WMAA WasteSA Conference 2016
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Keynote Speakers

The Hon Ian Keith Hunter MLC
Miniter for Sustainablity, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water, Minister for Climate Change

Ian was born in Broken Hill and grew up in the Adelaide suburb of Holden Hill. He graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Microbiology and Genetics. After graduating from university, Ian worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Clinical Immunology at Flinders Medical Centre, and was the State Secretary of the Australian Labor Party.
Ian was first elected to the South Australian Legislative Council in 2006 and became a Minister in 2011, holding the portfolios of Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Disabilities, Youth and Volunteers. He has also held the Emergency Services, Road Safety, and Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation portfolios.
Ian is currently Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray and Minister for Climate Change. Ian’s policy interests include science and science education, climate change and environmental sustainability, reconciliation and social justice.

Mayor Stephen Patterson
Mayor of the City of Holdfast Bay

Mr Patterson was elected into Council in 2010 as Deputy Mayor, and in 2014 was elected to Mayor. He is passionate about the Holdfast Bay area and its community including, the environment, assets, community safety, healthy and quality lifestyle for all generations and forging a prosperous local business economy.
He played AFL for Collingwood, is a Patrol Captain at Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club and is married with four children.

Tony Circelli
Chief Executive Officer, Environment Protection Authority SA

Mr Tony Circelli is Chief Executive of the Environment Protection Authority, South Australia’s independent environment regulator and sits on South Australia’s Senior Management Council. Before taking up his current position in May 2014, Mr Circelli was Deputy CE for 2 years. He has worked in the EPA since its establishment in 1995, holding a variety of senior executive positions, including leading national and state policy and strategy development, operations, and corporate governance functions.
Mr Circelli has significance knowledge and experience in regulatory science and building better regulatory practice into EPA policy, operations and organisational culture. He is the current Chair of AELERT (Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators network), and Presiding Member of the SA Radiation Protection Committee. 

Vaughan Levitzke
Chief Excutive, Office of Green Industries SA

Mr Levitzke has more than 35 years’ experience in government, project management and leadership. Vaughan is responsible for a multitude of programs and projects carried out by Zero Waste SA and its partner organisations that has seen SA establish its leadership credentials in waste management and recycling in Australia and internationally. Vaughan is now transitioning Zero Waste SA to Green industries SA to build on the waste management reforms effected by Zero Waste SA, to promote innovation and green business activity in SA.
In 2015, vaughan received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the area of waste management reform and policy.

Speakers and Session Chairs

Adam Faulkner (Chair)
General Manager, East Waste
iAfter 10 years managing waste and energy recovery services in one of Australia’s fastest growing population corridors in NSW, Adam left his Director role at Tweed Shire Council to head up Hyder Consulting’s Melbourne Waste and Resource Management Unit. At Hyder he delivered strategic and operational solutions for some of the country’s most prominent public and private clients. Adam is currently the General Manager of East Waste, overseeing innovation and efficiencies in delivering some 200,000 kerbside collections each week on behalf of six Adelaide Councils. Adam is currently a Board Member of WMAA and KESAB, and is a passionate supporter of regional and metro collaboration and shared services.ctor, Upper Spence Gulf Common Purpose Group
Amar Rathore
General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator
 

Amar is the General Manager of Technical Assessment and Support Branch at the Clean Energy Regulator. Prior to this, he was responsible for RET Market Operations at the former Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator. Amar has over eighteen years of experience in the Australian Public Service, and eight years’ experience working on electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects in India. 

Anita Crisp
Executive Director, Upper Spence Gulf Common Purpose Group

Anita has spent most of her time working in the local government and natural resource management sectors. She has tertiary qualifications in applied science, education and business management and has also been involved with a number of Government boards and committees over the past decade.
Anita is currently the Executive Officer of the Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group, supporting the Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie Councils and Development boards to diversify the local economy.

Bill Watt
Manager Technology, Nystar

Bill is currently the Technology Manager at the Nyrstar Port Pirie Smelter, previous positions include Zinc Production Manager, superintendent and senior metallurgical roles. Bill has wide experience in the copper industry as operations manager as well as experience in metallurgical.
Bill is originally from Sydney where he gained a Masters Degree in Metallurgy at the University of Technology and he is a member of AusIMM.

Chris Brideson (Chair)
Director, Water and Waste Innovation

Chris Brideson has been working in the waste industry for the past 16 years, the majority of that time as the principal consultant in his own business.
Water + Waste Innovations provides a range of waste management related services, including strategic reviews, audits, assessments, tenders, contracts and project management, to both Government and the Industry.
Chris is a chartered civil engineer, and prior to his waste industry work held roles in CSR and SA Water across the manufacturing, construction and natural resources sectors.

Dr Dan Cheeson
Commercial Director, Re.Group

Dr Cheeson has over 16 years’ experience in investment banking, capital markets and development activities. He has been involved in more than $5 billion of transactions across a range of industries including energy, resources, renewable energy, property, agriculture and general industrials. In 2013, he co-founded Re.Group with particular focus on the commercial aspects, including funding, legal and corporate affairs. He sits on the Board of the Global Renewables Group and the RDT Group.

David Beaton
Chief Executive Officer, Berri Barmera Council

David has over twenty five years’ experience as a CEO in Local Government across regional areas of South Australia and NSW.  David was director of Siena Governance Consulting from 2003-2007 consulting to Local Government and not for profit organisations in strategic planning, governance, audits and efficiency and effectiveness reviews.
In 2008, he commenced his current role as Chief Executive Officer with the Berri Barmera Council and has led improvements in Council’s financial performance and community support. He has been successful to gain federal funding to secure improvements in water use and reuse efficiency and long term aspirational community goals.

Geoffrey Webster (Chair)
Director, Waste and Management Services

Geoffrey is Director of specialist consultancy Waste and Management Services.  With almost 20 years involvement in the waste industry, Geoffrey has been a senior Manager with State & National level experience covering both Technical and Operations Management. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia and a Graduate from the Institute of Company Directors.  Geoffrey is on the Boards of the Waste Management Association of Australia and KESAB.

Jane Brook
Project Coordinator, Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority
 

After 15 years in South Western NSW (Wentworth) working in community and economic development and community welfare in both NSW and Victoria, it seemed a good idea to accept an ‘escape from retirement’ contract position with the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority  implementing the new fortnightly kerbside waste collection in Alexandrina.
Jane’s background ranges across the local government, training and employment, volunteering and rural financial and small business support sectors. Much of her work has been in project management, grant, project acquittal, report writing and some marketing.

Kate Hamer
Environmental Management Officer - Waste and Recycling, City of Charles Sturt

Kate has an educational background in psychology and environmental management and has been working with the waste industry for over a decade, in both State and Local Government.  From a regulator to an educator, Kate has developed extensive experience, knowledge and skills within the waste industry, managing programmes as diverse as ‘end of waste’ initiatives; development of compost guidelines; illegal dumping; to her current focus on introducing public place recycling. 
Kate is passionate about people, waste and changing behaviour to better environmental and social outcomes.

Kathy Scarborough
Waste Education, Project Officer and Audits Manager, KESAB

Kathy joined KESAB as a causal teacher at the Statewide Recycling education centre in 2003, moving into a permanent role in 2008 as a waste educator and part of the Wipe Out Waste school audit program.
As KESAB has expanded its audit capabilities Kathy has moved into the role of Waste Audit Manager, working with business, industry and councils to conduct bin assessments and audits and to develop and implement new education initiatives to promote improved diversion rates from landfill across all sectors.

Liam O'Keefe
Market Development Manager, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA)

Liam is the Market Development Manager at Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA). TSA has been established to administer the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme which aims to improve management of end of life tyres across Australia and support the development of end markets for tyre-derived products. Liam is a recognised industry leader having spent almost 15 years working across the waste and recycling, energy, education and business sectors. He has worked extensively in local and state government, lectures at RMIT University and managed his own business for many years developing innovative sustainably oriented business initiatives in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. 

Dr Marc Stammbach
Managing Director, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia

Dr Marc Stammbach is Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia. Marc designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. These projects include around 500 MW or 1 Mio tons per year residual waste-to-energy capacity.
Marc is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Science from ETHZ, Zurich, and a Business Degree from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Marina Wagner
Executive Officer, Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority

Marina is the Executive Officer of the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority, a regional subsidiary of its four member councils Alexandrina Council, City of Victor Harbor, DC Yankalilla and Kangaroo Island Council. The Authority provides all kerbside collections services for its member councils, operates four Waste and Recycling Depots and provides customer service and community education for the Fleurieu Region.
Prior, Marina was the Manager Waste to Resources of Regulation and Compliance Division at the Environment Protection Authority in South Australia and managed a large number of licensed activities in the waste and resources sector in the state.

Mark Conlon
Chief Executive Officer, Waste Aid

Mark grew up on the south coast of NSW where he had personal experience with the Yuin people and since that time and through an extensive professional career he has developed a deep respect for the Aboriginal peoples of NSW and particularly through his work with the Aboriginal peoples of western NSW.
Mark has more than 20 years-experience in senior roles in NSW government and most recently as a member of the NSW Aboriginal Affairs Executive where he was responsible for development of Aboriginal community governance, leadership and community engagement and was regional director for western NSW. He is currently the CEO for Waste Aid.

Mark Rawson
Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Rawtec

Mark is a leading specialist in waste, recycling and resource management. With a background in Chemical Engineering, Mark has been practicing in the area of waste, recycling and resource management for over 20 years.
Prior to establishing a waste consulting company Rawtec in 2007, he was the Regional Manager for Cleanaway for SA/NT and is the current Waste Management Association of Australia SA Branch President.

Martin Jeffries
Managing Director, Jeffries Group

Martin is a fourth generation Managing Director of the Jeffries Group with a generation of experience working on composting production systems and innovative methods unique to the organics recycling industry.
He has played a critical role in the investments Jeffries has made into state-of-the-art composting technology and headed the trial of a forced aeration composting pilot at Jeffries in 2008. When making significant updates to their Recycled Organics Screening System (ROSS) in 2010 - the only type in the southern hemisphere – Martin was the lead in design, build and commissioning of the upgrade.

Mike Haywood
Principal Consultant, Sustainable Resource Solutions

Mike has worked in the waste industry for more than 20years and for over 13 years was the General Manager of ResourceCo, South Australia’s Premier recycling facility specialising in Concrete & Asphalt crushing.  Mike also developed Australia’s first purpose built recycling facility providing processed engineered fuel for use in the clinker manufacturing process of Adelaide Brighton Cement. 
He has also worked closely with State and Federal Governments to develop, write, and implement guidelines and public policy aimed at increasing diversion of valuable resource materials from Landfills.

Molly Tregoning
Head Waste Strategy, Waste and Resource Recovery, NSW Environment Protection Authority
 

Molly Tregoning is the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Head of Waste Strategy. Her team is responsible for regulatory reform, policy and strategy development, including the NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement, and supporting innovative solutions to problem wastes. Molly has been at the EPA for 10 years and has also worked in waste regulation, compliance and enforcement; waste programs under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative; and other regulatory areas including forestry and high risk facilities.

Rebecca Brown
Manager, Waste and Recycing, WALGA

Rebecca has worked at WALGA for over 11 years in the waste and recycling team.  Her current position is Manager, Waste and Recycling which includes close liaison with Local Government to understand key issues, developing a collective view on waste management issues, advocacy activities and working with a range of stakeholders, including both State and Federal Government. 
Rebecca is also the Waste Management Association of Australia WA Branch President and in 2014 was awarded the Waste Champion award by the Waste Authority.  

Dr Ron Wainberg
Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group

Ron is Technical Director at MRA Consulting where he leads a number of projects as well as providing technical support and quality reviews for others. He has previously served as the Waste Advisory Team Leader and subsequently Technical Director for Waste at Hyder Consulting in Sydney where he was involved in a significant number of studies in the waste sector.
Ron’s experience in Solid Waste Management is built on the strong foundation of experience gained in engineering design, project management and business development in the process control, petrochemical and other industries.

Serana Yang
Manager Policy and Projects, Office of Green Industries SA

Serena joined the Office of Green Industries SA in 2011. With a legal background, Serena has worked in various policy development roles in trade, economic and sustainability development for State Government. Serena’s current role is focused on waste management and green industry policy development in Green Industries SA. 

Shani Wood
Environmental Education and Projects Officer, City of Holdfast Bay

Since 2012 Shani Wood has been employed by Holdfast Bay Council as an Environmental Education and Projects Officer. Her role consists of delivering a number of environmentally themed programs with a particular focus on community waste programs, such as the innovative “Wheelie Bin Jackpot” bin inspection program, Council’s Food to Greens and the reusable cup discount scheme.
Prior, Shani has worked for the Environmental Protection Authority and as a Waster Education Officer for Solo Resource Recovery.

Simon Brown
Managing Director, ResourceCo

Simon founded the ResourceCo business in 1992, since then he has built it into a leading environmental recycling and resource recovery group, providing a unique range of environmental solutions and recycling activities nationally and offshore. Working with Industry and Government in Australia, the company has steadily built its operations, through key partnerships and strategic joint ventures, into a leading Australian company that processes over 2 million tonnes annually.
Operating in both Australia and across parts of Asia, ResourceCo is a highly innovative energy and recycling group that specialises in adding value to a diversified number of waste streams.

Simon Thompson
Policy Officer, Environment, Local Government Association SA
 

Simon has been with the Local Government Association for five years in a key role focused on developing policy proposals and responses where Local Government is engaged in issues such waste management, water management and now the rollout of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act. This includes extensive research and analysis functions and providing leadership, advocacy and capacity building for and on behalf of the local government sector. Developing and maintaining working relationships with Councils, State Government, Commonwealth Government, professional bodies and the private sector has been a critical component of this role.

Stan Krpan
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria

Stan Krpan is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainability Victoria (SV), which delivers Victorian Government programs to promote and facilitate environmental sustainability.
Prior, Stan was General Manager Governance at SV where he completed a review of the strategic direction of the organisation.
In 2010, Stan undertook an independent review of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria and its approach to compliance and enforcement. Stan’s extensive experience in Victorian public sector organisations includes strategy, reform, governance and regulation. Stan is a board member of Infoxchange, Behaviour Works Australia and Western BACE.

Stephen Smith (Chair)
Director, Policy, Local Government Association
  Stephen is the Director Policy at the LGA, he has been in the role for 5 months.  Stephen has a varied portfolio of responsibility from waste and water, environment including NRM, native vegetation and climate change to economic development and tourism, dog and cat management and planning. Before joining the LGA Stephen spent 5 years working with the Onkaparinga Catchment Water Management Board, where he started in 2000 as the Strategic Planner and spent the final 12 months as General Manager. In 2005 the catchment water management boards amalgamated with a number of other boards to form the NRM Board, Stephens role was as Manager Planning and Evaluation, during this period Stephen led the team which developed the first NRM regional plan in South Australia, this plan was recognized with state and national planning awards.
Steven Mudge
Manager, Legislation and Policy Reform, Environment Protection Authority SA
Steven is Manager – Legislation and Policy Reform at the Environment Protection Authority South Australia.  Steven is responsible for delivery of all legislative reforms under the Environment Protection Act 1993, Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982, and Plastic Shopping Bags (Waste Avoidance) Act 2008.  Steven has been with the EPA for 10 years and during this time also produced the 2008 State of the Environment Report for South Australia. 
Prior to EPA, Steven worked in local government delivering environmental policy and projects.
 

 

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