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