Speaker Profiles

Stephen Adamthwaite, Manager – Development Assessments – Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Stephen Adamthwaite has been manager of Development Assessments for EPA Victoria since July 2019, and was previously the team leader of licensing within the same unit. Prior to this, Stephen held various leadership roles within EPA’s applied sciences group, primarily focussed on impact assessments to Victorian waterways. During Stephen’s current role, he has been involved in several waste to energy proposals, including most recently the works approval for Recovered Energy Australia.


Blake Almond, Director – Henshall Capital

Blake is a Director of Henshall Capital. Blake has more than 10 years of experience in project development and project and corporate finance, primarily with Macquarie Capital. He was MacCap’s initial project director for the A$700m Kwinana WtE project after MacCap assumed a co-developer role in 2016. Later he led processes which secured A$435m in private equity capital for the Kwinana WtE project and the A$500m Murra Warra Wind Farm.


Henry Anning, CEO – ResourceCo Energy Systems

Henry leads ResourceCo’s Energy Systems business which will use ResourceCo’s recovered fuel to provide lower cost, renewable heat and electricity to the Australian manufacturing sector.  Henry was formerly the head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation waste and bioenergy team for 6 years and in this role invested over $400m in clean energy waste sector projects worth over $1b. Henry holds degrees in Business and Science, and post-graduate qualifications in Law and an MBA.


Ian Beasley, Phronis Consulting

Ian has a background in project management and design management on major infrastructure projects. Typically working with multi-disciplinary teams in processing plant and waste water treatment, but also experience with buildings and civil works. On the Kwinana waste to energy project, Phronis is working with the Acciona design team in Spain to advise on Australian engineering requirements. Working across technical requirements in civil, structural, electrical and mechanical disciplines. Phronis is also advising on safety in design, dangerous goods, building code compliance and plant registration.


Terry Buckel– Managing Director – Astute Technical Recruitment

Terry is the founder of Astute, which focuses on the recruitment of Engineering, Operations and Technical specialists into the Waste to Energy sector.  Starting out in the Royal Navy as a Power-Gen Engineer himself, Terry has a good understanding of how the WtE process works and believes that ‘Knowledge is Power’ when it comes to providing an excellent recruitment service.  In addition to leading the 50 strong team at Astute, he regularly supports the sector by speaking at a number of key events such as the RWM and World Waste to Energy Summit in the UK and has gained invaluable experience in the last 20 years.


Ashleigh Cousins, CSIRO

Ashleigh is a research engineer working in the Low Emissions Technology research group at CSIRO. She is an IChemE chartered engineer and holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Imperial College London. Ashleigh’s current research projects are in plastic waste mitigation, CO2 capture and H2 compression.


Paul Davison, Managing Director – Proteus Communications Group HK

Paul is an award-winning conference presenter, Chairman of the Proteus Communications Group, Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Communications in Hong Kong, member of ISWA and SWANA, and is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Public Relations.


Dr Johan De Greef, Technology Consultant/Business Owner – DEG BV

After having obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Brussels, Johan worked for about 15 years for a large international engineering company delivering waste treatment projects and technologies worldwide. He thereby gained experience in proposal, project and technology management. In 2018, he started his own consultancy company, to become active as independent expert in waste treatment technologies.


Anthony Douglas, Process Engineer –  HRL Technology Group

Anthony is a Process Engineer with HRL’s Process and Environmental Services team. Anthony was previously a project engineer with Phoenix Energy Australia, the founding developer of the Kwinana Waste to Energy Project (now known as Avertas Energy), and was involved in the project development from concept through to Financial Close in 2018.


Benoit Englebert, Business Development Manager – Keppel Seghers

Benoit is Sales and Business Development Manager at Keppel Seghers and developing the activity among other in Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 20 years international business experience in the environmental technologies (waste-, water-, sludge- and flue gas treatment), working at major corporations including Veolia, SNC Lavalin and Procedair,


Dr Richard Goldberg, Group Manager for Innovation & Collaboration – Gaia EnviroTech

Dr Richard Goldberg is the Group Manager for Innovation & Collaboration at Gaia EnviroTech, a division of Gekko Systems specializing in delivering commercially beneficial waste management systems to the food and agriculture industries.

Richard holds a Ph.D. in physics and has published over 90 scientific papers and a number of patents within the areas of material science, equipment design, and the development of manufacturing processes. He has worked internationally in managerial, engineering, R&D, and product management roles at leading organisations within the semiconductor, academic and energy sectors.


Bill Grant, Director – Blue Environment

Bill is an agricultural and environmental scientist who has worked in the area of waste and resource recovery since the early 1990s and has specialised in organic resource recovery. He has worked with composters and energy recovery businesses and undertaken several review of different scale processing technologies including composting, anaerobic digestion, biochar. biofuel and wood vinegar production, and various thermal energy technologies.


Ian Guss, Recovered Energy

Ian has spent the last 4 years leading the development and approvals process for Recovered Energy Australia’s residual waste gasification to energy project in Laverton North in Melbourne. Ian previously spent eight years engaged by the Victorian State Government specifically to provide commercial perspective and policy guidance relevant to securing investments in waste to energy, bioenergy and biofuels. This engagement necessitated extensive access to and significant interaction across communities, regulators and project developers and provided invaluable insight into the local conditions precedent necessary for the successful deployment of these projects in Victoria and more generally around Australia. Prior to the State Government appointment, Ian worked for over 20 years with major international banks, private and public companies assessing and managing commercial and financial risk.


James Guy, Executive Manager Economic Partnerships – City of Ballarat

James leads a team of change makers, shaping the future of Ballarat to be the city we aspire to be, not just accept the one we might get. Focus areas include jobs and investment, city design, strategic planning and Circular Economy. Supporting Ballarat as one of the world’s great small cities.


Mike Hart, Founder and CEO – Sierra Energy

Mike Hart is founder and CEO of Sierra Energy. He also serves as President of Sierra Railroad Company, Sierra Energy’s parent which has freight, passenger, and real estate divisions. Mike is a passionate environmentalist who has been named an “Environmental Hero” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration.


Charles Hunting, Chairman – AgBioEn

Charles Hunting is the Chairman of AgBioEn, he is currently serving as the managing partner of Tsing Captial’s business in the southern hemisphere.

Charles has extensive experience in Business Operation and Execution, Venture and Alliance Strategy, Corporate and Technology Strategy, Organisational Transformation and Innovation across the Asia Pacific region and sits on numerous boards.


Angela Hoefnagels, Acting Director, Waste and Resource Recovery – DELWP

Angela Hoefnagels is Acting Director of Waste and Resource Recovery at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She has over 15 years of public policy experience and is a strong advocate for effective and efficient environment policies. Prior to her role in the Department, Angela led reviews of Australian and international policies and action on climate change for the Climate Change Authority and provided advice to the Australian Government.


Niels Jakobsen, Senior Project Manager – Ramboll Australia

Niels Jakobsen has over 30 years’ experience in the thermal power/energy sector globally, with considerable experience and knowledge of the development and implementation of Waste-to-Energy projects. He is currently based in Perth, WA as resident project manager on Ramboll’s owners engineer assignment on the Kwinana Waste-to-Energy project, Australia’s first large scale WtE project.


David Jettner, General Manager – Australian Paper

David Jettner is Australian Paper’s General Manager Corporate Development. Currently his major focus is developing Australian Paper’s $600M Energy from Waste proposal that aims to deliver a sustainable solution to the future strategic management of Melbourne and Gippsland’s residual waste streams. David has broad industry experience across Australian states, industry sectors and roles in Operations, Maintenance and Capital Projects.


Garth Lamb, ReGroup

Garth fell in love with the waste sector as editor of Inside Waste, before moving to Hyder Consulting (now Arcadis) where he headed up Australia’s leading team of strategic waste advisors. In 2014 he took up a post with Re.Group, an innovate Australian company that builds, owns and operates various forms of resource recovery infrastructure. Garth is the Chief Development Officer.

Outside of his ‘day job’, in 2017 Garth was elected National President and Chair of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR), the peak body representing the breadth and depth of Australia’s $14bn sector. He is currently in his second term as President.


Jean Lucas,  President & CEO – Eco Waste Solutions

Recently named one of Canada’s Most Powerful women, Jean leads an innovative waste technology company with over 80 installations in 18 countries.  An environmental expert, with over 20 years of experience in waste management, Jean is actively involved in the industry and focused on furthering the advancement of waste conversion technologies.


Nick Miller, Business Unit Leader/Principle Chemist – HRL Technology Group

Nick has over 20 years of experience, working in the energy/power generation industry and for the last 10 years has specialised in the sampling and material characterisation of waste materials including Biomass, MSW, C&I, C&D and RDF. Nick leads the combustion laboratory for HRL, the 1st NATA accredited laboratory for the characterisation of Biomass and Alternative Fuels in Australia.  He has also been involved in waste audits/sampling projects for many of the current/proposed WtE projects in Australia


Gary Moore, Director of Global Business Development – UNTHA Shredding Technology

Gary has almost 30 years’ experience in the international waste and recycling sector and has been involved in waste to energy projects in the UK, wider Europe, the USA and most recently Australia. He is passionate about helping operators achieve optimum fuel quality, maximum plant yield and project profitability.


Dylan Nichols, Maddingley Brown Coal

Dylan started his professional career in Software Development for firms such as Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Rio Tinto before recognizing the error of his ways and moving over to the Energy Industry. Dylan has over ten years’ experience in the Australian energy industry, including specific experience in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy product and project development delivery for AGL, as well as over five in Waste to Energy market analysis and project development. Dylan is a terrible cricketer and his jokes are worse still


Kurt Palmer, Business Development Manager – Engineering – RDT Technologies

Kurt Palmer has been in the recycling industry for over 10 years. Over this time, he has been active in the promotion of best practice applications of technology in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Kurt has travelled extensively through Europe and the US studying recovery and recycling technology and practices.  He is focused on promoting the increased recovery of recyclable material to reduce landfill through the use of automation. Kurt has a passion for recycling and reducing the environmental impact we are having on the planet.  He is Deputy Chair of the Australian Industrial Ecology Network and is active in promoting a shift to a circular economy. He strongly believes in getting the highest net value from the waste we generate. Kurt believes that waste to energy is an integral part of the waste hierarchy as alternative to landfill after recyclable material has been captured for re-manufacturing.


Jordi Gallego Rubio, PLASCO Conversion Technologies

Jordi has spent most of his professional career in the waste management sector. In the early 90’s, he carried out multi‐purpose strategic programs, aimed to develop several of the pioneer waste management policies in Spain. Later, 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.


Dr Daniel Roberts, Research Director – CSIRO

Daniel is the Director of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Future Science Program. Before taking this role, Daniel led CSIRO’s research in gasification and energy-from-waste, and continues to play a senior role in CSIRO’s work in this area. On behalf of Bioenergy Australia, he is also Australia’s representative on IEA Bioenergy Task 36, which is exploring circular economy principles in waste to energy systems.


Dr Jane Stanley, President – EAROPH Australia

Dr Jane Stanley is President of EAROPH Australia, and Director of FOCUS Pty Ltd, an international consultancy that has a strong commitment to supporting regional economic development. She is author of the award-winning textbook “Gnarly Planning: some tools for local and global action” and a more recent handbook on “How to Build Local Economies”. She is leading a Technology Working Group promoting new waste and energy technologies, in addition to her development work across the Pacific Region.


Cr Ben Taylor, Mayor City of Ballarat

Councillor Ben Taylor was elected Mayor of the City of Ballarat in October 2019, having been elected as a Councillor for the South Ward in October 2016. He also previously served as a South Ward Councillor for the City of Ballarat between 2008 and 2012.

Mayor Taylor serves on several other City of Ballarat committees including  the Sustainability portfolio committee where he is focussed on strategic planning for growth to ensure community infrastructure and the natural environment are protected and improved, and the city’s connectivity is sustainably enhanced.

He holds an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and an Associate Diploma in Computer Systems, Business Administration and Management from the University of Ballarat. Outside Council he works as Business Development Manager at Uniti Software in Ballarat.


Minna Vilkuna, Vice President, APAC Market Development – BMH Technology

Minna Vilkuna has been working in the P.R. of China and Asia Pacific region for Finnish heavy machinery companies for 25 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 Finland.