Speaker Biographies

Ben Stansfield, Associate Director – Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment, Ricardo (UK)

Ben is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years of experience working in waste management and in successfully delivering infrastructure consents. He has led and managed teams to deliver complex and challenging waste infrastructure projects, including a Waste to Energy plant with a capacity of 785,000 tonnes per annum in London, UK. His previous positions working for one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management, recycling and energy recovery companies have given him an insight to the decision-making process, and the importance of strategic planning and stakeholder engagement from a developers’ perspective. He joined Ricardo in March 2016 as Head of Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment. At Ricardo, Ben has been involved in waste acquisition and due diligence work in the UK and abroad. As an environmental expert he has co-authored a report to inform arbitration proceedings for the International Court of Arbitration relating to a dispute involving a major European Waste to Energy developer.

Enrique Arquiaga, Business Development Director | Environment, Broadspectrum

Enrique Arquiaga is an internationally recognised leader in waste management and environmental services. He has more than 25 years of experience improving the performance and sustainability outcomes of waste facilities, with most of his career spent with one of the world’s largest infrastructure and municipal services companies, Ferrovial. Enrique is committed to working with government, industry and the community to implement circular economy initiatives, reducing waste to landfill and increasing sustainability outcomes as head of Broadspectrum’s waste division.

Deane Belfield, Managing Director, ECO2Sys

Deane is the Principal of ECO2Sys, a sustainability consultancy, specializing in developing innovative circular economy business and renewable energy solutions. Prior to ECO2Sys, Deane spent 20years with global blue-chip companies (inc. Siemens, PwC) in senior management roles.  He has been a postgraduate lecturer at five Victorian universities and is former Sustainable Engineering Society national chair.

A board member of the not-for-profit Mt Alexander Sustainability Group, Deane led their Waste-to-Energy feasibility study/bankable business case project. His presentation will be a Case Study of Mt Alexander Bioenergy’s journey.

Bret Collins, General Manager QLD, REMONDIS Australia

Bret Collins has more than 30 years’ experience in Service Industries across Australia and New Zealand. He has collaborated on projects in the areas of Waste Management, Telecommunications, Utilities Maintenance, Water Infrastructure, Facilities Management and Land & Water Remediation.

Bret has worked in this role for 20 years for Thiess Services and REMONDIS, principally in the services management business. During this time, he has had senior roles managing Refinery, Landfill, Transport and Service businesses.

Bret has maintained long term client relationships in a broad range of industries. These include Telecommunications, Rail Infrastructure, Heavy Equipment Management and Defence sectors, Bret’s skills have been utilised to improve client management, procurement, subcontractor management, business development and business performance.

Barry Cook, Technical Director – Air Quality and Meteorology, GHD

Barry is a Principal Professional in the Air and Noise and Meteorology Assessment team in GHD’s Melbourne office.  He has combined consulting, regulatory and industry experience with air quality modelling systems and assessments.  His previous positions as a meteorologist at environmental consulting firms, EPA Victoria and Mount Isa Mines and his current position with GHD have provided him with over 30 years of experience.

Jonathan Cozens, Chief Commercial Officer, New Energy Risk

Jon Cozens is the Chief Commercial Officer at New Energy Risk, where he oversees execution of the company’s business strategy and has structured technology performance insurance enabling over $2 billion in project finance for first commercial-scale projects .  Previously, Jon led the finance group at BrightLeaf Technologies, and 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.

Georges Delemontex, Lead Process Engineer, Gekko Systems

Georges Delemontex is a process engineer with Gekko Systems with 28 years’ experience in the mining industry.  He has 15 years experience in the gold production sector, working with Gekko for the last 13 years as a design and commissioning engineer on a range of international projects. Georges has recently joined Gaia EnviroTech, a division of Gekko systems specialising in modular, multi-stage anaerobic digestion systems as a lead process engineer.

Anthony Douglas, Project Engineer, Phoenix Energy Australia

Anthony began his career as a process engineer with Davy John Brown (now Jacobs Australia). He has held roles of business consultant and project manager with other companies before joining Phoenix Energy Australia as a Project Engineer in 2010. Anthony is responsible for both business development and technical oversight of Phoenix Energy’s waste to energy project developments.

Anthony Douglas, Project Engineer, Phoenix Energy Australia

Anthony began his career as a process engineer with Davy John Brown (now Jacobs Australia). He has held roles of business consultant and project manager with other companies before joining Phoenix Energy Australia as a Project Engineer in 2010. Anthony is responsible for both business development and technical oversight of Phoenix Energy’s waste to energy project developments.

Tim Eaton, Executive Director of Regulatory Standards, Assessments & Permissioning, EPA Victoria

Tim is currently the Executive Director of Regulatory Standards, Assessments & Permissioning at EPA, whose role it is to make complex decisions regarding development proposals, environmental audits and land use planning across Victoria.

Most recently Tim was instrumental in the EPA assessment and approval of the $600 million Waste to Energy facility at Australian Paper in Maryvale.

Tim has a Bachelor of Social Science, a Master of Environmental Law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Benoit Englebert, Sales & Business Development Manager, Keppel Seghers

Benoit Englebert has nearly 20 years international experience in business development and management in the sectors of sludge treatment, flue gas treatment, energy efficiency and waste to energy. He has worked for large corporates such as SNC Lavalin (Procedair), Veolia and Keppel Seghers. Benoit is a Chemical Engineer in Environmental Technology and has a Master’s in Industrial Management from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Nick Entsch, Macquarie Capital

Nick has over 20 years experience as an infrastructure investor, financier, developer, asset manager and engineer.

Nick joined Macquarie Capital Sydney Infrastructure team a director in January 2014. Prior to Macquarie Nick worked with Bilfinger Project Investments (Bilfinger PI) from 2003, gaining invaluable experience in origination of infrastructure investments as project sponsor, equity investor, financial advisor and asset manager in many high profile economic and social infrastructure projects.

Jordi Gallego Rubio, EVP Business Development, Plasco Technologies

JG has spent most of his professional career in the waste management sector. Early in the 90’, he carried out multi-purpose strategic programs, aimed to develop several of the pioneer waste management policies in Spain. Later, he launched a set of companies oriented to develop advanced waste management practices and technologies, leading a group with activities in most western EU countries, Latin America and Middle East.

One of the most remarkable achievements was the pilot syngas plant development in 2005 in Barcelona successfully proving the Plasco concept by fueling an IC.

Former President of fGER, the Iberian association of Waste to Energy Industries, he has also been deeply involved in founding the first CO2 trading platform in the South of Europe.

Fluent in English and in most of the Latin languages (Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian and Portuguese), his personal interests and activities show a cross cultural disposition. In 2008 he contributed to founding the Jerusalem-Toledo Institute, a non-profit institution with aim to foster, based upon the common concern about our Enviroment, dialogue among Christians, Jew and Muslims.

Marcus Geisler, Chairman, Waste Authority of Western Australia

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 director and senior management positions with Coates Hire, Thiess and SITA. He 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 waste infrastructure and management for the next 30 years and beyond. Marcus is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently leading the State Waste Strategy review process.

David Gamble, Technical Director – Waste Infrastructure, GHD

David is a Principal Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in environmental engineering and waste management projects. This includes preparing feasibility studies for new waste management infrastructure, waste strategy, design and operation of collection systems, alternative waste technology selection, and landfill management. He has prepared environmental approvals for various new waste management facilities including in vessel composting, digestion and alternative waste technology facilities.

Bill Grant, Director, Blue Environment

Bill Grant is an agricultural and environmental scientist who has worked in the waste and resource recovery sector since 1991. He has worked extensive with local, regional and state government in the development of waste and resource recovery strategies, and has specialised in the area of organics resource recovery. He has undertaken numerous reviews of organics and mixed waste resource recovery technologies, including a wide range of energy recovery options. Bill believes WtE has vital role to play in more sustainable waste management, but does not think mixed waste incineration as it is currently being promoted is a sustainable resource management or energy generation option.

Martin Gravett, Technical Director – Waste, GHD

Martin has over 25 years’ experience in waste, from project inception to delivery, including AWT’s, kerbside recycling and resource recovery processes. During 5 years with Cleanaway he led several waste transfer optimisation initiatives, including vehicle configuration selection for the Brisbane Resource Recovery Innovation Alliance contract. He now leads GHD’s WA waste consulting team, and maintains involvement in alternate fuels and energy from waste initiatives nationally.

Ki Halstead, Waste Education Strategy Coordination Lead, Sustainability Victoria

Ki Halstead is the Waste Education Strategy Coordination Lead at Sustainability Victoria, working with government and industry on building community acceptance of the waste management industry and the essential waste management system.

Ki has managed a number of waste and resource recovery infrastructure grant programs during their the nine years at Sustainability Victoria including the Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund. They were also was part of the core team that delivered the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy and the Household Chemical Collection Service program and worked closely with the composting industry to assist them in the development of their Market Development Strategy.

Prior to SV they worked for a growing consultancy to deliver sustainability programs to small to medium businesses.  They graduated with honours from Deakin University after completing a Bachelors in Environmental Science (Environmental Management).

Gillian Hand-Smith, Director, Sustainability by Innovation

Mrs Hand-Smith is a highly qualified Chartered Energy Engineer with significant experience of the technical management of a proactive UK and Au Environmental Divisions of a major International Consultancies operating in the Energy from Waste Sector. She is a highly experienced lead auditor for due diligence and EHS compliance of energy from waste and other industrial facilities. She has worked on Energy from waste projects for Companies such as Western Water, YVW, Melbourne Water, European Commission, Yorkshire Water, Geelong City Council, Ministry of Defence, Waste Management Companies, Lawyers, Health Authorities, and Government etc… She has significant experience of providing specialist expert witness services (particularly in relation to energy from waste projects), ‘high level’ environmental strategic advice and an ability to influence and interpret Environmental Law.

Extensive experience of technology reviews and due diligence assessments for energy waste technology plant including digestion, co-digestion, gasification, pyrolysis and combustion. This has included review of small scale turbine technology for energy from waste plant for the UK governments Energy Technology Support Unit. Acted as technical expert for legislation drafting including the European Commission incineration directive representing the technical experts of all member nations in Brussels.

Design installation and commissioning of energy from waste plant in Europe and Australasia. Environmental impact assessment of energy from waste plant and GHG assessments including getting the first anaerobic digestion plant NCOS carbon neutrality in Australia.

David Jettner, General Manager Corporate Development, Australian Paper

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.

Chani Lokuge, Technical Director – Waste Management, AECOM

Chani is a Technical Director with AECOM and over the past 24 years has been working in the waste management sector both within local government and as a consultant.  With qualifications in both engineering and business management, Chani is passionate about developing innovative ways to maximise resource recovery from waste products within Australia in particular drawing upon technical expertise and lessons learnt from overseas in relation to generating energy from waste.

Lily McManus, Investment Manager, Foresight Group

Lily has worked at Foresight for over 5 years, initially in the UK and since 2016 in Australia. She has worked on investments into a wide range of bioenergy and waste to energy projects, from a portfolio of small scale on-farm anaerobic digestions plants to large scale RDF gasification facilities.

Carol Ng, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery

Carol is an Environmental Engineer with a passion for resource management and environmental engineering projects, specialising in the development of large scale resource recovery infrastructure. As Project Manager for SUEZ, she is responsible for the development of greenfield and brownfield infrastructure activities, as well as closely collaborating with the business for major modification or redevelopment of existing facilities. Carol also project manages business development opportunities, with a focus on Energy from Waste.

Eric Paulsen, Director, CEMAC Technologies

Eric is the founder and Managing Director of CEMAC Technologies Pty Ltd. Eric has degree in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering from the technical university of Aachen in Germany, with a Masters Thesis completed at the Imperial College in London. Following that, Eric gathered extensive experience in project management of turnkey production plants for a German engineering company world-wide. In 2003 Eric migrated to Australia, and after working in the recycling sector for 14 years supplying recycling and resource recovery technologies, founded CEMAC Technologies in 2017.

Dr Darren Perrin – Associate Director – Resource Efficiency & Waste Management – International, Ricardo

Darren is a Chartered Waste Manager working in waste management for 20 years and leads Ricardo international Resource Efficiency and Waste Management Practice. Over the past two decades, living in both Australia and the UK, Darren has delivered many projects on behalf of councils, state and national governments and donor agencies, working across three continents.

Lauren Randall, Project Manager – Sustainable Wastewater, Hunter Water Corporation

Lauren is part of Hunter Water’s Sustainable Wastewater team, working primarily on the major strategic initiatives of carbon reduction and renewable energy from biosolids. With a background in wastewater treatment planning, Lauren is well placed to explore opportunities for Hunter Water to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel based electricity for wastewater treatment, including alternative biosolids management approaches that involve renewable energy. She is excited to be contributing to achieving Hunter Water’s aspirational goal of carbon neutrality.

Dick Reeves, Director of Resource Recovery, General Kinematics

Dick Reeves has been with General Kinematics for over 20 years starting out as a Design Engineer and moving through many different roles to his current position as Director of Resource Recovery. Since Dick started at GK he has developed the C&D market in Australia, joined the CDRA Board of Directors, and championed the development of new equipment for the recycling industry.

Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General Environmental Policy and Programs, Department of Environment and Science

Tony is responsible for developing strategy, policy and legislation to support the Queensland Government’s environment agenda. Tony leads the department’s strategy on environmental legislation and policy priorities in relation to climate change, the Great Barrier Reef, waste management and resource recovery, conservation, biodiversity, the circular economy, water quality, coastal management, planning and development, air and chemicals, state of the environment reporting and environment protection. Tony supports the Minister and Director-General in representing Queensland’s environment and interests at the national level.

Tony has over 25 years’ experience at a senior level in state government central and line agencies together with previous experience in local government in both Queensland and New South Wales.

Damon Roddis, Partner – ERM, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Damon is a Partner at ERM, specialising in air quality assessment and management. He provides technical guidance during the production of air quality impact assessments, and has considerable experience in atmospheric dispersion modelling techniques. Damon has acted as both technical peer reviewer and Project Director for many complex air quality related projects and has completed multiple industrial air quality impact assessments and community consultation exercises.

He has completed a secondment to the NSW Environment Protection Authority Air Policy Unit where he acted as Principal Technical Policy Advisor.

Damon also provides expert advice on greenhouse gas assessment, energy efficiency, pollution abatement/control and carbon management issues.

John Smeltink, Manager – Large Scale Renewables, Clean Energy Regulator

John Smeltink is a manager in the Large Scale Renewables section at the Clean Energy Regulator. This section is responsible for the accreditation of power stations in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) and for checking certificate entitlements for over 1,000  power stations accredited in the scheme.

John been with the Regulator since 2012 and has worked in LRET Liability and Exemption as well as on the Carbon Price Mechanism and previously on the Home Insulation Safety Program and the Renewable Remote Power Generation Programme.

John holds qualifications in Mechanical engineering, Civil engineering and Renewable Energy Systems and has a background in the academic and private sectors designing and developing photovoltaic systems, automotive components and fabricated structures.

Andrew Smith, General Manager Technical, Development and Improvement, REMONDIS Australia

GM responsible for Remondis’s project development and technical aspects nationwide. He leads all waste to energy, recycling and organics processing related projects.

He has considerable international experience in the waste industry in general management and M&A/strategy roles for multi-national companies in the USA, Europe and Asia from 1992-2008 before returning to Australia.

His experience includes energy from waste, collection and recycling, toxic waste, radioactive waste and Environmental Impact Studies.

Qualifications: BSc. (chem), BE (civil) USydney, MEng (Environmental) Stanford, MBA (INSEAD).

David Snashall, Senior Partner, ERM

David Snashall is a Senior Partner at ERM  with over 25 years experience in gaining approvals for major capital projects in NSW, WA, QLD.


Michael Trushell, Executive Branch Manager, ACT NoWaste

Michael Trushell is the Executive Branch Manager of ACT NoWaste in the ACT Government.  ACT NoWaste is responsible for both state/territory and municipal-level waste and recycling functions, including waste strategy, policy, regulation, service delivery, community and industry engagement, data analytics and asset management. ACT NoWaste delivers a broad range of outsourced waste management services and solutions for the ACT region and manages a number of waste assets including three resource management centres, a materials recovery facility, and a network recycling drop-off centres.

Michael has been a senior executive in the ACT Public Service since 2009 and has worked primarily in government business enterprises and service delivery organisations.

Minna Vilkuna, Vice President Market Development Asia-Pacific Region, BMH Technology

Minna Vilkuna has been working in the P.R. of China and Asia Pacific region for Finnish heavy machinery companies for 24 years. She has extensive experience in market opening and sales within the region.  Her work is now focused on modern waste handling solutions including Waste to Energy sector. Currently she holds the position of Vice President, Market Development, Asia Pacific Region for BMH Technology Oy Finland.

Dr Andrea Walton, Research Scientist, CSIRO

Andrea is a social scientist with CSIRO’s Adaptive Communities and Industries group. Since commencing with CSIRO in 2011, her work has included social science research into community resilience and wellbeing, social licence to operate, social acceptance and trust, and perceptions of risk and benefits in relation to contested industries. She has delivered projects investigating social impacts associated with unconventional gas development in communities of the Surat and Gunnedah Basins and collaborated with Sustainability Victoria to research social licence to operate in the waste and resource recovery sector

David Woolford, Principal Consultant, Ricardo

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 and internationally. 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.