Ironbark Sustainability:

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About Us

Committed, passionate and focused on action.

Ironbark Sustainability is a specialist consultancy that works with government and business around Australia by assisting them to reduce energy and water usage through sustainable asset and data management and on-the-ground implementation.

Ironbark has the capacity, the experience and ability to draw on a breadth of knowledge around sustainable asset management to ensure the development and successful completion of projects. Our main areas of expertise are in street lighting, facilities, funding applications, data management and climate change strategies and action plans. Ironbark has worked with over 200 Australian local governments, state governments and businesses on sustainable asset management projects.

Ironbark prides itself on how to best integrate sustainability into long term practice. We do not intend to be a one-stop-shop or "everything for everyone". We have expertise and experience in specific areas but if the job is not suited to us we will happily put clients in touch with organizations better suited.

For more information, case studies, full staff bios please contact us.

The Team

Paul Brown

Managing Director

Since the mid 1990's Paul has been involved in establishing many sustainability organisations including the MAV Customer Innovation Committee, the Victorian Public Lighting Approvals Board, the Australian Wind Energy Association and the Australian Student Environment Network.

After working for many years in Local Government, Paul founded Ironbark Sustainability in 2004 to help local governments deliver sustainable street lighting and building management programs. 

Ironbark has steadily expanded since its formation and now serves around 200 Local Governments each year. In 2013, Ironbark helped Councils access over $50 million in funding for sustainable asset management programs.

In addition to work in Australia, Paul has also assisted local governments in the UAE, as a key presenter at the annual Middle East Smart Lighting Conference and in Kazakhstan, to plan for large scale energy efficient street lighting programs.

Alexi Lynch

Business Manager

Alexi has been at Ironbark Sustainability since 2009. He works with councils on range of energy efficiency and renewable projects. He brings decades of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and program development in the sustainability field since co-founding the Environmental Jobs Network (EJN) in 2001. Alexi managed ICLEI Oceania's flagship Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign in Australia until mid-2008, building the capacity of Local Government and communities to tackle climate change.

Alexi has managed hundreds of energy efficient asset management programs local governments throughout Australia and worked on the development and creation of the Australian One Planet Councils to assist councils in assessing their sustainability performance against a range of indicators. Alexi manages the team of 20 staff; develops and monitors strategic direction and financial performance indicators; works with councils and their stakeholders on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability projects; promotes climate action and sustainability to the broader sector. He has managed hundreds of energy efficient asset management programs for local governments and communities throughout Australia. 

Since 2013, Alexi has managed a project team that has obtained over $100m of government funding and third-party finance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Australia.

Lucy Carew-Reid

Senior Project Manager

Lucy is experienced in climate change, energy and water efficiency and renewable technology at both a practical and policy level. She has focused extensively on sustainable buildings, urban design and outdoor lighting in Australia and Europe.

Lucy has worked at Ironbark Sustainability since 2007 and is based at Ironbark's NSW office where she assists clients to craft and implement effective climate change, street lighting and building projects and strategies.

Lucy played a key role in establishing Ironbark's Building Audit and Rating Tool (BART)a smart inexpensive rating, retrofit and audit program tailored to tackle council facilities in one visit. The program has achieved immediate savings at close to 1,000 assets around Australia, and council staff and other consultants have also been trained to implement the program themselves.

Her strengths include project management, technical analysis, group facilitation and a strong understanding of the intricacies of managing a large number of building and lighting assets.

Keith Harwood

Project Manager – Energy Efficiency

Keith joined Ironbark Sustainability in 2008 to provide support for an open spaces lighting audit in the City of Port Phillip. Since then Keith has expanded his role from lighting auditor to Geographical Information Systems team leader, project manager and lighting technology assessor.

In these roles Keith has acted as project manager for a number of lighting design projects as well as providing a similar role for street lighting bulk replacement programs and open space lighting audits.

Keith has assisted over 100 Councils prepare for street lighting bulk changes by assisting in design, project management and business case development.

Ross McKirdy

Project Manager - Public Lighting

Ross has worked at Ironbark Sustainability since the beginning of 2011. As Project Manager, Ross assists councils with projects ranging from implmentation of large-scale bulk street light upgrades, to public lighting strategy, policy and guidelines development and workshop facilitation. 

Ross manages the technical approvals process for new street lighting technologies (on behalf of the Public Lighting Approvals Network); Ironbark's role as an Accredited Certificate Provider under the NSW government Energy Savings Scheme; and from 2014 to 2017 managed Ironbark's role as a NATA-accredited Inspection body. 

From 2016 to 2017 Ross also represented Victorian councils on the Australian and New Zealand Road Lighting Standards Committee. 

John Hutchinson

Senior Project Manager

John joined Ironbark in 2012 and has been working in the sustainability industry for over 15 years. John has considerable expertise in developing, implementing and assisting others with Environment Management Systems (EMS) and environmental data management.

John developed and implemented EMSs at Sustainability Victoria (SV) and Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE, now DELWP) before becoming the Whole of Victorian Government EMS coordinator where he worked with all Victorian departments to help implement their EMSs. John also worked with SV to develop the Resource Smart Government program that trained government agencies on how to develop environment management plans/strategies.

John led the development of the Victorian government Environmental Data Management System (EDMS) from understanding department and agency needs through to working with the chosen developer to project manage the development and testing of the software.

Peter Whittle

Finance Officer

Peter joined Ironbark in 2016 after eight years as a Greenhouse Accounting Officer at the City of Yarra. Prior to that, he was the Finance Manager at ICLEI Oceania for several years.

At Ironbark, he takes care of invoicing and payments, as well as other financial matters like tax.

Patrick Norman

Lighting Design & GIS Officer

Patrick joined Ironbark in 2008 and has participated in numerous sustainable public lighting projects, which have given him a solid understanding of the Australian Standards for street and public lighting. 

He has worked with many local councils, helping them achieve sustainable and safe lighting designs for broad-scale bulk change programs, site-specific designs, as well as park and sports lighting. 

Patrick employs skills in GIS and a range of other software including MapInfo, Perfect Lite and AutoCAD to produce maps, designs and other valuable data to councils.

Libby Gleeson

Project Officer

Libby joined Ironbark Sustainability as a Field Auditor for the Street Lighting team in early 2014 after completing her degree in Environmental Science and Social Science (Environment) at RMIT University. Since then, Libby has expanded her role to become a project manager for street lighting bulk change projects, lighting level assessments and open space lighting audits. 

Libby now has extensive experience in managing street lighting bulk change projects for various councils across Victoria assisting with project, planning, design, procurement and management of works. 

Libby developed a keen interest in sustainability related projects through her environmental studies and previous work in marine parks, interpretation and planning with Parks Victoria between 2012 and 2014. 

Ronald Lee

Project Manager (Queensland)

Ronald joined Ironbark in June 2015 and has an Honours degree in Finance and a Master of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University.

He is an experienced project manager with expertise in developing emissions profiles, data analysis and energy/financial modelling. Ronald has worked at Moreland City Council as an ESD consultant, where he supported the development of their Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan, carbon accounting under the National Carbon Offset Scheme and worked on various solar feasibility studies. 

At Ironbark, Ronald manages projects across two regions of councils and is involved in several energy efficiency, renewables and street lighting projects covering all stages of the project life cycle including strategy development, feasibility studies, funding applications and project implementation. He has developed street lighting business cases for councils in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA and TAS. 

Ronald is based in Queensland to assist councils in transitioning to a low carbon future. 

Jenny Frieden

Project Officer

Jenny joined Ironbark in 2015, having previously worked for state government and as a researcher in the environmental statistics section of CSIRO. She has a background in geography and statistics, with a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne. 

Since joining Ironbark, Jenny has worked on a range of climate and energy efficiency projects, including preparing business cases, action plans, modelling carbon emissions and developing strategies for emissions reductions.

Lei Zhong

Technical Officer

Lei joined Ironbark in October 2015 focusing on project support in street lighting.  He has since worked on several lighting level projects across Australia for multiple councils. He has also been involved in open space lighting audits and lighting design projects. 

Lei assists the technical approvals process on behalf of the Public Lighting Approvals Network. Lei also does technical street light assessments with the Australian and Victorian requirements. 

He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tasmania, and worked in many technical roles including projects at the Energy Market Authority in Singapore and Sembawang Shipyard. He enjoys using his engineering skills in projects that allow him to work with people from different backgrounds.

James Tait

Project Officer 

James joined Ironbark in early 2015 after completing a bachelor of Social Science/Environment at RMIT University. James originally joined to assist with the field audit component of metered lighting audits. He worked on projects for Wyndham, Port Phillip, Brimbank and Moonee Valley before expanding his role to Project Officer with Ironbark in mid-2016.

Since moving into this role, James has worked on street lighting projects including financial analysis, design, auditing and supporting councils with bulk changes across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. 

Hannah Snape

Project Officer - Energy Efficiency

Hannah joined Ironbark Sustainability as a Project Officer in 2016. She has previously worked in a project management role on water, sanitation and hygiene projects in the Pacific Islands, as well as managing a Small Grants Program for the Bjarne K Dahl Trust - a philanthropic organisation focused on eucalypti. She also has several years of experience in conducting environmental and compliance audits for music festivals, including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron Bay. 

She has a Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) from RMIT University.

Nick Cody

Field Auditor and Project Support Officer

Nick started as a Field Auditor at Ironbark Sustainability in May 2016 to provide support on a large street lighting bulk changeover. Since then, he has worked on a number of other street lighting projects, particularly specialising in sustainable open space lighting. He has also become a key team member in the modelling of community emissions for councils Australia-wide.

Nick is passionate about environmental issues which has seen him chase many opportunities to make positive sustainability impacts both in Australia and abroad. In the past he has taken school-aged children tree planting, conducted experiments in a physiology lab into the effects of raised CO2 levels on plant defence, mapped forest on the outskirts of Beijing and collaborated with the rural poor to protect endangered mammals. Before joining Ironbark, Nick ran a gardening program at Red Cross helping asylum seekers improve their food security status while also imbedding his environmental values into teachings.

Nick has completed an Honours Degree of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Monash University, as well as a Master of Social Change and Development through the University of Newcastle.

Rachel Armstead

Administration and Project Support Officer

Rachel has an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University Sweden. Before joining Ironbark she has worked on the policy team for the London environmental think tank Green Alliance, and as a consultant both in London and Melbourne, specializing in energy and carbon management. Through her consultancy Rachel has worked with local governments, businesses, and communities across the UK, Europe, and Australia delivering complex carbon inventories, establishing low carbon business networks, and running workshops and training on environmental management.

Sam Wearne  

Westerrn Sydney - Sustainability Projects and Liaison Officer

Sam has a decade of experience assisting clients across Asia to understand and manage sustainability risks, issues and opportunities. He has led work on a variety of environmental and social issues and helped form responses via organisational strategy and onsite management of social and environmental impacts. His clients have included governments at local, state and national levels, as well as international organisations and development bodies. 

Sam’s work has seen him based in Western Victoria, Arnhem Land, Melbourne, France, China & Mongolia. Now based in Sydney, Sam joined Ironbark Sustainability in 2018 to help provide an excellent level of service to local governments in Western Sydney.

Sam has developed significant commercial acumen from managing complex projects for a diverse clientele. He has worked with major multinationals in finance, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality, and recently helped one of Australia’s largest insurance groups to develop a comprehensive response to the issue of climate change. 

Sam enjoys helping stakeholders at all levels to find pragmatic solutions that enable organisations to perform well, reach their goals and make a positive impact.

Matthew Sullivan-Kilgour

Head of Data and Analytics 

Matthew has worked in sustainability across a broad range of sectors and applications, and joined Ironbark in January 2018. His primary motivation is in addressing climate change and facilitating the scale of collaboration needed to address it successfully.  

Matthew has a background in autonomous systems engineering, working in Australia and the USA. He has previously worked for the Moreland Energy Foundation as their Head of Research in addition to working as an energy efficiency consultant at several firms, and lecturing in building efficiency and renewable energy systems. He is also the co-founder and Head of Analytics of HuxConnect, a technology startup that produces sensor networks and building optimisation solutions.

Through his consultation in the sustainability sector, he has worked with industry groups such as the Clean Energy Council and the Alternative Technology Association, government agencies such as the Office of Environment and Heritage and Sustainability Victoria, research groups such as Melbourne University and the CSIRO as well as a broad range of commercial entities.

Ironbark Alumni

Shane Melotte

Senior Project Leader

Shane worked with Ironbark Sustainability between 2015 and 2017 as a Senior Project Leader focusing on facilitating the One Planet Councils Program and the Greener Government Buildings Program. He has a background in renewable energy, sustainable buildings and sustainability strategy. Previously Shane worked as the ESD Unit Manager for Moreland City Council and the NSW Regional State Manager for ICLEI, where he was involved in the Cities for Climate Protection Program. Shane is now working on large-scale renewable energy project scoping around Australia. This is mainly solar but also incorporating waste-to-energy and hydrogen for fleet.

Claire O'Sullivan

Accounts Manager

Claire was Ironbark's Account Manager between 2006 and late 2016. In this role, she took care of invoicing and payments, as well as other financial matters like tax.

Karl Shanley

Project Manager – Street Lighting

Karl worked at Ironbark from 2014 to 2015, having spent time as a lecturer at RMIT University and in the environment and asset management departments at the City of Yarra and Hobsons Bay City Council.

He is now working at Sustainability Victoria.

Alison Brown

Project Officer

Alison worked at Ironbark from 2013 to 2015. Her professional background focuses on sustainability and communications, and she has worked with a number of Californian and Australian environmental agencies.

She has a Master of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She has recently returned to the US, where she is working in environmental communications.

Lester Vaz

Field Auditor – Street Lighting

Lester worked at Ironbark for two years after completing his engineering degree at RMIT University in 2013. He worked on conducting street lighting audits and GIS-related projects and has moved on to work in aeronautical engineering.   

Emma Chessell

Renewable Energy Technical Officer

Emma joined Ironbark in mid-2016 to provide technical design support on renewable energy projects. Before joining Ironbark, Emma worked for five years as a project manager for CAT Projects, an innovative engineering firm in the Northern Territory, and four years as a solar system designer for Bushlight in Alice Springs. She has extensive experience in assessing electrical infrastructure, undertaking feasibility studies for solar projects and overseeing their delivery on the ground.

Her formal qualifications include a BA/BSc (Environmental Science) from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Charles Darwin University.

Sean Lithgow

Project Officer - Energy Efficiency

Sean worked at Ironbark from 2015 to October 2018.  From his time at Ironbark, Sean managed and assisted numerous street lighting projects, including many open space lighting audits.

He has an Honours degree in Environmental Science from Deakin University and has also previously spent several years as an environmental consultant at Monarc Environmental.

Alice Almeida-Barcos

Administration and Project Support Officer

Alice completed a Master of Environment and Sustainability in 2008 and has been working in the sustainability industry in both the private and public sector since 2005. She has experience conducting sustainability audits for homes and small to medium businesses. She has also used energy rating software to rate both residential and commercial properties and made recommendations to improve building performance. Alice most recently worked in the waste management team at Bayside City Council providing customer service information and conducting regular audits on waste collection service providers to assist in the delivery of an efficient kerbside collection service to the community.

Glenda Stowell

Western Sydney Project & Client Liaison Manager

Glenda worked at Ironbark from May 2017 to September 2018 and brought a wealth of experience in project management, customer research and strategy planning. She previously worked in a variety of industries; publishing, digital marketing, finance and disability services. During her recent 13-year tenure at Commonwealth Bank’s head office, she delivered customer research programs, and productivity projects.

Last year, she was selected as an emerging leader for Western Sydney by Centre of Sustainable Leadership and offered a place on their leadership course. Glenda is a member of Blacktown Council’s Environment Advisory Committee.

As a resident of Western Sydney, Glenda was able to support the delivery of her area’s local sustainability initiatives.



Where to
find us

Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262