WMRR welcomes new directors and VP at AGM
11 June 2020
In a WMRR-first, the Association held its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in cyberspace, where members virtually welcomed their 2020-2022 Board of Directors in a new COVID-19 world.
The annual AGM provides members with an opportunity to reflect on the past year and the 2020 meeting was no different. In his 2019 report to members, WMRR national president, Mr Garth Lamb, said: “Over recent years, our sector has had to deal with structural changes in recycling markets, has been battered through media headlines, and has had to find ways to keep delivering essential services through various challenges, including natural disasters and some woeful policy decisions.”
But surely, Mr Lamb said, 2020 will be our comeback year and he is glad members are highly engaged with WMRR.
“We’ve worked hard, harnessing this new-found attention and channeling it towards achieving positive outcomes. These last 12 months will surely be remembered as a period of great progress, where the federal government started to engage with the sector, and where we started to see a coordinated effort to deliver on some of the changes we’ve been crying out for… In 2019-20, we’ve seen the start of some very significant action, including the COAG Waste Export bans. WMRR has been in the midst of the action, working closely with each jurisdiction and the federal government to shape and steer various efforts underway.”
Mr Lamb also introduced members to the 2020-2022 Board of Directors, welcoming three (3) new directors and confirming four (4) current directors who had re-nominated for a further two-year term.
WMRR received five (5) applications for the nominated director role, four (4) for vice president, and five (5) for the elected director position. A vote was held in early May and more than 250 members answered the call, voting on their elected director - Toby Terlet, Veolia project director – waste to energy, and vice president – Mark Rawson, Rawtec managing director. Meanwhile, Dr Georgina Davis, Kim Glassborow, Tim Youe, and Mike Ritchie, were returned to the Board, which also welcomed a new skills director – Blue Environment managing director, Christine Wardle.
“It is pleasing to see such a level of engagement with members, as evidenced by a very strong response to our 2020 nominations and subsequent elections – our largest yet,” WMRR CEO, Ms Gayle Sloan, said.
“WMRR can only do what it does because of the skills, time, and efforts of our members who drive our actions and objectives. We would like to thank our members and directors who have voluntarily contributed their time and expertise to propel our Association and our essential industry forward.
“We welcome back all our PEAK and re-nominated directors, and congratulate and extend a warm welcome to all new nominated and elected directors, for what will no doubt be an interesting two years with no lack of action,” Ms Sloan said.
Mr Lamb also thanked outgoing national vice president Mr Adam Faulkner, who had served two (2) consecutive terms, and director Ms Jade Barnaby, for their commitment to WMRR and the industry.
“Adam was elected in 2016 by members and he has been a tireless and effective advocate for the sector. Thank you for the leadership that you display in your day job and in the Association,” Mr Lamb said.
“And it’s a sad farewell to Jade; your time and energy are greatly appreciated.”
WMRR’s 2020-22 Board of Directors:
Vice president (elected)
Ben Sawley (ResourceCo)
Bjoern Becker (Remondis)
Marc Churchin (Veolia)
Mark Biddulph (Cleanaway)
Mark Venhoek (SUEZ)
Skills director (nominated)
Co-opted director (nominated)
WMRR’s 2019 annual report, accessible only to members, can be found here.