The Team

Executive General Manager, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Danny Conlon has worked in the transport industry for more than 20 years - including several years with the Transport Workers Union.

Starting at Veolia in 1998, Danny has held senior roles in Municipal Collections and Resource Recovery, and has experience in the operations and technologies of Veolia in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Additionally Danny has undertaken executive leadership and strategy programs at leading business schools throughout the United States.

As Executive General Manager Eastern Australia, Danny sets strategic direction and growth plans, manages professional development of key personnel, and represents Veolia at a government, industry and stakeholder level.

In addition, Danny is on the Board for the IWS Landfill JV in Adelaide, the EarthPower JV in Sydney, TiTree Landfill in Brisbane, and is Chairman of the Veolia Mulwaree Trust Fund.

Managing Director, Sims Metals Management

John Glyde was appointed Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand Metals for Sims Metals Management in August 2017. John has been with Sims Metal Management for over 30 years, holding progressively senior leadership roles across the business in both Australia and the US.

Prior to his taking his current role John was Chief Operating Officer for Australia & New Zealand Metals from 2015 to 2017, and previous to that position was the General Manager, Queensland Metals. John joined the National Waste Recycling Industry Council as a Board Member in 2018.

Director, JJ Richards and Sons

Phil Richards has 32 years of experience in waste management, and is a director of J.J. Richards & Sons - a proudly Australian owned and operated family business that has been providing innovative waste management solutions across Australia since 1932.

The Company has grown to be Australia’s largest privately owned waste management company through its philosophy of safety, reliability and excellence in customer service.

Today, the company employs more than 2,000 people, and performs over 2.2 million domestic garbage, recycling, sanitary and green waste collections every year.

CEO and Managing Director - Cleanaway

Vik Bansal is CEO of Cleanaway, Australia’s largest waste management company. With over 20 years’ experience in a range of executive roles in Australia, Asia and the United States, Mr Bansal has a proven track record of leading industrial organisations through significant growth, transition and improvement.

He has previously held senior leadership positions with One Steel and Eaton Corporation.

Cleanaway helps its customers via a network of over 200 locations across Australia. The company’s philosophy is to put sustainability at the core of all its activities.

CEO - Suez Australia & New Zealand

Mark Venhoek is CEO of SUEZ in Australia and New Zealand. He has significant global experience across the SUEZ group since joining the company in 1992, spanning the European, Asian and Australian markets.

In 2004, Mr Venhoek became CEO of SITA Germany, before being appointed COO 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.

Across its Australian and New Zealand operations, SUEZ has more than 2,600 employees and contractors and diverts more than 880,000 tonnes of material from landfill every year.

Convenor, NWRIC

Rose is a seasoned CEO with experience leading both commercial and not-for-profit organisations including AMTA’s MobileMuster and Clean Up Australia. She has 20 years experience in the waste, recycling and environmental sectors. She is a recognised expert on recycling advocacy and community engagement.

In August 2018 Rose took the position of CEO of the NWRIC. Prior to that role she was CEO of the MRI PSO – the product stewardship arm of MRI E-cycle Solutions. The MRI PSO is a government approved program for television and computer recycling Australia wide.

Secretariat, NWRIC

Alex joined the NWRIC in January 2017 as the founding company secretary, working closely with industry leaders to establish the institution. Prior to beginning the role, he had five years’ experience in industry media, small business administration and consulting for infrastructure development. He has qualifications in science, environmental engineering and policy development.