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Directors

  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 

Matt is a photovoltaics research scientist at the University of NSW, with a background in electronics and over 30 publications and patents.

Matt has 20 years of experience in the solar industry, and has transferred technology to companies such as LG, Hyundai, SolarWorld, Suntech and Meyer Burger, among other companies in the USA, Europe, China and Korea.

Matt is the CEO and founder of BlueVolt, a company devoted to universal access to solar power and a balanced, renewables-focussed power grid. BlueVolt has raised over $300,000 in seed funding from 5 different investors.

He is also a travel author and environmental photographer utilising drones and land-based cameras, with the purpose of capturing the beauty and geometry of the earth’s surface, to promote their preservation and to draw attention to their plight.

Adventures include racing solar cars in the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide, photographing glacial retreat in Iceland, and the SolarTuk Expedition, in which a modified solar-electric tuk-tuk was driven up the east coast of Australia and then around the world.

Matt is also a committed family man and father, devoted to helping to preserve a better world for his children.