Mark Barthel, Fight Food Waste CRC

In January 2021, Mark was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer at Stop Food Waste Australia, a new organisation partnering with federal, state, and local government, peak industry bodies representing the farm to fork food supply chain and the food rescue sector to lead the delivery of Australia’s target to halve food waste by 2030. Mark has a successful 25-year track record of driving sustainable innovation and circular thinking in agri-food, injecting fresh thinking, creating new business opportunities and markets, at the same time as improving food chain resilience, intelligence, collaboration, and transparency.


Peter Brisbane, APCO

Peter Brisbane joined the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation in June 2018. His role as Government Partnership Manager is to work towards alignment and shared understanding between industry and the three tiers of government on how to address the environmental impacts of packaging and the broader work regarding the implementation of a circular economy in Australia. Before joining APCO, Peter was Director of Product Stewardship and Waste for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy where his responsibilities included managing product stewardship schemes such as the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the Product Stewardship for Oil Program and the voluntary phase-out of plastic microbeads.


Dave Brown, Australian Red Cross

Drought is a new programmatic area for the Red Cross. Dave has travelled extensively around the State in recent months meeting people to learn about the stories of drought in communities with an eye to support the community voice in the work Red Cross does.

Dave has post graduate qualifications in international development and undergraduate degree in Agriculture. Dave’s career to date has been diverse to say the least… from working on a Sweet Potato project in PNG, supporting a Community Agriculture Nutrition Programme for refugees along the Thailand-Myanmar border to working predominately in extension roles in North and Far North Queensland along-side agricultural industries when working with State Government.


Rachel Burgess, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Since joining the national waste and recycling taskforce in December 2019, Rachel has been an integral member of the leadership team that secured final agreement by Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments to the waste export ban. She has been the driving force behind the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act that implements the waste export ban and reformed existing product stewardship legislation.

Rachel now heads up the Waste Regulation and Stewardship Branch, which implements the waste export ban, the National Television and Computer Recycling scheme, Hazardous Waste Regulation of Exports and Imports, and Product Stewardship for Oil. Before this, Rachel spent 10 years working in climate change for the Australian Public Service.


Virginia Brunton, MRA Consulting Group

Virginia has over 30 years’ experience in environmental education, research and development for the agricultural and the wider community of NSW and Nationally. Virginia has strong understanding of the development of organics recovery services, having developed programs for the expansion of FOGO services in NSW, infrastructure and market assessments, increasing compost use in a range of agricultural sectors and developing resources that support the diversion of organics from landfill. Current work involves assisting councils and private companies plan and develop expanded organics recycling facilities.


Catherine Caldwell, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Catherine has worked in government at State and Federal level in trade and investment, climate change and waste policy. In 2020 she helped deliver the Australian Government response to the COAG waste export ban. Catherine is currently leading the sustainable procurement team in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment which is responsible for increasing demand for recycled content through procurement.


Dr Lucas Carmody, PWC Australia

Dr Lucas Carmody is an urban economist, who works as an Associate Director for PwC Australia. He brings a direct understanding of the legislative and non-legislative circular economy measures being targeted at key industries in the EU. Lucas has a diverse portfolio of experience having worked across Australia and the Netherlands on complex sustainable urban development and circular economy projects.

Lucas recently returned from a two-year secondment with PwC Netherlands where he was helping lead PwC’s Circular Economy advisory team. He has also just finished a project advising the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment identifying incentives to support Australia’s transition to a more circular economy and increase use of recycled materials across supply chains.


Mel Deacon, Elevate Communication

Mel is the founder and Managing Director of Brisbane-based strategic communication agency, Elevate Communication. She started the company in 2007 and has built it into one of the most successful, independent agencies in Australia focussing on growing brands and protecting their reputation through communication programs. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mel has worked for some of the world’s top companies and brands in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, specialising in developing long-term communication strategies that build brand equity in the market. Mel currently holds the position of Queensland President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.


Mark Dudman, Drive Risk

A career in various transport platforms spanning 30 years including many years within the waste industry. 10 years working with the DriveCam safety solution with a focus on mitigating potential risky driver behaviour that leads to improved safety and increased profits. Eliminating risk ensures we get your divers home safely.


Glen Duggan, Aleeda Wetsuits

For over 25 years, Glen has specialised in leading and improving Customer Operations across Telco, Finance and Media businesses.  In 2018, after working for major brands such as CBA, Vodafone, Austar and Ignite Travel, Glen purchased Aleeda Wetsuits.

While it has been a big change, the Aleeda business has created new customer demand as a direct of Covid-19, and is poised to follow that strategy in to new markets using specific competitive advantage developed under Glen’s leadership. Glen’s passion for manufacturing and customer experience is a core driver of the reinvigoration of Aleeda.


Meredith Epp, APCO

Meredith Epp is a sustainability and communications professional with a speciality in marine plastics, fisheries and the circular economy. In her role as Industry Partnership Manager at APCO, Meredith drives collaboration and works to bring industry, government and community groups together to create positive environmental change and to communicate effectively.  Through her previous role at the Marine Stewardship Council, Meredith worked on Banksia Award winning “Finnish Tuna” sustainability campaign with Simplot and WWF.   Meredith holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s Degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Alan Gill, Choice Energy

Alan is the co-founder of Choice Energy. Choice Energy is an Australian-owned and operated, independent energy consultancy. Choice Energy was founded after speaking with many businesses, who all had the same pain points: a lack of certainty around rates in a confusing energy market, reputational issues with solar companies, and a lack of trust with energy retailers. Since launching the business with his co-founder Chris Dean, the business has helped more than 3,400 clients across Australia and New Zealand, and undergone exponential growth, placing #2 in the Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 List for 2020. Alan also contributes to the Energy Charter’s National Customer Code for Energy Brokers and Retailers.


Dr Grazia Gariulo, Terrasana Consultants

Dr Grazia Gargiulo is an environmental consultant  with more than 15 years’ experience in the field of environmental risk assessment, contaminants hydrology modelling, groundwater and contaminated land investigations, gas risk assessment and surveys, compliance and legal investigations.

Grazia’s work experience includes international research centers and universities, international boutique consulting firms and state government agencies.


Jason Hawley, FinnBiogas

Founder and Managing Director of Finn Biogas, Jason Hawley is a Mechanical Engineer and qualified Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng, RPEQ). Jason specialises in design, construction and optimisation of biogas plants and has designed and built biogas plants in Australia and abroad.

Overseeing Finn Biogas operations, Jason maintains a close connection with all design outputs and construction works from the Finn Biogas team, and is passionate about creating smart and sustainable engineering solutions for the waste-to-energy sector and is an active advocate for bioenergy in the Australian market.


Susan Heaney, Heaney’s Performers in Print

Susan Heaney has over 30 years’ experience in successfully owning & managing businesses in SE Queensland. Susan is the owner & sole Director of Heaneys Performers in Print. Susan is an astute, financially savvy businesswoman that has excelled in a capital-intensive, rapidly changing Australian manufacturing Industry. She holds tertiary qualifications in business (accounting), is the Chair of Media Super, an industry superannuation Board with over $5 billion under management (held since 2007), in addition to various honorary industry-based positions.

Susan was voted Australia’s Female Manufacturer of the Year in 2012 and has received over 100 individual print Industry Awards for excellence in craft.Susan is the original founder of Women in Print, the industry’s strongest diversity and inclusion programme.


Antra Hood, MinterEllison

Antra specialises in front end environment and planning law. Her extensive environment, development and transactions experience spans the development of large residential estates and infrastructure, acquisitions and disposals, complex urban redevelopment including health and transit-oriented development and infrastructure projects, planning and environment advice, compliance and approvals for developers and operators in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining MinterEllison, Antra worked in local and State government and also spent many years as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Springfield Land Corporation.


Mel Ireland, AiGroup

Mel has over 10 years’ experience in both Sales and Operational Management as well as compliance and Environmental Management.  Mel has a passion for connecting businesses, Government and Research Institutes to find solutions to enhance business capabilities.  She is a strong advocate for the effective adoption of Industry 4.0 Principles and Circular Economy practices within business. Mel actively promotes the need for identifying and developing skills to increase productivity and diversification in the workforce.  Prior to joining Ai Group in 2016 Mel worked in both State based and Global companies.


Mac Irvine, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Mac Irvine is Acting Head of Waste and Bioenergy at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Mac specialises in corporate and project financing in the waste, recycling, bioenergy, energy from waste and biofuels sectors. Mac has extensive experience in corporate and project financing, deal structuring, strategy and execution both domestically and internationally across a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, renewable energy, power and utilities and property, having previously held investment banking and financial advisory roles at Barclays and KPMG in the UK. Mac completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Commerce (Finance) at the University of Queensland.


Dr James Joyce, Pyrocal

Dr Joyce is the Principal Engineer at Pyrocal Pty Ltd, a Toowoomba based company that has developed and builds thermal carbonisation systems that extract value from wastes. He has over 30 years industrial and technology commercialisation experience in the sugar, coal, renewable energy and biomass energy sectors and is a co-inventor of Pyrocal’s Continuous Carbonisation Technology.



Katrina Main, Cawarra Cosmetics

Cawarra Cosmetics is a family owned and operated business, with Katrina taking over from her Father, Greg, the founder in 2019. Cawarra has a purpose built solar-powered facility based in the Byron Shire, where Katrina manages the multi-faceted business and its 22 full time staff. There are several divisions of the business including three of their own brands, Sanctum, Byron Bay Skincare and Organicspa which Cawarra manufacture and market. Working for Cawarra Cosmetics for over 15 years, has seen Katrina develop high-end spa brands, internationally recognized pharmacy products and luxury amenities for hotel groups.


Prof Ian Mackinnon, QLD Strategic Hydrogen Advisor

Professor Mackinnon obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees at James Cook University, Australia and is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments at QUT. Prior to his roles at QUT, Prof Mackinnon was Executive Director at the Australian Research Council responsible for Engineering and Environmental Sciences and directed the Linkage Projects Scheme for collaborative research between universities and industry. He has held appointments at Arizona State University, NASA Johnson Space Centre and The University of New Mexico in the USA and at The University of Queensland, Australia. He is assisting the Qld Government with a strategic vision for an energy portfolio transition into the future.


Deanna McMaster, MinterEllison

Deanna manages the safety, employment and industrial relations risks across both private and public sector clients, covering a range of industries.  Deanna prides herself on providing practical, timely advice about statutory regimes and safety systems and working closely with clients in Queensland and nationally. Deanna often helps manage the immediate aftermath of an incident, and the investigations that may follow. Having acted for numerous regulators as well as operators, Deanna has a deep understanding of both sides of the enforcement process.


Randy Mendez, Veolia

Randy is a Sustainability Specialist at Veolia, supporting customers in exploring sustainable solutions, providing education and developing programs which focus on sustainability and behaviour change. Randy has a Masters in Environmental Science and has worked in sustainability and education for over 15 years.



Pravin Menon, Department of Environment and Science

As Executive Director of the Office of Resource Recovery, Pravin brings with him the knowledge and industry insight of twenty plus years operational experience working in waste and environment entities across both the public and private sectors, including Local Government. He and the ORR team are keenly focussed on developing policy and programs that encourage and deliver practical, sustainable solutions in the Resource Recovery sector.

Pravin holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Hiro Morita, Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Hiro is the Environmental Health and Projects Advisor (OHS&E) for VRTP groups (Village Roadshow Theme Parks) which are Movie World, Wet n Wild, Sea World, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular, Sea World Resort and TopGolf. His role consists of developing and implementing sustainability practices at VRTP including the Food waste recycling program whilst overseeing environmental and public health compliance at all VTRP properties.


Jessica Mulligan, Veolia

Jessica oversees and provides support to a team of Sales staff across Commercial and Construction Sales throughout the state of Queensland.  Drawing from her extensive waste management experience, Jessica has been with Veolia for 8 years and has an in-depth understanding of the waste industry, and a passion for assisting customers find sustainable solutions to their waste management needs.



Linda Nordin, GHD

Linda recently joined GHD and has 15 years of planning, implementing, and operating organic services for waste service providers as well as Local Councils. She expanded her first organic collection service in the UK in 2006, followed by commercial and residential food waste collection services for production of bioCNG in Stockholm Sweden and lately in 2018-19 she planned and implemented the commercial food waste service for City of Gold Coast to produce Australian Standard Compost AS4455.


Ken Noye, Container Exchange

Ken Noye brings more than 30 years leadership and management experience to Container Exchange. Before joining COEX as Chief Executive Officer, Ken held executive management roles at Aurizon Holdings Ltd, Toll Holdings Ltd and the Australian Defence Force. Ken has negotiated, mobilised and managed large logistics services contracts across Australia as well as in Europe, Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific. Ken is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Deakin University, the University of Canberra and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. As CEO Ken reports to the Board and is responsible for implementing the COEX strategic plan with the support of the four functional General Managers – Operations, Finance Commercial & IT, Corporate & Community Relations and Audit & Risk.


Leanne O’Brien, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Leanne O’Brien is a Special Counsel of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a top tier Australian commercial law firm.

Known for her strategic approach, Leanne’s experience is broad in that it includes reviewing audit documentation, landfills and associated matters including landfill gas and leachate, waste levying, waste and waste tracking, pollution and water pollution. Her expertise extends to building, plumbing and drainage, environmentally flavoured compliance and regulatory matters, as well as the more ‘traditional’ offences under the Planning Act.


Peter Olah, Australian Organics Recycling Association

Peter Olah is the National Executive Officer of AORA, the voice of the Australian organics recycling industry. He was previously CEO of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, and of the Council of Mayors (SEQ), Australia’s largest regional local government advocacy organisation.His previous roles included Executive Director of the Rural Fire Service Association, and National Affairs Manager of the Hotel, Motel and Accommodation Association. Peter also served as CEO of Scouts Australia (New South Wales) and three terms as Mayor of Hurstville City Council in Sydney’s south.

Eric Paulsen, CEMAC Technologies

Eric is the founder of CEMAC Technologies Pty Ltd, and has a degree in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering from the technical university of Aachen in Germany. Eric gathered extensive experience in project management of turnkey production plants world-wide working for a German engineering company. In 2003 Eric migrated permanently to Australia. After 14 years supplying European recycling and resource recovery technologies into Australia, he founded CEMAC Technologies in 2017. CEMAC technologies has fast been established to be a key supplier of world leading recycling equipment solutions.


Jillian Risely, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Jill is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

As an accomplished executive and Non-Executive Director, for more than 20 years Jill has been an advocate of circular economies, sustainable and responsible business. She keenly promotes market mechanisms, investment and sustainability models which create value. Her previous Executive and leadership roles include Vicinity Centres, REA Group, Telstra and Sensis.


Aaron Rodman, Container Exchange

Aaron Rodman is an experienced commercial and finance leader having worked across Australia within the logistics industry and with global financial advisory firms. Prior to commencing with COEX, he spent eight years with ASX-listed Aurizon, leading the business development and commercial analysis teams, as well as holding other finance and commercial roles. A chartered accountant, Aaron developed his skills at two of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations, Deloitte and Crowe.


The Hon. Meaghan Scanlon, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs

Minister Scanlon, the Member for Gaven, is a true Gold Coaster, growing up in Nerang, the daughter of small business owners.

A lawyer, Meaghan studied at the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University before being elected to the Queensland Parliament in 2017.

She was appointed Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry from 2017 to 2020 and, following the State election last year, was honoured to be sworn in as the youngest Cabinet Minister in Queensland history when she was appointed as Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs in the Third Palaszczuk Government Ministry.

Meaghan is passionate about ensuring we leave a better world for the next generation.

The issue of climate change is what first inspired her to get involved in politics at the age of 14, when she handed out ‘How to Vote’ cards at the Nerang PCYC by herself.


Tania Smith, ANZ

Tania Smith is a Director of Sustainable Finance at ANZ and a Charter Environmentalist. She has over 15 year of experience advising governments, investors, global corporates and non-profit organisation within Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. Within her current role, Tania assists ANZ’s institutional clients transition to a more sustainable and zero carbon future through provision of innovative finance such as Green/Social and Sustainable Bonds and Loans, and Sustainability Linked Loans.


Damien Stinson, Gallaghers

Damien has over 18 years’ experience in the provision of risk management strategies for business. In that time, he has assisted his clients in managing people risk, operational risk, corporate governance and compliance. This is across a landscape of insurable and non-insurable risks and across a broad range of industries and sectors that include: Transportation, Mining, Construction, Energy, Manufacturing, Engineering, Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, Education, Agriculture and Government to name a few. For the past ten years, Damien has held senior management roles, regularly presents on risk management topics at conferences, seminars and facilitated workshops. During his tenure at the Australian Industry Group, he has actively contributed within state government industry sector committees and the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) Board.


Heidi Tait, Operation Clean Sweep

In 2004 Heidi co-founded the Tangaroa Blue Foundation (TBF) and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) as a way of not only removing the ever-increasing loads of rubbish in our oceans, but more importantly finding ways that prevented marine debris from being released in the first place. Her mantra is “if all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do”. Heidi has been recognized for her work, being awarded the Australian Coastal Custodian of the Year 2005 and most recently, Heidi was named one of the “18 Most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation” in the July 2018 edition of Ocean Geographic.


Karinne Taylor, MRA Consulting Group

Karinne has been working in the business sustainability sector for over 15 years, with a strong focus on resource recovery, circular economy and environmental behaviour change programs. She has worked for the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program, helping manufacturers across NSW improve their sustainability and reduce their resource use. She previously managed NSW’s contribution to projects to improve resource recovery under the National Packaging Covenant.

More recently Karinne managed the delivery of the NABERS Waste Rating. She is co-chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Circular Economy Working Group and a member of the Better Building Partnerships’ Waste and Materials Advisory Group.


Colette Torrance, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Colette is the Senior Engagement Officer at the Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program and while with the program her focus has been on supporting both the community and industry in understanding the challenges faced from such a small ant, that can cause a big problem. Educating people about fire ants and the problems they pose has given Colette a great opportunity to support businesses in finding ways to mitigate risks.

Minna Vilkuna, Rare Voyage

Minna Vilkuna, Director of Rare Voyage Pty Ltd – Minna Vilkuna has been working in China and Southeast Asian region for Finnish technology companies for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in market development of modern waste handling solutions including Waste to Energy sector. Since 2020 Minna’s focus has been on the Australian market. She is based in Western Australia.



Glenda Viner, Container Exchange

Glenda Viner has an extensive background in media, communications, stakeholder engagement and issues management with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. Glenda has worked in a wide range of public and private sector roles including Queensland Health, South Bank Corporation, TransLink, and Arrow Energy. She has extensive experience building and sustaining organisations’ social performance credentials through proactive stakeholder and community engagement across Queensland.


Andrea Walton, CSIRO Land and Water

Andrea is a CSIRO senior research scientist and co-author of the National Roadmap for the Circular Economy. In collaboration with her CSIRO colleagues from industrial ecology, advanced manufacturing, and land and water sciences, the research team have identified pathways for increasing the circularity of plastics, glass, paper, and tyres. The objective of the roadmap was to address the short-term needs of the upcoming waste export bans and enable the long-term opportunities for new industries and business models based on circularity.


Matthew Warnken, AgriProve

Matthew Warnken is founder and Managing Director of AgriProve, Australia’s first one-stop-shop for soil carbon under the Emissions Reduction Fund. Matthew has been at the forefront of emissions trading and carbon credit origination in Australia over the past decade and is the first to have soil carbon credits issued under the ERF.

He has formal training in natural resource management, engineering research and early-stage commercialisation.


Fiona Waterhouse, Utilitas

A production engineer by trade, Fiona Waterhouse founded bioenergy developer Utilitas Group in 2010 to bring together the most capable and motivated people on the planet to unleash the power of biogas to fuel industry, support energy networks and energise communities.

She is a Non-Executive Director of Unitywater, was Director Strategic Policy in the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency between 2000-2003 and holds manufacturing, environmental and business management degrees from UTS, QUT and Macquarie University.