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APCO Board refreshes

The 2021 Board of Directors for 2021 for the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) have been appointed encompassing leaders spanning the waste and recycling, packaging, food and beverage, and sustainability sectors.

The new Board Directors were officially appointed at the Annual General Meeting last week, which took place virtually.

The two new directors are Richard Smith, Director Safety, Quality and Sustainability at Amcor, who will take up the position of Industry Association Director for a term of three years. He replaces board member Keith Chessell.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the APCO Board. It’s a privilege to contribute to the important work undertaken by APCO with all industry stakeholders to ensure the sustainability and circularity of packaging in Australia and the region,” Smith said.

Brand Owner director

Also joining the Board in the role of Brand Owner Director is Kylie Freeland, Director of Supply Chain and Sustainability, McDonalds Australia, for a period of three years.

“I feel privileged to be joining a leading team of Directors with a shared passion and experience for developing and implementing commercially responsible sustainable solutions. I look forward to working with the Board to help make a genuine and positive difference across industries,” Freeland said.

APCO chair, Sam Andersen thanked the outgoing directors, particularly longstanding director Jacky Nordsvan and Nestlé.

“Jacky has been an invaluable contributor to our Board and a staunch supporter of APCO, generously sharing her vast knowledge and experience for the benefit of all APCO Members over the last six years.

“Keith Chessell has also been a committed and experienced packaging professional, it has been a delight to work with Keith on the APCO Board. Jacky and Keith are not lost to our APCO family and remain active contributors through working groups and committees”.

Outgoing Board Director Jacky Nordsvan, Head of Packaging Oceania, Nestlé Oceania commented: “It has been an absolute privilege and honour to serve on the APCO Board and be part of the transformation of APCO and its leadership into the organisation it is today. A huge congratulations to the incoming Directors, I have no doubt you will support APCO and its Members in delivering the 2025 National Packaging Targets and beyond. It is definitely not farewell, as I will continue to support the APCO team and its Members in my role on the Technical Advisory Committee and working groups”.

Keith Chessell said that although he will miss the involvement at the board level, he would continue to play an active part in supporting APCO’s activities via the Technical Advisory Committee, Working Groups, and educational programs.

The full 2021 Board includes Sam Andersen (chair), Andrew Petersen, Richard Smith, Lee Smith, Anne Astin, Trent Bartlett, Jason Goode, Chris Foley and Kylie Freeland.