ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee
According to the 2011 ICLEI Charter, a maximum of nine ICLEI Regional Executive Committees (RexComs) are to be established globally every three years. The RexComs represent the ICLEI members in each world region and all the RexComs together form the Council. From within each RexCom one representative is nominated to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee (GexCom), which is the overall governing body representing the entire ICLEI membership. Below you will find information on the five Oceania RexCom members, which were voted for in 2017.
CHAIR: Councillor KIM LE CERF, DAREBIN CITY COUNCIL, VICTORIa - Australia
Cr Kim Le Cerf was elected to Darebin Council in 2016 and served as Mayor of an invigorated Council featuring six women until 2018. Kim has undertaken study in economics. Kim’s passion for the environment and desire to create a sustainable future for generations to come has been the foundation of a career in sustainability leadership in both local and state government. Much of her career to date has been devoted to managing the impacts of climate change, both locally and globally. As a Darebin councillor Kim feels a strong connection to the local community where she lives and where she is raising her three children. She has committed to addressing key urban issues, including getting planning and land use right so we don’t destroy the neighbourhoods we know and love, investing in infrastructure now and for the future, and of course, responding to the climate challenge.
COUNCILLOR CAROLINE KNIGHT, CITY OF MANDURAH, WESTERN AUSTRALIa - australia
Elected to the City of Mandurah Council in 2011, Caroline is a Medical Scientist.
Caroline has an under graduate degree in Medical Laboratory Science, a postgraduate qualification in Biomedical Science and is currently studying part-time for a Jurist Doctor degree. Caroline has been an active member of the Mandurah community for the past twenty years, with her husband and children. Caroline is passionate about the natural environment, and is a member of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, National Sea Change Task Force, Peron Naturaliste Partnership and Chair of the Mandurah Environmental Advisory Group. She is also one of the Council’s representatives on the Peel Joint Development Assessment Panel. As someone very interested in the interaction between the community and the natural environment Caroline believes that decisions made now leave their mark for generations to come.
Mr Charles Kelly, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands
Charles Kelly currently holds the position of City Clark at Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands and has previously worked as Program Manager Sustainable Land Management for the UNDP, as Secretary General of SI Red Cross Society, as Executive Director of Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, as a project officer for the South Pacific Alliance for Family Health (SPAFH), and as Program Manager, Solomon Islands Christian Association.
Charles’s key areas of interest are governance and volunteering, consultancy, diplomacy and negotiating.
In 2015 Charles received an OBE medal for his long service in the NGO community and has held the roles of Chairman of Development Services Exchange – the umbrella NGO in Solomon Islands and Vice Chairman of the Pacific Islands Associations of Non-Governmental Organisations.
COUNCILLOR AARON HAWKINS, DUNEDIN CITY COUNCIL - NEW ZEALAND
Aaron has served on the Dunedin City Council since 2013, and chairs its Community & Culture committee, (former) Refugee Steering Group and Creative Dunedin Partnership. At a national level, he is the elected co-chair of the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Young Elected Members committee, and an appointed member of the LGNZ Governance & Strategy Advisory Group. Coming from a strong trade union family, his initial political concerns were around workers’ rights, broader social justice concerns, and the political influence of the deepest pockets. Eventually he realised that the biggest justice issues were environmental in nature. Whether it’s building resilient and sustainable communities, or being more ambitious about climate change mitigation, the price of inertia is disproportionately paid by our most vulnerable citizens. He believes strongly that local government has a critical role to play in tackling these challenges, and in working collaboratively with other councils, governments and NGOs to do so. He’s also committed to supporting the creative industries to play ther critical role in communicating challenges and solutions, and in the transition to a low carbon economy. In his spare time he chairs the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, and has previously been involved with running the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and campus station Radio One 91FM.
COUNCILLOR CATE COOREY, BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL, NEW SOUTH WALES - Australia
Cate Coorey is a community activist, working to represent the people and to restore and build resilience into the natural environment in the area where she lives. Cate comes to local government from a background in media and communications in the social justice, non-government sector, including for a major Australian charity and an international development agency. She has also worked in Media and Policy for a Greens MP and as a teacher in vocational education. She is especially interested in international development and is almost finished a Masters in International Development. Cate is a progressive independent community representative on Byron Shire Council.