Petrina Dorrington (Acting Executive Director) brings extensive experience in not-for-profit leadership roles to CUAC's Board. Petrina was Executive Director of Kids Under Cover for 10 years and served on their Board for a further six. She has also been CEO of the Inland Queensland Tourism and Development Board and General Manager at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Petrina is currently a Director on the Board of the Royal Children's Hospital, and volunteers as a mentor for the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy.
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 and water. Deanna is a qualified lawyer who holds a LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Hull (U.K.), a LL.M. in International Law from the National University of Singapore, a LL.M. and a Master of Conflict Resolution both from La Trobe University. 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.
Karl Barratt is the EnergyInfoHub Community Participation Coordinator. He has extensive experience in providing programs that support low income households to gain control and confidence in managing their energy bills. Karl has worked for many years in the community sector as Program Manager of Energy Services at Kildonan UnitingCare and has also worked as an Energy Advisor, Sustainability Assessor and Environmental Consultant. He has a Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) and a Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling).
Simone Karmis is a Research and Policy Advocate. Simone is an Australian lawyer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/ Laws from La Trobe University. She has gained exposure to the energy and environment sector through her work at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia in the Construction and Engineering team, internship at the Environment Defenders’ Office and Members’ Chambers at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Simone is passionate about community welfare and fairness for Australian consumers. She has volunteered at the Fitzroy Legal Service for the last 6 years.
Ben Martin Hobbs holds a Master of Public Policy and Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He has experience working for a research based strategy consultancy, Andrews Group, and was the policy intern at Goodstart Early Learning. He joined CUAC from Chancellery Operations at the University of Melbourne, where he worked closely with the Vice Chancellor and senior chancellery staff on a variety of communications and research projects.