ENVIRO'14 Pathways for better business 17 - 19 September 2014, Adelaide

Program Committee

Trixie Smith - Technical Program Director Trixie Smith

Trixie currently operates her own consultancy practice and has recently developed a model for community owned solar on behalf of local government in collaboration with A/Prof. Monica Oliphant.  She has 15 years of experience at senior levels of government and the private sector.

Most noted for her ability to get results from within government Trixie’s most recent government role saw her establish and direct the IDCSA - Integrated Design Commission for South Australia.

A cross section of some of  Trixie’s key accomplishments include:

  • Developing the concept and program for the Clever Green Conference and Exhibition, February 2010 showcasing South Australia’s innovative products, services and research capabilities to international and local fund managers.
  • Securing and managing the 3rd International Solar Cities congress for Adelaide in 2008 as a result of a concerted strategy to position Adelaide as Australia’s first solar city.
  • Developed an International Solar Schools Competition and the Green City Festival.
  • Designed and implemented the Adelaide Green City Program over 3 year period, delivering over 45 projects and leveraging $1.5m to $3.2m for the CBD which included the reinitiating of  the business case for $60m Glenelg Water Re-Use Project
Geoffrey Webster - Program Manager  

Geoffrey is Chartered Professional Engineer through Engineers Australia and a Director of the consultancy business Waste and Management Services P/L.  With nearly 20 years experience in the waste industry and with most of this being focused in the Post Collections space, Geoffrey has a significant depth of technical knowledge that compliments his operational experience and practical, results orientated approach.
Some key activities that highlight Geoffrey’s background include:

  • Development and management of multi-disciplinary teams for the design and approval of major Landfills and Resource Recovery and Transfer Facilities and then the subsequent construction works;
  • Management of teams for the delivery of projects with various focuses – HR, Policy development, Procedure Development, Project delivery (eg. Landfill gas installations, contaminated site management, etc), Technical teams (AWT reviews, organics recycling process options, etc) and many more;
  • Development of cost models covering the life of facilities, from inception to end of use.  This included internal Policy development and associated procedures;
  • Management of all aspects of business P&L’s, covering plant and equipment procurement, operation and maintenance, customer relationship management, tender/proposal development, etc; and
  • Development of strategic plans on a region by region basis, tying into a broader national approaches as required.
Richard Day

Richard Day currently works as Principal Industry Development Officer – Cleantech within the South Australian Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy. His current role aims to contribute to the transformation of the South Australian Economy through capturing opportunities associated with the uptake of clean technologies.

Over the last 12 years Richard has held a number of roles in the energy and climate change agencies of the South Australian Government, and has developed significant experience in the development and implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and low carbon technology policies and programs.

Richard has a strong reputation for collaborating with others to achieve outcomes. His achievements include leading the development of the business case for establishing Building Upgrade Finance in South Australia, co-developing South Australia’s Low Emission Vehicle Strategy with the SA Department for Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, delivering the SA Mini Wind Trial in partnership with the West Beach Trust, developing the program guidelines for South Australia’s $2 million Building Innovation Fund, and project managing the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Program for Low Income Households.

Tracy Freeman Tracey Freeman

Tracy is the Principal Air Quality Consultant at Air Quality Professionals P/L, and is also the company Director.  Her company provides specialist air quality consulting advice to clients across Australia and New Zealand.  Tracy has 21 years’ experience in environmental and air quality consultancy with a background of chemical and process engineering education. 

Tracy also has a speciality in odour assessment and management for wastewater, solid waste, livestock farming, and industrial activities, and is particularly well-regarded for her expertise in odour nuisance risk assessment. 

Tracy has several years of experience in professional associations as a member of a branch committee of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ).  She was the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the CASANZ biennial conference in Auckland in 2011.  She is the current Chair of the Odour Special Interest Group of CASANZ and has held this position since 2010.  She has experience in planning and running a variety of training events, seminars, and conferences.  She is also a financial member of Consult Australia as well as a number of technical organisations. 

Keith Jones

Director, Industry Sustainability, Zero Waste SA

Keith has worked as a sustainability and climate change manager for local government, wine industry and South Australian Government. His work has received awards from the Royal Australian Planning Institute, the National Packaging Covenant and the Australian Greenhouse Office.

After 5 years as the Manager for Climate Change and Sustainability in the South Australian Government’s trade and economic development agency, since 2011, Keith has worked for Zero Waste SA as the Director of Industry Sustainability where he leads a small team of business sustainability specialists.

Keith continues to be a strong advocate for the business case for sustainability and the development of the clean technology sector in South Australia.

Dr Stewart Martin  

Stewart is currently the convenor of the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Solar Council, he is also an adjunct senior lecturer in the Barbara Hardy Institute and the School of Engineering, at the University of South Australia.

His main interests are in sustainable housing, energy auditing and methods of increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic modules.

Gregory Priest Greg Priest

Greg is the Australian Water Association’s Sustainability Program Manager.  Greg project manages the delivery of a number of sustainability themed industry programs and networks, assisting the Australian Water Sector to address corporate sustainability and climate change matters.

Greg holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Science, with a focus on water management.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Greg undertook postgraduate research while working with the Remote Area Developments Group at Murdoch University, assisting in the development and delivery of community education programs in indigenous communities, as well as a number of projects for the United Nations Environment Program.

Prior to joining AWA, Greg spent five years working across a range of Commonwealth and State Government portfolios, working primarily in the field of sustainability policy and program delivery.  Specific roles included administering energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and developing capacity building resources for industry.

Greg was born and raised in country Western Australia, where he developed a strong awareness of the surrounding environment, which influenced his decision to work in the arena of environmental and water management.

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