OUR PEOPLE

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JAKE BUGDEN

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MATTHEW VARVOUNIS

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KERSTEN SCHMIDT

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BELINDA STELL

Belinda is a Financial Accountant and has over

20 years experience. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge across a range

of commercial environments and joined the team in 2021. Belinda holds a Diploma in Accounting and Certificate

in Financial Services (Accounting).

Jake is an energy specialist and empathic leader. Over the last nineteen years Jake has founded and lead two successful energy consultancies. Jake has extensive experience in project/program conception and delivery, along with specific domain expertise in energy efficiency, solar power and electric vehicles. Most recently, Jake has designed and overseen the delivery of large government energy programs for low income households.

Jake holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) from the University of Adelaide.

He has a long-term personal mission to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Matthew is an experienced energy practitioner. His work includes energy data analysis to determine demand response and microgrid feasibility, the specification and project delivery of commercial solar power systems and undertaking level 2 energy audits for a range of facilities.

His areas of interest include embedded generation systems, energy storage systems and microgrids. Matthew has previously worked as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) consultant with a number of leading engineering consultants.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) and Bachelor of Finance from the University of Adelaide.

Kersten is an experienced electrical and systems engineer and project manager with a passion for renewable energy and modern energy solutions.

Over the last 25 years in the Australian renewable energy industry, Kersten has worked on many landmark wind, solar, battery and diesel power system projects, from utility to commercial scale, remote area off grid/micro grid and grid connected, from Arnhem Land to Alaska to Alice Springs to Antarctica.

He enjoys helping clients with their specific needs using his wealth of expertise - completed with a whole of system approach.

Kersten holds a German degree in electrical engineering and is accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management AIPM as a Certified Practicing Project Manager.