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.

 

 

 

ISABEL AXIO

Senior Consultant, RMCG

Isabel is a senior consultant in the waste and resource recovery area who has developed diverse experience across industries, states and work complexity. She understands on-ground practical operations of collection systems and site management, and also works effectively with strategic planning for businesses, local councils and state and federal governments.

Isabel has specific insight on the Tasmanian landscape where she has resided for the last eight (8) years. She also has extensive knowledge of the primary industries waste and resource management and ongoing work. Her passion is in waste avoidance and organic recycling and my training in circular economy principles drives her thinking.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTIN BONSEY

Strategic Lead, Resource Recovery, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC)

Having led diverse teams and award-winning sustainability initiatives throughout the waste hierarchy, Justin has a broad range of experience in strategising innovative approaches to intractable issues, building unity across unlikely stakeholder groups, community engagement, and a comprehensive understanding of value chain challenges and mechanisms across materials and formats from design to remanufacturing.

Justin co-founded sustainability initiatives Responsible Cafes and Responsible Runners, previously managed Boomerang Alliance campaigns for container deposits, waste tyre regulations, and bans on single-use plastics, and is a proud permaculturalist and Green Star Associate. He contributes to a number of advisory committees for local government, circular economy and standards development. Justin holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, specialising in finance and economic policy.

 

GARTH LAMB

Chief Development Officer, Re.Group

Garth was hauled into the waste game as editor of Inside Waste magazine, before moving to Hyder Consulting (now Arcadis) where he headed up Australia’s leading team of strategic waste advisors. Having worked with all levels of government, and private sector operators, he understands the complexities and challenges around sustainable waste management.

In 2014, Garth took up a post with Re.Group, an innovative Australian company that specialises in building and operating infrastructure to recover resources from waste – part of the critical infrastructure required in any modern society. His role as the Chief Development Officer involves helping clients deliver sustainable solutions for their communities across all urban waste streams.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

GERALDINE BUSBY

Principal Waste Consultant, Encycle

Geraldine Busby has twenty years’ experience in the waste sector in local and state government, consultancy and industry roles. She is a strategic thinker who has worked with the organics sector and undertaken cost/benefit analyses, provided a review of the Australian Standards Composts, soil conditioners and mulches (AS 4454), written content for and project managed development of the NSW EPA ‘Compost Facility Management’ online learning platform. Geraldine also has strong technical skills and has developed an extensive model to analyse material flows of e-waste in WA for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Geraldine has a solid understanding of international waste policy. She provided input to United Nations documentation on waste management and undertaken tours including with the International Solid Waste Association in 2018 across Austria and Germany and brings this in-depth knowledge, innovative circular economy solutions. Geraldine has a strong network from the Western Australia waste sector including state and local government, and industry. She maintains an understanding of impending changes to legislation, education and training requirements and challenges facing different sectors in recycling and resource recovery.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

PHIL CARBINS

General Manager, Veolia Australia & New Zealand

Phil has over 25 years engineering, operations, asset and business management experience within technical, environmental and regulated industries, including over 20 years waste management and resource recovery experience.

Since October 2020 in the role of General Manager Business Development, Phil has been responsible for identifying, shaping and securing Veolia’s business development opportunities and growth prospects for Australia and New Zealand in alignment with Veolia’s strategy and ecological transformation principles, including the formulation of business unit and geographical strategies, based on in depth knowledge of waste and circular economy policy, followed by the delivery of resource recovery solutions for our customers and partners. Earlier experience with SUEZ included managing the Sydney portfolio of greenwaste processing facilities and landfill assets.

Prior to joining SUEZ in 2014, Phil senior management positions with Waste Assets Management Corporation (NSW Government), Transpacific Industries Group Ltd and Enviroguard Pty Ltd (a CSR/Brambles joint venture) with earlier experience in the concrete industry and consulting civil engineering.