Mr. Wayne Sharpe

Chairman and Founder

Wayne is a pioneer in the digital age, utilising the internet’s global reach to link people with products through electronic exchange platforms. Before the creation of eBay, Alibaba, Airbnb or Wayne designed and built a global business based on the premise that the internet can unlock unrealised economic value and create new markets.

He founded the listed company Bartercard Ltd (ASX:PBS) now the world’s largest non-cash marketplace where members exchange goods and services on credit not cash via a unique alternative ‘currency’. Bartercard has operated for over 23 years and in 20 countries and has completed over US$40 billion in transactions. Bartercard’s fully electronic online auction platform predated eBay by 3 years, and its online wholesale/retail shopping mall predated Alibaba by 4 years.

After selling Bartercard’s flagship operation in Australia in 2007 ($25.5 million), Wayne attended the UN climate change conference in Bali, and shifted his technological and entrepreneurial skills to the global challenge of climate change. For the past 15 years Wayne has devoted himself to bridging the nexus between financial markets and the environment, creating marketplaces and platforms that make it simple, secure and transparent for finance to achieve environmental outcomes.

Wayne created Global Environmental Markets after successfully launching the world’s largest voluntary exchange platform Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX).

Wayne is now focused on expanding the reach and use of the GEM trading platforms to assist environmental and emerging markets and new products.

GEM provides these various exchange platforms under license to exchanges and market operators internationally.

Adrian Rimmer


Adrian has spent the last ten years at the forefront of climate finance. Before joining European Environmental Markets as CEO in April 2015, Adrian led climate and development certification body Gold Standard as CEO for five years.

Prior to this he led the environmental markets business at ABN AMRO, then supported cleantech clients in the corporate finance team at RBS.

Adrian is also the current President of the Climate Markets & Investment Association.

Lee Barton

Head of Operations for GEM

Lee has spent the last 20 years managing Exchanges and Exchange Technology.

She was previously a Director and Executive Manager for Bartercard International and has over 18 years’ experience managing multiple Exchanges and exchange technology development.

An extremely efficient person capable of implementing and driving a wide range of business critical initiatives and programmes.

She also managed the project to take Bartercard public in its currently ASX listed vehicle BPS Technology Systems Ltd.

Aaron Von Nida

Head of Legal Affairs for GEM

Aaron is an admitted lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) and holds a commercial practicing certificate. For the past year he has been providing GEM with strategic and commercially focused legal advice for the environment sector.

Before this, Aaron has worked as a commercial lawyer and In-house lawyer in the United Kingdom and Australia specialising in commercial litigation and corporate governance.

Before Aaron began his legal career, he worked in the Equity Research department for Berenberg Investment Bank in London and Suncorp Bank in Brisbane. In addition to his law degree from the University of Queensland, he holds a dual degree in Commerce and International business majoring in economics and finance from the University of Griffith.

Andrew Tew

Sales & Trading Manager for EEM

Andrew has 10 years’ experience working in the environmental and sustainability sectors.

He brings significant project management and delivery experience, working at board level in sectors including aviation, automotive, manufacturing and apparel. He possesses a BA Environmental Management from the University of Manchester.

Josh Brown

Associate for EEM

Josh has diverse experience in the environmental sector, including consulting for BIX Capital, a pioneering social impact fund, and project management for Cultivating Community.

He has an M.Sc Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a BA Management from the University of Leeds.