1 hour and 20 minutes


This session will look at legislative developments, anticipated reforms and policy approaches that will help evolve Australia’s waste sector.  

Chair: Pete Shmigel, CEO, Australian Council of Recycling

State of Waste
Mike Ritchie Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group

Claire Ferres Miles, CEO, Sustainability Victoria

Our environment, our health – Building the future of Victoria together
Dr Cathy Wilkinson, CEO, Environment Protection Authority Victoria


Pete Shmigel
Australian Council of Recycling

Pete Shmigel has over 25 years of experience in environmental sustainability, politics, business, consulting and mental health. Prior to becoming CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling, he’s served as CEO of Lifeline Australia, the Buy Recycled Business Alliance, and the Beverage Industry Environment Council, and in senior roles with Telstra, Veolia and Nolan-ITU/Hyder. He’s also been a senior advisor to several Premiers and Ministers, and voluntarily serves on three NGO boards in the health and wellbeing sphere.

Mike Ritchie
Managing Director
MRA Consulting Group

Mike is one of Australia’s leading waste experts. With 25 years’ experience in the environmental and waste sector, Mike combines complex technical expertise and business knowledge. As a former senior executive for Visy, SUEZ and WSN, Mike has become one of the sector’s most recognised strategic thinkers, advising governments and business on waste and recycling. As MRA’s Managing Director, Mike provides extensive insight into the economics, policy constraints, issues and challenges of Australia’s waste and recycling sector, whilst working toward economically sensible environmental reforms. Mike's goal is to help make waste management economically rational and environmentally sustainable.

Claire Ferres Miles
Sustainability Victoria

Claire was appointed CEO Sustainability Victoria in November 2019 and was previously City of Melbourne’s Director City Strategy and Place. Claire is an optimistic leader driven by curiosity and purpose. She has held executive roles in Transport for London, Victorian Government, Local Government, and in the private sector, and is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership, authentic community engagement and innovative partnerships. Claire has been recognised as an IPAA Victorian Fellow (2019) and a ‘Top 50 Woman in the Victorian Public Sector’ (2017). Claire is passionate about leading teams to achieve public value, positive impact and deliver tangible outcomes for our community, with significant achievements in affordable housing, sustainability, transport and planning - to ensure our future is one of social, economic and environmental prosperity.

She has a Master of Transport, a Master of Traffic, a Bachelor of Planning & Design with majors in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and IPAA Integrity.

Dr Cathy Wilkinson
Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Dr Cathy Wilkinson became CEO of EPA on 3 September 2018. She is a senior executive with significant public sector experience leading the development and implementation of major policy and regulatory reforms for the Victorian Government in the planning, water and environment portfolios. Between 2006 and 2013, Cathy was based in Sweden, where she consulted to governments across Europe, completed a PhD at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and led projects with the Arctic Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the African Centre for Cities.



Wednesday, 14 October 2020
11:00am - 12:15pm AEDT


Thursday, 22 October 2020
11:00am - 12:15pm AEDT


Wednesday, 4 November 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm AEDT


Wednesday, 11 November 2020
11:05am - 12:30pm AEDT