The oversight, monitoring and direction of the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct will be undertaken by the Code Review Panel.
This is an independent panel with consumer and industry representation. The panel will meet regularly to ensure the code is operating effectively and is meeting the identified objectives and community expectations.
Chair, Gerard Brody
Gerard began in consumer advocacy as a Policy Officer and Solicitor with Consumer Law Centre Victoria, before working as a Senior Policy Officer with Consumer Action.
Gerard then worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Senior Manager Financial Inclusion, leading the national rollout of the Saver Plus program. Gerard returned to Consumer Action in 2011 to lead the centre's policy and campaigns work.
Gerard has represented consumers on a number of bodies, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Consumer Consultative Committee, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's Consumer Advisory Panel and the Australian Energy Regulator's Customer Consultative Group.
Gerard has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Consumer Representative, Damien Moyse
For the past six years, Damien has held the position of Energy Projects and Policy Manager at the Alternative Technology Association.
As part of an organisation accountable to consumers in the energy market, Damien has spent much of this time analysing policy, conducting advocacy and overseeing technical and economic assessments in relation to a variety of demand-side technologies. These include solar, with a specific focus on costs, benefits and related considerations from the consumer perspective.
Damien has a Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters in Environmental Management and a Graduate Certificate in Finance.
Industry Representative, Melanie Roberston
Melanie Robertson was appointed Chief Executive Officer to the Committee for Ballarat in May 2016.
Melanie has a track record of advocacy, collaboration and financial management across private and public sector operations. In her most recent position as Manager of the Waubra Wind Farm and Asset Services, she was responsible for delivering a $100m budget, improving work place culture and community engagement.
An experienced Board Member, Melanie is currently serving on the Boards of Motorcycling Victoria, West Vic Academy of Sport and the Buninyong Community Bank. Previous Board experience includes Environs Australia and the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance
Her qualifications include a Masters in Environmental Engineering Management, MBA, Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health), and Bachelor of Medical Science.
Melanie moved to Ballarat in 2000 and worked in a variety of local government organisations before becoming involved in the renewable energy industry in 2006.
Having made a commitment to living in Ballarat, Melanie is passionate about ensuring a prosperous sustainable future for her three children in the region.