Established as an advisory body to the Minister for the Environment and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), the Council provides independent, expert insight on climate change-related issues.
Its members, who are drawn from sectors including business, industry, science and research, environment, and regional communities, meet regularly to advise on the NSW Government's response to climate change.
Martijn Wilder, Chairperson
Partner – Baker & McKenzie
Martijn is regarded as a pioneer in the development of the legal mechanisms and regulations underpinning international carbon and environmental markets.
He is chairman of Low Carbon Australia, a board member of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, on the governing board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), a director and governor of WW and a director of the Climate Council. He is also a committee member of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels.
Martijn is also a professor of climate change law at the Australian National University and an affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge). In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Australia in recognition for 'service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community'.
In 2013, Lawyers Weekly magazine named him ‘Law Firm Partner of the Year’ as head of global environmental markets at Baker & McKenzie. Martijn has completed honours degrees in economics (Sydney) and law (Australian National University) and was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. He obtained a master of law (LLM) degree from Cambridge University and is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.
Director – XO and Maria Atkinson Consultancy
Maria also holds several non-executive directorships and advisory board memberships, including of the Global Foundation, St James Ethics Centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, UTS Business School and the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. She is an ambassador for 1 Million Women.
A former global head of sustainability for Lend Lease Corporation, Maria was also the founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, overseeing the launch of the Green Star environmental-rating system for buildings and an education program for building practitioners and policymakers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science (environmental biology) and, in 2009, received the UTS Alumni Award for Excellence.
In January 2012, Maria was awarded the Order of Australia (General Division) for service to environmental sustainability in construction and real estate. She is director of both the Maria Atkinson Consultancy, which advises private and public sector clients, and XO, an angel investment business.
Chair – Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Greg studied chemistry at the University of Western Australia under a scholarship from the BP Refinery in Kwinana. After graduating with honours in 1971, he performed research into refinery processes before joining BP Exploration as a drilling engineer in Abu Dhabi, and later the UK, Middle East, US, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia.
Seconded to the UK prime minister's policy unit at 10 Downing Street in 1988, he was special adviser on energy and transport before returning to Australia in October 1992 to take charge of BP Exploration's activities on Australia’s North West Shelf and in Papua New Guinea. After working overseas again as director of BP Scotland and then regional director – Latin America (based in Caracas), he became regional president – BP Australasia in January 1999. He retired in September 2003.
Greg was appointed CEO WWF-Australia in October 2004, a position he held until June 2010, and he was a non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy (ASX: CWE) until May 2012. He was appointed chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in July 2012, is on the BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility, and serves on a number of commonwealth and state advisory groups involved primarily with climate change, energy and sustainability.
CEO – The Climate Institute
John initially trained as a lawyer and worked as a judge’s research assistant in the Land and Environment Court of NSW before joining World Vision, where he co-convened the Make Poverty History campaign.
Since becoming CEO of the Climate Institute in March 2007 he has overseen a series of climate change reports, including on an economic model for reducing emissions while maintaining economic growth; up-to-date evidence on Australia's greenhouse pollution profile; and an analysis of community opinions on climate change.
Board member – Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Diana is a consultant economist with expertise in both resource and environmental economics. As well as being a partner in a mixed-farming enterprise, she consults with regional communities and industries on development planning and sits on the board of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
Diana is also a director of the Riverina Wool Growers group. She has previously served as chair of the NSW Regional Communities Consultative Council, as a director of the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation, and as the independent member of the governance committee for the NSW Water Loss Management Program.
She is a member of the RDA-Riverina committee and also sits on the industry advisory council for the Graham Centre at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga campus).
President - Australian Council for International Development
Sam Mostyn is a widely sought after non-executive director and sustainability adviser and is the president of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). She sits on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban Group, Mirvac, Citibank Australia and CoverMore, and has previously held senior executive roles at Insurance Australia Group, Optus Communications and Cable & Wireless plc.
Sam has been involved in a number of collaborative social and environmental initiatives including the Business Roundtable on Climate Change and Business for Millennium Development. Sam was also the first woman appointed to the AFL Commission, has been a member of the board of Australian Volunteers International for the past six years, and served for several years on the board of Reconciliation Australia.
Sam served on the Chief of the Defence Force's Womens Advisory Group and was a member of the Human Rights Commission Review of the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. She is the Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. Sam has long been involved in sustainability issues, serving on the boards of ClimateWorks Australia, the Climate Council and 1 Million Women, and served on the National Sustainability Council, the advisory board of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and the National Mental Health Commission. Sam is also a member of the Australian Faculty of the Cambridge University Program for Sustainability Leadership.
Commissioner - Fire & Rescue NSW
Greg joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978, having been a volunteer bushfire fighter since 1972. After serving in all ranks at a variety of locations, he became a bushfire hazard reduction officer for the Blue Mountains and then the Sydney region. In July 1996, he was appointed assistant commissioner, and in July 2003 he became the first fire officer in the history of the NSW Fire Brigades to be both chief fire officer and chief executive officer.
In 2005, Greg addressed the International Fire Science Conference, in Ireland, on bushfires and global warming. He is the Australian director of the International Fire Chiefs’ Association of Asia (IFCAA), chair of the State Emergency Management Committee and president of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities' Council.
He holds a master’s degree in management and is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Australian Institute of Management and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2002, he completed the executive fire officer program at the United States Fire Academy.
Greg has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, the National Medal (with two clasps), the NSW Fire Brigades Long Service Medal (with two clasps), a Commendation for Courageous Action, and a St John Ambulance Great Saves Emergency Services Award.
Director of policy and advocacy – NSW Business Chamber
Paul’s background is in general management, public policy development, public affairs and economics. Before joining the NSW Business Chamber he worked in business development with a major bank, in communications with the NSW Government, as a policy advisor at the NSW Cabinet Office and in ministerial offices.
He has economics and accounting qualifications, with expertise in workplace relations advice and defence industry development. As the director of policy and advocacy at the NSW Business Chamber, Paul deals with public policy on issues such as workforce skills, workplace relations, economics, industry and sustainability.
Professor Andy Pitman
Director – ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
Andy is a professor in climate system science and a member of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW. His expertise is in climate modelling, with broad interests extending across change, impact, extremes and land cover.
He was a lead author of the third and fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and was a review editor of the fifth report. He is a member of the advisory board of Risk Frontiers, which explores questions of climate, volcanic and hydrological risk and is funded by the insurance industry. He is a member of the international advisory board to the Max Plank Institute for Meteorology and the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth System Science, and he has sat on several federal e-research and infrastructure planning task forces.
Andy is the director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, which combines research from five Australian universities with expertise from the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and research teams from overseas.
Dr Lorraine Stephenson
Principal consultant – Lightning Consulting Services
Lorraine has over 25 years' experience in the energy sector. In 2008, she joined Ernst & Young, where she was a partner and Oceania climate-change leader until July 2010. She has been an active participant in the development of climate change policy in Australia since 1998.
As well as having attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 'Conference of the Parties' meetings since 2000, Lorraine is an active member of the International Emissions Trading Association and has participated in the European Carbon Expos since 2005.
She was invited to join a group of experts for the Forest Carbon Finance Summit in Washington DC, participated in the 2020 Summit in Australia, and is a former member of the NSW Premier's Greenhouse Advisory Panel, as well as of a range of industry association committees on climate change.
In her consulting work, Lorraine specialises in climate change policy, emissions trading, business strategy, risk management, and energy market development, including low-emission technologies.
Director – Green Building Council of Australia
With more than 10 years’ experience as a non-executive director, Tanya has served on boards including Low Carbon Australia Limited, the Australian Paralympic Committee, Cricket NSW advisory board and Music & Opera Singers Trust.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Australia. Tanya has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a diploma in applied corporate governance. She was a finalist in the 2005 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards.
Tanya has held various general management positions, including director and chief operating officer of NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) and general manager finance, operations and IT for the Bank of New Zealand (Australia). She worked for 11 years as chief operating officer at DEXUS Property Group (a $17-billion ASX top-50 listed property trust), where she led its corporate responsibility and sustainability practice.
Tanya is currently a director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Disability Sports Australia and Wheelchair Sports Australia.
Executive director and founder – Energetics
Jonathan is a chemical engineer by training, with a master’s degree in energy technology. He was named by Engineers Australia as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’. He is on the boards of several energy and environmental organisations and is a fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and chairman of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy.
As founder of Energetics—one of Australia’s leading energy and carbon management companies, with 120 staff—Jonathan has provided advisory services to executive teams and governments in Australia, the US and South East Asia.