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:
Nicolette Boele – Executive Manager Policy, Research and Certification
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.
Carly Hammond – Head of Marketing | Impact Investment Forum Program Manager
Carly’s focus is on building business as force for good and harnessing the power of individuals to effect change whether as a consumer, business owner or investor. As Head of Marketing and the Impact Investment Forum Program Manager for the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, she is focused on growing awareness of and deepening participation in responsible, ethical and impact investing. She is also Company Secretary for B Lab Australia & New Zealand, and was previously the Director of Engagement and Communications at Impact Investing Australia where she played a central role putting impact investing on the map and engaging new market participants. Carly has extensive experience delivering campaigns and partnerships spanning the private, public and not for profit sectors in Australia, Asia and Africa. At Oxfam Australia, Carly designed award-winning campaigns for fairer international trade rules and generating consumer demand for fair trade products. For the Australian Conservation Foundation, Carly led communications and partnership development to promote the transition to an economy that delivers wellbeing alongside a healthy environment.
Josh Edmunds – Manager Operations and Member Services
As RIAA’s Manager of Operations and Member Services 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.
Alex Hamilton-Smith – Executive and Team Assistant
Alex provides support to the CEO and works with the RIAA team to deliver events, assist with membership services and the certification program. Alex has previously worked in the agricultural and tertiary sectors, including managing teaching logistics and academic services at Monash University. While at Monash, Alex completed a Master of Sustainability – her research thesis examined how fund managers incorporate ESG information into their decision-making. Prior to RIAA, Alex worked as a Sustainability Coordinator at OfficeWorks.