Waste Advisory Board members

Profiles of the Waste Advisory Board members and how they are appointed. The board provides independent advice to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and waste minimisation. 

The Minister for the Environment is seeking nominations for up to two Waste Advisory Board members. Find out more and how to make a nomination.

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

David Carter

1 February 2010

16 August 2020

Don Chittock

11 November 2019

10 November 2022

Linda Cooper

17 August 2017

16 August 2020

Sue Coutts

31 July 2018

30 July 2021

Jacqui Forbes 6 November 2019 5 November 2022

Julian Kroll

31 July 2018

30 July 2021

Denise Roche 6 November 2019 5 November 2022

 

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.

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.

Don Chittock

Don is currently the National Environment and Sustainability Manager at Fulton Hogan. Don has experience in the construction sector. This is particularly in environmental management support to quarries and clean-fill operations. Don has previously worked for Environment Canterbury where he managed strategic work programmes on waste and hazardous substances, and contaminated land and pollution prevention.

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.

Jacki Forbes

Jacqui is Ngā Ruahinerangi and has been a leader in the community resource recovery sector for many years. She is both one of the founders and general manager of the Para Kore Programme which operates on many marae particularly in the North Island. Jacqui has experience working in community recycling, community enterprise and zero waste education. She has previously worked as a senior manager for Xtreme Zero Waste, an Enviroschools facilitator at the Waikato Regional Council, and kura kaupapa and kōhanga reo kaiako.

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.

Denise Roche

Denise comes from a trade union background. She maintains a keen interest work conditions for people employed in the waste and recycling sector. Denise has governance experience at both central and local government level and has served as a trustee for a variety of community and national environmental organisations. She has also worked in the community recycling sector, conducted international comparative waste minimisation studies and is regarded as a strong advocate for effective product stewardship schemes. Denise is Ngāti Raukawa and her hapu is Ngāti Huri.  

Reviewed:
21/02/20