The Positive Charge team is made up of six core staff who are all 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 yoga instructor and a former chef!
You can read more about each of our team members below.
Kate Nicolazzo, Manager
Kate joined Positive Charge in April 2016 and took over as manager in August 2016. Prior to joining the Positive Charge team Kate has worked across the community and private sectors in a variety of roles focused on health, climate change and sustainability in the past 15 years. She was the CEO of the Yarra Energy Foundation, General Manager for Sustainability and Innovation at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she has also spent time managing her own consulting business – specialising in strategic planning and program development for organisations and individuals achieving great social and environmental outcomes.
Kate has also been Treasurer and Secretary for Beyond Zero Emissions and regularly mentors Fellows from the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
With three boys at home Kate also spends a lot of time kicking a football, reading books and building Lego! Contact Kate here.
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. Contact Lucy here.
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. Contact Greg here.
Steve Turnock – Project Officer
Steve started with the Positive Charge team in 2016, fielding many of the technical queries, conducting residential and commercial energy assessments as well as compiling reports and giving presentations to residents.
With a Masters of Sustainable Practice and several years experience in the renewables/energy efficiency sector, Steve is also an accredited assessor as part of the Vic Govt’s Residential Efficiency Scorecard program.
Steve is a proud father of two young daughters and the drummer in renowned Melbourne band 8Foot Felix.
Elly Pattison, Project Support
The newest member of the PC team is Elly. Elly joined MEFL on a student placement in 2015. After completing her masters degree in Urban Planning and The Environment Elly started working for MEFL and Positive Charge on a casual basis. This saw her working on community engagement and behaviour change programs, which was a great way of combining her skills, knowledge and passion for sustainability. Elly joined the Positive Charge team in mid 2016 and can be found performing tasks ranging from answering questions on the phone to developing case studies and scheduling energy assessments.
When not at work Elly is an avid cyclist and is a cycling leader for a women’s cycling group. Contact Elly here.
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.