Vanessa Petrie

Beyond Zero Emission waved goodbye to its chief executive officer, Vanessa Petrie, last month.

Ms Petrie, a sustainability practitioner with a background in environmental engineering, led the think tank for three years.

She has more than 20 years’ experience working across local and state government on infrastructure projects, legislative policy development, major policy reform and waste and resource recovery strategic planning.

She is currently on the board of the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

BZE Chair Eytan Lenko has stepped in as acting CEO.

Net Zero at Monash

Scott Ferraro, program director of the Net Zero Initiative at Monash University, now has a seat on the Energy Efficiency Council’s board. He’s been appointed to the training and professional development expert position.  With a background in engineering, Mr Ferraro has also worked at ClimateWorks Australia for five years, most recently as head of implementation.

He’s also been on the board of Surf Coast Renewable Energy Taskforce for nearly four years, which was set up by the council in July 2016 to provide direction and leadership for the Victorian municipality to reach the state government’s target of a least 25 per cent renewable energy by 2020.


City of Fremantle City mayor Brad Pettitt has been selected by the WA Greens to stand at the next WA state election, which will be in March 2011. He joins sitting MPs Alison Xamon, Tim Clifford and Diane Evers.


Architecture studio AJ+C now has two new owners: John Whittingham and Brian Mariotti. Mr Whittingham and Mr Mariotti join Michael Heenan as principals of the Sydney architecture and urban design practice.

Mr Mariotti has been at the practice for nearly 13 years. His key contributions include leading the team on a student accommodation project in Redfern with two 18-storey towers, a new laneway and public art space connecting to the Redfern-Waterloo art trail, and the the Parramatta South Gateway Precinct.

Mr Whittingham’s passion for sport shines through his body of work, including on Olympic projects to NSW Sport and Recreation venues. He also led the Broken Hill YMCA Integrated Health & Wellness Centre, which involved turned a failing facility into a community sport and wellness centre dedicated to youth and allied health spaces.

Frasers Property

Frasers Property’s Tod O’Dwyer has made the move from Melbourne to Perth to become the new general manager WA residential.

Mr O’Dwyer is an expert in the development of masterplanned communities, and has been general manager ­– development and design in Melbourne for the past nine years.

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