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NSW Circular appoints first CEO

The NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, which operates under the name (NSW Circular) has appointed business engagement expert Lisa McLean as its first CEO.

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

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

“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,” Durrant-Whyte said.

Professor Margaret Harding, Chair of NSW Circular, said the appointment builds on the excellent work already undertaken, which helped NSW Circular identify its capabilities in NSW, as well as 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,” Harding said.

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,” she said.

“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.”