The Our Energy Future team is made up of staff who are all passionate about the energy transition to a zero carbon future for all communities. We come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of skills to the enterprise: engineering, art, education, business, community development, administration, town planning and even a former chef!
You can read more about each of our team members below.
Kate Nicolazzo, Manager
Kate joined Positive Charge in April 2016 and took over as manager in August 2016. Kate has overseen the roll out of the Our Energy Future program. Prior to joining Positive Charge Kate spent 15 years working across the community and private sectors in a variety of roles focused on health, climate change and sustainability. She was the CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation, General Manager for Sustainability and Innovation at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has also spent time managing her own consulting business – specialising in strategic planning and program development for organisations and individuals achieving great social and environmental outcomes.
Kate has also been Treasurer and Secretary for Beyond Zero Emissions and regularly mentors Fellows from the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
With three boys at home Kate also spends a lot of time kicking a football, reading books and building Lego! Contact Kate here.
Rob Kyle, Program Leader
Before joining Our Energy Future, Rob worked as a Business Development and Projects manager for a boutique solar company in Sydney.
Rob has, over the past year, developed a good understanding of solar, renewable energy and the Australian energy market.
Rob is also an experienced program coordinator from his time at the engineering consultancy AECOM, where he managed the delivery of a government funded neighbourhood planning program. He is absolutely thrilled to be working alongside MEFL and the SSROC to deliver Our Energy Future and is committed to helping Australia transition to a cleaner energy system.
Lucy Best, Communications and Community Engagement Lead
In her role at Our Energy Future Lucy delivers information workshops to many different groups, including council staff, the broader community, schools and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Lucy also develops and writes content for our website, eNews and other external documents.
Lucy has a background of community engagement in the arts and is still an active artist, writer and performer outside of her work as part of the Our Energy Future team. She has also worked as a teacher and event manager.
Greg Snelders, Technical Specialist & Project Lead
Greg has been a technical services specialist for MEFL since 2009. Prior to working at MEFL he worked extensively in the area of environmental auditing and completed formal ISO 14001 Environmental Auditor Certification training. Greg has been part of the Positive Charge and Our Energy Future teams since each program’s inception.
Greg has project managed some of our amazing programs, such as the award winning Darebin Solar $aver program and he is on hand to help with any technical questions you might have.
Greg is also an amazing cook and a proud father of three. Contact Greg here.
With a little help from our friends
The above make up the Our Energy Future team but we couldn’t do the work we do without a lot of help from our friends at MEFL and our amazing energy assessors.