ABOUT THE BOARD


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.

2021 NATIONAL PRESIDENT election

The 2021 WMRR's National President election has commenced, with four (4) nominees in the running. For further information and/or vote, click here. 

PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT

GARTH LAMB 

WMRR National President
Chief Development Officer, Re.Group

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, positions that he was re-elected for in 2019. 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 innovative 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.

 

MARK RAWSON

WMRR National Vice President
Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Rawtec
 

Mark Rawson is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Rawtec – a leading consultancy, providing advice on waste and resource management. Mark holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the former President of SA/NT Branch of WMRR, Chair of the WMRR National Resource Recovery and Market Development Working Group as well as a Director and Vice President of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). With a background in Chemical Engineering, Mark has been practicing in waste and recycling for over 20 years. Prior to establishing waste consulting company Rawtec in 2007, he was the Regional Manager for Cleanaway for SA and NT. Mark’s passion is working with people and organisations to use their material resources more effectively. 

Directors

TOBY TERLET

Project Director - Waste to Energy, Veolia 

Toby is Veolia’s Project Director for Australia’s first waste to energy facility in Kwinana, WA; a state-of-the-art energy recovery facility that will generate approximately 40MW of clean energy and process 400,000 tonnes of MSW a year. Prior to this role, he was Veolia’s Birmingham (UK) General Manager and had overall responsibility for eight sites, 11 direct reports and 245 employees. Toby has had direct involvement with procurement, operations, transport, and external markets, which has driven direct growth and improved efficiencies across the business, and has significant experience in renewable energy technologies, biomass, large-scale energy recovery facilities, RDF, landfill gas generation, and medical waste incineration. Over the past 20 years, Toby has held significant roles on independent environmental industry boards and has worked closely with external organisations such as EPAs across the country and overseas. He has experience in diverse facets of the natural resource/environment industry, including consultation with regulatory, political, and community bodies.

GEORGINA DAVIS 

Director, The Waste to Opportunity Enterprise
CEO, Queensland Farmers' Federation

Georgina is the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF). Georgina holds several Board positions including various roles on government bodies and statutory authorities as well as a adjunct position in the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffiths University. She is also a chartered waste manager and chartered environmentalist. Georgina has had extensive experience in waste innovation and has extensive professional experience in various levels of government as well as academia. 

KIM GLASSBOROW

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.

 

mark biddulph

Head of Corporate Affairs, Cleanaway 

Mark joined Cleanaway in January 2020 as Head of Corporate Affairs. The role includes management of media, policy development and government relations. Mark has previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, and Chief of Staff to various Queensland Ministers.  As Deputy Chief of Staff (Policy) to the Premier of Queensland, his role involved close liaison with members of Cabinet and Parliament, Directors-General and Chiefs of Staff about policy development, legislative reforms and parliamentary tactics and strategy. Mark has an excellent track record of establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with government officials, the private sector, peak bodies and key community-based organisations. Through his involvement at ministerial forums, he has developed a strong network of key stakeholders across the nation. This includes advisors across the political spectrum and senior government officials from other States and Territories.

mike ritchie

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.

CHRISTINE WARDLE

Managing Director – Blue Environment Pty Ltd

Christine founded Blue Environment 15 years ago and has a long track record of providing strategic advice on waste management and other environmental issues. She holds an honours degree in environmental engineering, masters in environmental management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Christine has held previous board positions on Vic Government organisations, as well as executive positions for major banks and businesses in Australia and the UK. Christine is past Victorian president of WMRR and won the 2014 WMRR John Guice Award in recognition of her significant contribution to the industry.

mark venhoek

CEO, SUEZ Australia and New Zealand 


Mark is Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ in Australia and New Zealand. Joining the company in 1992, he has significant global experience across the SUEZ group, 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.Under his leadership, the business was awarded significant key contracts across the region and strengthened the group’s overall leadership position in this market. Mark has previously held positions across Europe including Germany, the Netherlands, and Northern Europe. In 2004, he 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 centre in Western Australia. Tim is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Politics from Murdoch University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Tim currently serves as a Board Member of the Western Australian Waste Authority.

 

henry anning

CEO - ResourceCo Energy Systems, ResourceCo 
With over 14 years' experience and expertise across waste, finance, energy and sustainability, Henry is a leader in the delivery of waste to energy solutions across Australia.

 

BJORN BECKER

Chief Executive Office, REMONDIS

Prior to joining the Australian Team in early 2018, Björn has held various executive roles across the REMONDIS Group in Germany. Björn has been with REMONDIS for over 20 years and with extensive experience in general management, business development and mergers & acquisitions, Björn is committed to growing the Australian business operations.