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. 

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett is an award winning registered landscape architect and urban designer with 20 years’ experience in cities, movement, places and green infrastructure.  He has helped shaped projects of all scales in both the private and public sector across Australia.  His focus is on shaping better cities through infrastructure, including leading roles on Melbourne’s Airport Rail Link, Sydney’s light rail, Canberra’s capital metro, Gallipoli Underpass (SA), Adelaide’s light rail expansion, the Seaford rail extension (SA), and the O'bahn City Access Project (SA).

Between 2014 and 2019 he was Associate Director of Strategy and Design at the City of Adelaide included development of the award winning Adelaide Design Manual, the city’s guide to creating great public spaces and streets; the Adelaide Park Lands Strategy and the Smart Move Transport Strategy.

Daniel is the State President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) South Australia, and Co-Chair of the National Advocacy Committee.  He also co-hosts Adelaide (un)Planned, a podcast with Planner Michael McKeown, discussing design and planning in Adelaide. Daniel will provide knowledge and expertise relating to planning, transport and infrastructure.

Michelle Edge

Michelle Edge was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions in April 2020. In this role Michelle guides strategic direction across the Department’s policies, programs and actions to support the State’s primary industries, agribusiness and regions to achieve the South Australian Government’s strong ‘Growth State’ plan for economic growth.

Michelle has been passionate about agriculture throughout her life and career, and holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Agricultural Science from University of Melbourne, where she commenced her career in animal science research.

Before joining PIRSA, Michelle held various senior roles in within Government, industry organisations and the private sector in areas of biosecurity, food safety, animal health and welfare, productivity, market access and commercial and industry development.  She will provide important input relating to agriculture and regional South Australia as well as state government.

Penny Schulz

Penny Schultz is a respected leader in the agricultural and livestock industries.  As well as co-owner and manager of the agricultural production and consultancy business, Schulz Livestock, she is the current Vice President of the Livestock SA Board and Vice-Chair of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation Board. 

Holding a number of scientific qualifications, Ms Schulz is also an educator and researcher and is currently completing a PhD research project to assess and support the uptake of technology to improve agricultural practices.  She will provide a valuable rural and agricultural perspective, as well as knowledge and experience within the scientific community. 

Professor Andrew Stock

Andrew Stock brings over 40 years’ experience as a senior executive and company director in energy businesses, spanning traditional energy suppliers, emerging energy technologies and renewables. During his career at Origin Energy, he oversaw the development of several billion dollar energy, gas power generation and renewable energy projects and technologies. He is a past Director of many ASX listed and unlisted energy companies and was a 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 previously on CSIRO and State Government Energy Advisory Committees. He is Enterprise Professor in the Engineering Faculty at the University of Melbourne, and chairs the Melbourne Energy Institute Advisory Board.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy with an honours Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has also completed postgraduate courses in Switzerland, and Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew provides valuable knowledge and input into energy and transport related climate change mitigation approaches. 

Vienna Tran

Vienna is the Council’s first youth member.  This appointment was an action originally flagged in Strong Futures: SA Youth Action Plan 2020-2022, which among other things, aims to provide young people with opportunities to influence policy and decision making.

Vienna is in her sixth year studying medicine at the University of Adelaide.  She is an active member of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), an organisation of medical professionals who focus on promoting good health through care of the environment including advocating for climate change action. She is also a high school tutor and public speaker specialising in youth engagement.  Ms Tran provides a valuable youth perspective and knowledge of the health related impacts of climate change.

Richard Turner

Richard Turner is a renowned Australian Entrepreneur, Leader and Innovator.  He currently holds the position of Industry Professor of Practice: Entrepreneur in Residence at UniSA.  He has founded four successful companies / organisations across four different industry sectors including ZEN Energy, which was recognised as the 4th fastest growing company in Australia in 2012. 

Richard is a specialist in re-invention and industry disruption, is passionate about sustainability and works to assist companies that are driving change for the better, believe in their purpose and add value to future generations. He will provide an important insight to engage with innovators and build our states clean technology industries as well as providing business and energy related expertise. 

Sandy Verschoor

As Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor has remained committed to progressing the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative.  She has enjoyed a long career in both public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State Government.

Sandy is a successful cultural strategist and has contributed to the success of Adelaide’s thriving arts and culture community for more than two decades, including having been CEO of the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, as well as producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

Sandy has a sound knowledge of climate change strategy, policy and programs. She also leads the City of Adelaide’s ambitious goal to make the City of Adelaide one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities, through Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative.

She provides valuable knowledge and understanding of the practical application of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions relating to the local government sector.  

Craig Wilkins

 Craig Wilkins is Chief Executive of the Conservation Council of South Australia (CCSA), leading and assisting community campaigns and movements for change.  His career spans almost 30 years, working in the areas of public health, social services, environmental change and politics with a variety of not for profit and government organisations.  He sits on a range of advisory boards and committees including the Adelaide Parklands Authority and the Grote Street Business Precinct.

Mr Wilkins provides valuable knowledge and understanding of the practical application of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions relating to environment and conservation as well as input relating to social justice.

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