Meet the team
The Cities Power Partnership team brings together skills in climate policy and research, project management, media and communications and events to support councils. The program is also supported by the broader Climate Council team of experts.
Portia Odell is Director of the Cities Power Partnership where she leads the delivery of the program’s strategy and impact. She holds a PhD from Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and has a history working with communities, startups and governments helping them accelerate their climate projects. She is passionate about advancing the critical work of local governments taking meaningful action on climate change and is interested in the intersection between research, innovation and policy.
Darcy brings over a decade of experience working in climate, energy and resilience policy at the local, state and national level. As the Program Development Manager, Darcy is responsible for growing the Cities Power Partnership’s network of member councils and partners. He also works closely with our member councils to ensure that the Cities Power Partnership is delivering the best possible service to meet their needs.
Elizabeth Gleeson is the Program Collaboration Coordinator of the Cities Power Partnership where she seeks to create and foster the means by which our member councils can connect, collaborate and share their knowledge with each other. She believes that through combined effort and access to networking and proven solutions, local governments can accelerate their climate projects and emissions reductions.
Quimby Mills supports Victoria and Darcy in key communications initiatives and events at the Cities Power Partnership. She also heads up the program’s annual Climate Awards, which celebrate the clean energy and climate action projects undertaken by member councils. Quimby has lived and worked internationally – in the US, Canada, the UK – and brings a unique perspective to the team.
Chris is responsible for organising the data that councils submit as part of their involvement with the program. To extrapolate insights he approaches problem solving from a human-centred perspective, whilst also leveraging his professional experience in user-research and advertising. He has developed a strong understanding of local government through his involvement with multiple community groups and grassroots campaigns
Melinda Everett is responsible to support councils accelerate electric vehicle fleet uptake at a local government level. Melinda has over a decade of experience as an event executive and project lead across finance, infrastructure and the education sector. In previous roles, she has been privileged to find the innovators and change makers and connect them to people challenged to shift the status quo. Melinda is currently undertaking an Undergraduate Certificate in Antarctic and Climate Science at the University of Tasmania.
Victoria is responsible for the public relations, communications and stakeholder engagement work associated with the Cities Power Partnership. She comes with over six years of communications experience and holds a honours degree in Environment Resources Studies and a post-graduate diploma in Sustainable Business Management. She is passionate about telling stories of local trailblazers taking climate action into their own hands.
Note: Victoria is currently on maternity leave, Hannah Clayton is your go to for media & comms
The Climate Councillors consist of experts across climate policy, climate science, energy markets, renewable energy technologies, climate change impacts and risks. They support the Climate Council and the Cities Power Partnership by co-authoring and promoting the 100+ independent peer-reviewed research reports published to date.