Members of the Waste Authority are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Environment.
The Minister for Environment announced the new membership of the Waste Authority on 19 August 2022 in accordance with Part 2 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007.
Minister’s media statement of 19 August 2022.
Elizabeth Carr AM, Chair
Elizabeth Carr has significant experience as a Board Director level in the private, public and community sectors. Her executive roles have included strategy development for international organisations such as IBM and the Macquarie Group and State Government.
Elizabeth was a member of the Environmental Protection Authority from 2011-2019 and received the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for significant service to the community through voluntary contributions to the health, aged care, education and social services sectors’ in 2017.
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 living with a disability.
With a 27 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 a past 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 AM
Kelly Howlett is currently the Managing Director of Earthbeat Consulting, providing environmental, social, community development and human services consultancy services.
Kelly was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara charity, Bloodwood Tree Association Inc. for six years until November 2022. 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, in 2003 Kelly founded the local Care For Hedland Environmental Association and was Chairperson until 2022. Kelly remains as a committee member today.
Kelly was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the King's Birthday Honours in June 2023, in recognition of her significant service to local government and to the community of Port Hedland.
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 social issues, the 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.
Professor 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 activities 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 is widely published in the areas of water sensitive design, energy efficient housing and sustainable urban development. He is Dean of Sustainable Futures at Curtin University where he supports learning and teaching, 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.
Josh has a PhD in Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science, and Diplomas in Landscape and Amenity Horticulture.