New CEO and Policy Team at the Energy Efficiency Council 21 May 2015

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management, today announced a new CEO and policy team.

  • The former CEO, Rob Murray-Leach, has stepped down as CEO of the EEC, following an injury in 2014, and will now focus on policy as the new Executive, Policy and Advocacy.
  • The Board has appointed Luke Menzel as the new CEO of the EEC.
  • The policy team has also been strengthened with the appointment of Shauna Coffey as the EEC’s NSW-based Manager, Policy and Advocacy.
Rob Murray-Leach was the founding CEO of the EEC from 2009 to 2015. During his leadership the Council developed rapidly, and drove major gains for the sector, including:
  • Tripling annual investment in energy efficiency in government operations
  • Over $5 billion in grants and financing for the sector, expansion of state energy efficiency certificate schemes and major reforms to energy markets
  • Introducing world-leading education and certification schemes to Australia
Rob Murray-Leach has decided to step down as CEO following an injury in 2014, and will take on a new role as Executive, Policy and Advocacy at the EEC.
Luke Menzel has been appointed as the new CEO of the EEC. Luke was Acting CEO of the EEC in 2014, and has played a central role at the EEC since he joined it in 2012 as the Manager, Sector Development.
The policy team has also been strengthened with the addition of Shauna Coffey as the EEC's new Manager, Policy & Advocacy. Shauna will be based in NSW and have a particular focus on supporting members in NSW and driving the Council’s work on commercial buildings.
Rob Murray-Leach, outgoing CEO of the EEC and new Executive, Policy and Advocacy, said “It has been a real honour to lead the Energy Efficiency Council through some remarkable years for the energy sector. We’ve achieved so much more than I dreamed we could, and it’s time to pass the CEO role onto someone new. Luke Menzel has been an outstanding Acting CEO, and I know that he’ll take the organisation to the next level.”
Luke Menzel, new CEO of the EEC, said “I’m proud to be taking the reins of the Energy Efficiency Council at this exciting time. I thank Rob for his inspirational leadership and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the Council team, Board and members to drive smarter energy use in businesses and homes across Australia.”
Tony Arnel, EEC President said “I pay tribute to Rob’s achievements and boundless enthusiasm over the last six years, and it’s great news for the sector that he will be staying at the EEC to focus on policy. I’m also delighted to welcome Luke to the role of CEO. He has demonstrated great vision and a deep commitment to the development of the sector. Luke, Rob and Shauna will make a formidable policy team and will really drive the energy debate.”

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