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.
Members of the Tyre Stewardship Australia Research Advisory Committee
Peter was the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association, from 2003 until December 2013. During this time, he was instrumental in helping with the development of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme that is now in place, always focused on ensuring that it is credible, transparent and reflects the best interests of all key stakeholders without unduly favouring any one single interest.
Peter has an extensive history in developing and implementing highly strategic industry programs in his 35+ years’ career, initially with the Federal Government and over the last 25 years with a vast variety of industry sectors. In addition, he has a proven expertise in helping a diverse range of small to medium sized businesses implementing strategic new growth strategies and has been responsible for initiating and facilitating a series of collaborative research projects between key supply chain partners and relevant research organisations.
Peter has a Bachelor of Economics from the ANU and in addition to being a Director with Tyre Stewardship Australia, he is also a member of various other Boards and Committees including with the Australian Textiles Technologies and Innovation Centre, the Furniture Cabinets Joinery Alliance, and RMIT University’s School of Fashion & Textiles Industry Advisory Group.
Dr Lorraine Stephenson
Dr. Lorraine Stephenson is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Lightning Consulting Services, an independent energy, climate change and sustainability strategic advisory business. She works with clients to mitigate risks and create opportunities in response to climate change challenges, including options to drive investments in low emission technologies and abatement options. She also is focussed on opportunities for resource efficiency across supply chains.
Lorraine’s technical, policy, executive and governance experience spans over 30 years with a strong strategic focus especially on the energy sector. Lorraine is a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited (Powerlink), Non-Executive Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), a Member of the Victorian Government’s Interim Targets Independent Expert Panel and a member of the NSW Climate Change Council. Lorraine also chairs the Lakeland Solar & Storage Knowledge Sharing Plan Steering Committee which is seeking to maximise value of battery storage and large-scale solar PV at fringe-of-grid. She was formerly the Chief Clean Energy Advisor to the Queensland Government and a Partner at EY.
Lorraine has a BSc(Hons), MBA and PhD. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Alan is the Customer Engineering Manager for Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Australia (GDTA) a position he has held for the last 15 years and is responsible for product performance / government compliance across all tyre categories except Earthmover and Aviation. As well as being a director of Tyre Stewardship Australia, he is the GDTA representative on the Australian Tyre Industry Council (ATIC) and trucking associations ATA ITC and ARTSA.
Alan has worked in the tyre industry for over 40 years, previously working for Pirelli (UK), General Tyre (Zambia) and Bridgestone (South Australia). He joined Goodyear in 1988 as an automotive engineer and has worked in a variety of tyre engineering roles in his time with the company and has been a regular visitor to the technical centres in Luxembourg, Akron and Hanou.
Peter G. McKenna
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.