The BRC-A Team

Jackie McKeon – Program Director

Jackie is Program Director at the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A), the leading national and not-for-profit organisation facilitating corporate renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Australia. Established in 2018 by Climate-KIC, WWF-Australia and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) with funding from ARENA, NSW Government and Victorian Government, the BRC-A is an online marketplace and resource centre for renewable energy procurement.

Jackie has an MBA (Renewable Energy & Sustainability) and over 15 years’ experience in carbon and energy management, renewable energy procurement, decarbonisation strategy, corporate advisory & stakeholder engagement. Since launching the BRC-A with her team, Jackie has been committed to corporate education and solutions on renewables and carbon. Her career experience spans energy, property, infrastructure, mining, retail, finance and government sectors.

Christopher Lee – Program Director

Christopher Lee is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia. Its purpose is to help bring innovative climate change solutions to market by connecting key players across the whole innovation pathway. It focuses on systemic change, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. Chris has extensive climate change adaptation experience and from 2009 to 2017 led the development and implementation of Climate Change Adaptation programs for the NSW Government. He has degrees in Economics and Environmental Management, and has experience across, public, private and university sectors.

 

Monica Richter – Program Director

Monica Richter heads up WWF-Australia’s Low Carbon Futures Program. She is an economist and Social Ecologist with extensive experience in sustainability and business engagement, with an interest in accelerating the uptake of low carbon technologies, with over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in WWF and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Monica’s career highlights include establishing the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum, a Community of Practice for companies setting Science-Based emission reduction targets and the Business Roundtable on Climate Change (with companies such as BP, IAG, Origin, Swiss Re, Visy, and Westpac); successfully ensuring the 20% Renewable Energy Target passed into legislation, getting Bunnings to commit to not stocking illegally sourced timber, supporting Federal government around leadership in urban policies including greater investment in public transport. Monica is a graduate of the Future Directors program, an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and a board member of the Mercury Centre collaborative enterprise catalyst.

Chris Briggs – Technical Director

Chris Briggs is a Research Principal in the Energy Futures team at the ISF.  Chris has over 20 years of experience in policy, research and advocacy, working in Federal, State and City Government, the non-government and university sectors. As a political adviser, he led the policy unit in the Office of Lord Mayor for Sydney, Clover Moore, which has been an international leader in city energy innovation and was the climate and energy policy adviser for Senator Christine Milne (Leader, Australian Greens).  As a policy-maker, Chris was the State Coordinator for the NSW Renewable Energy Precincts and Senior Economist for the Climate Change Policy Branch. As a university researcher, Chris was an Australian Research Council research fellow and worked as a researcher for a self-funding labour market and workplace research center.

Jonathan Prendergast – Technical Director

Jonathan is a clean energy project and procurement advisor and manager, with 12 years’ experience in development of innovative projects and contract structures. Jonathan has achieved several Australian first innovative energy projects, including development of Australia’s first District Heating system, District Cooling Customer agreement and offsite solar PPA. Jonathan has worked on many corporate renewable energy PPAs over the last 5 years performing advisory, procurement management and energy market analyst roles.

 

Alexander Nassar – Project Officer

Drawing from an engineering background in renewable energy and experience in vertically integrated projects, Alexander is involved in database, website and membership management in addition to tools development, events organisation and delivery, marketing and project finance for the BRC-A.