In 2022 Waste Expo Australia has put together a select group of industry leaders with the aim of providing advice on creating an event that will meet the waste industry needs. The intent of the advisory board is to share knowledge and experience, and to support the team in delivering an event that will bring together the waste community, educate them, and inspire then. The Waste Expo Australia team is extremely honoured to be working with this incredible array of waste professionals.
INTRODUCING THE 2022 ADVISORY BOARD...
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Council of Recycling
Suzanne Toumbourou is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).
Suzanne is an organisation leader with deep experience in public affairs, executive management, stakeholder relations, governance strategy of not-for-profits, with a strong reputation as a sustainability subject matter expert.
Prior to ACOR, Suzanne was the longstanding Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, where she delivered impactful policy outcomes for building sustainability, including advancing the energy performance provisions in Australia’s Building Code and informing the priorities of the COAG Energy Council’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.
Suzanne has broad experience encompassing Federal and State Governments, industry and non-profit organisations. She is passionate about leading positive change for people, industry and the environment.
Senior Waste Management Specialist
City of Port Phillip
Binita Shrestha is the waste technical & education officer at the City of Port Phillip, where she leads technical consulting, engagement, communication and project delivery for the Council's waste team. With a Master's degree in social science, a Master's degree in sociology, and a background in project and people management, Binita holds a strong focus on delivering sustainable solutions across the waste, recycling & resource recovery industries.
In 2020, Binita led the award-winning Glass Recycling Trial, which introduced the kerbside and communal glass recycling service across the municipality.
Head of Communications, Engagement, Customer Service and Marketing
Michelle's 20-year career in waste, resource recovery, and sustainability has seen her engaged in a variety of roles within state and local government and private industry. Michelle is currently an executive member of TOMRA Cleanaway – network operator for the NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, heading the business's customer service, communication, engagement and marketing functions. Michelle takes pride in being a collaborative change-maker whose career has resulted in significant behaviour change at scale for the NSW community.
Hitachi Zosen Inova
Dr Marc Stammbach designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. Today, he manages the local subsidiary of HZI to deliver EfW solutions to the Oceania market. The 300,000 tpy East Rockingham RRF is currently in construction and scheduled for operation in late 2022.
Victoria Operations at Bingo
After studying for an honours degree in Environmental Science, Ben Morgan became fascinated with industrial-scale waste and resource management projects. His career has seen him work across major industrial operations such as oil refineries, wastewater treatment facilities, landfills, industrial-scale composting sites and recycling facilities. He joined BINGO Industries five years ago, heading up their Safety Environment & Quality department in Victoria before transitioning into overseeing the Victorian operational responsibilities for the transport, bulk haulage and recycling departments. Throughout his time with BINGO, he has seen rapid growth in Melbourne, and he is really excited about where the recycling industry is heading. At BINGO, he has a vision of Zero Waste in landfills and he is passionate about seeing what innovative circular economy solutions we can deliver in this market moving forward.
Mike has over 30 years of 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.
DR KATE RINGVALL
Technical Director Circular Economy
Dr Kate is a ‘Solutionary’ and is motivated by compassion and justice to address the underlying causes of the entrenched and interconnected problems that face the planet.
She has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning. Her areas of expertise and interest are in the Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainability Branding, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Dr Kate’s sustainability journey started young and has traversed sustainability and now circular economy in all its facets.
Dr Kate has worked for governments at all levels, across large corporations and Universities implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices. She is a Co-founder and Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative in Western Australia and has also Co-founded the Circular Economy consultancy - Ringvall Circularity. She now leads the Circular Economy topic for GHD, a global consulting firm.