Susan Jeanes is a partner at Jeanes Holland and Associates where our focus is on assisting companies and organisations that are developing and promoting the goals of sustainability, particularly in our emerging renewable energy sector.
Susan has worked closely with the Australian renewable energy and sustainability sectors for more than two decades, most recently in her roles as the Chief Executive of the Australian Geothermal Energy Association (AGEA) the national body representing the Australian geothermal energy industry and previously as the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Generators of Australia.
Prior to 2002, Susan had worked exclusively in the political arena as Adviser to former Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill on climate change, renewable energy and the urban environment and serving in the Federal Parliament as the Member for Kingston. She also worked as an Advisor to Coalition Shadow Ministers in a number of portfolio areas including the Environment prior to the election of the Howard Government in 1996.
Susan understands the political environment and its priorities and the need for governments of all persuasions to develop and focus on implementing a national interest view and to invest public funds prudently in line with this view.
Susan has tertiary qualifications in the areas of Australian politics, political theory and environmentalism and she produces occasional columns as a political commentator.
Susan is a Director of The Climate Institute and Chair of both the University of Adelaide's South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research and the Centre for Energy Technologies. She has previously served as a member of the CSIRO's Energy and Transport Sector Advisory Council and as a Director of the Institute of Minerals and Energy Resources at the University of Adelaide.
Susan is an active gardener, animal welfare supporter, writer and wine blogger.
Dave is an experienced CEO, company Director and industry advocate with more than 30 years experience in the technology and resource sectors.
Over the past 14 years Dave has focussed on growing the renewable energy sector in Australia. He was Managing Director of Solar Systems, spent several years as Deputy Chairman of Renewable Energy Generators Australia (REGA), an industry peak body; was a Government invited industry representative on the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate and accompanied Prime Minister Howard on a small "high level business mission" to India, along with a number of other Government and industry initiatives.
In addition to being a Principal of JHA, Dave is on the University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology's Advisory Board and is co-founder of the Australia Solar Group - a company developing large-scale solar technologies and projects. Dave has had extensive experience in working with Governments to gain support for individual projects and policy initiatives.
Dave was brought to Australia from New Zealand in 1986 by Hewlett-Packard to run its Federal Government operation and later established a leading specialist data communications company, which he sold after 8 years of operation. He has a track record in start-up businesses; Research and Development; exporting to Asia and the United States and raising capital from all areas of the funding chain. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dave lives in Southern Tasmania with his wife Linda where he enjoys sailing, the abundance of nature and some of those very fine cold-climate wines that Tasmania is famous for.