Our Team


Ainsley Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

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Ainsley joined ISCA in May 2016. Ainsley brings to ISCA an exceptional management, leadership and business experience underpinned by a strong science and sustainable resource management technical background. Ainsley is an experienced executive with a distinctive track record in professional services.


Ainsley was an executive at Pacific Environment, Strategic Environmental Focus and Coffey International. Now at ISCA, Ainsley works across the infrastructure industry to advance sustainable outcomes through the deployment and development of the IS rating scheme. Ainsley also oversees ISCA’s learning and development portfolio aimed at building marketing capability across industry.


Ainsley is committed to making a real impact in organisations that anchor in their core values, develop their people and support the advancement of women with leadership aspirations. Her proudest achievements are those that have come from collaborating with others.


At weekends Ainsley equips the power tools and switches to DIY mode. She and her husband buy run-down properties and reinvigorate them so they’re ready for market. No rest for the wicked!


Charlotte Connell

General Manager, Valued Engagement

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Charlotte joined ISCA in September 2017 as Engagement Manager and is responsible for developing a communications and marketing strategy to deliver value to members and the broader stakeholder community.


Charlie’s story telling skills started young, she started writing for a surfing magazine.  From there she honed her journalistic skills in print, radio and TV before moving across to corporate communications in local government. While working on a rural island in Vanuatu, in an AusAid sponsored position, Charlie deconstructed what communications and marketing had become and strip it back to its simplest form – engaging your audience and value delivery.


Most recently Charlie has driven the marketing and communications across Australia and New Zealand for seafood sustainability certification scheme, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), doubling consumer awareness and more importantly positively engaging industry.


Dan Prince

Marketing Coordinator

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Dan joined ISCA in 2017. He has previously worked for Mattel and at an insurance broker in the UK, before moving to Sydney in December 2016.


Dan has experience in social media marketing, blog writing, website development, mobile apps, and search engine optimization.


At ISCA Dan is responsible for everything digital – the website, content, social media, email marketing, annual publication – and is also a point of contact for event and conference partnerships and coordination.


In his spare time he enjoys cooking, exploring Australia, Netflix binges, gaming and football (but refuses to call it soccer).


Eva Wang

Finance Manager

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Eva joined ISCA in October 2012 from an extensive career in the hospitality industry as an Assistant Account.  She previously managed staff to oversee all daily accounting aspects for a multimillion dollar organisation, reporting directly to the Financial Controller.  During her previous roles, Eva has actively engaged in system reviews to provide a more streamlined approach to business activities, both financial and human resources, with a proven track record in reducing overhead expenses.


Jonathan Avery

General Manager, Sustainability Leadership

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Jon joined ISCA in December 2017, boasting a wealth of fantastic experience as a project engineer, project manager, and stakeholder engagement manager at a wide variety of international organisations. Jon’s lived on four continents, having worked in France, Guinea, Tanzania and Kenya.


At ISCA, Jon is responsible for the management and maintenance of the IS International rating tool and associated training programs, developing and maintaining regional and international partnerships, as well as being New South Wales and New Zealand’s case manager.


In his spare time Jon enjoys bush-walking and bird watching, and has an appetite for French food.


Kieren Heikkinen

Case Manager - Queensland

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Kieren joined ISCA as part of the Technical Team in November 2016. He has a background in civil engineering in local government (5 years’ experience), as well as design, project management, construction, and asset management experience.

At ISCA, Kieren is primarily responsible for supporting IS registered ratings through the rating process, facilitating the use of the IS Rating Tool and assisting with tool development. He primarily works with projects in Queensland and Western Australia, but is also involved with New South Wales.

Kieren enjoys a decent music festival, the outdoors, and everything automotive.


Kirsty Bauer

Case Manager - Victoria

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Kirsty joined ISCA as part of the Technical Team in August 2015. She is primarily responsible for supporting IS registered ratings through the rating process and facilitating the use of the IS rating scheme for projects in Victoria. Kirsty project managed the development of the IS Operations rating scheme.


Kirsty has over 13 years’ experience delivering environmental, energy and sustainability project support in a range of sectors.


Kirsty is one of two South Africans at ISCA (aside from Ainsley), and has also lived in the UK. She enjoys solving problems, playing supball at Manly Wharf, and caring for her beloved dog, Jock.


Maria Austria

Case Manager - South Australia, & Technical Quality Assurance Manager

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Maria joined ISCA as part of the technical team in January 2017. She is primarily responsible for supporting IS registered rating through the rating process and facilitating the use of the IS rating scheme for projects mainly in Queensland and South Australia. With the increase traction in Victoria recently, Maria is a support case manager for Victoria projects. She has international experience in a diverse multi-client environment in the fields of civil engineering and sustainability consulting. Her project involvement has spanned roads, hydropower facilities, land development, recreational facilities and green building design. Her keen interest in environmental issues and sustainability consulting has meant her involvement in several projects overseas. Her Australia project portfolio includes energy efficiency evaluation using BCA Standard and State of Victoria Codes.

Her past experiences have extended her skills beyond civil design and providing technical assistance on projects from conceptual to operations, to include project management and the development of new accounts.

Maria is musical, and enjoys playing the banduria, guitar and flute. She also enjoys yoga and cooking. However, nowadays her little girl takes up most of her free time.



Michelle Peisley

Finance, Training & Office Coordinator

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Michelle is one half of our finance team, having joined ISCA in 2017. She has an insurance background, and has previously worked as a credit executive in accounts receivable. Mich is responsible for the coordination of our training courses, the processing of payments and invoicing.


A keen music enthusiast, Mich enjoys spending her time travelling internationally in between gigs. As a born and raised Sydney-sider, she loves watersports and anything food related. Her favourite day of the week is Friday!


Nicole Boyd

General Manager, Infrastructure Innovation

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Sustainability expert Nicole joined ISCA in July 2015 and is responsible for leading the development of the latest version of the IS rating tool, ISv2.0, and new products and services.


Nicole is highly qualified and experienced, with three University degrees and over 12 years’ experience in sustainability roles. She has previously worked at Brambles, Melbourne Water, Sydney Water, Leighton Contractors and Hurstville Council. She has a wealth of knowledge and skills around sustainability; including carbon and ecological foot-printing, strategy development, business development, stakeholder engagement and project management – just to name a few.


Her chickens, dogs, and ever-evolving garden take up a lot of her time outside work. Buying, selling and restoring mid-century furniture and ‘trying to do yoga’ accounts for the rest!


Vivienne Lee

Executive Assistant 

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Our Executive Assistant Viv is also our team support. She ensures the effective running of the office and is the jack of all trades when it comes to delivering value to our stakeholders. A keen yogi and walker Viv is a high energy solution seeker and the person you want on the ground. No wonder she’s an excellent multi-tasker being a mother of two and grandma to one.