WMAA welcomes new Directors

On 16 May 2016, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) held its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

During the meeting, WMAA President Ms Miranda Ransome announced to the WMAA members in attendance the appointment of new directors to the WMAA Board of Directors.

Mr Tony Kortegast was returned as the Vice President. Tony is the Managing Director of International Operations for Tonkin+Taylor. He has more than 40 years' experience in geotechnical, solid waste and heavy civil engineering. During that time his work covered a range of project inputs from concept development to public and consent processes, and detailed design and construction management.

Mr Adam Faulkner is the successful candidate elected by WMAA members to fill the final directly elected board position. Adam is the General Manager of the Eastern Waste Management Authority (SA). After 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.

Under WMAA's new Peak Membership category, Mr Mark Venhoek, the Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ and Mr Luke Agati, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of REMONDIS were also appointed to the board. 

Mark Venhoek has been CEO of Australia at SUEZ environnement Company SA since 6 October 2015. Mr Venhoek has significant global experience across the SUEZ group. Previously, Mark was Vice President of SUEZ environnement's waste operations in China where he led SUEZ's waste management operations across Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, mainland China and South-East Asia. He has also held positions across Europe including Germany, the Netherlands and Northern Europe.

Mr Luke Agati is the Managing Director and CEO for REMONDIS Australia. In his role, Luke introduced the nationalisation and expansion of REMONDIS services and operations and expanded the business to Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Luke is the driving force behind REMONDIS Australia, leading the organisation with his strategic vision and passion for obtaining results. Luke is committed to making REMONDIS Australia's premier waste management and resource recovery organisation with an unparalleled customer focus.

Ms Ransome said "It's with great pleasure that I welcome these three new directors onto the board of WMAA. These appointments represent WMAA's strategy of re-engaging with the industry's leadership while also striking a balance with democratically member elected board representation.

Tony's reappointment as Vice President also ensures WMAA has strong and stable leadership which is essential as we execute our new three year strategy for the organisation and the industry."