Brett grew a highly respected South Australian engineering company over 27 years servicing a diverse range of industries across Australia. With a focus on process automation in a broad variety of industries, Brett’s extensive experience in achieving practical and economic automation outcomes is second to none.
Brett also has extensive experience in corporate governance and currently holds a number of board positions across numerous companies and organisations having a proven record of positive long term outcomes. Brett is a well-respected member of the SA business community and is frequently called upon in an advisory capacity.
Brett currently serves as Executive Chairman of Container Deposit Systems and is leading the commercialisation of its sorting technology and the provision of advisory services to clients.
SAGE Managing Director
Andrew Downs began his working life as an apprentice electrician with Bridgestone Australia in 1980. Over 14 years he gained knowledge and experience, achieved an Associate Diploma in Electrical engineering and a management role.
In 1994 he left Bridgestone to start his own company, SAGE Automation from the family backyard shed in South Australia. He is now Managing Director of the SAGE Group of Companies, which has offices all across Australia, employs around 250 people and generates an annual turnover in excess of $65 Million.
SAGE designs and constructs automation and industrial control systems for the defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, resources and utilities industries and is heavily involved in industrial technology training and business optimisation solutions which improve the value and productivity of businesses.
Kevin retired from South Australian politics in 2011 following a decade of loyal service as a Government Minister and 18 years as a Member of Parliament.
A prominent figure in State politics, Kevin acted as the Treasurer and Deputy Premier of South Australia from 2002 to 2011. During his tenure Kevin played a crucial role in restoring the Government’s finances, most notably through regaining and retaining a AAA credit rating.
Kevin’s leadership and business skills were pivotal in winning significant defence contracts and during Olympic Dam negotiations with BHP Billiton. His decade-long contribution to state politics cemented him as the longest-serving Deputy Premier of South Australia.
John Phillips OAM
John was appointed Executive Director of iconic South Australian NGO Keep South Australia Beautiful (KESAB) environmental solutions in 1988. KESAB delivers environmental sustainability education and resources working with all levels of government, industry and community building capacity via a broad scope of projects.
John has over 25 years of experience engaging community and facilitating behavioural change with specific focus in environmental sustainability, litter reduction, recycling and resource recovery, graffiti crime prevention, catchment water management, remote community engagement and project management.
Trevor has run his own waste management consulting company for the past 16 years specialising in the Local Government sector and offering a broad range of services. Trevor has also worked extensively with the private waste and recycling industries.
Trevor has specialised knowledge of Container Deposit Schemes and is the key consultant to the industry body representing bottle depots in South Australia. He is also a director of several companies operating under the container deposit legislation in both South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Previously, Trevor has held Executive Officer roles for local government waste organisations including Waste Care SA and East Waste and has also been employed in senior management within the resources sector.
Neville is arguably the South Australian authority on the practical implementation of recycling with over 30 years of successful experience as the operator of multiple recycling depot facilities. Neville’s understanding of the day-to-day operation of recycling depot facilities is unparalleled.
Neville has been a driving force behind the Recyclers Association and the success of the Container Deposit Scheme in South Australia. Neville has advocated over an extended period that the success of Container Deposit Schemes relies heavily on customers having positive experiences at return points.
Neville has invested significantly over an extended period in bringing the automated concept to fruition and is a passionate advocate for expansion of the depot based recycling concept into new jurisdictions.