Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF) was established by the City of Melbourne Council in 2002 to provide commercially minded financial support to businesses who are implementing projects that have an environmental benefit. Since this time we have developed, in conjunction with local and state governments the Environmental Upgrade Agreement program and currently have hundreds of projects approved to take advantage of this funding mechanism. This includes everything from solar, waste and water solutions to more innovative and complex solutions such as waste to energy.
To maintain our position as a trusted EUA expert, ensuring that our clients gain access to this new – and growing – form of finance.
Our aim is to maintain our position as Australia’s leading lender of EUAs, achieved by empowering and informing partners, tenants and landlords about the benefits from Environmental Upgrade Finance.
Everything we do will support businesses, focusing on helping businesses benefit from their projects and supporting them with a new and innovative form of finance.
Meet our team
Sustainable Melbourne Fund is lead by a highly competent executive team and an experienced board with a depth of relevant knowledge.
Chair – Sustainable Melbourne Fund, and Governance & Audit Subcommittee
Robert 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.
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.
Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Governance & Audit Subcommittee
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.
Trustee – Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Member Investment Subcommittee
Anna 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.
Scott 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.
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. 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 engage with the market.
Shay has more than 15 years’ experience managing teams that deal directly with clients in banking, health, finance and building, in Australia and New Zealand. Through this, he maintains a strong focus on customer service.
Chief Financial Officer
Darren 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.
Business Development Manager
James is the Business Development Manager of Sustainable Melbourne Fund, responsible for building awareness and sales for SMF. With a strong commercial and business banking background, James spent ten years working in account management, sales and strategy at senior management across a range of sectors within the Westpac Group, including manufacturing, resources, education, not-for-profit and professional services.
Key to his role is ensuring that the environmental upgrade agreement (EUA) delivers superior financial outcomes for clients compared to other traditional loan products.
James holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Environmental Management. He is also a member of the Environment Management Institute of Australia and New Zealand.