• 26-27 October 2022
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Waste policy and innovation


1 hour and 30 minutes


Waste management and recycling is crucial to creating a sustainable future for Australians. Hear from leading policy makers on the Australia’s waste and recycling roadmap, now and into the future.



Mike Ritchie
Managing Director
MRA Consulting

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the waste management and recycling industry. He has worked with all levels of government and the private sector.

Mike is the Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group, previously holding roles as Group General Manager SUEZ Australia, General Manager WSN Environmental Solutions and State Manager of VISY Recycling. He was also a Director of a local government and Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Brisbane. He also had a stint in the Prime Minister’s Department.

He was a Sessional Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. He has served as Vice President of the Waste Management Association of Australia and is currently a Director of Waste Management and Resource Recovery Australia.

He was Chairman of the NSW Carbon Committee and the Advanced Waste Treatment committees of the industry Association.

He is a member of the Australian Organics Recovery Association and a member of the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association. He is a past Director of Environment Business Australia.


Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes
Victorian Government

Lily D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, and on the recent return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes.

Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.  She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria's landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocussing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health.

She is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future. 

Lee Miezis
EPA Victoria 

Lee Miezis was appointed CEO in May 2021 after joining EPA as Interim CEO in February. As CEO, Lee is responsible for the operational performance of the organisation and, in association with EPA’s Governing Board, setting the strategic direction.

Lee was the inaugural CEO of Bushfire Recovery Victoria and former Deputy Secretary at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

He has extensive experience in executive level roles across the Victorian and New South Wales public service and a record of achievement across policy, operations, service delivery, and regulation. 

Claire Ferres Miles
Sustainability Victoria

Claire is an optimistic leader driven by curiosity, purpose, and impact, seeking out innovative partnerships to accelerate our transition to a circular, climate resilient clean economy.

As CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Claire leads with courage, trust, and kindness - to achieve public value and deliver tangible community outcomes. She has held executive roles in the Victorian Government, Local Government, Transport for London, and the private sector. Claire has been recognised as an IPAA Victorian Fellow (2019) and a ‘Top 50 Woman in the Victorian Public Sector’ (2017).

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 and Ethical Leadership Program. Claire is currently Chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific.

Richard Kirkman
CEO and MD
Veolia ANZ

Since joining the Veolia Group in 1994 as an environmental engineer, Richard has held a number of senior commercial, operational and technical positions in Europe and the UK & Ireland. Driving strategic development in Material & Energy Sales, Planning, Construction, Fleet and External Affairs, as well as commissioning key recycling and Energy Recovery Facilities, Richard was key in developing technology and innovation for the regions.

Joining Veolia Australia and New Zealand in 2020 as CEO and Managing Director, Richard is now focused on delivering ecological transformation through Veolia’s ANZ water, waste and energy activities. Richard is a passionate advocate for preserving and replenishing resources and is pivoting the organisation to be a trusted partner for complex infrastructure, whilst influencing policy as an authoritative voice on the challenges surrounding the environmental sector.

Richard believes that delivering a sustainable future is about people, customers and teams working together. Richard is on the Board of NWRIC and is member of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact Collective Action Group.