RIAA Board

Pablo Berrutti


Susheela Peres Da Costa

Deputy Chair

Phil Vernon


Peter Murphy

Anne-Maree O’Connor

Greg Chipman

Justin Medcalf

Will Richardson

Karen McLeod

Matthew Mimms

NZ Representative

Sarah Barker

Jim Hardy


Simon O'Connor 2

Simon O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer


Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has over 15 years of international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and environmental consultant. Prior to joining RIAA as CEO in early 2013, he spent over five years at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) as their Economic Adviser. In particular he led the debate on issues such as financing the transition to a low carbon economy, climate change policy and broader economic reform issues. He played an integral role in the development of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Simon lives and works from his base in Melbourne.

Simon is involved in a number of external committees and advisory groups including:
 – Global Sustainable Investment Alliance
 – The United Nation’s supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee
 – National Australia Bank’s Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility
 – Impact Investment Australia’s Market Building Working Group
Nicolette Boele

Nicolette Boele – Manager Policy and Projects


Nicolette has 25 years’ experience delivering engagements, collaborations and accountability solutions for and with Australian and international companies, governments, unions, and NGOs. She has deep subject matter experience in energy and climate change. Like Simon she has worked at and been on Council at the Australian Conservation Foundation. She has also held executive roles at The Climate Institute, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Banarra and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority. In 2015 Nicolette led the review of RIAA’s certification program and now manages the program covering 130certified financial advisers and products. Nicolette’s also works on RIAA’s policy agenda, services development and industry research such as the Superfund Benchmark Report.

Josh Edmunds

Josh Edmunds – Operations Coordinator


As RIAA’s Operations Coordinator Josh works across all areas of RIAA – back and front office. Josh is RIAA’s first point of member contact and drives and helps deliver RIAA’s certification program, all events – such as our NZ and Australian conferences and webinars – publications, networking functions, news updates and other member services. Josh has a keen passion for working and living responsibly; he also regularly instructs group fitness classes across the inner-Sydney area. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws.