Friday, 15 May 2020 11:52

NSW Circular Economy appoints Lisa McLean as first CEO

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Lisa McLean CEO NSW Circular Lisa McLean CEO NSW Circular

The NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network has appointed industry veteran Lisa McLean as its first CEO.

McLean established and leads peak industry association Open Cities Alliance and is recognised as a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader.

She has advised industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular economy over the past 14 years.

McLean - who started her career as a political journalist - also initiated and established the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advised electric mobility providers, and worked with Flow Systems from a start-up sustainable water utility to its major role in shaping a new sustainable water and now multi-utility market.

NSW Circular works collaboratively with government, industry, research organisations and communities to initiate, create and communicate circular economy opportunities and solutions for the state, aimed at delivering efficiencies through reuse and sustainability through waste reduction to boost productivity -and deliver jobs and growth across NSW.

“This new appointment will build on the strong foundations established in NSW Circular’s first year of operations,” said NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.

“The Network has already engaged with communities across NSW to look at the technological and non-technological challenges involved in identifying and managing diverse material and waste streams, and how we can extract value from them.”

Professor Margaret Harding, Chair of NSW Circular said, “the excellent work already undertaken has helped us to identify our capabilities in NSW, as well as our knowledge gaps”.

“Having Lisa come on board, with her high-level experience as a senior executive in several organisations engaged in circular economy, renewable and recyclables markets, will enable NSW Circular to begin to extend its operations and develop sustainable business models and processes at scale.”

Commenting on her appointment, McLean said: “There has never been a more important time for government, businesses, research organisations and people to be working together to build a circular economy.

“I’m passionate about building collaborations between these key stakeholders to bring in the kind of changes our society needs to create a sustainable future. I’m equally excited at the prospect of working alongside Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, one of the true global pioneers in new recycling technologies.

“Our challenge now is to develop new ideas and work practices, drawing on diverse skill sets and sectors, to create innovative, high impact strategies and solutions for NSW’s pressing waste issue.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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