24-25 Jul 2024

Summit Advisory Committee

AWRE is pleased to be working with the following group of respected professionals in shaping the content at the centre of our growing summit. Thank you to our esteemed industry colleagues in providing their insight into the themes, trends and challenges driving policies and effective reform in the Australian waste sector. Through the Advisory Committee, we can ensure the waste, recycling and resource recovery industry have access to the most relevant information to maintain our position, as a trusted platform, for buyers and suppliers in the waste and recycling sectors.

Tony Khoury, Executive Director, Waste Contractors & Recyclers Assoc. NSW

Tony has been involved in the waste and recycling industry since 1990 and is aware of the many & varied business challenges and issues that are faced by business operators – such as demands for better customer service, better cost control, higher productivity, better planning, WHS issues, the rising cost of fuel, the skills shortage, the challenges posed by the introduction of new laws & regulations, insurance issues, the urban sprawl, environmental matters, importance of good training, etc.

Rick Ralph, CEO, National Waste and Recycling Industry Council

Rick is an experienced industry professional with more than 40 years international and Australian expertise in the waste management, secondary resource recovery and recycling industry. He is a founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the National Waste Recycling Industry Council. The lead business council representing the industry’s interests nationally.

Over his career he has held numerous public and private sector executive roles and is regarded as a leading author and advocate on policy and regulatory frameworks as they relate to the industry. He is the principle architect of the WRI Association model across Australia, and former chair or board member of numerous government and private sector committees and companies, including NGO organisations relating to the industry.

Suzanne Toumbourou, CEO, Australian Council Of Recycling 

Suzanne is an organisation leader with deep experience in public affairs, executive management, stakeholder relations, governance strategy of not-for-profits, with a strong reputation as a sustainability, recycling and circular economy subject matter expert.

Prior to ACOR, Suzanne was the longstanding Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, where she delivered impactful policy outcomes for building sustainability, including advancing the energy performance provisions in Australia’s Building Code and informing the priorities of the COAG Energy Council’s Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.

Suzanne has broad experience encompassing Federal and State Governments, industry and non-profit organisations. She is passionate about leading positive change for people, industry and the planet.

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