NENA 2019 Board of Directors Nominees

For NENA's 2019 Elections (being held on 7 October 2019), we have received six nominations for the six vacant Director positions.

Please read the bios below, to learn about our new nominees.

In addition to the six new nominees, in accordance with the NENA Constitution, half of the existing (founding) NENA Board of Directors are staying on as Directors for another year.  Their positions will be opened up for election in 2020.  The existing Directors who are staying in their positions for another year are:

  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Co-founder of NENA and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, profile
  • Professor Bronwen Morgan, UNSW Law, profile
  • David Thompson, former CEO at Jobs Australia Ltd.

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.

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.

Jason Twill

With over 20 years’ experience in urban development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. His career experience includes delivery of sustainable, mixed-income housing projects throughout New York City, the South Lake Union Innovation District in Seattle and serving as Head of Sustainability for Lendlease Development Australia.

As Founder and Director of Urban Apostles, Jason leads a boutique property and consulting services business specialising in regenerative development and alternative housing models for cities. He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance and was selected as a Next City Urban Vanguard in both 2015 and 2017.


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 helped found and is 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.