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CEO - Shahana McKenzie

Shahana McKenzie joined Bioenergy Australia in August 2017.

Shahana McKenzie Bioenergy Australia CEO









McKenzie’s experience as a reformist CEO was a chief factor in her appointment to head Bioenergy Australia and she looks forward to delivering positive results as she begins showcasing bioenergy as the answer to building a national energy mix that is good for the environment, the economy and the community.

Shahana will have responsibility for leading Bioenergy Australia’s contribution on matters such as climate science, jobs creation, regional development and energy supply will ensure national benefits for the next decade and beyond. An immediate priority for Bioenergy Australia is to ensure bioenergy features prominently in considerations of all levels of government as they plan and implement energy strategies and policies.

Prior to joining Bioenergy Australia she was the Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and led the organisation to become a vocal, active and engaged member of the built environment community. Prior to this, she has a history of working across associations and organisations in the non-profit and sporting sectors.

Listed in The Australian – Black book of Green people list, Shahana activated the community of landscape architects through creating a range of industry, government and public campaigns including the Living Cities AllianceThe International Festival of Landscape ArchitectureMy Park Rules, Parks Changing Australia and KIDSCAPE.

Shahana has a reputation for building strong collaborative relationships within industry and government. She previously sat on the ASBEC Cities and Infrastructure taskforces, was a co-convener of the Living Cities Alliance, a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities and was invited to sit on the Federal Governments Cities Reference Group Chaired by the Minister for Cities Angus Taylor.




Connie Crookshanks joined Bioenergy Australia in July 2014. 

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Connie’s background is in environmental and energy consulting with experience in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Connie graduated with a BSc (Environmental Chemistry) from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 and with an MSc (Environmental Engineering) in 1993 from Imperial College, University of London. 

Connie’s career began in the nuclear sector where she worked on UK and European programs modelling the deep disposal of radioactive waste.  From there she moved into energy policy and environmental reporting.  In New Zealand Connie worked at both the New Zealand Government’s Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).  She has worked extensively with industry associations in New Zealand including the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (‘EMANZ’), the New Zealand Geothermal Association (‘NZGA’) and the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (‘BANZ’).  At BANZ she has a variety of roles and has worked closely with the EO to develop resources and provide services to association members. In Australia, Connie has continued her work for BANZ but has also held roles in the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) (in business sustainability) and at the Queensland Government Department for Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) (in electricity pricing).

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