2020 Speakers

  • Andrew Agius
    Technical Application Advisor, Komatsu

    As a Komatsu Technical Application Advisor, Andrew Agius’ role is to advise technologies and resources to give customers unified solutions across all aspects of a project lifecycle.

    He has a background in Surveying that enables him to help customers improve their overall site project performance and safety outcomes. With Komatsu having a large customer base within the landfill and waste management sector, this has allowed Andrew to advise many seamless solutions that can assist customers in managing the environmental effect of waste on the environment.

  • Tim Askew
    Regional Project Manager – Environment Division, Hunter Joint Organisation

    Tim Askew is the Regional Program Manager at Hunter Joint Organisation, Environment Division.

    He is a senior manager in the team, specialising in the waste and resource recovery program and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; and stakeholder engagement across the entire environment division portfolio.

    Tim has 10 years experience in local government and 20 years in the private sector working across a diverse range of areas. Employed for nearly 10 years at the City of Newcastle, Tim’s diverse experience included city and coastal revitalisation, place making, economic development, smart city, destination marketing and waste and environmental management.  Tim’s private sector experience involved working in strategy, project management and finance across the manufacturing, health, insurance and education sectors. 

    Tim has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.

  • Andrea Baldwin
    Team Leader Waste Management, Albury City Council

    Andrea Baldwin is the Team Leader for Resource Recovery at Albury City Council. Her role is to manage the operations of the Albury Waste Management Centre which manages in excess of 200,000 tonnes of waste annually, co-ordinates and drives the education for waste management within the region, manages the various waste management contracts for the waste facility and regional domestic kerbside collection contract for the region.

    Andrea has worked for Albury City Council for eleven years. During this time the capital works improvements to the Waste Management Facility have included the implementation of projects such as a gas management system, 4,000 solar panels on rehabbed landfill areas, recycling centre and push pit set up for residential use, the rehabilitation of old cell areas, new cell development, construction of leachate ponds, leachate to sewer treatment system, introduce waste separation areas, new gatehouse and weighbridge system that provides for three weighbridges, improved data collection with many more planned initiatives are in train. Her role involves the management of the Halve Waste public awareness campaign which is a regional educational program to reduce waste to landfill, increase the recovery of secondary materials and halve the amount of waste been buried to landfill. As the co-ordinator of the Regional Kerbside Domestic Collection contract, Andrea has introduced as part of her group the FOGO bin kerbside system in 2015.

    Andrea thoroughly enjoys working within the waste industry, this has enabled her to undertake a variety of projects within the regional area, make significant in-roads into improvements at the waste management centre and will continue to implement many waste initiatives that reduce waste to landfill.

  • Katy Barfield
    Chief Executive Officer, Yume

    4.1 million tonnes of food go to waste every year in Australia in the commercial food sector. Food rescue groups do an outstanding job in rescuing over 46,500 tonnes of food each year but this is equivalent to just two per cent of the nation’s total commercial food waste. So, what happens to the rest?

    Determined to find a way to dramatically reduce the remaining 98 per cent of food going to waste in the commercial food sector each year, I created Yume – the first Australian online marketplace for surplus food.

    Yume enables food suppliers, such as manufacturers, primary producers and importers to sell their quality surplus products at a discount to commercial buyers in the food service industry such as caterers, wholesalers, restaurants, hotels and event centres. Already, Yume - which works with hundreds of leading food manufacturers, such as Kellogg's and Mondelez and food service giants like Sodexo and Accor Hotels - has sold 1,350,000kg of quality surplus food, returning nearly $5 million to Australian farmers and manufacturers.

    In doing so, the award-winning social enterprise - one of only three companies globally using technology to offer an innovative market for surplus food - has saved 84 million litres of water and prevented 2,435 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released.

    And food is just the beginning…

  • Belinda Chellingworth
    Sustainability Manager – Circular Economy, Australia Post

    Bel has a background in sustainability, environmental education and energy efficiency though in recent years has focused on making the most of our materials.

    She has global expertise in sustainability and corporate responsibility across both the public and private sectors having worked for a diverse range of companies including Veolia, the London School of Economics and Loowatt in the UK and Ireland and both NSW State and Local government.

    She is currently the waste and biodiversity specialist for the GPT Group, who own and manage a $24.8 billion portfolio of retail, office and logistics property assets across Australia, and are a global leader in sustainability.

    Bel is a passionate advocate for education, transparency and collaboration within the materials sector with the aim to embed sustainable principles into the way we work as a society. She looks forward to a circular economy which will not only focus on materials, but holistically address intrinsically linked economic and social challenges.

    When not peering in the nearest bin, she’ll be chasing a wave, ski hill or mountain, socialising, gardening or doing something music related.

  • Michael Ebert
    Environment Specialist, Nestlé Nespresso

    As a Nespresso Environment Specialist, Michael Ebert’s role is to enable customers to recycle their used coffee capsules.

    Prior to joining Nespresso Michael worked as both a regulator and in-house practitioner ensuring compliance with legislation across pollution, sanitation, and waste issues.

    Michael’s key focus in since Nespresso in early 2015 has been to ensure all Nespresso customers have access to a recycling solution regardless of where they live. This focus has led to the development of a dedicated Nespresso recycling program that is easy and simple to participate in.

  • Steve Ford
    Head of Sustainability and Energy, The GPT Group

    Steve Ford is the Head of Sustainability and Energy at The GPT Group. He has worked in sustainability in the property industry for the past 15 years and in that time been at the forefront of delivering improved environmental outcomes in retail and commercial office properties. With an initial aim around a decade ago of getting waste data to be as robust as energy data, Steve set about improving waste management practices and reporting and in the process developed outcomes-based waste reporting and contributed significantly to the development of NABERS Waste. He has picked up numerous learning along the way which have resulted in better, data driven decision-making and he will share these learnings in our chat.

  • Kathy Giunta
    Director – Circular Economy Programs, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

    Kathy has worked in the recycling and sustainability fields for 25 years, mostly in government and not for profit organisations. Kathy is currently Director Circular Economy Programs, within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

    Her responsibilities include delivery of programs, campaigns and grants under the $802.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative, including:

    • the establishment of 100+ community recycling centres around the state;
    • free support to more than 27,000 small businesses to reduce waste and increase recycling through the Bin Trim program
    • the successful Product Improvement Program, designed in response to China’s National Sword policy, which funds manufacturers and recyclers to keep more resources in the productive economy,
    • the organics fund: everything from food waste avoidance (Love Food Hate Waste and Your Business is Food programs), to food donation, driving a steady increase in food and garden organics collections and processing, through to supporting the development of end markets for high quality compost
    • the litter prevention and enforcement program including the successful Hey Tosser! Campaign
    • and a range of local government support programs.
  • Yasmin Grigaliunas
    Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale

    Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-founder of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), is a circular economy pioneer in Australia, driving this industry forward by innovating, collaborating, connecting and mobilising
    multiple stakeholders towards a shared vision, all while providing social good.

    An accomplished TEDx Brisbane speaker, Yas also led her team to winning the 2018 Lord Mayor's Business Award for Sustainability, and the Cleanaway Waste Innovation Award. Yas is an inaugural SheEO Australian Venture, and 2020 winner of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur's Innovation award for ‘Brand of the Year’.

    In 2017 she ditched a lucrative salary to commit to her role as CEO and Co-founder of WBGS, a Brisbane based organisation, designing innovative solutions to commercialise the circular economy through the activation of dormant goods for good. Via WBGS she wants to provide a platform for positive impact for people, planet and profit for purpose on a global level.

  • Terrie-Ann Johnson
    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Clean Up Australia Ltd

    Terrie-Ann Johnson joined Clean Up Australia in 2003 as Corporate Affairs Manager.

    Since then she has held several management positions developing and leading the delivery and evaluation of all of Clean Up Australia’s campaigns and projects including Clean Up Australia Day, Clean Up the World, Clean Water and Towards Zero Waste.

    In 2007 Terrie-Ann was appointed Chief Executive, responsible for strategic planning, advocacy, people management, fundraising, compliance, communication and stakeholder management, financial controls and business ethics.

    In 2012 she was appointed to the Board of Clean Up Australia Limited as Managing Director.

    During the span of her 30 years as a professional communicator, Terrie-Ann has worked with a vast array of specialist services organisations including Rubicon Point, Perpetual Trustees, Lend Lease Corporation, MLC Limited, Business Men’s Assurance, Mercantile Mutual Insurance (Australia) Limited and The Scout Association of Australia (NSW).

    She has also held multiple Board and Committee Memberships including the NSW Government Sports Advisory Committee, International Association of Business Communicators, the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT, Surf Life Saving Australia, the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service and most recently Clean Up Australia Limited.

    Terrie-Ann is a graduate of the University of Technology, NSW, Australia (Bachelor of Arts), and Charles Sturt University (Master of Arts)

  • Sarah King
    Senior Research Consultant – Circular Economy, CSIRO

    Sarah is a Senior Research Consultant working at CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. Research interests are innovation networks, industry transformation and industrial symbiosis. Sarah developed and delivered ASPIRE (Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange), an award-winning, Australian innovation. ASPIRE is an internet marketplace that helps firms find alternatives for waste or by-products, create new business to business collaboration and gain access to innovation partners.

    Sarah has almost twenty years of innovation and entrepreneurship experience in business development, managing and delivering industry research in Manufacturing, Forestry, Agriculture and IT sectors. Bachelor of Forestry Science from Canterbury University and a Masters in Corporate Environmental Sustainability Management from Monash University. Currently a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Technology Swinburne, researching innovation networks and sustainable transitions.

  • Marc Lichtenstein
    Joint Chief Executive Officer, Close the Loop

    Marc joined Close the Loop in May 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Group and reports to the Board and is now Joint Chief Executive Officer. For over 25 years Marc has emerged as highly skilled Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Company Secretary providing various services to a range of listed public and large private Companies across a wide range of industries. He has extensive experience in leading businesses through significant periods of change, particularly in the areas of business transformation and performance improvement including IPOs, significant capital raises, exponential periods of growth, and major acquisitions. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Steve Morriss
    Head of Circular Economy Development, Planet Ark

    Steve is a Circular Economy (CE) veteran as founder of Close the Loop some 20 years ago, and his family has always lived and worked along CE values and principles. Still actively helping Close the Loop diversify and grow, he recently stepped up to help his good friends at Planet Ark create / build a National Circular Economy Hub to help Australia transition to a Circular Economy.

  • Blaise Porter
    Director – Responsible Business, Fujitsu Australia Limited

    Blaise believes technology can deliver inclusive and sustainable benefits for society – and as Director of Responsible Business at Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, she gets the job of putting it into practice! She directs Fujitsu’s sustainability, community and Indigenous programs; ensuring Fujitsu delivers value to customers and society. The wide-ranging sustainability practice includes both internal and external ICT sustainability consulting, energy, waste, product stewardship and employee engagement across the region. A passionate advocate for diversity in the ICT industry, she sits on Fujitsu’s D&I council and has chaired their Reconciliation Action Committee since 2016, and is currently completing her Masters in Sustainability & Climate Policy.

  • Ziggy Shlemon
    Manager – Resource Recovery and Waste Services, Blue Mountains City Council

    Ziggy has been in the industry for over 30 years, in that time he has work in both the private and public sectors.

    The scope of his experience includes operational management, sales, Local Government domestic contracts, Management of waste facilities including landfills and managing Council Day labour operations.

    In more recent times at Blue Mountains City Council Ziggy has been involved in Emergency Recovery Operations relating to bush fires and managing weather driven pollution incidents.

    Ziggy has a Griffith University Post Graduate in Waste Management and originally has a mechanical trade background.

  • Michelle Thomas
    Good Environmental Choice Australia
  • Sally Townsend
    Head of Sustainability, Blackmores

    Sally Townsend – Bio

    Sally Townsend is a passionate Sustainability and Communications professional. She has 20 years of experience in the retail and healthcare sectors and specialises in developing strategies with a strong corporate narratives and deep alignment throughout organisations.

    In her current role as Head of Sustainability for Blackmores, Sally has responsibility for the Group Sustainability Vision aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is working to integrate these commitments into the core business strategy to deliver on the company’s vision for a world where people and nature thrive together.

  • Troy Uren
    Manager – Waste Services, City of Newcastle

    Troy has been a leading expert in the waste management industry for over 20 years. With qualifications in Environment, Business and Finance, Troy has a comprehensive understanding of the waste management industry. He has specific experience in business strategy and feasibility, procurement and logistics, infrastructure planning and delivery structures. Troy is a former Queensland Branch President of the WMAA and has been an invited speaker and lecturer in waste management and procurement. Troy has post graduate qualifications in Business, Finance and Project Management.

  • Alessia Verderio
    Environment Manager, The Iconic

    Alessia Verderio is Environment Manager at THE ICONIC, responsible for delivering all elements of the businesses comprehensive Environment Program and integrating sustainability into the core operations of the business.
    With her 8 years experience in brands and retail Alessia has extensive knowledge of the sectors environmental footprint and how to best to engage organisations to improve their sustainability performance. In her time at the ICONIC Alessia has introduced waste and
    recycling management systems across the business, led installation of LED lighting and managed data collection for the carbon footprint assessment and first carbon action plan. She has also played a key role in the design of THE ICONIC’s latest sustainability strategy, setting of targets and building comprehensive data collection systems to track progress on implementation. In 2020 she is leading the charge towards Science Based Targets, zero waste to landfill and sustainable packaging. Alessia is also responsible for key external
    partnerships including REDcycle, Salvos Stores and Australia Post who together power the Giving Made Easy initiative, an innovative way to enable customers to donate their clothes directly to charity through the ICONIC website.

  • David Wilson
    Manager – Environmental Health, Lane Cove Council

    David Wilson is the Manager Environmental Health at Lane Cove Council, a position that incorporates overseeing waste and recycling contracts, waste education and sustainability programs as well as the regulation and enforcement functions.

    He has 30 years Local Government experience and has worked at a number of Council’s across the metropolitan area.

    He has a Bachelor of Applied Science and an MBA, his role encompasses the operational side of waste as well as the development assessment functions for multi-unit developments and commercial developments, and waste education & promotion.

    Lane Cove Council is very proud of its Waste Avoidance Program that has seen illegal dumping reduce significantly over the past 5 years. The program is very hands on and engages with its key stakeholders to ensure that they too are driving the program, and collaboratively ensuring that waste is effectively managed, and the amenity of the area is maintained to the high level that the community expect.

  • Bede Wolf
    Operations Manager, Fuji Xerox Australia

    Bede is Operations Manager at Fuji Xerox Australia's Eco Manufacturing Centre. Starting there as a remanufacture Project Mechanical Engineer in 2011, he took on sustainability related supply chain roles including Product Stewardship Manager and positions in Fuji Xerox Japan in CSR and the Global Recycling System Group. He has a Bachelor or Mechanical Engineering (Hons 1) and a Bachelor of Advanced Applied Mathematics, from Sydney University. He is passionate about innovation towards a more sustainable world.