Presenter Profiles

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  • Natalie Alves, NSW Environment Protection Authority
  • Heather Bone, Unity Water
  • John Bradley, Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC)
  • Peter Burgess, Rainbow Bee Eater
  • Paul Clapham, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
  • Jon Cozens, New Energy Risk
  • Bevan Dooley, Solid Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Andreas Elvin, EPA Victoria
  • Nial Finegan, EPA Victoria
  • Richard Fish, AlterNRG
  • Marcus Geisler, WA Waste Authority
  • Kim Glassborow, G&B Lawyers
  • Mark Glover, AIEN
  • San Shwe Hla, CSIRO Energy
  • Angela Hoefnagels, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Gerhard Janssen, MARTIN BioPower
  • David Jettner, Australian Paper
  • Garth Lamb, Re.Group
  • Joy Leet, National Australia Bank
  • Rolf Liebeneiner, BEKON GmbH / Eggermann Group
  • Justine Linley, City of Ballarat
  • Rob Millard, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
  • Nick Miller, HRL
  • Kurt Palmer, STEINERT Australia
  • Ali Saeedi, REMONDIS Australia
  • Ben Sawley, ResourceCo Sustainable Energy
  • Steve Sergi, SA EPA
  • Marc Stammbach, HZI Australia
  • Tony Stone, Gekko Systems
  • Barry Sullivan, Downer
  • Simon Taylor, Unitywater
  • Dr Neil Thompson, ITM Power
  • Julian Turecek, EnergyAustralia
  • Dr Stuart Wagland, Cranfield University
  • Fiona Waterhouse, Utilitas Group
  • David Woolford, Ricardo
Natalie is a senior policy officer for the Waste and Resource Recovery Branch at the NSW EPA. She has been directly involved in the implementation of the NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement. Natalie has over 10 years’ experience in the environment sector, including as a consultant and operations officer with the NSW EPA. Natalie has also been involved in administering the Resource Recovery Orders and Exemptions framework and provides policy advice on waste-related issues.
Heather has worked for 20 years in environmental and sustainable development law, commercial, business development and marketing roles in mines and energy, transport and logistics in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively with numerous government departments, industry associations, scientific bodies, OEMs and NFPs.

Heather is a Director of Bioenergy Australia and a qualified HAZOP facilitator, a past CEO of the Biofuels Association of Australia and the Chair of Australia’s committee for the development of ISO’s Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy.

Heather was Australia’s representative for Climate Change and Renewable Energy for the International Visitors Leadership Program, run by the US State Department at the invitation of the then US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, and works both in Australia and internationally in bioenergy, biofuels, waste to energy and sustainable development.

John is the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Victorian Government.

He was previously CEO of Energy Networks Australia representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses providing services to almost every Australian energy customer. In previous roles, John served as CEO of 3 Queensland Government agencies working with a significant workforce and budget responsibilities.

John holds an MBA from QUT and BA from the University of Queensland. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously served as a Director on the Boards of the Australian Gas Industry Trust, Greening Australia Ltd, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, Families Responsibility Commission and on the University of Queensland Senate.

Peter Burgess grew up in a farming community, trained as a metallurgical engineer and has five decades of involvement in various technical, commercial and leadership roles with Australian, US and Chinese resource and manufacturing companies.

Prior to forming Rainbow Bee Eater, he held senior leadership roles with Alcoa in Western Australia, Victoria and USA, served as Chair of the Federal Government and Industry Light Metals Action Agenda, on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia and as consultant to Alumina Ltd and CSIRO Minerals and Energy.

In 2007 Peter met Ian Stanley, a third generation wheat farmer from Kalannie in Western Australia, at the world’s first biochar conference and they agreed to pool their resources to develop what became ECHO2.

With graduate and and postgraduate qualifications in environmental science, Paul is a qualified professional with more than 30 years’ experience of working within the environmental sector – with more than half of this time having been with the Australian, UK and international waste and resource recovery industry. Having worked for some of the world’s largest engineering consulting companies, Paul has a strong understanding of complex resource recovery technologies and has led a number of successful  procurements of large-scale advanced waste and resource recovery infrastructure in Europe, including energy from waste solutions. In additional to his technical achievements, Paul led the UK government’s capacity building programs on new technologies for councils between 2002 and 2004. Other achievements include the delivery of projects for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, the Australian Commonwealth Government, Sustainability Victoria, EPA Victoria, and the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Since May 2017 Paul has been leading the development of the business case for advanced waste and resource recovery technologies (AWRRTs) within the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Region. The business case is exploring opportunities for MWRRG to work with local government to procure and deploy large-scale solutions to divert residual waste from landfill through resource recovery. In January 2018 Paul was appointed to the role of Director of Procurement & Contracts at MWRRG and the AWRRT business case work has been incorporated into the work of MWRRG’s Procurement and Contracts Directorate.

Jon Cozens is the Chief Commercial Officer at New Energy Risk, where he oversees execution of the company’s business strategy.  Previously, Jon led the finance group at BrightLeaf Technologies, raising $40 million in equity and project finance.  He also consulted in several markets, including crude oil derivatives with Cornerstone Global Commodities in London, private equity and investment banking, and McKinsey & Company.  He began his career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in energy trading and procurement.  Jon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University, and a M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School.
Bevan Dooley is a mechanical engineer who has been heavily involved in the renewable energy area for the last 17 years.  Bevan has designed and built many waste processing facilities including used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel facilities, used lubrication oil processing plants, including the design and construction of the world first supercritical fluid oil processing plant, MSW and RDF to energy plants,  a waste plastic to fuels plant and a solar thermal storage project
Andreas Elvin is a Project Manager in the Development Assessment Unit at EPA Victoria. He has been at EPA Victoria for the last 2 years assessing a variety of different projects but specialised towards understanding issues related to EfW. Andreas is one of two recipients of a scholarship that will be carried out during 2018. The aim with the scholarship is to investigate Energy from Waste internationally and gather information that will broaden EPA’s understanding of Energy from Waste across the organisation.
Nial Finegan joined EPA in August 2014. Nial is a Chartered Professional Engineer and fellow of Engineers Australia. He has a MBA from Imperial College London and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Immediately prior to joining EPA, Nial was Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice and, prior to that, held a number of senior executive roles at VicRoads.

Richard joined Alter NRG in 2009 as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. He became Chief Operating Officer in late 2009 and was appointed President of Alter NRG in 2010. Has 30+ years of expertise in industrial, automotive and energy companies.  Richard leads global business development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions for Alter NRG and holds his degree from the University of Virginia
Marcus Geisler has corporate experience in the waste and recycling industry in Australia and overseas, particularly in the recycling of construction and demolition waste. Marcus has held senior management positions with Coates Hire, Thiess and SITA. Marcus has been a Waste Authority member since 2008 and was Deputy Chairman in 2011–12. As Chairman, he has developed a strong and broad engagement platform to bring together State and local governments, industry and the community to enable implementation of the State’s Waste Strategy, and to cater for WA’s waste infrastructure and management for the next 30 years and beyond. Marcus is currently leading the State Waste Strategy review process.
Kim Glassborow is a Partner at G&B Lawyers, a Sydney city firm offering specialised legal services in waste management, town-planning, environmental law and property.

She provides strategic advice on all aspects of town-planning, local government and environmental law with a special interest in waste management issues.

Kim was previously the Senior Legal Counsel at Dial-A-Dump Industries. Prior to that, she was a Senior Lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney and has extensive experience advising both private industry and public authorities on all aspects of environment and planning law.

Mark Glover is Principal of Renewed Carbon, a specialist project development company operating in the Biomass Processing Sector. philosophies. Regional Australia is the focus of Renewed Carbon’s current “BioHub” initiative; a project to establish some 200 biomass receiving and processing facilities throughout Australia, to be to the emerging Biomass Processing Sector what railhead silos are to the cropping sector or scrap yards are to the metals recycling industry: both first-points-of-receival and receivers-of-last-resort for any biomass arisings.
Dr. San Shwe Hla is a senior research scientist from CSIRO Energy. San has 17 years research experience in thermochemical conversion of biomass and coal, catalytic water-gas shift reaction processes and membrane reactors.  He recently led and completed several projects related to urban waste characterisation, analysis on thermochemical behaviours of urban wastes, reviewing on state-of-art waste-to-energy technologies and assessing some particular waste-to-energy technology. He has authored and co-authored over 55 research papers, conference papers and reports to industry. His Journal papers have been cited more than 350 times in the last 8 years. 
Angela Hoefnagels is Manager of Waste and Resource Recovery at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. A strong advocate for effective and efficient environmental policies, Angela leads policy development to increase Victoria’s resource recovery rates and decrease waste going to landfill.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Janssen is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Legal Practice Board WA & the CEO of Martin Biopower Pty Ltd. He advises clients in the field of waste collection, recycling circles and waste incineration.

His expertise also includes the consulting of companies regarding the different levels of government and waste incineration plants for waste streams. Moreover, he advised on High Temperature Waste Incineration Plants for commercial waste and hazardous waste.

Gerhard Janssen is familiar with all underlying laws that had to be drafted and designed in relation to waste streams, recycling and related matters in Germany and Australia

David Jettner is Australian Paper’s General Manager Corporate Development, challenged with “turning credible ideas into viable projects”. Currently his major focus is developing Australian Paper’s $7.5 million Energy from Waste feasibility study into a viable business proposal that will attract a wide range of government and private sector partners seeking responsible solutions to the future strategic management of Melbourne and Gippsland’s non-recyclable waste streams.

David is qualified in engineering and business administration and has broad industry experience across 4 states and territories, The Mining, Cement, Pulp & Paper and FMCG sectors, and Operations, Maintenance and Capital Projects.

David has worked at Australian Paper for more than 20 years in a wide range of roles and has an intimate knowledge of its Maryvale Mill operation, one of the largest employers in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

Garth has more than a decade’s experience working in the Australian waste industry, including as a journalist and long-time editor of Inside Waste. Prior to joining Re.Group as the manager of business development, he was Hyder Consulting’s national business leader for the waste and resource management team. He has worked with all levels of government and the private sector. Garth understands the complexities of the Australian waste system, and is passionate about developing the infrastructure and systems that maximize the positive opportunities and reduce the negative impacts of waste.  
Joy has 15 years’ experience in banking and finance. Joy has been part of National Australia Bank’s project finance team since 2007 and has a detailed understanding of market terms and structures across energy & utilities and infrastructure transactions.  During this time, Joy has successfully closed more than 30 project finance transactions. Her recent transaction experience includes Clare Solar Farm, Silverton Wind Farm, bid for Endeavour Energy, Port of Darwin and Stockyard Hill Wind Farm. Joy has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University.  
Rolf has a Ph. D. in engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. For over 10 years he has been working in the waste treatment business developing green and economic waste management solutions for municipalities. His main focus is on anaerobic and aerobic technologies which convert organic waste into biogas and compost. After many years of research on dry fermentation, Rolf joined BEKON in 2010 to strengthen the scientific understanding of AD biogas production, focusing project development as well as project execution and operation. In 2016 Rolf took over the Management of BEKON. 
Justine began as Chief Executive Officer with the City of Ballarat in May 2016. Justine has held senior roles in higher education and local government, starting her career in local government with the City of Melbourne in the mid-1980s.

Prior to commencing as CEO with the Northern Grampians Shire Council in October 2011, Justine was the Regional Director for the Grampians Region, Regional Development Victoria, working with 11 councils, businesses and organisations from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border. Justine has a commitment to regional co-operation and planning.

Rob Millard is the CEO of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group.  Rob brings 30 years of local government experience to his role and leads the delivery of support to the 31 metropolitan councils, including strategic planning and communications; and joint procurements for waste and recycling services. Rob led the organisation in producing the 2009 Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Strategic Plan which for the first time brought together a metropolitan wide approach to coordinating waste and resource recovery. Since then Rob has driven the integration of waste and resource recovery infrastructure requirements into the Victorian planning policy framework.  In October 2016  MWRRG released its new strategic plan, the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan. Rob looks forward to being part of a new era for the management of Melbourne’s waste  – one in which waste is seen as a valuable commodity and where new, efficient technologies are delivering step change improvements to the recovery of valuable materials including organic waste.
Nick has over 20 years of experience working as a chemist in the environmental, energy/power generation and mineral processing industries and for the last 10 years has specialised in the sampling and material characterisation of waste materials including Biomass, MSW and SRF. Nick leads the combustion laboratory for HRL which is about to become the 1st NATA accredited laboratory for the analysis/characterisation of Biomass and Alternative Fuels in Australia, as well as laboratory for Rio Tinto at the Bundoora R&D facility.
Kurt Palmer has been in the recycling industry for 8 years selling equipment throughout South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. His main focus in the recycling industry has been improving the profitability of his customers through process improvement and plant automation. Kurt has a passion for recycling and reducing the environmental impact we are having on the planet. He brings 25 years machinery sales experience with him.
Ali Saeedi joined REMONDIS Australia in 2015 as the Technical Manager. Ali’s main focus is on developing alternative fuel production in Australia, drawing from REMONDIS’ successful experience in Europe for over 25 years.

Ali is a Chemical Engineer, based in Sydney with over 12 years’ experience in the waste management, water and wastewater sectors. This experience includes tendering, design, procurement, planning, construction, commissioning, operations and management.

Prior to joining REMONDIS, Ali worked for several international companies such as Sulzer, KGD and Veolia in Europe, Middle East, China and Australia.

Ben Sawley is the CEO of ResourceCo Sustainable Energy 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).  Prior to TPI he has worked for Boral in a number of GM roles, 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.
Steven is currently Manager of the Regulatory Reform Projects Branch in the South Australian Environment Protection Authority. He has over 8 years’ experience in a management role of a team of Professional Officers and 16 years’ experience as a leader and Professional Officer seeking behaviour change through early and meaningful engagement and regulation.

Steven is the current Chair of the Implementation Working Group who oversee the implementation and coordination of the National Environment Protection (movement of Controlled Waste between states and territories) Measure.

Steven also provides a high level expertise in the area of environmental regulation, waste management and waste disposal, assisting in the development of waste related environmental and regulatory policies with SA.

Dr. Marc Stammbach is Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia.

Marc has designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. His resource recovery experience includes recycling, composting, dry anaerobic digestion, mechanical-biological treatment and residual waste-to-energy.

Marc is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Science from ETHZ, Zurich, and a Business Degree from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tony Stone is the General Manager Gaia EnviroTech a division Gekko Systems located in Ballarat, Victoria.

The scope of this role includes Design, Engineering, Procurement and manufacturing of our innovative anaerobic biodigester product and services. Tony is also the General Manager of Operations for Gekko Systems.

Tony has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing environments in a wide range of industries and holds a Masters in Management (Manufacturing Management) from the University of South Australia.

Barry Sullivan has held Senior, Executive roles in Telecommunications, Aerospace and Waste Conversion Technology Companies for the past three decades.

Since moving from Canada to Australia Barry has been focused on understanding the Australian market and how various Waste to Energy Technologies best fit into the Australian Waste Management Hierarchy. Barry was responsible for the analysis and final choice of the Waste to Energy Technology chosen by Downer Utilities for the Australia and New Zealand markets.

Simon has 30 years’ experience working in the water industry. He has held senior management positions in water utilities and water industry regulators, led strategic planning investigations and teams on projects covering most aspects of the water cycle.

Simon has extensive experience of achieving water and wastewater outcomes in South East Queensland, as well as extensive experience working in the water industry in New Zealand and the UK.

Simon has an executive leadership role in one of SE Queensland’s water utilities, Unitywater, where he is championing the generation of energy from biosolids and liquid wastes to offset operational costs.

Simon was a board member for the Bureau of Meteorology’s Second Water Accounting Standard, published in 2014.

Dr Neil Thompson has undertaken award-winning research at QUT Australia and KIT Germany as Adjunct Associate Professor in the field of integrated, closed-loop system design which resulted in development of the Integrated Sustainable Design (ISD) protocol to aid construction of low-risk and future-proofed infrastructure and built-form whilst providing for improved social and environmental outcomes from these facilities. Since receiving his PhD in 2016, Neil has worked as an independent consulting engineer and economist for the AEC sector in order to deploy the ISD protocol in local and international projects with particular emphasis on the use of waste streams and renewable resources to create hydrogen fuel and clean energy. His work in the field of integrated renewable hydrogen energy systems has been regularly published in the USA and Europe leading to his recent appointment as Managing Director of ITM Power Pty Ltd. Dr Thompson is listed in the US “Who’s Who” publication in recognition for his work in the renewable energy sector.
Fiona founded bioHub developer and operator Utilitas Group in 2010. Utilitas bioHubs create energy, jobs and value from waste. Utilitas is on a mission to deliver 100MWe of dispatchable, reliable, local electricity and other bioproducts from 100 bioHubs in 100 regional communities by 2025.

Fiona is also non-executive director on the Board of Unitywater where she Chairs the Sustainability and Innovation Committee.

David has over 15 years’ experience in the waste sector and over 25 years’ experience within mechanical and civil engineering and project management in the UK, Middle East and beyond. He has led and managed teams to deliver the most complex and challenging of waste infrastructure projects, including gasification technology and large and complex material sorting facilities with capital values of more than £100m. His previous positions have allowed him to understand the key financial drivers for developers and investors, along with the commercial tensions that affect EPC contractors and the supply chain.  His knowledge and experience of due diligence and infrastructure delivery can be best placed to help both those within the waste sector and those who may be seeking to enter for the first time.