The Positive Charge team has undergone a few changes recently, with a new manager, new project support officers and our two staff members based in Sydney for the Our Energy Future program.
All the members of the team are passionate about the energy transition to a zero carbon future for all communities. We come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of skills to the enterprise. Engineering, art, education, business, community development, administration, town planning and even a former chef!
You can read more about each of our team members below.
Phil Chan, Manager
Phil is the Manager of Positive Charge, MEFL’s community based program offering energy solutions to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon future.
Phil brings a combination of social mindedness, intellectual curiosity, diverse industry exposure, broad functional expertise and a keen eye on future industry trends and enhancements to develop and deliver products and services that generate value to his customers.
Phil currently holds a number of student mentoring and advisory roles at the University of Melbourne. Prior to his time at MEFL, Phil was the President of Dragon Boat Victoria, a member for the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, and the Cultural Director of the Australian Dragon Boat Federation.
Phil has an MBA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Phil is an avid dragon paddler for over 12 years, and is currently the assistant coach of his club, the CYSM Sea Dragons.
At home Phil ensures all unused power points are turned off and wears more layers in Melbourne’s unpredictable winters instead of turning on the heater. Phil always keeps his own takeaway cup handy when ordering take away coffee!
Lucy Best, Communications and Community Engagement Lead
In her role at Positive Charge Lucy delivers information workshops to many different groups, including council staff, the broader community, schools and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. Lucy also develops and writes content for our website, eNews and other external documents.
Lucy joined MEFL as a community engagement officer in 2011 and has been part of the PC team since its launch in 2013.
Lucy has a background of community engagement in the arts and is still an active artist, writer and performer. She has also worked as a teacher and event manager.
Greg Snelders, Technical Specialist & Project Lead
Greg has been a technical services specialist for MEFL since 2009. Prior to working at MEFL he worked extensively in the area of environmental auditing and completed formal ISO 14001 Environmental Auditor Certification training.
Greg has project managed some of our amazing programs, such as the award winning Darebin Solar $aver program and he is on hand to help with any technical questions you might have.
Greg is also an amazing cook and a proud father of three.
Greg Potter – Project Support Officer
Greg joined Positive Charge earlier this year. Greg jumped at the chance when a role was advertised, as he was familiar with Positive Charge and the Moreland Energy Foundation. He is extremely happy to now be working for an organisation which is as concerned about sustainability as he is.
Greg has previously worked as a teacher, specialising in students with autism, and before that had a long history of working for a large telco in customer service, technical support and quality assurance.
Greg has long been involved in sustainability advocacy on a personal level.
When not discussing solar panel installations, Greg likes to noodle on analogue synthesizers, his theremin and other electronic music devices. His family are tolerant of this to some extent!
Greg installed a 5kwh solar system through Positive Charge about 4 years ago (yes – if he looks familiar he was one of our case studies!). He now runs my amplifiers through daylight hours without worrying about the environmental impact.
Daniel Beaton, Project Support Officer
The newest member of the PC team is Daniel.
Daniel recently completed a Masters in Sustainable Development.
Like Greg, Daniel has long been a following of MEFL and Positive Charge and jumped at the opportunity to work with an organisation so in line with his own values.
Prior to working with us Daniel has some experience working with the Victorian Catchment Management Authorities and in environmental monitoring in the Asia/Pacific region.
Daniel is a keen collector of records and an active disc-jockey in Melbourne’s north.
Daniel is an advocate of the benefits of a plant-based diet in reducing carbon emissions and has been for 10 years.
With a little help from our friends
The above make up the Positive Charge team but we couldn’t do the work we do without a lot of help from our friends at MEFL and our amazing energy assessors.