Minister Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes
Lily D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, and on the recent return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes.
Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia. She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria’s landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocussing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health.
She remains the only woman responsible for energy across the nine national and sub-national governments in Australia, and is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future.
Head of Circular Economy Development, Planet Ark
Steve Morriss is the Founder of Close the Loop® Ltd, a resource recovery/circular economy company that employs over 250 people in Australia, the USA, and Europe. He is Co-creator of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, Inventor of eWood® & Tonerpave®, Winner of the UN Environment Award 2010, was finalist in the Entrepreneur of the year awards in 2011 and was on the Waste Management & Environment Magazine Leaders list in 2014.
Steve founded Circular Food in 2016. Circular Food is circular economy company turning organics waste into compost blends and returning the nutrients to the farm in partnership with big food, or back onto urban parks in partnership with Local Government.
Steve is also the Head of Circular Economy Development for Planet Ark Environmental Foundation which is about to launch Australia’s ‘National Circular Economy Hub’.
Steve is happy to share his personal experiences, case studies, and global insights as a practitioner of the Circular Economy rather than an academic.
Founder Australian Circular Fashion Conference and ACTA
Camille Reed is renowned in the industry for her can-do attitude, and feverous passion for sustainability. Camille has proudly aligned herself through partnerships with National and International circular economy experts as she builds Australia’s newest and largest association, the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA) to support and facilitate circular practice in the fashion sector. Never one to sit back and wait for change, Camille is recognised as a world leader in fashion sustainability founding Australia’s first Circular Fashion Conference, (ACFC) – an annual event collectively supporting AU + NZs fashion industry in sustainable best practice. The third ACFC conference will be held in Melbourne, March 2020.
CEO – Sustainable Resource Use
Peter has played a central role in the waste management and recycling field for the past 20 years, significantly contributing to the strategic direction of waste diversion activity in Australia.
Peter has extensive knowledge of issues relating to products and packaging and the major material categories: organics, paper, plastics, metals, textiles and glass. Peter has played a key role in the product stewardship of products as diverse as packaging, electronics and tyres.
His key areas of experience include: strategy and policy development; kerbside recycling systems; recycling markets; waste management plans; waste and recycling data; commercial and industrial waste reduction strategies; and communication and education programs.
He authored the report Clothing end of life outcomes for the Victorian Government and has toured key sites and conferences on clothing sustainability in Europe. He is currently looking at developing a Blueprint for a Sustainable Fashion Industry.
Top Bird – Toothless Parrot Communications
Catriona is committed to empowering the nation’s business and community leaders with the tools needed to become exceptional communicators.
She believes communication is the cornerstone individuals, corporations and organisations build their leadership on.
Catriona works with CEOs and leaders from businesses including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Uber on media leadership, public speaking and strategic media issues management.
Catriona has 25 years experience as a sports journalist with News Limited, Channel Seven and ABC radio. She is working with the Australian Olympic Committee to help athletes tell their stories to young people. Catriona will be a member of the AOC’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic media team.
Catriona is a board member of Clean Up Australia, the charity established by the late Ian Kierenan in 1989, which has enabled Australians to dedicate more than 33 million hours to removing the equivalent of more than 350,000 ute loads of rubbish from more than 178,000 locations.
Catriona’s association with NACRO stems from her involvement with Omer Soker for Gumtree’s Second Hand Economy Report.
Her daughter Molly was a student delegate at the 2018 annual conference researching her high school certificate design major project which was to innovate the charity clothing donation bin.
Customer Experience Manager, Salvos Stores
After honing her retail and marketing skills with L’Oréal, Aife O’Loughlin joined Salvos Stores customer experience team in 2013. As Customer Experience Manager, she strives to continually improve the experiences provided to team members, customers, donors and communities across 330 retail stores throughout Australia.
Aife has a unique understanding of consumer behaviours that impact textile waste and is passionate about Salvos Stores role in creating sustainable solutions in response to these challenges.
Head of Customer and Strategy, Salvos Stores
With over 17 years retail experience across Australia and the UK, Edwina is people focussed and passionate about the customer journey and understands that customer insights drive a better customer experience. Since joining the retail arm of the Salvation Army in 2011, Edwina has worked across multiple roles including Area Manager, Regional Manager, Senior Project Lead and is now Head of Customer and Strategy for Salvos Stores. Edwina is responsible for the marketing, eCommerce, merchandise and corporate partnership functions across 220 stores in VIC, TAS, WA, SA and NT. With her 360 view of the retail landscape, Edwina is armed with the experience and understanding to take Salvos Stores from being a traditional retailer to one that is future focussed. Since 2017, she has built the Customer and Strategy team; reviewed and implemented a new pricing strategy; successfully introduced new product lines; and has been responsible for strategising and overseeing marketing campaigns and driving research to better understand the customer and their purchasing patterns as well as the donation journey. By driving innovation, sustainability and growing a stronger digital presence for the organisation, Edwina and her team are well placed ensure the future growth and success of Salvos Stores as one of Australia’s largest charity retailers.
CEO, Retail Doctor Group
Brian Walker, ‘the retail doctor’, is the award-winning CEO and founder of leading retail advisory and consultancy firm Retail Doctor Group. Over the years he has also become a leading media commentator and author on retail issues, regularly appearing on TV, radio and print including ABC, Channel 9 News and A Current Affair, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review.
Brian has been nominated as a Top Retail Influencer by FSB 2018, was awarded the International Retail Leadership Award: Asian Retail Congress, was listed in Vend’s Top 100 Global retail Influencers 2018, and was a finalist for the NRA ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ award for 2017. He won the Australian Institute of Management’s National Scholarship, and was nominated for the Business Leadership Award: CPA Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Ernst & Young and Telstra Business Awards, Retail Doctor Group is the Australian elected representative member of Ebeltoft Group, a global alliance of retail experts.
Chief Executive Officer, ANZRP
Warren joined ANZRP as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2018.
He has a broad background in government, industry associations, and consulting with a focus on sustainability in the built environment. Prior to joining ANZRP Warren was Director of Built Environment & Energy at Sustainability Victoria, and before this was Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Glass and Glazing Association.
A knowledgeable and environmentally conscious individual with more than 20 years of broad experience, Warren is adept in the development of government policy, strategic alliances and sustainability consulting.
An experienced public speaker with a flair for innovation, Warren is committed to establishing a circular economy.
National Director, Salvos Stores
Matt Davis is a highly skilled and respected leader and strategist having held key roles in large organisations and retailers including Directorships at ALDI Stores and General Manager of Sales & Marketing at World Vision Australia. Matt has also served on the board of EACH, an organisation providing health and disability services in Australia and is in his second year as Chairperson for the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO), advancing the governance, innovation and impact of charities and their retail shops around Australia. In 2016, Matt was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Salvos Stores Southern Territory and in May 2018 was appointed as National Director – Salvos Stores Australia. Salvos Stores is the retail arm of The Salvation Army and currently operates 331 stores nationally. These stores, along with support and leadership teams employ 1890+ team members and have the generous assistance of over 10,500 volunteers. Salvos Stores operates as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the corporate and public donors. All profits from purchases and donations made at Salvos Stores help to fund social welfare programs run by The Salvation Army. Each year, the funds raised by Salvos Stores make a difference to disadvantaged Australians.
Manager of Waste and Resource Recovery
Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Angela is currently leading the development of a circular economy policy for Victoria.
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.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
Head of Sustainable Resource Programs,
After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry, Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Sydney, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji in diverse roles such as operations, threatened species and sustainable agriculture. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help individuals, schools and businesses recycle and reduce waste through a suite of campaigns including Business Recycling, Recycling Near You, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, Australasian Recycling Label and National Recycling Week.
I Love to Op Shop
I Love To Op Shop began in 2011 as a creative outlet to share the joy Victoria felt from op shopping and more sustainable consumer options.
Victoria picked up over 50k like minded friends along the way and now manage Australia’s largest group of op shop fans.
General Manager, Garage Sale Trail
Barbara is General Manager of the Garage Sale Trail Foundation, a council enabled reuse program which sees over 400,000 Australians and 150 councils nationally get involved in an annual weekend of garage sales. Aside from an addiction to op shop and garage sale shopping, Barbara has over ten years’ experience working in private and public sector partnership management in both Australia and the UK, including a stint heading up the British Olympic Association’s fundraising efforts. Barbara has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and is passionate about the role environmental programs can play in bringing the community together to affect long term change.
Head of Retail, Australian Red Cross
After 5 years in the IT industry with IBM, Richard moved into the retail sector joining Australian Geographic as it evolved from a publishing business to establish a network of 45 stores and 60 authorised stockists. After a decade with Australian Geographic, culminating in the roles as an Executive Director and General Manager Retail, Richard worked in General Management roles with Angus and Coote and Bras N Things. He entered the NFP sector 5 years ago, joining Australian Red Cross as Head of Retail.
Australian Red Cross has retail representation in every state and territory. An online and catalogue business support the store network. Over the past 5 years the organisation has grown from 145 stores to 175 stores, providing opportunities for around 5,000 volunteers.
CEO and Co-founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale
Yasmin Grigaliunas is the CEO and Co-founder of the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS), an intrapreneur who created a multi-million dollar sales department from the ground up, turned entrepreneur. WBGS is an event platform enabling communities globally to hold large scale re-commerce events under license. By activating dormant goods for good through the circular economy, we provide positive impact for people, for planet and profit for purpose (short explainer video). WBGS core value is engaging the global community in the circular economy to normalise purposeful consumption.
Executive CDS & New Recycling Ventures, Good Samaritan Industries
After spending many years in the commercial sector, working in various Human Resource and general management roles across hospitality, retail and sales and marketing, Debbie moved into the not for profit, Disability / Recycling industry approximately 19 years ago. Debbie currently oversees the commercial operations for Good Sammy, one of WA’s most well known, and well respected, op shop groups. Good Sammy employs 500 people across it’s significant recycling plant and 30 op shops across WA, including more than 300 Western Australians with a disability. Good Sammy also engages with more than 300 volunteers and provides work experience, supported learning and scholarships for 200+ high school students with disabilities. As one of the newer members of the NACRO Executive Committee Debbie is committed to seeing NACRO further develop its impact in the charitable recycling space and looks forward to contributing to this growth in the future.
CEO, Outlook Victoria
Sam Sondhi is the CEO of Outlook Victoria and a member of the Board of Management. Outlook is a leading provider of disability support and employment services based in South East Melbourne. Outlook also wholly owns and operates one of the largest waste management social enterprises in Australia, Outlook Environmental.
Sam has 10 years’ experience in Investment Banking working as a Vice President in the M&A and Capital Markets groups for Credit Suisse and Citigroup primarily based in Sydney. Sam has extensive experience in domestic and international capital markets and has advised some of Australia’s largest corporations on a range of acquisitions, divestments and capital raising initiatives. In addition, Sam spent over 5 years establishing and running his own investment company focussed on the Australian retail and wholesale sectors, which he has now divested.
More recently, Sam served as Chief Operating Officer of international development NGO, Business for Development, based in Melbourne and as the Director of Strategy & Growth for Lentara UnitingCare. Sam holds a First Class Honours degree in Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Owner, Save Our Soles
John is the owner of Save Our Soles which is engaged in recycling shoes and apparel in Australia. An influential leader, John is committed to finding great vehicles to align himself with to make the world a better place for the next generation. He is a founding board member of B Lab Australia and New Zealand that look after B Corporations who are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. John also sits on the Retail advisory board of Save the Children, Australia and the Advisory board of Looptworks, a US company who manufacture eco-friendly upcycled products with brands to create closed-loop and waste recycling solutions. He is also part of the Australia’s Post REVAMP Network who explore using business to drive better circular economy outcomes. John was also the Managing Director of TOMS Australia & New Zealand, the One for One company who use their business to improve people’s lives. John was responsible for the brand’s significant business growth and awareness since TOMS launched in the Australian and New Zealand market in 2012. When it comes to corporate social responsibility, John has years of insider experience and a realistic, pragmatic view on how companies can create real change. He has worked in the sporting industry for over 30 years with roles at Puma, And1 and Sportsco, discovering his passion for social responsibility and business when he chaired Nike’s environmental group for the region and joined its first Global Climate Change summit in Portland. During this time John was Vice President of Warrandyte CAN – A climate action group in Warrandyte. John is a regular (enigmatic and inspirational) public speaker for B Corporations, DO! Lectures and Peppermint Magazine’s Pep Talk series
Acting Director Compliance, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Jessica Horey has more than 10 years working in risk-based regulation. From working in the Enforcement team at the Australian Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) through to more recently acting as the Director of Compliance at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits (ACNC) Jessica’s experience has included being involved in the AUSTRAC first use of its regulatory powers through to leading Australia’s National Risk Assessment into the Not-for-profits sector looking into the risks terrorism financing and money laundering. Jessica interest and passion for the Not-for-profit sector has only grown through her time and experience at the ACNC working with charities to get them back on track where possible or remove those who are causing significant harm.
Senior Policy Officer, NSW Environment Protection Authority
Over ten years’ experience in the environmental services sector, most recently working in policy and strategy roles at the NSW Government. Natalie is currently a Senior Policy Officer in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, providing policy advice and undertaking policy development and implementation in the Waste Strategy and Policy team. She has been directly involved in developing the NSW Circular Economy Policy Statement, and in assisting with the Government’s response to China’s National Sword Policy.
Nina Mapson Bone
Managing Director, Beaumont People
With a career spanning over 20 years, Nina’s number one passion is her passion for people. Since joining Beaumont People as Managing Director in 2015, she continues to use her wealth of knowledge and expertise to grow, inspire, and empower the team leading with an underlying vision whereby people everywhere are engaged in meaningful work. A regular speaker and trainer, she shares her expertise on all things involving People, Leadership, Strategy, Talent Attraction, Onboarding, Retention and more, to her team, clients and candidates through workshops, seminars and events.
Being the collaborative individual, she is (who loves a little chit-chat!), Nina enjoys engaging in insightful discussions and thrives on building relationships. She personally develops and maintains partnerships with key stakeholders, and delights in bringing talented people together to drive value, build a vision and realise opportunities. Nina’s positive influence has stemmed beyond Beaumont People, assuming several appointments for the RCSA since 2012 including her current position, Vice President.
As an eCommerce innovator since 1998 Nerada has inspired businesses and charities of all sizes to launch and grow their online sales. Her business Bid for Good works closely with eBay Australia to manage high profile charity auctions and provide strategic advice and practical support to help charities to make best use of the platform. Meanwhile as CEO of inDemand Nerada has worked with many charities and associations including Vinnies, Salvos, White Lion Youth Agency, and World Bicycle Relief Australia. Nerada’s corporate client base includes Dell, Telstra, Reid Cycles, EVE (formerly Elgato) Germany, Arthur Knight UK.
Formerly a commercial lawyer, Nerada’s breadth of experience including stints in qualitative marketing research, marketing communications and digital transformation retail projects enables her to provide unique all-encompassing insight into consumer psychology, consumer and retailer protection and managing expectations for customer delight. By providing end-to-end solutions including customer service and 3rd party logistics Nerada understands the challenges and opportunities for selling online within Australia and internationally.
Executive Director, Central Councils & Commercial Operations, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
Peter is a highly awarded and applauded CEO and senior retailer, specialising in digital innovation, e-commerce and business transformation within disrupted markets. From creating and developing Online start-up’s to working with some of Australia’s largest public companies, privately-owned companies, NFPs, co-operatives and Mutuals, including Myer, Dymocks, Thrifty the Co-op and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.
Peter has been recognised by Inside Retail and Deloitte as one of Australia’s top 50 people in E-Commerce and successful leader of a Top 50 online retailer along with being a National Retail Association Multi Channel Retailer of the year winner.
This breadth of experience provides a virtually unparalleled view and understanding of the entire retail ecosystem.
Having over 20 years experience in online retailing in all its forms and a leading strategy mentor for the National Online Retailers Association and Online Retail Industry Awards judge keeps Peter at the leading edge of most online and innovative retail industry operations, developments, practice and trends.
Peter’s experience with Vinnies NSW and leading 250 retail stores brings significant understanding of state based and national NFP operations and developing innovation and co-operative retail strategies.
Peter has been a state representative of NACRO, Deputy Chairman of the Retail Council representing Australia’s largest retailers and a founding director of the Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals (BCCM) with members representing nearly 80% of Australian Consumers.
CircEx Project Lead, UNSW Enactus
Michael Lee is a project lead at UNSW Enactus, leading a team of 8 in a social startup called CircEx. As a Computer Science & Commerce student, Michael is passionate about using technology and entrepreneurial action to create social impact. His project, CircEx – short for Circular Exchange, aims to revolutionise the second-hand shopping experience. His team is currently building cost-effective hardware and software solutions for charity op-shops to easily catalogue their items for an online database. This gives op-shops access to the growing eCommerce market. The database also feeds into a chrome extension that notifies users of second-hand alternatives to their online purchases.
eCommerce Manager, Salvos Stores
After spending 2 years working across operations, marketing and digital development with the British Heart Foundation – the largest and most profitable charity retailer in the UK and Europe – Lucas was hooked on charity retail, inspired by the social and environmental impact of the industry.
Lucas currently leads the development and delivery of Salvos Stores national eCommerce strategy. Lucas is passionate about helping charities adopt digital technologies that improve customer experience and help charities generate the most good from donations. Having opened Salvos Stores Online Hub in 2018, Lucas understands first-hand the often-daunting operational challenges that come with taking the leap into eCommerce.