The Tyre Stewardship Australia Research Advisory Committee
The TSA Research Advisory Committee (RAC) comprises of a number of industry experts from diverse backgrounds who provide advice and guidance to the TSA Board and executive on funding, research and market development within the context of TSA’s guidelines and objectives.
The TSA Guidelines (Section 4.4) require the Board to establish a Research Advisory Committee to advise on priority areas for research, undertake robust assessments of any proposals, and provide expert advice to the TSA Board as required.
As stipulated in the guidelines, comprising a TSA director as Chair and up to five members, collectively, the Research Advisory Committee members include the following skills and experience:
- internationally recognised expertise in tyre technology, science and research;
- expertise in tyre recycling applications including value-added markets for tyre-derived products;
- expertise in waste policy, economics and markets;
- expertise and experience in the commercialisation of technology;
- sector specific expertise as relevant to the work program.
The selection process for the RAC involved an open application process and assessment, based upon the requirements of the RAC as per those stipulated in the TSA guidelines above. Members have been appointed for a tenure of 2 years, however, the length of tenure of any member may be altered at any time at the discretion of the TSA Board.
Given the process and requirements of the RAC, the TSA Board is very pleased to be working with the following advisory committee members and to be benefiting from the strong industry, regulatory and financial expertise they bring to the TSA team.
Steve Brown has been in the Oil, Gas & Automotive industries for over twenty years across Europe and Australia and during that period has been involved in many projects and initiatives directly relating to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
He currently is Managing Director of Continental Tyres of Australia, a subsidiary of Continental AG the world’s 4th largest tyre manufacturer. His qualifications include a BSc in Physics and an MBA gained at Cass Business School, London.
Steve is committed to ensuring Continental fully support the ideals and objectives of Tyre Stewardship Australia and that together as an industry we can significantly improve the collection and recycling rates of end of life tyres in Australia.
Peter McKenna has been involved in the Australian and USA scrap tyre, rubbers and plastics recycling industries for over 25 years developing and implementing processing methods and end products from R&D and design stages, through statutory standards testing procedures, onto successful marketing and sales programs.
Peter has focused his efforts towards value adding at high levels (30% to 75% by weight) of recycled materials within sophisticated high volume end products such as automotive (including tyres) industrial, rail, mining, construction (including road surfacing) building and sports shoe outer soles. Peter brings to the RAC a wealth of current industry and technologies ‘hands on’ knowledge.
Senior Applied Scientist - Waste & Chemistry / Principal Expert - Waste Environmental Solutions, EPA
Laura-lee Innes holds a PhD and Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as an MSc in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada. Laura-lee has worked in environmental sectors across Australia and Canada.
Since joining EPA in 2007, Laura-lee has been involved in technical and policy advice, as well as issues resolution for the waste sector, including government, industry and the community. Since 2013, Laura-lee has held an appointment of Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. Her area of focus is sustainable waste management, including the chemistry and impacts of contaminants in waste streams, including contaminated soils. She has been EPA’s Waste Principal Expert since 2012.
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering / Swinburne University of Technology
Prof. Arul Arulrajah is the Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He is currently involved in research topics such as recycled materials in geotechnical applications, geotechnics of pavements, ground improvement, land reclamation and dredging. Arulrajah joined Swinburne in 2006 after 14 years of prior industry experience in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia (1992-2006) in the design, site implementation and project management of geotechnical engineering and civil engineering infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Swinburne in 2006, Arulrajah was a Project Engineer in the Infrastructure Department of Connell Wagner Pty Ltd, Melbourne (2004-2006). He was previously the Lead Geotechnical Engineer in various projects in Malaysia (1998-2004), which includes a 110 km high-speed railway project. Arulrajah was involved in the geotechnical design and project implementation of the Changi Airport Reclamation project in the Republic of Singapore (1992-1998).
Arulrajah is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng-Civil Engineering, NPER).
Senior Consultant Economist / RM Consulting Group
Kym Whiteoak is a resource and environmental economist with expertise in market assessment and particular experience in recycling markets. Kym is a consulting economist working with RMCG, and has over a decade of experience consulting in the environmental economics field.
He routinely provides advice to Government departments and other agencies on market features and the feasibility of policy tools and recycling technologies. Kym brings expertise in market assessment, feasibility assessment and waste sector policy to the Research Advisory Panel.