Waste Advisory Board members

The Waste Advisory Board provides independent advice to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and waste minimisation. This page provides information on the current members of the Board.

Board members

The current members appointed to the Board and their terms of appointment are:

Name

Date of initial appointment

Expiry date of present term

Darren Patterson (Chair)

31 July 2018

30 July 2021

Harry Burkhardt

4 August 2016

4 August 2019

David Carter

1 February 2010

16 August 2020

Yvette Couch-Lewis

4 August 2016

4 August 2019

John Pask

13 October 2008

4 August 2019

Linda Cooper

17 August 2017

16 August 2020

Sue Coutts

31 July 2018

30 July 2021

Julian Kroll

31 July 2018

30 July 2021

 

All members were appointed to the board by Cabinet following a public call for nominations. Members have been selected for their knowledge, skills and experience on the Waste Minimisation Act, community waste minimisation projects, business/industry (including the commercial waste industry), local government, and tikanga Māori.

Board members serve for three years, unless a shorter term is stated in his or her notice of appointment.

Waste Advisory Board members' biographies

Darren Patterson (Chair)

Darren is a self-employed consultant in the resource recovery sector. He has gained significant boardroom experience and is well placed to lead the Waste Advisory Board. He has around a decade’s experience on the WasteMINZ board and is the current Chair. Darren also chairs the Sustainable Initiative Fund Trust, was a board member of the Agrecovery Foundation and sits on the Stats NZ and Ministry for the Environment Technical Advisory Group for land.

Harry Burkhardt

Harry Burkhardt is the managing director of Replas Limited, a manufacturer of recycled plastic products. Harry is involved in a number of governance roles including President of the Packaging Council of New Zealand. Harry is the current chairman of the Ngāti Kurī Trust Board.

David Carter

David Carter has worked for Lion Corporation in Australia, New Zealand and China. He has extensive experience in a number of roles in the food and beverage industry and has taken up roles in operational leadership and business leadership. He is the founding chairman of the Glass Packaging Forum and the Packaging Forum and an engineer of over 30 years.

Yvette Couch-Lewis

Yvette Couch-Lewis is a self-employed consultant and RMA Hearings Commissioner. Yvette has a background in conservation and has over 14 years’ experience working with Māori organisations and iwi in the areas of conservation and resource management.

John Pask

John Pask is an economist with Business New Zealand – New Zealand's largest business advocacy organisation. In the past he has been the Deputy Policy Director of Federated Farmers of New Zealand and the Policy Manager of New Zealand Employers' Federation. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of business systems and processes.

Linda Cooper JP

Linda is a Councillor for Waitakere. She has a broad range of community governance experience at local and regional level. She has been a member of an iwi co-governance board with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Linda is a member of an Auckland Council waste management political steering group. She has extensive knowledge of resource efficiency solutions in New Zealand and overseas, including knowledge gained through on-the-ground site visits.

Sue Coutts

With over 16 years’ practical experience in running a resource recovery centre and education programmes, Sue is an expert in business development and community engagement. She is the General Manager of Wanaka Wastebusters and a founding trustee of the Sustainable Wanaka Charitable Trust and the Zero Waste Network.

Julian Kroll

Julian is self-employed as a business consultant and advisor. Julian helped to launch and manage Envirocon Product Stewardship Scheme, and currently chairs the Envirocon Advisory Board. Julian has built up public sector experience through involvement with Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Callaghan Innovation.

Reviewed:
13/09/17