to create inclusive, smart sustainable communities.
Karen was also on the Board of Directors for the Byron Community Primary School from 2018 through 2020, leading the school through a period of significant change.
Karen is excited to be working with Enova Community Energy and lives in Byron Bay with her family.
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
Phill has been with Enova for three years, and as CFO, oversees all aspects of finance and contributes to the strategic development of the business.
With experience in Finland, Germany and Australia, Virpi specialises in renewable energy generation, energy trading markets and risks, power purchase, sales pricing, implementation of new business, development of operational processes, interface management, team leadership and portfolio management.
Virpi has been with Enova since its inception and, as well as contributing to the strategicdevelopment of business, currently manages the retailing interface with the wholesale market and Enova’s risk management processes.
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.
Murray’s role at Enova is contributing to the strategic development of the business, and overseeing the marketing, sales and customer services teams to engage, attract and retain retail customers while building a strong Enova brand.
Head of Operations
Stacee’s role at Enova is focused at contributing to the strategic development of the business, overseeing efficient and compliant retail operations and operationalising new products, services, and market entries.
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.