Jo Benvenuti is CUAC's Executive Officer. Jo has extensive experience in the energy and water sectors with a consumer focus, including previous positions as second in charge to the Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria), and at the Office of the Regulator-General (now the Essential Services Commission). Jo was also Executive Officer of the Financial and Consumer Rights Council where she was particularly interested in hardship and utilities issues. She has worked in welfare services across a diverse range of policy areas, including the aged, housing, and emergency relief provision, and was previously Executive Manager Corporate Affairs at the RSPCA (Victoria). Jo has a postgraduate diploma in public policy.
Deanna Foong is a Research and Policy Advocate. Deanna’s work at CUAC is focused on policy and regulatory responses in relation to the energy retail market. Deanna is a qualified lawyer who holds Masters qualifications in Law and Conflict Resolution. Deanna has experience working for the Law Reform Committee of the Victorian Parliament, the Energy and Water Ombudsman of Victoria and the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.
Caitlin Whiteman is a Research and Policy Advocate. Caitlin’s main focus is on water policy, where she has a particular interest in pricing issues. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research. She has worked as a Research Officer with the Victorian Parliament Education and Training Committee, and also has experience working in the community sector and for the Commonwealth Government.
Loren Days is a lawyer with a strong interest in policy advocacy and experience working in Victoria’s community legal sector, including a policy role with the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria. She has also worked with the Human Rights Law Centre and consulted to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Loren has a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, a J.D. from the University of Virginia and an LL.M. from the University of Melbourne.
Martin Jones is a Research and Policy Advocate. Martin is an economist with several years' experience in energy policy research and analysis. He has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at the University of New South Wales, and written on energy and climate policy for a range of media. Martin holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.