BREAZE Inc. Board 2021

Photo on 19 1 20 at 2.20 pm 2 President: Mary Debrett

Now in her fourth year as a board member, Mary moved to Ballarat with her partner after she retired. A former teacher, she initiated the World Environment Day Children's Writing      Competition with BREAZE in 2018 and continues with her own writing—non-fiction and fiction—on climate and environment-related issues. A media and communications academic with a background in documentary making and a special research interest in media coverage of climate change, Mary spent many years analysing how the climate communication crisis —the 20 year faux debate: is it really happening?— exacerbated Australia's climate policy void. She is now enjoying collaborating with other BREAZE members, advocating for and working on practical local solutions.


Pat Hockey 1Secretary: Pat Hockey

Pat Hockey is a digital marketing strategist and horticulture specialist. He has extensive knowledge and experience of climate change advocacy with a special interest in superannuation divestment, sustainable housing and transport. He holds degrees in the social sciences and education and is an experienced teacher. He tutors in sharemarket investing with an emphasis on ethical funds and the renewables sector. He reasons that based purely on the science, climate change must be in the foreground of all of our decision making.


Paul Tant

Treasurer: Paul Tant

Paul is a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) with over thirty years of financial experience in financial management and internal and external audit.  He was also previously the local Community Development Manager with Bank Australia.  He originally moved from the UK to Ballarat in 1997 with a minerals mining and processing group; subsequently in 2008 he moved to work in the not-for-profit sector, originally in community finance in London and qualified with a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management in 2010 from London’s Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness to add to his Bachelors degree in Economics.

Paul has significant experience on not-for-profit boards both in Australia and in the UK, and currently works providing financial compliance and consulting services to a range not-for-profit organisations.  He lives in Buninyong with his family and believes that urgent action on the climate emergency is necessary for future generations.



Reid-Peter181x200 Peter Reid: Project Manager

Now in his fifth year as a board member, Peter is a communications engineer with a wealth of experience in not for profit boards. Peter has been instrumental in the development of Breaze’s Social Solar project and is interested in technology associated with energy generation, distribution and storage and sustainable transport.

Peter joined BREAZE because he believes that sustainable communities are needed to ensure that future generations have the same advantages that his generation enjoyed.
Peter has been an engineer for over 40 years and has seen the rise of information technology and communications (ITC).  Peter believes that the intelligent use of ITC can facilitate the transition to a sustainable future.  He is interested in the “smart grid” and how distributed energy sources e.g. solar, wind etc. can wean our society off carbon based fuels.


 Paul Duggan

Paul Duggan: Project Manager

Now in his fifth year as a Board member, Paul has extensive experience and skills in project management and information technology.   


Screen Shot 2019 03 30 at 2.56.01 pmTony Goodfellow

Tony lives in Ballarat with his wife and 5 year old who inspires much of his community activism. He has experience in advocacy, community education and engagement experience throughout Australia and is passionate about action on climate change. He works as Community Educator for Australian Wind Alliance, the national community voice for wind, and recently finished Master of Environment at University of Melbourne. He has previously obtained a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies with Honours in Sociology from University of Tasmania where he was also involved in the “Forest for Climate” campaign. He previously worked in Wadeye, an Aboriginal community, as a technical assistant for the rangers. Tony thinks Ballarat could be a world leader in climate action and be the capital of the future zero-carbon economy.

therese profile picture 1Therese Footner: Advocacy Group Coordinator

Therese joined the BREAZE board in December 2019.
She has a background in education and is now working as a health care worker. Therese has recently moved to Ballarat. She has interest in environmental issues.

She joined Ballarat Climate Action Network to work with others to plan and organise an event to promote awareness and action on climate change. Therese joined the BREAZE board to contribute to ways to urge leaders to conserve the natural environment and transition to renewable energy.


Simon Reid Profile Picture 201501Simon Reid – now in his third year as a board member, Simon is well known to most members through his passionate involvement in many BREAZE initiatives since formation and his role as Director of Breaze Energy Solutions.



EL IMG 1803 1Emily Lee - joined the BREAZE board in December 2019

Our family moved to Ballarat 15 years ago and after joining BREAZE I started attending their series of education workshops.  I then commenced improving the   thermal properties of our weatherboard home.  Initially this was reducing drafts and improving ceiling insulation.  Later works included installing underfloor insulation, adding solar panels and eventually replacing the windows with double glazing.  We have since moved to a different home which has solar panels, is brick and built on a slab so it has better warmth holding capacity however it has many, many drafts so I am starting over again.

I am passionate about what the average person can achieve at home.  Specifically, the generation of energy and water at a household level, minimising waste and growing quality food at home.  I love talking to people about their food’s journey and help them understand where their food comes from.  I am a qualified horticulturist and a member of the local Landcare group.  I joined the BREAZE board to learn more about the valuable programs supported by BREAZE and to add my voice to BREAZE negotiating for a better environment.


WIN 20190807 15 50 03 ProSue Nunn: Coordinator Affiliated Groups - joined the BREAZE Board in November 2020

Sue has been a member of BREAZE since its inception. She is passionate about personal ways of living sustainably in a changing physical, social and cultural world. She works in the higher education sector with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who work on and for Country. She also teaches into anthropology and sociology. 

Sue has joined the BREAZE board to be part of an organisation that advocates for the health of the environment as well as people. Her other passion is film and its power to express story. 


Sally Missing 4110Sally Missing  - joined the BREAZE Board in November 2020

Sally and her husband made a retirement tree change to Buninyong in 2019 where they are enjoying making their garden more productive and their house more energy efficient. She loves being part of a small community where there are many people that are concerned about the environment.

Although she is new to environmental advocacy, Sally has spent many years working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector including past experience as Vice President of Eltham Community Health Centre and President of Emerge Australia. Her work experience includes management of health promotion, allied health and chronic disease programs and, prior to retirement, she was Executive Officer of the Inner East Primary Care Partnership.

Sally has qualifications in nursing, a Bachelor of Arts (Media) and a Masters’ Degree in Health Administration.  

“I want to do something useful in my retirement and what better than to support desperately needed action and advocacy in response to climate change.”


Ramneek SharmaRamneek Sharma - Joined BREAZE Board in July 2021

Ramneek is an accomplished and passionate IT management professional with extensive experience. Over 20 years of experience being engaged into various techno-management roles managing & supporting large and complex IT ecosystems, support BAU (Business as Usual) and delivery of projects, process improvements and CSI (Continuous Service Improvement) initiatives.

Ramneek is certified PMP, Prince2 Practitioner and Prince2 Agile Practitioner. Worked with world's top notch IT services organisations such as IBM, DXC, Atos etc. Acquired skills, knowledge and developed insight into various industries such as Telecommunication, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Consumer Healthcare, IT Services etc.

Ramneek has moved to Ballarat in mid-year 2019 with his family. He cognizes that we (Humans) are indebted to nature though being part of it. An urgent call for action is must to stop destruction and reinforce sustainable living for future generations. He wanted to contribute for this critical cause "to protect the natural environment and increase sustainability", which aligns well with the principal objective of BREAZE Inc. "increase sustainability within the region by promoting renewable sources of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Peter Boadle

Peter BI have lived and raised our family in the Ballarat area for about 30 years and worked in management for various State Government land management agencies and the Department of Infrastructure over most of that time. The conservation of our natural resources, and the impact of climate change on those resources, is therefore of great concern to me. I am now retired and am gratified that I can continue supporting meaningful environmental action through BREAZE.




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PGleeson.pngPauline Gleeson

Pauline volunteered to become a member of the Breaze board initially on the basis of her attention having been drawn to local environmental issues, specifically the Lake Wendouree lighting project.   However, she intends to embrace and broaden her advocacy regarding environmental projects, and particularly local environmental projects. She is also a strong believer in the personal aspect of environmental responsibility, that is, what can each of us do, on a day-to-day basis to reduce our own environmental impact.

Pauline comes from a farming background having grown up in the Camperdown area, and returned to the Camperdown area after living in Melbourne and Sydney, as a mother of four young children.   Pauline moved to the Ballarat area in 2005, once her children were in the latter part of their schooling.

Pauline has qualifications in teaching, and law, and currently works as a solicitor in Ballarat.

Nick Charleston

Nick has a professional background in education and working with start-up and grassroots businesses and is very passionate about sustainability and renewable energy.

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