Cristina Talacko

Chairperson

Cristina has more than 15 years of experience in executive boards and management of not-for-profit associations. She is a director on the board of the Export Council of Australia, DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations and Multicultural NSW. She is also a director on various energy & renewables boards such as the Advisory Committee of Endeavour Energy, the Advisory Board of Viridios Capital, an asset management and advisor on sustainable development assets and she is a director of the think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions. She is Vice President of NSW Women’s Council and Secretary of the NSW Energy and Environment Policy Branch. Cristina is an entrepreneur having founded SalDoce Fine Foods, manufacturing allergen sensitive foods to Australia and export markets and was the winner of the NSW Export Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the 2019 NSW Small Business Award. She is one of the owners of the organic foods retail stores Naked Foods. Cristina is on the board of the charitable organisation One Meal - It Makes a Difference, 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. She is passionate about the environment, female empowerment and diversity 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. 


Dr. Matt Edwards

Vice Chair

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 a founder and a director of BlueVolt, a company devoted to urban access to solar power and a balanced, renewables-focussed power grid. BlueVolt has attracted investment from seven 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.


David Nixon

Treasurer

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 currently 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.


Hon. Larry Anthony

NSW DIRECTOR

Larry Anthony is the former Federal President of the Australian National Party a nd founding Director of the Government Relations and Media Advisory, SAS Group. Prior to his commercial career, he was a Federal Minister, serving in the Howard Government. He held numerous Ministries in the areas of Social Security, including Children and Youth Affairs, Community Services, and was Assistant Minister for Trade.


Tamahra Kierath

WA Director

Tamahra Kierath has been a lawyer for 15 years, working across private practice, government and the resources industry. After holding legal and commercial roles across BHP, South32 and Fortescue Metals Group, in 2019 Tamahra saw the future need to decarbonise heavy industry and transitioned from mining to renewables by joining the Hydrogen team at Fortescue Future Industries. Tamahra is passionate about the creation of a carbon neutral alternative to fossil fuels that is economically viable to facilitate the global energy transition. Tamahra is a member of the Liberal Party and was chosen as one of the party’s Emergent Women in 2020. In addition to her work in hydrogen, Tamahra volunteers at Perth Children’s Hospital and is a Surf Lifesaver. Tamahra obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland in 2005 and will complete her MBA from UWA in 2021.


Belinda Basil-Jones

Strategy & Operations Manager

Belinda’s career began in the corporate sector, where she worked in a range of marketing roles at Qantas. She has also worked extensively in the advertising industry, managing campaigns for iconic brands such as Bonds, Qantas, Gatorade and Bundaberg Rum.

In 2018, Belinda moved into the NFP sector, managing corporate and major donor partnerships at one of Australia’s leading brain research institutes, NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) .

At Coalition for Conservation, Belinda works closely with the CEO to develop strategic plans, formulate fundraising proposals, create and implement communications plans and manage events.