Day Two - Thursday, 29 February

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Elise Gautier
Group Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer
Sims Limited

Enhancing circularity through organisational change
Realigning your organisation's internal culture towards zero-waste
  • Leveraging a multi-faceted approach to minimise waste production and give waste materials a second life
  • Creating training and behavioural change programs with recycling performance as a KPI
  • Empowering employees to make informed decisions about waste disposal and reduction
  • Reviewing and optimising recycling streams and services

Fiona Lawrie
Head of ESG and Corporate Affairs

Live 1-one-1: Empowering a circular future by tackling the skills gap head-on

Jo Cairns, Chief People and Safety Officer, Bingo Industries explores the current skills gaps facing Australian industry in the shift to a circular economy. Examine the need for educational programs, cultural and behavioural shifts, and collaboration efforts between the public and private sectors.

Facilitated by:

Elise Gautier
Group Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer
Sims Limited

Special Guest:

Jo Cairns
Chief People and Safety Officer
Bingo Industries

Circular economy success stories
Pioneering the circular economy in urban developments – Yarrabilba's blueprint

With a commitment to fostering resilient spaces and embedding the circular economy into their community, Lendlease’s Yarrabilba development is focused on championing industry-wide positive change. Examine Lendlease’s approach to:

  • Creating an integrated approach for enhanced sustainability in projects and communities
  • Using community-driven initiatives to promote sustainability while bolstering local employment
  • Equipping businesses with strategies to create & lead environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities

Karen Greaves
National Sustainability Manager - Communities

Morning tea and Networking
Transforming industry waste: a holistic approach to sustainability

Sustainable Salons pioneered a circular economy model by converting salon waste into valuable resources, diverting close to 2 million kilograms of metal, plastics, chemicals & paper from landfills. Examine their strategies to:

  • Unearth the hidden recycling and repurposing potential in discarded materials 
  • Combine people, profit & planet with a holistic approach to sustainability 
  • Use a successful business model to create jobs, improve communities and conserve the environment

Paul Frasca
Sustainable Salons Australia

Partner Presentation
Using sustainable innovations to achieve circular economy goals & boost consumer trust

Bettercup is at the forefront of tackling single-use plastic waste in the events sector by manufacturing reusable cups and providing comprehensive circular services. Explore how they’re shifting venues and events towards sustainable alternatives by:

  • Establishing services for a product's entire lifecycle, from usage to recycling
  • Embracing local resources and ethical practices to boost brand integrity and consumer trust
  • Maximising the key role awareness campaigns play in driving change

Christie Kamphuis

Lunch and Networking
Building strategies to champion the quality of remanufactured products

BlockTexx spearheaded a ground-breaking technique to turn old fabrics into usable raw materials and established a pioneering commercial-scale recycling facility. Examine how they’re tackling textile waste challenges by:

  • Elevating public trust in remanufactured goods through industry and government collaboration on safety standards
  • Educating consumers on the reliability, sustainability, and safety of remanufactured products
  • Forging strong messaging to amplify the use of remanufactured items in major government projects to show positive support

Graham Ross

From waste to worth – transforming waste into valuable and essential products

Huskee transforms waste coffee husks into biopolymers used in their product range, eliminating the need for single-use products while also successfully repurposing used products. Examine their strategies to promote a closed-loop system by:

  • Transforming waste into valuable and essential products
  • Uncovering the economic advantages of recycled materials over virgin materials
  • Grasping the environmental protection potential of resource recovery

Saxon Wright
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Optimising resource use for a more sustainable business future

evee, Australia's premier electric car-sharing platform, champions the circular economy by maximising the use of electric vehicles, preventing over 200 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Learn how they amplify sustainable transportation by:

  • Using existing resources to promote sustainability and unlock new revenue streams 
  • Creating accessible and affordable options that accelerate a shift towards environmentally friendly business practices
  • Fostering robust circular partnerships in both the B2B and B2C sectors

Slava Kozlovskii
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

PANEL DISCUSSION: What I wish I knew – lessons learned by circular economy leaders
  • How did your initial understanding of the circular economy differ from its actual complexities, and how did this impact your initial efforts?
  • How did you evolve from focusing on recycling to embracing the broader principles of the circular economy, and what challenges did this bring?
  • How has engaging with stakeholders influenced your circular strategies or led to unforeseen opportunities?
  • How do you navigate the line between sustainability goals and ensuring business viability, especially during the initial phases of transitioning to a circular model?


Elise Gautier
Group Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer
Sims Limited


Graham Ross

Slava Kozlovskii
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Frasca
Sustainable Solutions

Saxon Wright
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Yas Grigaliunas
Founder & Chief Evangelist

Afternoon tea and Networking
Utilising collaboration to drive innovation and impact

Stop Food Waste Australia’s circular economy approach to address the nation's growing food waste problem aims to cut food waste in half by 2030. Explore this collaborative initiative involving stakeholders from across the food supply chain and all levels of government.

  • Bridging the gap to eliminate 7.6 million tonnes of food waste & 1.3 million children suffering from food insecurity
  • Exploring pre-competitive collaboration to address systemic challenges 
  • Implementing prevention-first strategies

Sam Oakden
Head of Australia Food Pact
Stop Food Waste Australia

Creating a global impact – Australia’s place on the global stage
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can Australian organisations tailor their circular economy strategies for a global impact?
  • How can adapting circular principles to match specific regional characteristics lead to more effective and sustainable initiatives in the global arena?
  • How can organisations adjust their circular strategies to cater to the unique demands of diverse markets, ensuring both scalability and increased profitability?
  • What are Australia's primary challenges and opportunities in the global circular economy transformation, and how can these be harnessed for a broader positive impact?


Elise Gautier
Group Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer
Sims Limited


Filomena Beshara
Sustainability Manager

Anna Minns
Engagement Manager – Circular Economy Business

Rebecca Hicks
Manager Sustainability and Circular Economy - Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation
Department of Regional NSW

Scott Edwards
Sustainability Lead
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of Circular Economy Summit 2024