WMRR 2020 Board renewal

The WMRR Board is undergoing a process of renewal in 2020, with a number of two-year director terms coming to an end. We are now calling for nominations for both nominated and elected director positions, including for the role of vice president of WMRR and the members' elected director, which both fall within the elected director category. 

Amongst the Board's responsibilities are the provision of strategic direction to, and governance of, the organisation. Board positions are voluntary and the Board meets for half a day, six (6) times a year (travel and accommodation costs will be met).

Only WMRR financial members are able to nominate for any/all of these positions. If you would you like to renew your WMRR membership, please contact the national office on 02 8746 5000 or email info@wmrr.asn.au

Nominations will close at 5p.m. AEST on Thursday, 30 April 2020. Nominations after this date will not be considered. 




WMRR is a member-driven, CEO-led, not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of directors. WMRR’s Board currently has 10 Directors. Two members of the Board are elected to the offices of President and Vice President, and form the Executive Subcommittee. Five members of the board come from the peak industry members and carry special responsibilities.

Directors of the Association are responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the organisation, and are expected to add value to the Association’s operations. Directors are required to have an understanding of the requirements of the Corporations Act 2001 and Directors’ obligations and duties, including the financial competence associated with holding the role of a Director.

WMRR National President
Chief Development Officer, Re.Group

Garth was hauled into the waste game as editor of Inside Waste magazine, before moving to Hyder Consulting (now Arcadis) where he headed up Australia’s leading team of strategic waste advisors. Having worked with all levels of government, and private sector operators, he understands the complexities and challenges around sustainable waste management.  In 2014 he took up a post with Re.Group, an innovate Australian company that specialises in building and operating infrastructure to recover resources from waste – part of the critical infrastructure required in any modern society. As the Chief Development Officer, his role involves helping clients deliver sustainable solutions for their communities across all urban waste streams.   In 2016 Garth was elected NSW State President of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the peak body representing the breadth and depth of Australia’s $14bn waste and resource recovery industry. In 2017 he was elected WMRR’s National President and Chair. 

WMRR National Vice President
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority

After 10 years managing waste, energy, and resource recovery services for Tweed Shire Council, Adam headed up Hyder Consulting's VIC and WA Waste and Resource Management Unit, was CEO of East Waste, and is now the CEO of Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority. Adam has university qualifications in science and engineering, a Masters in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, coupled with 17 years' industry experience.


Sustainability Manager, Aesop

Jade is Sustainability Manager at Aesop and has extensive experience in product stewardship, including as the National Accreditation and Compliance Manager for Tyre Stewardship Australia, and as Product Stewardship Lead at Sustainability Victoria managed the introduction of Victoria’s household battery recycling program, Batteryback. Jade is the recipient of the 2017 WMAA Women in the Environment Award.

Director, The Waste to Opportunity Enterprise

Georgina is the Deputy CEO of the Queensland Farmer's Federation and sits on the board of the Queensland Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council. Georgina has had extensive experience in waste innovation and has extensive professional experience in various levels of government as well as academia.

Partner, G&B Lawyers.

Kim is a senior planning and environmental law Partner at G&B Lawyers, a Sydney city firm offering specialised legal services in waste management, town-planning, environmental law and property.

Chief Executive Officer, MRA Consulting Group

Mike combines complex technical expertise and sound business acumen. With over 20 years’ experience in the waste management industry, he has a long history working with clients as diverse as ASX200 listed companies right through to local small businesses and most state and local governments in Australia. Since 1990, Mike has held senior management positions in Suez, Visy, WSN, Liverpool and Brisbane Councils and was national Vice President of the Waste Management Association of Australia. He has served as Sessional Commissioner NSW Land and Environment Court and was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Governance for Waste and Recycling in Victoria. Mike is known for his innovative approach to all areas of waste management. His expertise includes strategic planning, cost/benefit analysis, waste policy, economic evaluation and engagement.

Chief Executive Officer, ResourceCo Sustainable Fuels 

Ben Sawley is the CEO of ResourceCo Sustainable Fuels and has a passion for resource recovery and sustainable energy.  Prior to ResourceCo he was the National General Manager for Post Collections at Transpacific Industries (TPI), held numerous GM roles at Boral, The Boston Consulting Group and Unilever.Ben has worked across Australasia, the US and Europe.He is originally a Mechanical Engineer by training and also holds a Business degree in marketing and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.


Mark Venhoek
Chief Executive Officer - Australia & New Zealand, SUEZ

Mark has significant global experience across the SUEZ group since joining the company in 1992, spanning the European, Asian and Australian markets. Most recently, Mark led SUEZ's waste management operations across Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, mainland China and South-East Asia. Mark has previously held positions across Europe including Germany, the Netherlands, and Northern Europe. In 2004, Mark became CEO of SITA Germany, before being appointed Chief Operating Officer to the Group's Northern Europe division overseeing operational service activities across Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Mark is a member of the SUEZ Global Executive Management Committee.

Tim Youe
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

Tim has strong experience in the Local Government sector and is currently the CEO of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council managing a significant integrated resource recovery system in Western Australia.