Sarah Derham

Sarah Derham

Head of Sustainability
Collgar Renewables
Western Australia

Sarah Derham has been at the forefront of corporate governance and sustainability in the renewable energy sector since joining Collgar in 2021. As Head of Sustainability and Company Secretary, she is responsible for developing ESG strategies, ensuring corporate compliance, and implementing the systems to support best practices in these areas.

Sarah brings extensive experience from her previous roles in corporate law and management consulting, where she focused on governance, strategy, risk, and stakeholder engagement. She is passionate about driving sustainable practices and creating positive impacts as part of Collgar’s strategy.

Her dedication to strong ESG performance is complemented by her participation on the AEC’s Sustainability Working Group, where she provides the unique perspectives of a renewable energy generator and promotes attention to the challenges of the energy transition in WA.

Originally from Kentucky, USA, Sarah holds a JD and BSc (Hons) and has postgraduate certificates in Sustainable Investing (Harvard Business School Online) and Applied Corporate Law and Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia). Additionally, Sarah is an AICD Graduate, Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional and is currently studying sustainability accounting through the IFRS.

Speaker agenda

12:10 pm

Understanding different electricity consumer perspectives

Panel: Social License to Operate & Performance

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Understanding different electricity consumer perspectives, e.g., consumers who are socially impacted by large generation, storage and transmission projects but don't directly receive any benefits in return.
  • Managing modern slavery issues within the supply chain, e.g., battery minerals sourcing.
  • Managing stakeholder fatigue.
  • Hidden costs for stakeholders (e.g., farmers' legal fees for sign-off on land use agreements).
  • Project partnerships with First Nations peoples / other landowners.
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