Cristina Talacko - Chairperson
Cristina Talacko was born in Brazil and has a corporate legal background having graduated with an LLB - Bachelor of Law from the University of London and a Graduate Diploma on Corporate Law and Governance from the University of Sydney.
Cristina has more than 15 years’ experience in executive boards and management of not-for-profit associations. She is a director on the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW, Vice President of the Australia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, former Vice Chair of the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and former Board director of the DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) .
Cristina is an entrepreneur having founded SalDoce Fine Foods, manufacturing allergen sensitive food products to Australia and export markets, and was the winner of the NSW Export Awards in 2016 and 2018. She is a co-owner of the organic foods retail chain Naked Foods.
Cristina is on the board of the charitable organisation One Meal assisting the homeless around Sydney, she is a benefactor of the Art Gallery of NSW and has recently completed the Executive Program Women & Power at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Cristina is passionate about the environment, female empowerment and diversity. She is the treasurer of the NSW Liberals Women’s Council.
David Nixon - Director
David is a Company Director, Board & Executive Advisor, Strategic Planning and Facilitator. David has 30 years’ experience across multinationals, utilities, councils and small business in numerous roles including director, board advisor, chief executive, chief operating officer, consultant and business advisor.
David has or continues to hold roles with KBR Ltd, Seqwater, Brisbane City Council, MidCoast County Council, ConnectiX Technologies, Expert Water Matters and HydroSun. David current sits on the Audit & Governance Committee of the NSW Liberals.
David holds a Masters of Business Administration & Master of Environmental Business Management from Newcastle University, A Bachelors of Engineering Science from UTS and Strategic Leadership from Oxford University.
Bradley McHugh - Director
Bradley is a Corporate Advisor with over 5 years’ experience consulting on large scale utilities, regulated and politically affected infrastructure projects. Bradley has previously worked for Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu in the Infrastructure Advisory & Contestability practice in Sydney.
Currently, Bradley works for Crosby Textor Group as a specialist Advisor on Major Projects and Government Partnerships, assisting clients with both established and nascent infrastructure opportunities domestically and abroad.
Bradley is also an appointed Young Ambassador and Member of the Young Ambassadors Board for the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney.
Patrice Pandeleos - Director
Patrice has over 15 years’ experience working in some of Australia’s highest profile media organisations including Channel 7, SCA, ARN, News Digital, Naked, MediaCom, OMD WA and Carat and worked with leading brands such as Canon, McDonalds, Expedia, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Disney, Fairfax, NBC Universal, NSW and WA Government and XXXX (Lion Nathan), LotteryWest and Perth Racing.
Highly experienced and passionate about integrated communications campaigns, she’s worked within the integration team at Channel Seven and on award-winning campaigns such as ‘Canon Shine’ which won a bronze Cannes Lion.
At Carat, Patrice led the Expedia account including the ‘Where’s Your Somewhere’ media campaign, an Australian Media First OOH campaign and Expedia’s first 100% mobile campaign.
In 2016, Patrice joined Kite and instantly added value to the PR team for her expertise across paid media, strategy and planning. Having started her career as a journalist, Patrice has a natural ability to craft story angles that will resonate with media and achieve real results for clients.
Patrice has a solid understanding of the political landscape having campaigned to win the seats of Sydney and Heffron in two state elections for the Liberal Party.
Joel Schubert - Director
Joel is a member of the State Executive of the NSW Young Liberals. He was an advisor to Hon. Don Harwin MLC, President of the Legislative Council. He is currently Policy Officer at Local Government Professionals Australia, where he is responsible for strengthening Local Government Professionals Australia NSW’s advocacy expertise, voice and related communications to support the growth of the organisation’s membership, engagement strategies and member network content. The role is also to improve the organisations presence and influence with key government and non-government stakeholders.
Joel has strong networks within the Liberal party, in particular amongst government advisors and the Young Liberal movement.
Dr Matt Edwards - Director
Dr. Matt Edwards is a photovoltaics (solar power) research scientist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, with a background in electronics and over 30 publications and patents. He is also a travel author and environmental photographer utilising drones and land-based cameras, with the purpose of his art to capture the beauty and geometry associated with the features of earth’s surface, to stimulate childlike fascination with them, to promote their preservation and to draw attention to their plight.
Matt achieved his electrical engineering degree in 2001 and his PhD in photovoltaics in 2008. In 2012 Matt started the website www.lostscientist.com to showcase his photography and travel stories and advice. The site grew to host over 1000 unique visitors per day. In 2016, inspired by the technological and photographic possibilities, Matt started experimenting with the flying of drones. He soon found that his photography took on a new aspect, with the order and symmetry of the earth’s surface a new subject for him. Buoyed by his love of nature and concern for the environment, along with his captivating artwork, his Instagram channel took off and now has over 7000 followers.
In 2017, Matt travelled to Nepal with a group of students to undertake community rebuilding following the earthquake and to assess possibilities for help from solar generation. Matt documented the trip with his drones and cameras. This was followed up with a trip to Iceland the same year to document glacier retreat from above. In 2018, Matt was an engineer, photographer and videographer on the SolarTuk expedition, driving a modified solar-electric tuk-tuk from Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef to draw attention to electric vehicles and climate change. Matt’s expertise was showcased both in the vehicle technology but also in the documentary that followed.
Matt’s recent efforts to date have seen him growing a startup company, BlueVolt, to provide solar power to apartments and developing countries to help combat the climate crisis. The company was accepted as one of the first cohort in the acceleration program at EnergyLab in Sydney, and in 2018 raised over $300,000 in seed capital from a variety of investors in order to complete its product development. The company is now in a marketing promotional phase with Matt providing videos, blogs and information on the state of the solar industry and its benefits to the world to the public.
Matt is also a committed family man and father, devoted to helping to preserve a better world for his children.