MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
Raf is the Managing Director and the heart of MAG. Raf’s passion, experience and knowledge of the industry makes him uniquely qualified to provide exceptional insights and advice to all participants in the carbon and environmental markets.
“I am here to fulfil a promise to my kids to do everything I can to reduce the impact of climate change on their future. I want to help inform market participants to create a transparent, efficient market to ensure you can implement your carbon market strategy as quickly and effectively as possible.”
Raf has had a varied career, driven by the need to make a difference and connect with people. Starting his career as a Geologist in the mining industry, he moved on to be a commodities trader, stockbroker and investment advisor racking up over a decade in financial markets. After a conversation with his kids about the future of their world, Raf moved to work in government where he was instrumental in designing and implementing some of the Australian Government’s key market mechanisms including the Renewable Energy Target, Carbon Pricing Mechanism and the Emissions Reduction Fund. Rounding off his industry experience, Raf also worked with Australia’s largest carbon project developer as Head of Environmental Markets.
Completing the circle of market roles, Raf’s knowledge about liable entities, financial markets, government policy and project development places him as one of the most uniquely qualified independent carbon and environmental market advisors in Australia.
On the prompting of several industry icons, Raf founded the Market Advisory Group in 2018 to provide independent, impartial expert advice to all sides of the industry.
“I saw too many ‘square peg / square hole’ solutions being offered and wanted to provide the right advice and strategy to anyone who needed it”
Since then he has been providing bespoke, tailored advice to dozens of high-profile national and international firms.
When he is not talking about the price of ACCUs, you can find Raf on the sidelines of the rugby field coaching and cheering on his daughters’ team, or out the back having a beer around his pizza oven with family and friends.
Raf loves a chat, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give him a call.
James leads our environmental market and energy modelling team. He is excited to have joined MAG in the early days and has been instrumental in developing our monthly carbon markets report.
“It’s exciting to be a part of a growing, maturing industry and have the opportunity to make a positive environmental impact at the same time.”
James brings to the team his insights, forecasting and analytical skills, and over 15 years of financial and environmental markets experience. James worked with Raf at the Clean Energy Regulator as a market analyst before joining the Market Insights team at the Australian Energy Market Operator. James has a comprehensive understanding the Australian and international renewable energy, electricity, gas and carbon market dynamics.
On the weekend James is an avid sports fan and can be found on the tennis court or out on the golf course.
Heather is our methodology expert. If there is a question about how a method works, or if an activity will be eligible to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund, Heather is your girl. More and more, our work also looks at international schemes, so Heather is also the first point of call when finding out about overseas opportunities.
“I am in this to help people work together to create a better environment for everyone. I want to help people achieve their carbon goals and will work with people to find the right solution to fit their set of circumstances. “
Heather brings to the team her intimate knowledge of regulatory risk, comprehensive knowledge about the Emissions Reduction Fund, and exceptional problem-solving skills (but she believes this is just a natural trait of all geologists). Heather worked at the Clean Energy Regulator before finding freedom is starting Coefficient Services, a company that works in partnership with Market Advisory Group and deeply aligns to her personal values.
When Heather is not at work, you can find her toiling away in her veggie garden, perfecting her hockey skills or in the kitchen whipping up some food for family and friends.
Justin is MAGs environmental strategist bringing the restoration of landscapes to the balance sheets of our clients through great land sector carbon projects that will appeal to your boards, investors, staff and customers.
“I work in this industry because I love difficult challenges, and climate change is a difficult challenge. Working with MAG allows me to leverage my skills into an industry that needs to grow for the betterment of our planet and all things that live on it.”
Justin has a long history of studying and working in science and agriculture. Since 1995, he has been providing environmental consulting services to some of the world’s biggest businesses, including Air New Zealand, Tesla, Disney, Telstra, BMW and many others. However, his passion comes from planting trees as a child and now being able to marvel at the forests that they have become, knowing that they will be here for the next generation.
Justin joined MAG as he knows it will become the most influential leader in the carbon sector in Australia.