ABOUT THE BOARD

 

WMRR is a member-driven, CEO-led, not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of directors. WMRR’s Board currently has 10 Directors. Two members of the Board are elected to the offices of President and Vice President, and form the Executive Subcommittee. Five members of the board come from the peak industry members and carry special responsibilities.

Directors of the Association are responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the organisation, and are expected to add value to the Association’s operations. Directors are required to have an understanding of the requirements of the Corporations Act 2001 and Directors’ obligations and duties, including the financial competence associated with holding the role of a Director.

2022 BOARD RENEWAL

This year, the Board is undergoing a process of renewal, with a number of directors reaching their maximum terms. We are now calling for nominations from WMRR members for both the nominated and elected director positions, including for the role of WMRR vice president and the members’ elected director, both of which fall under the elected director category. A maximum of five (5) director positions in total are available. Nominations close at 5p.m. AEST on Friday, 29 April 2022. Further information can be found here.

 

MEET THE BOARD

 

 

 

GEOFFREY WEBSTER

WMRR National President
Director, Waste and Management Services

Once you’re in the waste and resource recovery industry, it gets in your blood and it seems you are destined to never leave. This happened to Geoff Webster many years ago and it is now a passion that drives many facets of his career and business. It is an essential service that was recognised due to the impacts of COVID and it now has a platform that we must continue to develop as continual change within the marketplace drives the need for improvements in how materials are managed. Each group in the sector – be it industry, government (at all levels) or their advisors – will play a crucial role in achieving these objectives and Geoff sees it as WMRR’s role to assist through advocacy and facilitation of information dissemination. Having sat in both the consulting and operational roles through his career, performing at senior management level, Geoff provides the right qualities to support and lead WMRR’s continued activities in this space. WMRR is a critical element in ensuring its members succeed in a challenging environment and having been exposed to so many elements from all facets of the industry, Geoff has the skills to complement the rest of the Board and the management team in delivering on the needs of the WMRR Presidency.

 

 

 

MARK RAWSON

WMRR National Vice President
Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Rawtec 

Mark Rawson is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Rawtec – a leading consultancy, providing advice on waste and resource management. Mark holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the former President of SA/NT Branch of WMRR, Chair of the WMRR National Resource Recovery and Market Development Working Group as well as a Director and Vice President of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). With a background in Chemical Engineering, Mark has been practicing in waste and recycling for over 20 years. Prior to establishing waste consulting company Rawtec in 2007, he was the Regional Manager for Cleanaway for SA and NT. Mark’s passion is working with people and organisations to use their material resources more effectively. 

 

 

 

TOBY TERLET

Director - Business Development, Babcock & Wilcox

Toby Terlet has strong leadership skills, education and international waste, energy, and water management experience. As Director - Business Development at Babcock & Wilcox, Toby travels across Australia developing projects in the renewable sector such as waste to energy (chute to stack), battery storage, carbon capture and chemical looping technology, to name a few. Prior to this, Toby was Project Director for Australia’s first WtE facility located at Kwinana and he has spent time in the UK where he was the Veolia’s Birmingham (UK) General Manager with overall responsibility for eight (8) sites, 11 direct reports and 245 employees. Over the past 20 years, Toby has held significant roles on independent environmental industry boards and worked closely with external organisations including EPA SA, around Australia and overseas. He is passionate about developing strategies and identifying new opportunities that leave our natural environment in a better state for generations to come.

 

 

 

GEORGINA DAVIS 

Director, The Waste to Opportunity Enterprise
CEO, WRIQ

Georgina is the Chief Executive Officer of WRIQ (Waste & Recycling Industry of Queensland). Georgina holds several Board positions including various roles on government bodies and statutory authorities as well as a adjunct position in the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffiths University. She is also a chartered waste manager and chartered environmentalist. Georgina has had extensive experience in waste innovation and has extensive professional experience in various levels of government as well as academia. 

 

 

 

MARK BIDDULPH

Head of Corporate Affairs, Cleanaway 

Mark joined Cleanaway in January 2020 as Head of Corporate Affairs. The role includes management of media, policy development and government relations. Mark has previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, and Chief of Staff to various Queensland Ministers.  As Deputy Chief of Staff (Policy) to the Premier of Queensland, his role involved close liaison with members of Cabinet and Parliament, Directors-General and Chiefs of Staff about policy development, legislative reforms and parliamentary tactics and strategy. Mark has an excellent track record of establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with government officials, the private sector, peak bodies and key community-based organisations. Through his involvement at ministerial forums, he has developed a strong network of key stakeholders across the nation. This includes advisors across the political spectrum and senior government officials from other States and Territories.

 

 

 

MIKE RITCHIE

Chief Executive Officer, MRA Consulting Group

Mike combines complex technical expertise and sound business acumen. With over 20 years’ experience in the waste management industry, he has a long history working with clients as diverse as ASX200 listed companies right through to local small businesses and most state and local governments in Australia. Since 1990, Mike has held senior management positions in Suez, Visy, WSN, Liverpool and Brisbane Councils and was national Vice President of the Waste Management Association of Australia. He has served as Sessional Commissioner NSW Land and Environment Court and was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Governance for Waste and Recycling in Victoria. Mike is known for his innovative approach to all areas of waste management. His expertise includes strategic planning, cost/benefit analysis, waste policy, economic evaluation and engagement.

 

 

CHRISTINE WARDLE

Managing Director, Blue Environment Pty Ltd

Christine founded Blue Environment 15 years ago and has a long track record of providing strategic advice on waste management and other environmental issues. She holds an honours degree in environmental engineering, masters in environmental management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Christine has held previous board positions on Vic Government organisations, as well as executive positions for major banks and businesses in Australia and the UK. Christine is past Victorian president of WMRR and won the 2014 WMRR John Guice Award in recognition of her significant contribution to the industry.

 

 

 

TIM YOUE

Chief Executive Officer, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

Tim has strong experience in the local government sector and is currently the CEO of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, managing a significant integrated resource recovery centre in Western Australia. Tim is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Politics from Murdoch University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Tim currently serves as a Board Member of the Western Australian Waste Authority.

 

 

 

 

HENRY ANNING

CEO - ResourceCo Energy Systems, ResourceCo 

With over 14 years’ experience and expertise across waste, finance, energy and sustainability, Henry is a leader in the delivery of waste to energy solutions across Australia. He previously led Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s waste team and is a former Associate Director at Low Carbon Australia. Henry is also a Director of Bioenergy Australia.

 

 

BJORN BECKER

Chairman, REMONDIS Australia

Prior to joining the Australian Team in early 2018, Björn has held various executive roles across the REMONDIS Group in Germany. Björn has been with REMONDIS for over 20 years and with extensive experience in general management, business development and mergers & acquisitions, Björn is committed to growing the Australian business operations – formerly as CEO and now as Chairman of the Australian Board.