2018 Speakers

  • Lara Barclay, Adaptation Environmental Support
  • Sarah Collier, KFC Australia
  • Brooke Donnelly, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)
  • Carmen Dwyer, NSW EPA
  • Robert Dvorak, Visy rPLASTICS
  • Rebecca Evered, Cleanaway
  • Markus Fraval, Tomra Collections
  • Kathy Giunta, NSW EPA
  • Chris Grant, 5R Solutions
  • Dr Mark Jackson, Jackson Environment and Planning
  • Dr Helen Lewis, the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University Technology of Sydney
  • Craig Murray, Sydney Fish Market
  • Robert Pascoe, Closed Loop
  • Divya Patel, NSW EPA
  • Eric Paulsen, CEMAC Technologies
  • Prof Peirre Pienaar, Australian Institute of Packaging & World Packaging Organisation
  • Blaise Porter, Fujitsu Australia
  • Rose Read, NWRIC
  • Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting
  • Dr Ingrid Schraner, Marli Accommodation Services
  • Sarah Sannen, Good Environmental Choice Australia
  • Erin Smith, Cleanaway
  • Peter Tamblyn, Close the Loop
  • Alan Wigg, NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Unit
  • Stephanie Yu, NSW Environmental Protection Authority

Lara Barclay is the Managing Director of Adaptation, an environmental consultancy that partners with organisations to integrate environmental systems, programs, and thinking into everyday business.

Lara believes that creating innovative programs, as part of strategic collaborations between diverse stakeholder groups, can help a wider audience achieve more environmentally sustainable results. Her extensive knowledge and experience in this field has allowed Lara to lead pioneering projects that encompass the development of environmental management and resource efficiency programs, secondary market development for waste streams, and more sustainable supply chains.

More recently Lara has brought together the tobacco industry and other stakeholders to develop recycling strategies to address butt litter and other problem plastics.

Sarah Collier joined KFC Australia (KFC) in 2009.  Her career at KFC has seen her work in the Supply Chain and Corporate Affairs Teams.  Sarah’s roles have included her leading the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy across both stores and supply chain for KFC Australia.

Sarah has been instrumental in the development of KFC Australia’s CSR strategy across their people, planet and food pillars.  She recently lead the development and launch of the KFC Youth Foundation; which sees KFC partner with leading youth charities to help build confidence in young Australians.

In 2012 she was an integral part of the nationwide switch from palm oil to Australian grown canola cooking oil. Sarah also led the KFC business in partnership with their suppliers to undertake a Farm to Fork Life Cycle Assessment, to help understand opportunities to be more sustainable.

She is a passionate supporter of circular economy innovation as seen by the launch of KFC Australia’s innovative uniform recycling program which saw the recycling of approximately 60,000 old uniforms through KFC’s supply chain network for conversion to carpet underlay to be sold commercially.

Through KFC’s partnership with Closed Loop, Sarah has worked to partner in the first QSR nationwide recycling initiative, “Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin”.  Expanding further on diversion programmes, KFC have continued their partnership with Closed Loop, with the launch of food recovery programmes and other circular economy trials.

Sarah is a passionate believer in the power of partnership in order to invoke sustainable solution to industry issues such as; waste diversion, circular economy and other sustainability opportunities.

Brooke Donnelly is a senior strategic and commercial executive specialising in product stewardship, recycling and sustainability. She has proven strengths in leading the successful operational and commercial implementation of best practice national product stewardship and recycling programs for industry, government and consumers. In her current role of CEO at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Brooke develops and leads APCO’s strategic direction and vision. Brooke is the co-founder and facilitator of the Product Stewardship Cluster (PSC), an organisation working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship. Brooke has worked in alignment with a broad range of regulatory authorities, industry groups and product stewardship organisations. She has held senior leadership titles including Chief Operating Officer for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, NSW Sustainability Manager for Visy Industrial Packaging and CEO at Catalyst Development Group. Previously, Brooke spent her formative years managing her third-generation recycling of industrial packaging family business.
Carmen Dwyer has been working in the environmental regulatory field for the past 21 years. Carmen now leads the Waste and Resource Recovery Division. Prior to this, Carmen held the position of Director of Gas Regulation.

Carmen holds a Bachelors of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and a Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Restoration, Rehabilitation and Management).

Before acting as the Director of Waste and Resource Recovery Carmen held a number of senior and middle management roles with the EPA. Some of Carmen’s responsibilities included, implementing the EPA’s transition to being the lead environmental regulator of coal seam gas, delivery of regional compliance priorities across abroad range of industries and the development of operation pesticides policies.

Carmen has delivered the roles from central and western NSW and is currently based in the Dubbo Office.

Rob Dvorak is currently the Plant Manager for Visy rPLASTICS, based in Smithfield, Sydney. He was previously the European General Manager for Nextek based in London for 7 years during which time he was a lead project manager on major recycling projects in Europe, the UK, Nth America Middle East and Australia. Robert has also held process engineering and quality roles with Amcor, Owens-Illinois, Nylex and Visy.

Rob is a Polymer Engineer with over 18 years’ experience in the recycling, packaging and polymer processing industries and has experience with plant design and use of recycled plastics in a variety of applications and a thorough understanding of current trends and new developments. Robert has authored key reports on recycling technologies and sustainable packaging developments and has co-authored a special edition paper on recycling of plastics for the Royal Society in the UK.

He holds degrees in Polymer Engineering, a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management. Robert was the President of the Society of Plastics Engineers in Australia-New Zealand (SPE-ANZ) in 2012. 

Rebecca is Cleanaway’s Centre for Sustainability Manager, overseeing a multidisciplinary team assisting customers to achieve their resource recovery and sustainability goals. The team run a large number of projects including the coordination and implementation of new and ongoing education programs, visual and volumetric auditing and community behaviour change.

Rebecca has over 13 years’ experience in Education for Sustainability, 8 of which are with Cleanaway. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science and postgraduate qualifications in business and environmental management.

Markus’ passion for environmental sustainability led him to working in the United Nations’ pioneering industrial ecology program, Zero Emissions, adopting systems-based thinking to redesign industrial processes and mimicking natural ecosystems to convert waste streams into resources.

Since 1997 Markus has been involved in packaging recycling, initially developing award-winning automated sorting technology for kerbside recycling, and then going on to found Revive Recycling to apply systems-based design and technology to the recycling of beverage containers.

Revive partnered with TOMRA, the Norwegian public company which invented reverse vending machines. TOMRA have over 75,000 installations collecting >35 billion containers each year, and are also the largest non-retail operator of container deposit collection points. Markus is currently Managing Director of TOMRA Collection Pty Ltd and a Director of the Association of Container Deposit System Operators (CDSO).

Kathy brings almost 25 years of experience in the waste and sustainability sector. Most positions Kathy has taken on have been in the fields of sustainability and resource recovery, with designing projects and programs that would build infrastructure or achieve behaviour change a particular focus. Kathy has worked in state government, non-government organisations and a regional statutory authority. She has a proven track record in managing successful projects and building productive relationships with stakeholders. Kathy is currently Director, Resource Recovery, with the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Chris is the Managing Director of 5R Solutions Ltd, a New Zealand based company that owns and oepates glass recycling plants in Christchurch, Auckland and Penrith. Chris has worked extensively in market and product development, including materials from MRFs and C&D facilities. Chris started 5R Solutions nearly 10 yrs ago, specialising in flat glass recovery. The business started with just Chris. The company now has 23 people across NZ and Sydney.
Mark is a nationally recognised waste management specialist and has 22 years’ experience in the field. He is the Director of Jackson Environment and Planning, a consulting firm dedicated to supporting the waste and recycling industry with planning approvals, EPA licencing and regulatory support. Previous to this, Mark over a 12-year period held senior management positions in the NSW Environment Protection Authority, leading some of the largest recycling industry development, regulatory support and infrastructure investment programs in the country’s history.
Dr Helen Lewis is an environmental consultant specialising in product stewardship and sustainable packaging. In this role she been closely involved in the development and implementation of the Australian Packaging Covenant and has assisted industry clients to implement more sustainable packaging practices. Helen is an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University Technology of Sydney (UTS). Helen was the part-time chief executive of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) for six years until November 2016. Until 2001, Helen was Director of the Centre for Design at RMIT University where she managed an innovative research, consulting and training program to promote more sustainable design of buildings, products and packaging. Prior to this, she worked for federal and state government agencies in a range of industry policy and environmental program roles, and as environment manager for the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association.
Craig is the current QHSE Systems Manager at Sydney Fish Market. Over the past 12 years, Craig and his team have worked to maintain company policy, programs and procedures to ensure continued certification of Quality, Safety and Environmental systems.

Craig holds a degree in Environmental Science and lead auditor qualification in Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Systems.

With a solution-based focus, Craig has been an industry representative and regular mentor with SafeWork NSW and in 2015 won the prestigious SafeWork NSW Safety Leadership Award.

Craig has overseen the implementation of SFM’s greenhouse gas reduction and waste diversion strategies which have achieved 17.7% reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions over the last 7 years and have diverted more than 20% of SFM’s waste from landfill over the last 4 years.

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Divya Patel is a policy expert with 15 years’ experience working in a range of social policy initiatives including healthcare, social care and environment across Australia, India and the UK. Divya is currently the Principal Policy Officer leading on the policy and evaluation work for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme for the Environment Protection Authority.
Eric is the founder and Managing Director of CEMAC Technologies Pty Ltd.

Eric has degree in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering from the technical university of Aachen in Germany, with a Masters Thesis completed at the Imperial College in London. Following that, Eric gathered extensive experience in project management of turnkey production plants for a German engineering company world-wide.

In 2003 Eric migrated to Australia, and after working in the recycling sector for 14 years supplying recycling and resource recovery technologies, founded CEMAC Technologies in 2017. CEMAC technologies offers the Australian and New Zealand market high level and proven technologies and engineering solutions for the Circular Economy.

Eric has a passion for the environment and is focusing his professional career on working towards a sustainable use of our earth’s resources.

Pierre Pienaar’s interest in packaging started in 1984 after having studied pharmacy. Soon after joining a large pharmaceutical company, Pierre became concerned about a number of packaging-related issues in the pharmaceutical

world. This combined field has taken him to the far corners of the world, always involving one or other aspects of research in packaging. Pierre has attended international congresses and conferences where he has delivered and continues to present papers and continues to judge national and international packaging competitions. He continues to write articles for numerous packaging magazines around the world.

Pierre has a Master of Science Degree (Packaging Engineering/ Technology) from Brunel University, UK. He also has a Master of Manufacturing and Production Degree from University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is a registered Certified Packaging Professional in 52 countries. He has been National President of the South African Institute of Packaging (IPSA), an honorary life member of (IPSA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), Professional member of the Australian Food, Industry and Science Technology. He is the current National Education Director, Past National President of the AIP and past Vice President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), being responsible for global packaging education.

He has lectured in the technology and science of packaging at various universities and institutions around the world for the past thirty years. He currently lectures the Masters students in Food Innovation and Packaging at University of Melbourne, Beijing University, Sichuan University, Tra Vinh University, Gadjah Mada University and University of New South Wales. He holds a professorship in Packaging Engineering and is the President of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

Blaise is the Sustainability Manager for the Oceania region at Fujitsu.  Her current role draws on a decade of IT experience to help businesses address their ICT sustainability challenges.

As Sustainability Manager she also operates Fujitsu’s wide-ranging EMS that includes office, warehouse and data centre operations; including the recycling of over 370t of eWaste and the consumption of nearly 2 million mWh of energy annually.

Rose thrives on delivering practical sustainability solutions in collaboration with industry, government and the community.  Rose has worked extensively in product stewardship, successfully implementing MobileMuster – Australia’s leading mobile phone recycling program.  Prior to this she was General Manager of Clean Up Australia. 
Mike is the Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group. He was a senior executive in the waste industry with 25 years of experience in Visy, SITA and Waste Service NSW.  He was also a Director of Liverpool Council and senior adviser to the Mayor of Brisbane.

Mike was a Sessional Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on waste governance.

After a career as program officer with the United Nations Development Program and then as an economics and finance academic at Western Sydney University, Ingrid established Lilli Pilli Consulting to undertake research that focuses on trans-disciplinary economic analyses of complex social situations and on further developing the necessary economic methods and methodologies. She is currently assisting Marli Social Enterprises in combining their mission to house, feed, train and employ homeless people with the environmental purpose of reducing plastic waste.
As Operations and Finance Manager of Good Environmental Choice Australia, Sarah is dedicated to enhancing best practice strategies for sustainability labelling through improved governance, risk mitigation and resilience capability building through supply chains. Her passion is to explore the true impact we can have as we push markets towards regenerative practices. tic waste.
A highly passionate senior executive who has experience in all facets of general management, Erin’s passion and focus is in investing in people to deliver strong and sustainable business performance. She has extensive skills in business recovery, supply chain performance and customer excellence, and her love of working with people and instilling a coaching culture leads them to peak performance.

Having lead some of the largest sales teams in Australia across a number of top ASX companies, Erin is university qualified with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management, with a specialization in Post grad AGSM in Change Management and General Management. In addition to being head of sales for NSW/ACT, Erin also provides strategic leadership for Cleanaway’s Centre for Sustainability, a key initiative on their mission ‘to make a sustainable future possible’.

Peter joined Close the Loop in May 2014 with more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. He brings a broad experience in senior sales leadership roles from working with Ricoh, Lexmark and Computershare.

Peter was educated at The Australian National University in Canberra and the Marketing Association of Australia & New Zealand. Peter is responsible for the sales and marketing strategy for Close the Loop in the Asia Pacific region and brings a strong track record of sales leadership and sales strategy.

Alan has a background in ecology and natural resource management, joining the EPA in 2017.

Alan works for the NSW EPA’s Product Improvement Program, which aims to provide industry an opportunity to identify new uses and markets for recyclable materials, and to develop local processing and remanufacturing capability to help ensure recycling services are maintained.

Alan’s interests are learning about and protecting our environment.

Stephanie Yu is the Unit Head for the Waste and Resource Recovery Branch at the Environment Protection Authority. She has extensive experience in environment work within the government sector. She is currently involved in coordinating the response to the China National Sword Policy, which has impacted the global market for recyclable material, to improve and strengthen the NSW recycling system. Previous project experience includes the roll-out of the Container Deposit Scheme, which occurred in December 2017 and is the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW. Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) in 2000.