| 02 February 2023

Engineers Australia CEO appointed to national circular economy taskforce

Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO has been appointed to an expert ministerial advisory group to help guide the nation’s transition to a circular economy by 2030.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Hon Tanya Plibersek MP has announced the appointees to the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group, which will meet for the first time later this month and advise government on related policy decisions.  

The priority areas for the group will include identifying opportunities and challenges in Australia’s transition to a circular economy, with a focus on waste management, improved product design, and the building of more efficient production processes. 

Romilly said she was looking forward to contributing to the new group.

“It is an honour to be part of the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group working with Minister Plibersek strengthening our circular economy for a more sustainable environmental and economic future.”

Chaired by Professor John Thwaites AM, the new Advisory Group members comprise leaders in industry, academia and the scientific community.

Romilly Madew will sit on the taksforce alongside:

  • Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, Australia’s Chief Scientist 
  • John Gertsakis, Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence 
  • Dr Dominique Hes, City of Melbourne 
  • Michael Jackson, Australian Council of Recycling 
  • Paul Klymenko, Planet Ark 
  • Claire Kneller, WRAP Asia Pacific 
  • Vaughan Levitzke PSM, Circular 360 
  • Dr Larry Marshall, CSIRO 
  • Lisa McLean, Circular Australia 
  • Professor Robynne Quiggin, University of Technology Sydney 
  • Mark Rawson, Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia 
  • Samantha Read, Chemistry Australia 
  • Professor John Spoehr, Flinders University.

In 2022 all Australian Environment Ministers committed to working with the private sector and industry to achieve a circular economy by 2030.