Meet our Team

Sustainable Melbourne Fund is lead by a highly competent executive team and an experienced board with a depth of relevant knowledge.

The Board

Robert Jamieson - Chair

Robert Jamieson

Chair – Sustainable Melbourne Fund, and Governance & Audit Subcommittee

Jamieson RobertRobert is a senior partner with the international law firm, Ashurst. His practice involves energy and resources, environment and government (including governance and probity) matters. He is currently the Practice Head of the firm’s environmental law practice and is the Practice Head of the firm’s South East Asian Utilities Practice (gas, electricity, water, renewables and waste).

He is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading environmental law practitioner. Robert is a former board member of the firm and was the managing partner of the Melbourne office from 2000-2003. Outside of the law, Robert has a number of interests and roles:

  • Chairman of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund
  • Former Chairman of the Human Rights Law Centre and former Board member of PILCH (Public Interest Law Clearing House) – Justice Connect
  • Visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne –teaching from time to time in the Master’s program environmental and water resources law
  • Former Chairman of Diving Victoria and current board member of Diving Australia
  • Former board member of the Melbourne Football Club and current Chairman of the Red and Blue Foundation (the fund raising arm of the Melbourne Football Club)

Robert is a graduate of Monash University having been awarded a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 1981 and 1983 respectively.

Brett Lazarides - Deputy Chair

Brett Lazarides

Deputy Chair – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Chair of the Investment Subcommittee

Brett LazaridesBrett Lazarides is a professional independent director within institutional investment, superannuation and private markets, who specialises in direct infrastructure and unlisted assets.

Brett’s other fiduciary roles currently include Independent Director and Investment Committee Chairman for Combined Super and nominee director on the Board of Hobart International Airport.

Brett has 29 years’ experience in the financial services industry, spanning Insolvency practice at Ernst & Young; investment banking/project & structured finance at National Australia Bank; funds management, as Head of Infrastructure for both National Asset Management & Perpetual Limited; and Head of Infrastructure & Private Equity for UniSuper’s $2.4 billion Alternative Assets portfolio.

Brett is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment and is a fellow of both the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony Arnel

Tony Arnel

Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Governance & Audit Subcommittee

Tony Arnel is the Global Director of Sustainability for Norman Disney & Young (NDY) an international engineering consultancy. NDY works across a range of market sector including buildings, transport, utilities and defence.

Tony is the former Victorian Building and Plumbing Commissioner. As well as being a founding Director and Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, he is also the former Chair of the World Green Building Council. He is currently the President of the Energy Efficiency Council and Deputy Chair of the Deakin University School of Engineering Board. He is also a member of the Strategic Council of the Climate Institute.

Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is past Chairman and Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival-Australia’s largest arts festival.

Liza Maimone

Liza Maimone

Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Governance & Audit Subcommittee

Liza Maimone

Liza Maimone is a Sustainability and Climate Change Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), PwC Australia’s Consulting People & Offices Leader and PwC Australia’s Canberra office Managing Partner.

Liza has over 20 years’ experience in providing advisory and assurance services in the areas of climate change, sustainability strategy and reporting, and safety and environmental risk management, with a focus in the energy and resources sector.

Prior to professional services, Liza worked with a global engineering firm and a global oil and gas company. Liza is a chemical engineer with post graduate qualifications in energy and resources law and is a registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor (Clean Energy Regulator).

Liza is a member of PwC Australia’s Consulting Leadership team and a member of PwC’s Global Sustainability Governance Board. Liza is also a director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Melbourne School of Engineering Foundation Board and an advisory member of the Finance & Audit Committee of the Australian Conservation Foundation. She holds various professional memberships.

Anna Skarbek

Anna Skarbek

Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Investment Subcommittee

Anna SkarbekAnna Skarbek has been Executive Director of ClimateWorks Australia since its inception in 2009, leading the organisation’s work in analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government in unblocking barriers to their implementation.

Anna is also a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Reference Panel and the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program Reference panel.  She is a former director of the Carbon Market Institute and of the Linking Melbourne Authority.  She was a member of the Australian Government’s Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change.

Anna is an experienced investment banker, policy adviser and qualified lawyer.  Before ClimateWorks she was working in London’s carbon markets as Vice President of Advisory with Climate Change Capital, a specialist investment manager and advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low carbon activities.  Anna’s prior career in Australia included senior policy adviser to the Victorian Deputy Premier, investment banker in Macquarie Bank’s energy and utilities team, and solicitor with the national corporate law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.  She also served on the board of The Big Issue and the board of Amnesty International Australia for six years in roles including National Treasurer and Victorian President.

She holds First Class Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Brett Thomas

Brett Thomas

Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Investment Subcommittee

Brett ThomasBrett Thomas is a senior industry executive with over 35 years of experience in the Australian energy and infrastructure market including 15 years working in the development and delivery of large-scale renewable energy generation.

He is the Managing Director of The SABBLE Group, which provides specialist strategic, commercial and investment advice to private investors, governments and Company Boards; and partners with organisations to acquire, develop, finance, build and operate utility-scale renewable energy projects.  He is also a Director of Overland Sun Farming Company, an organisation that is focused on the development and delivery of utility-scale solar energy plants. Brett previously led the establishment and growth of Spanish group Acciona in Australia where he was founding CEO and Managing Director of Group operations and the Renewable Energy business line for Australia Asia Pacific.  Under his leadership, Acciona completed major investments in the energy, water and infrastructure sectors. He has also held senior roles in sectors including banking; water; civil infrastructure; energy, greenhouse and environmental management; and engineering.

Brett has held a number of industry positions including founding member of the Westpac Sustainability Index advisory panel, corporate council member of the European Australian Business Council (EABC), member of the industry advisory panel for the University of London (UCL) School of Energy & Resources, and member and Director of the Clean Energy Council (CEC).  He has held various directorships of corporate and asset companies

The Team

Scott Bocskay - Chief Executive

Scott Bocskay

Chief Executive
Sustain_MelbF_March17_25_smScott was appointed as Chief Executive of Sustainable Melbourne Fund in July 2010. He has more than 15 years of professional, management and leadership experience and drives a highly skilled team in delivering positive environmental and commercial outcomes in the built environment with his innovative approaches.

Prior to this, Scott was the inaugural Australian Country Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), where his expertise led the development of CCI’s activities in Australia, working collaboratively with governments of all levels and the finance industry.

Scott made a significant contribution the establishment of Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) in Australia, the Victorian Greener Government Buildings program; and development of the CCI clean energy team based out of Australia.

Scott has a wealth of previous experience as a senior executive consultant providing strategic and commercial advisory services to a range of clients capturing the commercial opportunities available through energy efficiency, renewable energy and other environmental challenges and is well regarded as a leader in the field.

Shay Singh - Executive Manager, Better Building Finance

Shay Singh

Executive Manager, Better Building Finance

Shay is the Executive Manager of the Better Building Finance brand, overseeing Sustainable Melbourne Fund’s Third Party Administrator services to local governments. Previously, he was the project leader responsible for the establishment of the first environmental upgrade finance program for City of Melbourne, and he managed the business unit responsible for processing environmental upgrade finance applications, including appointing and overseeing the expert reference panel.

Shay is also responsible for engaging with industry bodies to promote environmental upgrade finance via events and workshops. With financial institutes, he encourages a wider variety of lenders to participate in the program.

Shay has more than 15 years’ experience managing teams dealing directly with clients in the banking, health, finance and building sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Through this, he maintains a strong focus on customer service.

Darren O'Beirne - Chief Financial Officer

Darren O’Beirne

Chief Financial Officer

Sustain_MelbF_March17_05_smDarren is the Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable Melbourne Fund managing the financial strategy and operations. Darren is committed to maximising long term shareholder value and a balanced portfolio of growth initiatives as well as providing proven strong corporate stewardship and integrity.

He has consulted and held roles in various industries including built heritage, law, accounting, education, resources, telecommunications, arts and culture which incorporated extensive experience in financial leadership, human resource management, strategy and both advising Boards and being a board member.

Darren is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.