ARENA’s Board is a skills-based, decision making board.
It sets ARENA’s investment strategies and priorities, oversees the running of the organisation, and approves funding for projects up to $50 million. The Minister responsible for ARENA approves funding over $50 million, while the ARENA CEO approves funding that is less than $500,000.
The Board has up to seven members, one of which is the Secretary of the Department responsible for the agency. The responsible Minister appoints the other Board members.
Appointed members of the Board must have experience or knowledge in renewable energy technology, commercialisation, business investment or corporate governance. This ensures expert administration of ARENA’s funds.
Mr Martijn Wilder AM (Chair)
Start date: April 2016
Martijn Wilder is head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice specialising in climate change law, international carbon and broader environmental markets, climate and conservation finance and conservation projects. He is also Chair of the Baker & McKenzie Law for Development Initiative. Martijn’s other roles include Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University and Affiliate, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, at the University of Cambridge.
In addition to being Chair of ARENA, Martijn is a Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, WWF (Australia) and the Climate Council. He also holds advisory roles as Chair of the NSW Climate Change Council and Governing Board Member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, and is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Martijn is also Deputy Chair of the Private Sector Roundtable of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan.
Martijn chaired the Independent Review Committee of the Victorian Climate Change Act, was formerly Chairman of Low Carbon Australia and for many years chaired TRAFFIC (Oceania).
He has written widely, especially on climate change law, environmental law and Antarctica. In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his “service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community”.
Martijn holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney, LLB Honours from the Australian National University, LLM from the University of Cambridge and studied at the Hague Academy Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Maria Atkinson AM
Start date: April 2016
Maria Atkinson is a sustainability strategist with extensive experience in governance, strategy, organisational and market transformation, business development and stakeholder engagement. As Director of Maria Atkinson Consultancy Pty Ltd, she helps clients ranging from governments to non-government organisations and research institutions to articulate and deliver sustainability outcomes for projects or organisations.
On top of her consultancy services, Maria sits on a number of boards such The Ethics Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. She was a previous Chair of the UN Environment Program Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative in 2010 and 2011, and a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Construction in 2008 and 2009.
In 2012 Maria was honoured to be awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for “service to the construction and real estate sector, particularly as a leader and contributor to environmentally sustainable building development in Australia”.
Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM
Start date: October 2015
Gordon de Brouwer has been portfolio Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy since September 2013 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s environment, heritage, energy and climate policy. He leads a department of around two thousand staff, including operations in Antarctica and key national parks.
He has 30 years’ experience in public policy. At the time of his appointment, Gordon was Associate Secretary in the Domestic Policy Group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, having worked on domestic and international economic, financial, industry, natural resource management and climate change policy in various positions from July 2008 to September 2013. He was Prime Minister Gillard’s G20 sherpa and supported Australia’s prime ministers at the eight G20 summits before Australia’s host year.
Gordon has worked at the Treasury (1987, 2003-08), Australian National University (2000-03), Reserve Bank of Australia (1991-99) and Westpac Bank in Tokyo (1989-90). At Treasury he worked on budget policy, led the G20 and APEC Secretariat during Australia’s host years of the finance ministers process, and domestic and international macroeconomic forecasting and policy.
Gordon was Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU, working on Asian economies, macroeconomics, international finance, regionalism and international institutions. He worked in both Economic Group and Markets Group at the RBA, on macroeconomic modelling, monetary policy, international finance and the Asian financial crisis. He was a credit analyst at the Tokyo Branch of Westpac Bank in the late 1980s.
Gordon has a doctorate in economics from the ANU and first-class honours bachelor and master degrees in economics from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded Monbusho and Japan Foundation scholarships for study in Japan in 1987-89 and 1994. He received a Public Service Medal in 2011 for outstanding public service in the development of international economic policy and the G20. In 2013 Gordon was awarded the Knight in the Légion d’honneur by the President of the French Republic for G20 and public service.
Ms Susan Jeanes
Start date: April 2016
Susan Jeanes is a Principal at Jeanes Holland and Associates, which assists companies that are developing and promoting the goals of sustainability, particularly in emerging renewable energy sector.
She has worked closely with the Australian renewable energy and sustainability sectors for more than two decades, most recently in her roles as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Geothermal Energy Association, the national body representing the Australian geothermal energy industry, and previously as the Chief Executive Officer of the Renewable Energy Generators Australia.
Susan is a Director of The Climate Institute, and Chair of the South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research and the Centre for Energy Technology. Prior to 2002, she worked exclusively in the political area as Advisor to the former Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill on climate change, renewable energy and the urban environment, and serving the Federal Parliament as the Member for Kingston. Susan has tertiary qualifications in politics and environmental studies.
Mr Jonathan Jutsen
Start date: April 2016
Jonathan Jutsen is Chair of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE), a not-for-profit organisation committed to making Australia an energy productive country, and is leading the program to double Australia’s energy productivity (2xEP). A2SE also has an active energy productivity innovation initiative, and runs the annual Summer Study on Energy Productivity. Jonathan is also a steering committee member of the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity.
He has been a leading figure in Australia and internationally in the energy and carbon management field for over three decades. In 1984 he founded Energetics, a leading consulting company on greenhouse gas mitigation and energy management, which he recently left after 32 years.
Jonathan has tertiary qualifications in chemical engineering and energy technology. He has been selected as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia by IEAust.
Ms Meg McDonald
Start date: April 2016
Meg McDonald has career experience at senior levels in business and government across the fields of energy and environment.
From 2013 to 2015 she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Previously, from 2010 to 2013, Meg was CEO of Low Carbon Australia Limited (LCAL), leading the organisation’s development of innovative financial solutions for energy efficiency and investment partnerships for financing projects deploying low emissions technologies. Over three years, LCAL financed more than $80 million in projects valued at over $270 million. LCAL merged with the CEFC in 2013.
From 2002 to 2010, Meg held roles with the global resources and manufacturing corporation, Alcoa. Initially this was as General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Alcoa in Australia, and later as Director, Global Issues, Alcoa Inc. in New York and as global President of Alcoa Foundation, where she pioneered innovative sustainability partnerships and worked with business development teams, helping develop and deliver major international growth projects. The Foundation was one of the largest US corporate foundations, managing a fund with assets of over US$500 million and which made annual grants up to US$50 million across 24 countries in environment, sustainability and social projects.
While a member of the Australian Public Service from 1978 to 2002, Meg had roles across a variety of portfolios, including transport, aviation, finance and foreign affairs and trade (DFAT). With DFAT (1987-2002), she served as a senior Australian diplomat, including in Geneva, as Assistant Secretary, Environment and Antarctic Branch, (responsible for Australia’s international environment treaty negotiations, and the Antarctic treaties) and in the Australian Embassy in Washington as Australia’s Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States.
As Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment from 1997 to 1998, Meg was Australia’s lead negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol and played a key role in shaping those negotiations and other environment treaties.
Meg holds an Honours Degree in Applied Science from the University of NSW and has served on boards and a variety of advisory bodies in Australia and the United States.
Dr Katherine Woodthorpe
Start date: April 2016
Katherine Woodthorpe is an experienced non-executive Director, serving for over 19 years on boards ranging from ASX-listed companies to research institutions and government entities. She currently serves on nine boards, is an adviser to others and is a Council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Katherine was Chief Executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Ltd (AVCAL) between 2006 and 2013. Prior to AVCAL, she held a broad range of management and board positions, both in Australia and overseas.
Katherine has a deep understanding of the private equity and venture capital industries as well as the superannuation industry in the financial sector. She also has a strong track record in a broad range of technology-orientated industries including mining and healthcare.
Katherine has been cited in various media as one of Australia’s most influential people in innovation.