Premier’s Climate Change Council members

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.

Martin Haese (Chair)

Martin Haese is an entrepreneur, educator, public figure and strong advocate for Adelaide’s standing as one of the world’s most liveable cities. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Business SA, Chamber of Commerce and Industry South Australia.

In 2014, Martin was elected as the 78th Lord Mayor of Adelaide and held that position until November 2018. As Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin drove strong sustainability and technology agendas culminating in Carbon Neutral Adelaide 2025, Ten Gigabit Adelaide (one of the world’s fastest fibre optic data networks) and many Smart City initiatives.

He was a guest speaker at the Paris COP21 in December 2015 and continues to advocate that addressing climate change is both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. As a musician, he widely promotes Adelaide as a UNESCO City of Music.

As a former retail entrepreneur, Martin built and sold a national retail chain prior to becoming the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority. He also holds an MBA and was a guest lecturer for universities and colleges across Australia for several years. 

Mayor Ann Ferguson

Ann 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 specialties 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.

Paul Heithersay

Dr Heithersay leads the SA Government’s Department for Energy and Mining. The Department brings together the resources, energy and renewables divisions responsible for managing and regulating the State's mineral, gas, petroleum and energy sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia. 

Over the past 16 years, Paul has held a number of senior SA Government positions.  Before joining the Public Service, he spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China working for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.

Dr Heithersay has been awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the growth and development of the mineral resources sector in South Australia as well as the prestigious Legend in Mining award for his role in guiding the State’s transformation into a major destination for investment in mineral resources and energy. He was also appointed as the 2014 International Exchange Lecturer by the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). 

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.

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.

Lord Mayor 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. Her contribution to creating a progressive, dynamic, sustainable and smart city is set to continue following her appointment as Lord Mayor of Adelaide in 2018.

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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