About Us

Management Team

Rick Klink

Rick Klink

Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Rick Klink is the Executive Chairman & Co-Founder of EV Impact and Executive Chairman of Chargers Direct. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team, Rick is committed to ensuring the group grows to be an innovative market leader in the EV and renewable energy space. Rick is the co-founder and Executive Chair of RegenCo, an Australian carbon credit consultancy firm that produces over 1 million carbon credits annually. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Rick is regarded as a leading industry expert across financial and technological services, with his extensive experience in founding and developing organisations in this space making him one of the most prominent and successful figures in shaping Australia’s stockbroking system and Fintech landscape. Rick began his career at IBM Australia before going on to lead the company in several executive positions in Australia and overseas. He was awarded the IBM Golden Circle award in 1996, one of the highest forms of recognition within the company globally. Rick founded fintech company Paritech in 2000 to provide trading and investing technology globally. He later led the development team that built a share trading platform, ProTrader for Australia’s most prominent online stockbroking firm, CommSec. In 2013, Rick co-founded OpenMarkets, now Australia’s largest independent Australian stockbroking firm, where he held the role of CEO, as well as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director roles. Rick expanded OpenMarkets to achieve a monthly turnover of $6 Billion.

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Ross Cullen

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Ross is the Managing Director & Co-Founder of EV Impact. In this position, Ross is responsible for overseeing the financial strategy and direction of the company, as well as liaising with key stakeholders to ensure the firm continues to provide an excellent service to its clients. 

With over ten years of experience in finance, Ross has a well-developed skill set in corporate analysis, structure and risk management. During his career, Ross has held various executive positions, including directorships in investment management, cryptocurrency, and financial planning firms. 

 Coming from a stockbroking background Ross is a qualified Derivatives Adviser and HNW Portfolio Manager who shares a passion for finance and the share market. 

 Growing up off-grid in rural New Zealand, Ross has a strong interest in alternative energy strategies and eco-living, implementing sustainable practices into daily living and business.

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James Eveland

Executive Director & Co-Founder

As an Executive Director & Co-Founder of EV Impact, James is responsible for implementing the strategic development course of the company and maintaining solid relationships with our partners. 

James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He has extensive experience in Business Management and Development and a sound understanding of IT infrastructure administration in larger organisations. 

Throughout his career, his drive to continue to research and grow in various roles has led him into positions in Account Management, Consultancy, Business Development and Sales, all with acknowledged success. 

For several years, James worked as a volunteer in the humanitarian sector. He was part of an organisation impacting thousands of people who would otherwise have no essential medical assistance. James is passionate about honest, transparent business and carries strong moral guidance in his approach.

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Peter Atkinson

Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer

Peter, as an Executive Director of EV Impact also functions as the Chief Technology Officer.  Peter’s remit is to align EV Impacts technology selections towards the most strategic and beneficial partnerships. Peter has recently finalised his Masters thesis on the Digitalization of Australian Commercial Infrastructure through the University of Cumbria in the UK.    

Peter’s background spans over 20 years in the electrical industry. Commencing his career as an industrial electrician building and operating quarry and concrete batching plants, he has served for the past 13 years in senior roles within ABB Australia focused on low and medium voltage electrification systems, digitalization and electric vehicle charging systems. His pursuit of knowledge and broad industry experience allows EV Impact to proceed with confidence in multiple energization sectors. 

Peter’s community focus is aligned with serving the public through patrolling the beaches of the Sunshine Coast as an Active Surf Life Saver and as a previous IRB racer as part of SLSA surf sports. 

Michael Burke

Michael Burke

Chief Financial Officer

Michael is a skilled business strategist, delivering disciplined management systems and processes in the manufacturing and retail industries for over 20 years. Each Company Michael has partnered with has generated improved consistency, better margins, and increased cash generation.  

 Michael has a unique background as a Chartered Accountant who has worked in both public practice and private industry for large Australian and multinational corporations.

Specialties: Michael is a specialist in business planning, cash modelling and budget processes, and has completed numerous business plans, budget processes and refinancing exercises. Michael has used this experience in varying roles such as CFO, Business Development Director and Operations Director.

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Jenny Needham

General Counsel

Jenny is the Managing Director of Needham Ainsworth and Legal Counsel of Chargers Direct. Having been a lawyer for over 18 years, she has developed a niche in advising clients in the renewable energy, carbon offset and emissions reduction space and has drafted complex commercial agreements in this area for domestic and international deals.

Jenny’s areas of expertise are corporate and commercial contracts, international acquisitions, and partnerships. She has extensive experience in assisting her clients in navigating through the renewable energy sector, particularly agreements concerning Greenhouse Gas Reductions and working with clients to assist them in developing their business model within the framework of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG).

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