Energy Efficiency Council flags changes at the top

THE Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) has announced a new CEO and policy team.

Jacqueline Ong

Due to an injury in 2014, former chief executive Rob Murray-Leach has stepped down and will take on a new role – executive, policy and advocacy.

Murray-Leach was the founding CEO of the EEC from 2009, when it was formed, to 2015. Under his leadership, the council has tripled its annual investment in energy efficiency in government operations and has awarded more than $5 billion in grants and financing to the sector.

In that time, the EEC has also expanded state efficiency certificate schemes and led major reforms in the energy market.

“I pay tribute to Rob’s achievements and boundless enthusiasm over the last six years, and it is great news for the sector that he will be staying at the EEC to focus on policy," EEC president Tony Arnel said.

Luke Menzel, who was acting CEO of the EEC in 2014, has stepped into the chief executive role.

"It has been a real honour to lead the EEC through some remarkable years for the energy sector. We’ve achieved so much more than I dreamed we could, and it’s time to pass the CEO role onto someone new. Luke Menzel has been an outstanding acting CEO, and I know that he’ll take the organisation to the next level," Murray-Leach said.

“I’m proud to be taking the reins of the EEC at this exciting time. I thank Rob for his inspirational leadership and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the council team, board and members to drive smarter energy use in businesses and homes across Australia," Menzel added.

The EEC has also welcomed a new addition to the policy team, with Shauna Coffey being appointed the council's new manager, policy and advocacy.

Coffey was formerly Mirvac's group sustainability manager as well as Deloitte Australia's sustainability and climate change director.

She will be based in NSW and will focus on supporting members across the state as well as drive the council's work on commercial buildings.

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