Demetriou and Meers join The Climate Institute Board Media Release

Sep 28, 2010 - 12:00am

The Climate Institute today welcomed a leading business figure and a leading community philanthropist to its Board of Directors.

Andrew Demetriou*, CEO of the AFL and Sam Meers**, managing director of the Nelson Meers Foundation, were officially welcomed to The Climate Institute at a Melbourne meeting of the board of directors today.

The Climate Institute’s Chair Mark Wootton said both appointments were leaders in their respective fields whose skills and experience would make a significant contribution to the organisation.

“Mr Demetriou brings a wealth of business and administrative experience to the organisation and we look forward to working with him to increase our business networks and support for action on pollution and climate change,” said Mr Wootton.

“Ms Meers is a leader in the philanthropic community with a deep personal commitment to taking action on climate change for current and future generations of Australians, and will help with advice on strengthening The Climate Institute’s important community and social networks.

“These additions will increase our capacity as Australia heads into a critical phase for public debate and business investment to ensure Australia is competitive in the emerging global low carbon economy and co-operative in helping build global ambition for action on pollution and climate change,” concluded Mr Wootton.

*Andrew Demetriou has been CEO of the Australian Football League since 2003. He is former teacher in business, law and politics and AFL player. Andrew was appointed Managing Director of the Ruthinium Group in 1989 a position he held until his appointment as CEO of the AFL Players Association in 1998. Andrew remains a director of Ruthinium Group which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of acrylic teeth, exporting to over 70 countries worldwide. 

**Sam Meers is the Managing Director of the Nelson Meers Foundation, a philanthropic foundation which supports Australia's cultural sector, and those organisations that utilise the arts to create positive social change or to amplify significant social policy issues. With over ten years experience within the philanthropic sector, Ms Meers initially practised as a specialist media lawyer, subsequently holding senior management positions within the media sector.  Ms Meers currently holds a number of non-executive board positions within the not-for-profit sector, including as Vice President of Philanthropy Australia, a Council Member of the Centre for Social Impact, and a board member of the State Library of NSW Foundation and the Documentary Australia Foundation.

For further information:
Harriet Binet | Communications Director, The Climate Institute |  0402 588 384

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