Chief Executive Officer - Kirsten Rose
Accounts Officer - Agnes Karundeng
Business Manager - Michael Woodhams
CTIC Business Adviser - Stephen Mawhinney
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Chief Executive: Kirsten Rose
Kirsten is a senior business leader with board-level general management and strategy consulting experience over a career spanning more than 20 years. She has worked internationally in the US, Europe and Australia. In addition to her passion for and knowledge of the sustainability sector, she brings a depth of leadership, business development, and change management skills to her role at the Sustainable Energy Association.
Kirsten has worked in the sustainable energy sector for several years. Most recently she served as the Business Development Manager for SEA member business Carbon Neutral, a carbon consultancy and offset provider that
helps businesses measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions. She brought a strong commercial and client focus to building the business in a rapidly evolving carbon market. Before joining Carbon Neutral, Kirsten ran her own sustainability consulting business.
Prior to joining the sustainable energy sector, Kirsten built her skills through commercial and client service roles in marketing services and strategy consulting, including leadership roles in two Omnicom Group marketing and advertising companies in the US and the UK.
Kirsten believes we all need to work to build the kind of world we want to live in, and this is evidenced by her volunteer work on the Board of Playgroup WA and for other community organisations.
She holds a BA in Art History for Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Accounts Officer: Agnes Karundeng
Agnes is helping SEA manage its finances by assisting with data entry and bank reconciliations.
Business Manager: Michael Woodhams
Michael has a Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management and French. He has a varied career, beginning in the tourism industry before moving into commercial media, fashion and then politics.
In 1997 Michael played a significant role in the publishing of a comprehensive travel booklet for the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.
He then spent some time in Melbourne working in the fashion industry before his long held interest in politics found him back in WA working for a Member of Parliament and Minister. He was then appointed Executive Officer for the then State Leader of the Opposition, Hon Colin Barnett, taking care of the operational and administrative requirement's of the leader's office.
After some overseas travel Michael returned to work for Mr Barnett as a researcher, continuing on in this role after Mr Barnett was elected Premier of Western Australia in 2008.
With his experience in the political sphere, Michael developed an awarness for several important public policy areas, including planning and sustainability, an ideal precursor to his appointment at SEA.
Michael's main role at SEA is to manage the operational functions of the association and provide support to the CEO.
CTIC Business Adviser: Stephen Mawhinney
A science graduate of Queens University Belfast, Stephen also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration majored in marketing.
Stephen arrived in Australia in 1976 after a year in Papua New Guinea under the British Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) scheme. As a Business Development Officer on the PNG island of New Britain, Stephen assisted the local population set up small businesses and replace bartering using pigs teeth and shells as their currency, to using money, the PNG kina.
In Australia Stephen first took on the position of Rural Area Manager with the Ford Motor Company responsible for sales, training and the supervision of 27 Ford dealerships in regional South Australia. In 1977 he joined Chrysler Australia (later to be Mitsubishi Motors Australia) on an accelerated trainee executive development program,
In 1980 Stephen joined IBM in Perth for a full year of training to become a Sales Representative for mainframe based information systems. During thirteen years with IBM he held numerous sales and marketing, management and junior executive positions, and travelled the world extensively. Positions held included being General Manager of joint venture company MedNetwork, Manager of the IBM Asia Pacific PC Product Management team, Executive Assistant to CEO Brian Finn and National Channels Manager for Mid-Range Products. Stephen was transferred to Sydney twice and attended the IBM Australia Hundred Percent Club during each of his nine years on sales quota.
In 1993 Stephen became a part owner of JDEdwards New Zealand and director of JDEdwards Australia (both IBM business partners). He set up and ran JDE in Perth and Adelaide for 3 years with a team of 19 staff. Clients included Burswood Casino, Wesfarmers CSBP, Wesfarmers Insurance, Robe River Mining, Henry Walker Contracting, Canning Vale Weaving Mills and Yalumba Wines in SA.
In 1997 along with a silent partner, Stephen bought his first small business, with 17 staff, Perth's largest brass and stainless steel fabrication company (at that time) Tubelok Australia. Prior to the purchase, the business had suffered sustained losses - Stephen steered the business back into the black and then sold his share of the business to his partner.
In 2001, Perth based search engine optimisation company Ineedhits, recruited Stephen for the position of Vice President Strategic Alliances working extensively out of San Francisco. Charged with taking Ineedhits to the next level, Stephen forged partnerships with the world's major search engines for the supply of Ineedhits SEO services and technologies, under private label to website owners. However, the events of September 11 resulted in a significant short term drop in core business for Ineedhits and Stphen left the company in the downsizing that then occurred.
Within a week of leaving Ineedhits, Stephen set up his own search engine optimisation company in Perth, to provide private labeled optimisation (SEO) services using Position Technologies Inc., of Illinois (PTI) Spiderdex technology. In October 2001, Stephen established PositionMEonline in Perth. Today, PositionMEonline is a thriving, progressive, small business providing high value internet marketing services to SME businesses across Australia.
Stephen joined the Sustainable Energy Association in October 2011 as Business Adviser - Clean Technology Innovation Centre, delivering services for SEA on behalf of the Enterprise Connect, a division of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).
Stephen's role is to work with firms to:
• assess and understand a firm's business strategy and operations
• identify strengths and weaknesses including benchmarking
• help the firm access world-class business tools, processes and technology
• identify potential areas for improvement and growth
• facilitate, broker and connect firms to the latest information, technology and varied pathways forward.
The Business Adviser maintains an ongoing client management role with firms and actively promotes the initiative to industry and stakeholder networks, and works with Australian SMEs eligible for Enterprise Connect services to foster innovation, productivity and continuous improvement.
Enterprise Connect is a $50 million per year Australian Government program designed to boost productivity, improve innovation and increase the competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises. Enterprise Connect is creating a network of knowledge-creation and knowledge-transfer centres around the country. Integral to the success of these centres are highly skilled business advisers, who through the delivery of integrated and practical services to clients, support the achievement of Enterprise Connect program objectives: to improve productivity, build internal capacity and capitalise on SME growth potential.
If you are interested in working in the sustainable energy industry, one step might be to look at the business you are in.
Every business uses energy and every business can save money by being more energy efficient with lighting, refrigeration, heating and cooling, machinery and operations and reduce emissions further by getting your electricity from renewable sources.
But if you want more, SEA's member enterprises are always on the lookout for new staff across all professions and in all sectors - architecture, the built environment, construction, consulting, energy management, financial and legal services, infrastructure, planning, renewable energy generation, transport - and, well, all sectors!
If you are looking to change careers to one in sustainable energy, make use of SEA's services directory to find one of its member enterprises in the training and education sectors to start your retraining and career expansion, or send SEA an email with a brief description of what you are looking for - SEA may be able to refer it on to its members. Note we get many inquiries and will not respond to all messages.
(Spamming us will not help you!)
Perhaps working with SEA may be of interest. SEA is a lean, not- for-profit industry association, but it is always happy to consider volunteers and unpaid interns to help keep research and information provision at its best and SEA's submissions meaty and relevant. If you would
like to know more and you know you have what it takes to build a better sustainable energy future for Australia, SEA wants to hear from you!
SEA does, from time to time, have paid opportunities for people with suitable qualifications, knowledge and experience.