Oliver Yates has more than 25 years of global experience in banking and finance. He has had a long-term career in establishing international renewable energy businesses and investment in emissions reduction infrastructure. He has led studies and run projects for the avoidance of land degradation and deforestation. He was recently the inaugural CEO of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government.
Oliver has been an active participant in political debate throughout his professional career. He's decided that he must stand at this election because the threat of climate change is denied and ignored by the current Federal Government, but is a serious risk to all citizens and our national treasures.
Oliver contested the current member and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to offer a fresh voice for the seat of Kooyong. He lives in Kew with his family, is the proud father of three, follows the Hawthorn football club and has a small poodle named Peanut.
I live in the seat of Kooyong and I understand the real threat that climate change presents to our community and the environment. With a will to act and supportive policies, we have the solutions to avoid this threat, without harm to our economy. Citizens must act now and hold this government and its complicit ministers accountable for their failure to enact policies that could avoid this unnecessary risk to the planet and our children’s future.
I stood as an independent candidate because I’m concerned our current politicians lack the integrity, vision and leadership necessary to address the major challenges facing Australia - climate change, infrastructure, population growth and immigration.
Oliver Yates has spent his career managing and financing investments in energy and infrastructure. He has worked across the globe, living in both London and New York. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an Advanced Diploma in Mastering the Boardroom. He has a deep understanding of the energy industry and is passionate about the need for real action on climate change.