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Council members can be appointed from a range of sectors, including state and local government, the business community, the environmental and conservation sector, the scientific community, and other sectors of the State’s community more generally.

Bruce Carter (Chair)

Bruce has spent over 30 years in corporate recovery and insolvency and currently works as a consultant with Ferrier Hodgson in Adelaide. He has conducted work for all of the major financial institutions within Australia and has been involved in a number of government appointed restructurings, consultancies and reviews. 

Bruce is chair of ASC Pty Ltd (Australian Submarine Corporation), deputy chair of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and a director of the Bank of Queensland Ltd. He is a director/chair of a number of other private companies and government bodies and was formerly the chair of the South Australian Economic Development Board as well as member of the Executive Committee of Cabinet. 

Bruce holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Company Directors.

Ann Ferguson OAM

Mayor Ann Ferguson was born and raised on Kangaroo Island but has lived in Mount Barker since 1964 where she trained as a nurse. She is a passionate member of her community and currently holds the position of Mayor of Mount Barker.

Her career has included a significant amount of civic service and professional associations including serving on the Royal Australian Nurses Federation; Nurses Board of SA; Chief of Mt Barker Caledonian Society; Police Credit Union (Board Member); Regional Community Consultative Council; Adelaide Hills Area Health Advisory Council; Adelaide Hills Climate Change Group; National Rail Freight Committee; Local Government Association (State Executive member); Southern and Hills Local Government Association; Australian China Friendship Society (Vice Chairperson); Regional Development Australia – Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island Board (Chairperson).  She is also a Life Member of the Mount Barker Show Society.

Nicole Halsey

Nicole is a Director of URPS, an Adelaide and Melbourne based urban and regional planning firm with specialities in climate change adaptation, natural resources management planning, and innovative community engagement practice. 

Nicole has played a leadership or specialist role in numerous regional and sector based climate change adaptation planning processes around the state. In particular, Nicole's work involves designing and delivering stakeholder driven integrated vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans, and implementing processes that engage communities in conversations around adaptation and resilience.

John O’Brien

John O’Brien is the founder of Australian CleanTech, a research and advisory firm that assists companies, investors and governments to drive cleantech industry growth in Australia and across Asia. With engineering degrees from Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Adelaide University, John has specialised in building connections between people, technology, finance and government to drive economically and environmentally beneficial solutions. John is an experienced director having served on the boards of public, private and not-for-profit companies. He is also a current member of the ARENA Technical Advisory Panel.

Australian CleanTech manages the Australian CleanTech Cluster, the Australian CleanTech Network and the Australian Technologies Competition that finds and mentors Australia's best emerging technology companies.

In 2015, John launched the global VISIONS 2100 Project at the COP21 Conference in Paris. The project seeks to recalibrate environmental communications to engage more effectively with the wider community.

Jenny Paradiso

Jenny is Managing Director and co-Founder of Suntrix, a national solar PV company with its Head Office based in Adelaide.  Suntrix provides design, supply and installation services in solar PV, battery storage, solar/energy monitoring and floating solar.  Solutions are offered to residential, commercial and government clients, helping them reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their electricity consumption. 

Jenny is a board member of the Clean Energy Council (CEC), a member of the CEC PV Leadership Committee and a member of the SAPN Renewables Reference Group. 

Jenny was awarded the South Australian and overall Australian Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

Joseph Scales

Joseph has been the elected Secretary of the Australian Services Union - SA & NT Branch (ASU) since 2013. The ASU brings together thousands of workers in a range of industries, including energy, social and community services, local government, airlines, legal and administrative work. As a major energy industry union, the ASU has been campaigning for a Just Transition for workers in high-carbon energy generation and the communities reliant upon these industries, as we work to meet the challenges of climate change. At the same time, the ASU also represents workers in the environmental sector – bringing these different perspectives together has been a key priority of the ASU. Under Joseph’s leadership, the ASU has taken on these challenges from workplaces through to sub-national, national and international forums.

Joseph is also a Non-Executive Director of Statewide Super, having previously been a Board Member of the Electricity Industry Superannuation Scheme. He sits on the National Executive of the ASU, the Executive of SA Unions and Council of Unions NT, the Australian Council of Trade Unions Climate Action Group, and is a member of the Local Government Income Protection Fund Overview Committee.

Andrew Stock

Andrew Stock brings over 40 years experience in senior executive roles in energy businesses, spanning traditional energy suppliers, emerging energy technologies and renewables. During his career, he oversaw development of several billion dollar energy projects including 3000 MW of gas and renewable power generation. He is a present and past Director of listed and unlisted energy companies and a past foundation Board Member of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

He is a Councillor with the Climate Council, was founding National President of the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (now Clean Energy Council) and has served on CSIRO and State Government Energy Advisory Committees. He also chairs energy and resources advisory boards at Melbourne and Adelaide Universities.

With an honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Andrew has completed postgraduate courses at IMD, Switzerland, and the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sandra Verschoor

Sandy is passionate about Adelaide’s ongoing journey to become a magnet city.  Having worked in the city for more than 20 years in senior leadership roles, she is a successful activation and cultural strategist and has fostered, promoted and developed some of Adelaide’s rich cultural experiences including the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Film Festival and the Adelaide Fringe.

In each workplace she has driven and/or overseen ‘green’ strategies for control of waste streams, water and energy consumption and the use of alternate energies. She has a keen and demonstrated interest and passion for sustainable practices which address climate change issues.

As the former General Manager, City Culture and Community Services for the City of Adelaide, she delivered several multimillion dollar projects including the City Library and the Aquatic Centre which included a co-generation project which demonstrated better energy management practices and supported environmental sustainability.

Key expertise and skills include: Leadership and management; Strategic planning; Strategic Communications; Financial and Risk management; and Cultural Activation.

Craig Wilkins

Craig has worked in the areas of public health, social services, environmental change and politics for the last 25 years in a variety of not for profit and government organisations, as well as in Parliament House.

For the last 3 years he has been the Chief Executive of the state's peak environment body, the Conservation Council of SA. As well as chairing the SA Nature Alliance, Craig is active on a range of working groups and committees, including the Grote Street Business Precinct and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Collective. Craig is a passionate believer in collective altruism - the act of people generously working together on behalf of others and the planet we call home.

Cecilia Woolford

Cecilia brings to the Council, high level experience of both corporate and government organisational change. As Chair and board member of a number statutory and non-government boards at the state and national level, her ability to lead organisations though substantial change whilst retaining sustainability is nationally recognised. Cecilia also manages Hillridge Stud, located near Kimba in the State’s mid-north.

She is a Founding member and CEO of EPICAA and chair of the Outback Adaptation Committee and the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) which has responsibility for governing over 625,000 square kilometres or about 63% of the State, including 28 townships and settlements, and leadership of the Leigh Creek transition.

In 2016 Cecilia was awarded the inaugural SA Climate Change Leaders Award (Individual) for her work in Climate Change Adaptation across SA and nationally, particularly for her work in developing an internationally recognised approach to Adaptation decision making and community engagement.

Her current and previous leadership positions include; Chairing SA’s NRM Council Volunteers Committee, chair of the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board, board member of the National Maritime Museum, the National Business Arts Foundation, the 2000 Paralympics Science Conference organising committee, of Greening Australia (also president of Greening Australia SA), of Spencer Gulf Economic Development Initiative (University of Adelaide) and Sailability Australia. She is Co-Convenor of the Igniting Kimba Arts Programme: Silo Painting.  Cecilia has published 2 books and raced in most ocean races around the world including 6 “Hobarts”.

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