Members of the Waste Authority are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Environment.
The Minister for Environment announced the five new members of the Waste Authority on 10 July 2019 in accordance with Part 2 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007.
Minister's media statement of 10 July 2019.
Reg Howard-Smith, Chairman
Reg Howard-Smith is an industry advocate who has provided representation to the highest level of government, private sector and academia within Australia and internationally. He has considerable experience in shaping the strategic direction and policy of organisations, has been a member of numerous boards and is known for his ability to evolve and cultivate strong relationships with leaders and stakeholders. Reg was appointed Chair of the Building and Construction Training Board in March 2020.
Previously the Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy for over a decade, Reg positioned and maintained the Chamber of Minerals and Energy as a leading resource sector organisation in Western Australia with a membership larger and more diverse that any other in the sector, Australia-wide.
Lee Broomhall, Deputy Chair
Lee Broomhall is the Chief Executive Officer of Workpower and has held this role since 2012.
Workpower is a not-for-profit organisation that owns and operates several large scale commercial businesses in WA. Its enterprises exist to employ and support people with disability.
With a 25 year tenure, Lee was previously the Deputy CEO and held executive roles such as the Executive Manager People, Performance and Strategy and Chief Operating Officer.
She is an alumni of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, awarded the WA winner of the Young Business Women’s Awards in 2010. Lee holds qualifications in Human Services, Business Management and Professional Coaching. She is a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Tim Youé is the Chief Executive Officer of the Resource Recovery Group, a statutory local government authority with a vision of a circular economy with less waste and lower carbon emissions.
Tim is also a National Director of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR). Tim previously held senior management roles in the global logistics sector with a focus on business development, sales and marketing and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Program.
Tim holds Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Politics from Murdoch University and a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin Graduate School of Business.
Kelly Howlett is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara charity, Bloodwood Tree Association Inc. Bloodwood Tree is a wholly Aboriginal-controlled organisation that provides services to those in need, disadvantaged, unemployed and affected by alcohol and drugs both in the Port/South Hedland and broader Pilbara area.
Kelly has made her life and career in the Pilbara, and most notably served as Mayor of the Town of Port Hedland for almost seven years until 2016.
An active and passionate environmental and sustainability practitioner, Kelly founded and is still today the Chairperson of the local Care For Hedland Environmental Association.
Kelly was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2018 in recognition of her lengthy contribution to the Pilbara environment and community. She has extensive governance experience and a keen interest in the social, natural environment and sustainability. Kelly has a Bachelor Science (Environment)/Bachelor Forest Science (Honours) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Program.
Dr Josh Byrne
Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist and urban design professional with a national profile as a consultant, researcher and communicator in urban sustainability. His approach is leadership through demonstration by engaging in projects that provide opportunities to test innovation, build capacity and share learnings with stakeholders and the wider community.
Josh has a long association with applied research and has authored a number of academic publications and industry guides in the areas of water sensitive design, energy efficient housing and sustainable urban development. He is Dean of Sustainable Futures at Curtin University, one of four capability platforms to support learning, research and partnership activities for the Faculty of Humanities.
Josh is well known as the WA presenter on ABC TV's Gardening Australia program, where over the past 20 years he has demonstrated how gardening can improve urban livability to a national audience. He is a regular contributor to print and radio media, and author of three popular books on sustainable gardening and low carbon living.