Michael Photios

Partner

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Michael Photios brings a wealth of experience in politics and business.

First elected to the NSW Parliament in 1988, Michael Photios went on to serve in the NSW Parliament for over a decade. As Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Justice Minister, Michael was the then youngest ever Cabinet Minister in Australia.

Prior to this, Michael served as Chairman of the NSW Government Environment Committee, and the powerful Public Accounts Committee.

In opposition, Michael served in a senior Cabinet portfolio. As Shadow Minister for Transport, he played a key role in scrutinising rail reform across NSW, and keenly promoted the role of PPPs in service delivery. As one of the first advocates of an integrated transport management system in NSW, Michael was instrumental in ensuring its inclusion into the Coalition’s policy platform and current reform agenda.

As Shadow Minister for Tourism, Michael was arguably the most vocal partner for the NSW tourism industry.

After retiring from Parliament in 1999, Michael established himself as a leading executive in government relations across the country. In this capacity, he worked for more than a decade with a range of major private sector corporations and public sector agencies.

Along with his contemporary and extensive government networks, Michael brings his public policy, advocacy and commercial experience to Clean Energy Strategies.

 

Kristina Photios

Director

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Kristina has over 10 years experience in corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance.

Starting with KPMG in assurance & advisory, she then worked at Macquarie Bank in mergers & acquisitions.

Subsequently as Strategy Manager within Nine Entertainment Group and then in Business Development & Strategy with Optus Digital.

Kristina led the development of Optus Digital's ehealth and elearning strategies, working across Sydney, San Francisco and Singapore. She also led a number of internal M&A transactions and assisted in the structure & roll-out of the Optus Innov8 Seed Fund.

Kristina was a member of the NSW Government ehealth PPP Forum, which reported to the NSW Treasurer and NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services.

Kristina is a passionate leader in the conservative space for climate policy and renewables.

 

Ian Hancock

Director

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Ian specialises in public policy and corporate affairs.  He has experience in strategy, project management and delivery and stakeholder engagement for clients in a range of industries, including professional services, energy and resources, infrastructure and planning.

Before commencing at Clean Energy Strategies, he worked in the Sydney office of global law firm Baker & McKenzie.  In the Corporate and Energy & Resources teams, Ian worked on a broad range of corporate governance, joint ventures, general commercial and restructuring matters, as well as mergers & acquisitions, including the privatisation of NSW’s electricity assets and sale of other major infrastructure.

He also has extensive experience in small business and the publishing industry, having owned and operated a commercial property maintenance business and worked as the Deputy Editor of a popular special-interest magazine and events promoter.

Ian studied a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) at the University of Technology, Sydney.