20 March 2012 – At City of Sydney Philippa Sutherland was recently confirmed as program manager Environmental Upgrade Agreements, and Parramatta City Council, which recently joined the EUA program, snapped up Matthew Fisher for a similar role.
EUAs are the funding mechanism, backed by special legislation in Melbourne’s CBD and in NSW, over the entire state, that enable repayments for the upgrade loan to be made as a special levy on local council rates.
Ms Sutherland has 10 years project management experience across both the public and private sector in NZ, the UK and most recently Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree and recently completed a post graduate certificate in sustainability from Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to joining the council, she was with Bupa, a private healthcare company.
Mathew Fisher has recently completed detailed analysis of six retrofit projects of commercial premises which he undertook on behalf of the Total Environment Centre with the
help of funding from the NSW Government Environmental Trust. TEC will release details of the projects and hold forums to discuss findings in coming weeks.
Mr Fisher has about worked in sustainability and energy efficiency for more than nine years. This included a role as accreditation manager at the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors, (ABSA) for seven years. He has completed a Masters in Building Sustainability at UNSW in 2001, and is an architecture graduate who has previously designed sustainable buildings.
In another EUA related move, Dan Hilson has joined Dalkia Group as senior business development manager with a brief to pursue the emerging environmental upgrade agreement models of finance for building upgrades.
Mr Hilson was previously at Siemens in a similar role for two and a half years and has also worked with Clayton Utz in business development, Macquarie Bank’s airports operations and his own software business.