Jessica Boekhoff joins Point Advisory in Melbourne

Jessica is a manager at Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on climate change and carbon management.

Jessica has over five years’ experience as an environmental professional providing sustainability support for organisations, infrastructure projects, urban developments and government. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Jessica worked with AECOM in the UK as a sustainability consultant providing services focussing on sustainability frameworks, carbon management and climate change. She has a keen interest in supporting organisations to understand their impact on the environment and how to embed processes to manage and mitigate this.

Jessica is particularly interested in carbon management and has developed several quantitative tools and carbon management strategies to help organisations to understand and mitigate their impact on climate change. She’s conducted numerous climate change assessments on proposed infrastructure developments including airports, rail, roads and urban regeneration to evaluate their carbon footprint, resilience to projected climate change and in-combination climate change impact on surrounding environment and communities.

She has experience developing sustainability strategies for developers and government bodies to better integrate sustainability throughout their operations, governance and supply chain. She provided embedded sustainability support to a developer managing the regeneration of a central-London industrial site into a mixed-use development ensuring that sustainability was at the forefront of design, construction and operations to provide the right outcomes for the community and environment.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science from Guelph University and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management from Niagara College in Canada. Outside of work, you can find Jessica exploring food markets, going on day hikes, or sewing her own clothes.

Sarah Beattie-Smith joins our Melbourne office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Sarah to our growing team in Melbourne! She has recently joined as a Manager in our Climate Change and Energy team.

Originally from Scotland, Sarah brings eight years’ experience in energy and climate policy and six years’ in social justice, community development and campaigning roles.

Sarah is passionate about securing a just transition, ensuring no one is left behind in the move to decarbonise the economy. She is particularly interested in how emerging models of community engagement, participation and ownership could build a more inclusive and more sustainable economy.

In Scotland, Sarah worked for ClimateXChange, the country’s centre of expertise on climate change, where she designed and managed research for the Scottish Government.

She also led policy, research and campaigns on energy efficiency and low carbon heat for WWF Scotland where she won support for new minimum standards, and she spent several years with Citizens Advice Scotland representing consumers in regulated markets like energy and water.

Fun facts: Sarah ran for election in 2016, just missing out on winning a place in the Scottish Parliament; and her first degree is in Sculpture which she still dabbles in occasionally.

Point Advisory welcomes Dean Thomson to our Melbourne team

Dean is a Senior Manager at the Point Advisory Melbourne office, with a focus on climate change and environment.

Dean has over fifteen years’ experience working on environmental and climate change issues across government, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Dean worked at World Vision Australia, developing community-based climate change programs. His work focused on certification and commercialisation of reforestation and energy efficiency carbon offset projects in Africa and Peru and development of their Environment Policy.

Dean was previously a consultant at GHD and Net Balance, where he advised organisations on the development of carbon footprints and mitigation strategies, conducted NGER audits and climate risk assessments.  He also worked in the Australian Governments National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Team where he supported the production of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and development of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Measurement Determination.

Dean also volunteers for the Gold Standard Land Use Technical Advisory Committee where he provides advice on the development of new methodologies, projects and standards to measure climate and sustainable development impacts.

Dean holds a PhD in Applied Science from the University of Tasmania and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University. Dean’s PhD thesis investigated the role Huon Estuary sediments play in regulating carbon and nitrogen cycles and the impact organic carbon pollution has on them.

Outside of work, Dean enjoys learning to play the guitar, listening to music, bush walking and cooking exotic cuisines.

Shelley Goldsmith joins our team in Melbourne

Shelley is the Office Manager at Point Advisory’s Melbourne Office, with a focus on productivity and efficiency.

Shelley has over 20 years’ experience in Office, Training and People Management, creating opportunities for positive change and transformation. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Shelley worked at the Holden Campus for General Motors as a Regional Lead for Training, Communications and End User Experience. Her work focused on managing, designing and delivering workplace training to increase the adoption rates of deployed IT products and services. Throughout her career she has lead teams and been an advocate for change and transformation. Shelley has skills in the assessment of End User Experience to hone Service Excellence and follow her passion for increasing productivity and decreasing waste. Experienced in Focus group facilitation, this enables her to respond to needs through the design, development and improvement of systems, processes and innovative solution development.

Shelley holds an Advanced Certificates in Human Resource Operations and Training and Assessment.

In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time photographing local birdlife, travelling and volunteering in the community.

Lachie McLean joins Point Advisory’s Melbourne office

Lachie is a Senior Consultant at Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on climate change and energy.

Lachie has over five years’ experience working on sustainability and climate change strategy in government, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Lachie worked at the Surf Coast Shire Council developing and delivering a community wide renewable energy program. His work focused on delivering initiatives to transition Council’s operations to 100% renewable, as well as supporting residents and businesses use less energy and make the switch to renewables. Lachie has experience facilitating advisory groups, engaging communities and developing their capacity, and applying his technical knowledge to strategy and program development.

Lachie holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Deakin University. In 2013, Lachie graduated with first class Honours and was the recipient of Deakin Universities Vice-Chancellor’s Award for his research paper on the impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on Australia fur seal colonies.

Lachie is passionate about tackling climate change and ensuring he is actively part of the solution, both personally and professionally. Lachie was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2014 and later that year joined a delegation from the World YMCA at the United Nations 20th Conference of Parties in Lima advocating for greater consideration of young and future generations in the discussion. He continues to volunteer with climate focused groups.

Outside of work, Lachie spends most of his time down the coast surfing and running, or up in town enjoying the hustle and bustle.

Point Advisory welcomes Sujata Karandikar to our Melbourne team

Sujata is a Senior Manager in Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on sustainable procurement and social impact.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Sujata worked at Origin Energy as Social Responsibility manager within procurement where she designed and managed Origin’s responsible procurement program and supplier diversity program.

Sujata has over 10 years of experience in in-house sustainable procurement, supplier diversity and local economic development roles across a range of sectors, including mining (Rio Tinto, Anglo American), energy (Origin Energy), property (Mirvac) and retail (David Jones). She consulted on projects within utilities, agriculture, and healthcare, as well as local and state government. Her experience working within procurement across a broad range of industries means that she has a keen understanding of both broader ESG materiality and supply chain specific risks across a range of industry sectors.

She also has a background in procurement process improvement and data analytics and reporting roles, and as such, understands the importance of ensuring that social, environmental and ethical considerations are embedded into the procurement process to create long term, sustainable change.

Sujata has a keen interest in technology and the start-up space, having previously co-founded a tech startup after raising seed capital, and is an alumni member of Springboard Enterprises, a network of high growth female startup founders. She believes technology has an important role to in addressing the complex social and environmental issues we face globally and is often scanning the market for new and innovative solutions.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, baking, travel and hiking.

Amélie Uhrig joins Point Advisory’s Melbourne office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Amélie to our growing team in Melbourne! She has recently joined as Consultant in our Climate Change and Environment team.

Amélie holds a Master in Environmental Sciences, focusing on climate policies and politics as well as the role of forests in climate mitigation. As part of her studies, she conducted a qualitative social research project on community-based forest management and REDD+ in Indonesia. She also holds a Bachelor in Geography and Ethnology. This academic background makes her an interdisciplinary thinker, positioning herself in-between the natural and social sciences.

Amélie is particularly interested in power relations between stakeholders in a natural resource management context and is passionate about community-based strategies and approaches.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Amelie worked as consultant for international development agency GIZ GmbH in Indonesia, where she was working in a project on climate and environmental awareness. As part of her role, she travelled to high schools and educational facilities throughout Java, facilitating educational activities and workshops to support climate action and improve climate literacy.

Amélie is an advocate for environmental/climate education and how complex scientific topics can be made digestible for a non-technical audience. She has been volunteering with the ICLEI Oceania Young Writers Network that aims to empower students and young researchers to become impactful science communicators.

Outside of work, Amélie enjoys art and sculpture exhibitions, music concerts and outdoor adventures.



Nina Haysler joins Point Advisory’s Sydney office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Nina Haysler to our growing team in Sydney!

Nina is a Senior Consultant at Point Advisory’s NSW office based in Sydney. She is responsible for project managing Sydney-based projects. Nina’s area of expertise is in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) integration and business and human rights.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Nina worked at CAER ESG Research in Canberra for four years, firstly as an ESG Analyst assessing the extra-financial disclosures of the ASX300 and NZ50 companies, and then as a Research Project Manager, leading on CAER’s bespoke projects and providing advisory services for investors. In these roles, Nina travelled to and worked in the London, Brussels and Paris office of Vigeo Eiris – a global research service provider that provides ESG research and solutions for investors. Nina has experience developing sustainability ratings and extra-financial strategies for asset owners and asset managers.

Nina holds a Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) from the Australian National University. In 2018 Nina was selected for the Audrey Fagan Leadership Program, completing a series of Australian Institute of Company Directors courses. Nina also has a Diploma of Financial Planning.

Nina’s academic background and work at CAER have helped form a specialised interest in international humanitarian law and human rights issues. Nina has worked on both the 2016 pilot and the 2018 iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, has been an active member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia’s (RIAA’s) Corporate Engagement Working Group and Human Rights Working Group and regularly presents on human rights-related developments.

Outside of work, Nina has been involved in the development of Girls on Bikes, a migrant and refugee learn to cycle program. Nina also enjoys playing and writing music.

Point Advisory welcomes George Wang to our Energy team!

George Wang has recently joined Point Advisory as a Manager in the Energy and Climate Change team in Melbourne.

George holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering and has over seven years’ experience in the energy efficiency and sustainable built environment consulting fields. He is an accredited NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) and CBD (Commercial Building Disclosure) assessor and has delivered numerous ratings and Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) applications for clients. George is also a Certified Monitoring and Verification Professional (CMVP) and a Certified Energy Efficiency Specialist (CEES). He has extensive experience in energy audits for commercial and retail buildings, building tuning and monitoring services and building upgrade management services.

In 2017, George was part of the team that delivered consulting services of National Construction Code Section J Review for the Australian Building Codes Board. George has a special interest in data analytics and believes that big data will be a key driver for energy efficiency and energy management. Prior to joining Point Advisory, George was a senior energy consultant at Energy Action.

Outside of work, George enjoys exercising, cooking and playing music. He especially likes playing classical and jazz piano and hopes one day to form his own jazz trio.

Point Advisory welcomes Farema Yazdi

Point Advisory welcomes Farema Yazdi as a Consultant in our Melbourne team.

Farema has experience in qualitative research, data management and analysis in the climate change field, predominantly gained through her Master’s thesis and conducting research for local government and non-profit organisations. Farema has also conducted research for a UN Global Compact for Cities report which sought to inform climate adaptation policy in Victoria, and worked with the Climate Reality Project in Canada to assist with the research, development and launch of the National Climate League ahead of COP24.

In her Master’s thesis, Farema analysed the interactions between climate change mitigation and adaptation in the context of Melbourne’s city resilience. Farema is interested in the ways in which contributions of mitigation can be strengthened in resilience theory and practice, particularly in the Middle East. She hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in this field.

Outside of work, Farema enjoys all things art, culture and bouldering.

Farema can be contacted here.