Our board

Responsibilities

The highest decision-making body within MEFL is the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for ensuring good corporate governance and taking a strategic view to guide MEFL’s activities.

Selection process

Board members are nominated in different ways:

  • Moreland City Council has responsibility for nominating a Councillor and a Council officer to the Board.
  • The members of MEFL elect another member.
  • The CEO is a member of the Board.
  • The additional four positions are filled by the Board based on a skills and qualities-based selection process.

Constitution

MEFL is a company limited by guarantee, which means that the Company Constitution provides the rules under which the organisation must operate.

Download the constitution in PDF format

Current board members

Monique Conheady

Chair

Board member since: 2010

Monique Conheady is an experienced entrepreneur and marketer. She co-founded Flexicar, a car share business she sold to Hertz in 2010. Post the sale of Flexicar, Monique joined the Executive Management Team of Hertz Australia and New Zealand, leading the marketing department.

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Alison Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Board member since: 2016

Alison was formerly the Global Executive Director Sustainability for Fujitsu, where she created and implemented the global strategy for sustainability. Alison is a well-known public speaker, respected thought leader, and winner of the Business Leader of the Year by Climate Alliance in 2013.

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Rosemary Bissett

Board member

Board member since: 2002

Rosemary is the Head of Sustainability Governance and Risk at the National Australia Bank (NAB). Previous to her time at NAB, Rosemary spent two years at the Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria, as Board Secretary and part of the Executive team.

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Andrew Hewett

Board Member

Board member since: 2010

Andrew Hewett is a Brunswick resident and joined the MEFL Board in late 2010. . He worked at Oxfam Australia for nearly 22 years, including over 11 years as Executive Director (CEO).

Andrew has extensive international advocacy experience, was a member of the World Bank NGO Committee for four years and has participated in and observed numerous international conferences, including those of the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank. 

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Catherine Leslie

Community representative

Board member since: 2014

Catherine has lived in Moreland for over ten years, and resides in Pascoe Vale South. Catherine is a lawyer in the Civil Justice Access and Equity team at Victoria Legal Aid and advocates for the rights of disadvantaged clients from across Melbourne.

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Dale Martin

Moreland Council nominee

Dale Martin was elected Councillor in the City of Moreland in October 2016 and was nominated MEFL board member in November 2016.

Dale has held positions in a diverse range of roles and organisations in the energy and environmental advocacy sectors. His experience includes advisory and analyst positions working in the public sector and for the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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Dugald Murray

Board member

Board member since: 2016

Dugald is a Director at the Nous Group, a leading management consultancy for strategy, public policy, organisational capability, leadership development and digital transformation.

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James Scott

Moreland Council nominee

Board member since: 2011

James is the Director Corporate Services at Moreland City Council, responsible for Customer Service, Communications, Finance, Governance, Property and Information Technology.

He is a Chartered Accountant and worked for commercial organisations in the airline and financial consulting sectors for 12 years before joining Council in 2002.

Ian Thomas

Secretary

Company Secretary since: 2000

In a meeting room at the Brunswick Town Hall, on the morning of Monday 18 December 2000, the nominated directors held the first Board meeting of the company to be known as the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited. At that meeting Ian Thomas was appointed as company secretary and public officer of MEFL.

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