New ARENA chair Martijn Wilder

Energetics founder Jonathan Jutsen, sustainability consultant Maria Atkinson and ex-CEFC chief operating officer Meg McDonald are among new appointments made to the ARENA board by the federal government.

Climate change lawyer Martijn Wilder has been announced as chair. He is presently head of Baker and McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets Practice, adjunct professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University, and an Affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at the University of Cambridge.

Mr Wilder also sits on the board of the CEFC, which will be involved in approving funds through the new $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

Other appointments are:

  • Maria Atkinson, director of Maria Atkinson Consultancy and Greater Sydney Commission central district commissioner
  • Jonathan Jutsen, chair of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy
  • Meg McDonald, director of National Corporate Analysis
  • Susan Jeanes, principal at climate consultancy Jeanes Holland and Associates
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, a non-executive director at Fishburners and Sirtex Medical, and chair of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC

“On behalf of the government, I congratulate the new board members on their appointments and thank the former board members for their service,” Mr Hunt said.

ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht welcomed the appointments and gave his thanks to the former board.

“ARENA is indebted to all former directors for their dedication, knowledge, and guidance during the agency’s formative years,” he said.

“We are excited about continuing to play a pivotal role in fostering the development and deployment of renewable energy, and will build on our portfolio of over 200 projects by continuing to assess high-value project proposals in our existing funding pipeline.”