Board of Directors

Dr Michelle Maloney

Dr Michelle Maloney is Co-Founder and Director of NENA, and manages the Coordinating Hub, which leads NENA’s Hub Connectivity, communications and social media, national event management, membership and partnership development. Michelle also participates on the NENA Strategic Directions Group.

Michelle is a lawyer, NGO manager and thought leader in a range of fields including the new economy, Earth centred and bioregional governance, ecological law and Rights of Nature.  Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle manages the strategic direction and governance of AELA, including the extensive partnerships and networks that AELA has with the legal, academic, indigenous and environmental advocacy communities. Michelle also designs and manages AELA programs and events, including AELA's Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights, and coordinates the work of more than 20 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia. Michelle is Senior Adjunct Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming Australia; and a member of the Steering Group of the International Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) . Michelle lives in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband, daughter and Raz the Wonderdog. For details about Michelle's work and publications, please visit her AELA Profile Page.

Professor Bronwen Morgan

Dr Bronwen Morgan is a Professor Law at UNSW Law and is Co-Founder and Director of NENA. Bronwen has taught at the University of Bristol, UK as Professor of Socio-legal Studies; at the University of Oxford for six years in association with the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, and at St Hilda’s College (1999-2001) and Wadham College (2002-2005).

Bronwen’s research focuses on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts, with a particular interest in the interaction between the technocratic interstices of regulation and collective commitments to democracy, conviviality and ecological sustainability. More recently, she has focused on new and diverse economies, mostly of the kind affiliated with solidarity and the creation of a commons, and the tensions between these and recent developments in sharing or platform economies. Empirically her work has explored energy, food, water and new kinds of lawyers.

Current work includes a focus on new legal models for social enterprise and emerging solidarity or commons-based economies, with a particular focus on platform cooperativism. Bronwen has also recently concluded two projects as a PLuS Alliance Fellow: one on urban agriculture and the other on bottom-up participatory approaches to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meaghan Burkett

Meaghan is a regulatory strategist and leader with over ten years’ experience in the sustainability and environment portfolios. She enjoys working on meaningful and complex issues that require a strategic, systematic and holistic approach. Meaghan has a multidisciplinary background across the public, private and non-government sectors. She started her career in financial audit then moved into corporate social responsibility. Meaghan participates in the NENA Participatory Budget Group.

For the last ten years she has worked in the public sector leading the development and implementation of regulatory programs. Meaghan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Environment Policy and is undertaking a Master of Government Law and Regulation. She is the Convenor of the NENA Newcastle Regional Hub and Chair of the AELERT Better Regulation Cluster.

Monique Potts

Monique is a thought leader and change agent working across the fields of education, systems transformation and digital media. In the last year Monique has been leading change as a founding member of The Grove innovation collective and the Sydney Commons Lab catalysing team. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Technology researching resilience and experiential learning for young people.

Her professional background includes roles in youth work, community development, media and education. Monique spent 12 years leading digital media teams and innovation at the ABC and then at UTS as the Acting Director of Innovation and Creative Intelligence. She has been active in a range of community organisations including the Jellyheadz, Black Rose Bookshop, Alfalfa House, CATV, Sydney Park free parties movement and more…

Dr Darren Sharp

Dr Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute and founding Director of Social Surplus, a strategy consultancy that works with public sector clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities and envision the transition to socially just and sustainable futures.

Darren is a thought leader in urban sustainability transitions, social innovation, the urban commons and sharing cities. He is the Australian editor of Shareable and co-authored the book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons. Darren is a founding Director of the New Economy Network Australia and a Director of the Open Food Foundation.

Duncan Wallace

Duncan is a PhD student and Teaching Associate at Monash Law School, where he researches the history and philosophy of corporate legal personality. He has graduate qualifications in economics and law, and his BA was in metaphysics.

He has worked as a co-operative enterprise consultant and for the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, and has tutored in Trusts Law, Property Law and Aboriginal Cultural Studies. He is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New Economy Journal, a monthly publication and the official journal of NENA. For fun, he plays soccer for Melbourne University Soccer Club and enjoys novels and films.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward (aka Wardy) is actively involved with new economy ventures in the following capacities:

  • Director of Incubator Co-op, an incubator for member-owned and controlled businesses.
  • Director of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, where he has exposure to reward, debt and equity crowdfunding
  • Director of Hen House Co-op, a venture aimed at closing the gender investment gap
  • Director of Ethical Fields, a consultancy enabling stakeholders to get an actual stake in enterprises

Andrew is excited to join the New Economy Network of Australia (itself a Co-operative) and contribute commercialisation, funding and organisational skills into the mix. He participates in the NENA Participatory Budget Group.

Dr Simon Kerr

Dr Simon Kerr is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of the Inland in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. He also works part time on the Commonwealth funded four year Murray Darling Water and Environment Research Program with the La Trobe University led research Consortium.

He is also a climate activist through Music for a Warming World, a music/multi-media project using music and visuals to tell the new stories needed to help create a safer future. He is a song writer, musician, video making and essayist. They have performed widely at Universities, music festivals, art galleries and community groups from Queensland to Tasmania.

Simon has worked both as a lecturer in sociology and policy and for about 8 years (in New Zealand) and subsequently 15 years in various forms of University Research Management, where he has lead teams, professional service units, consulted on a number of large multi-institutional funding programs and written a range of research related University policy. He is a former broad member and President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), representing research management professionals in the research sector including Universities and Research Institutes across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Pacific regions. He has BA in Sociology, a Masters of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management and a PhD in Political Ecology.

Vale David Thompson, Founding Director

The New Economy Network Australia (NENA) wishes to express condolences to the family of David Thompson, former CEO of Jobs Australia Ltd, Chair of New Economy Network Australia and Australian representative on RIPESS - Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, who passed away during the night of Friday September 18.  David is survived by wife, Rosemary and sons, Francis and Louis.

David had a long career and service to the employment sector as the CEO of Jobs Australia for 30 years. He had joined RIPESS in September 2004 and represented Oceania (Australia) on the RIPESS Board of directors since November 2005. He was also awarded Member of Order of Australia (AM) for services to employment and training in 2005.

David was instrumental in introducing NENA to RIPESS, and linking the new economy movement in Australia to developments around the world.  David was one of our original members of the NENA Steering Group, that was created after our first ever gathering in Sydney in August 2016, and was an incredibly generous and caring person, who supported the 'birth' of NENA and assisted with its ongoing organisational development.

The NENA Board of Directors was shocked and upset at the news this week, that David Thompson had passed away.  We have sent our condolences and flowers to his family, and will do our best to honour his memory through NENA's work.

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